8 Tips to Secure a WordPress Site

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Appsumo & Sucuri.net Deal

Security is one of those topics that comes up time and time again. You hear the advice, you know you should do it, but somehow, you never get around to it.

The tips in this post are designed to help make your WordPress installation safer and less likely to be hacked or spammed. If you’re short on time, just start at the top and work down. I’ve (roughly) ordered them so that the most important tweaks come first.

We also have a great giveaway at the end of this post, from Sucuri.net and Appsumo. Check it out for the chance to win free site security monitoring for a year!

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How to Get Facebook, Twitter, and RSS Counts {WP}

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Twitter, Facebook, RSS Counts

You will have seen blogs showcase their Twitter, Facebook, and RSS counts with typography. With these numbers in plain text, you can style them into your website far more effectively than if you were to use the old-fashioned “chicklets.”

Twitter and Facebook make this easy, but you’ll need to take an extra step with FeedBurner first. Log in, then click Publicize > Awareness API, and click activate.

All set? Then let’s get started!

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Add a jQuery DatePicker to Event Posts {WP}

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jQuery Events DatePicker in WordPress

In previous posts, we set up an events system for WordPress. Users could enter the date of an event, and we had great archives for displaying and categorizing them.

Today, we want to improve the admin end of things. Instead of using custom fields, we’ll make a box for the event’s date, and use jQuery to let users pick the date from a calendar.

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How to Use the Twitter API in WordPress

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Twitter with WordPress

There are plenty of Twitter plugins for WordPress. Why would we want to make our own script?

Well, most of the plugins come with a lot of fluff you just don’t need. Ours will be simple and efficient; all it needs to do is grab your tweets and display them.

The other reason is control; you write the markup, so it’s entirely up to you how it is displayed.

The last reason is that because we’re getting the tweets directly from the Twitter API feeds (i.e. no verification is going to be needed), we can easily display tweets from a Twitter List instead of just our own tweets.

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Make a Template for Taxonomies & Post Type Archives

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Custom Post Type Taxonomies

On Monday, we set up a custom post type in WordPress for listing events. We also added Event Tags to them, and created a template for showing off the individual events.

Today, we want to look at the overall Events page. We’re going to list events by the date they occur, and work back in our tags so users can get a list of only the events that apply to them.

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Events List With Custom Post Types and Taxonomies

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Events List Script

A few weeks back, we put together a way of adding events to WordPress and displaying them in an easy-to-read list. It was simple to maintain and it worked well, but it didn’t take advantage of all WordPress offers.

In this 2-part tutorial, we are going to extend our events list script to set up a new post type purely for the events, and create a new taxonomy for tagging our events. We will then be able to:

  • Organize our events easily (e.g. If we’re running WordPress classes, we could label them as Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)
  • Create templates for event lists and individual events.
  • Separate events out of the main post list (So they won’t automatically appear on the homepage anymore).
  • Add new events more conveniently in the admin panel (Especially when we add metaboxes in a later post!)

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Best Way to Have Quality Comments Only?

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Quality Comments

I love reading the comments on each article I post. If you leave one, you’re near guaranteed I’ll reply to you directly and keep the conversation going.

The trouble is that after a day or two of an article being live, the spammers descend and the lovely, informative comment thread descends into “great article, agree with your points, visit my site”. It’s just not cool…

We’re working on a full redesign to Pro Blog Design, and one of the things I’m most interested in is this comments issue. How can I make sure the comment threads stay in that awesome-to-read stage from the first few days when an article is written?

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