by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Tips to Keep WordPress Secure

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With each passing day, strong security becomes more important. This article explains some ways to keep WordPress secure while improving the overall security of your WordPress-powered site. Most of the tips provided here are practice-based security steps that require no plugins or hacks. The idea here is that you don't need to make changes to any code, or modify WordPress in any way in order to maintain strong security. These are security steps that most any WordPress user can use to help protect their site and keep WordPress safe and secure.

Poll: How Many Plugins is Too Many?

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A frequent question in the WordPress community is "how many plugins is too many?" I've heard responses that vary from "zero" to "no limit, man". So in this quick post, you can check out some screenshots of WordPress-powered sites running lots of plugins, and then cast your vote!

Pro Version of Block Bad Queries

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BBQ Pro is the premium version of my free security plugin, Block Bad Queries. BBQ Pro helps keep your WordPress-powered site safe and secure by blocking bad URI requests. This helps to conserve precious server resources like memory and bandwidth. BBQ Pro runs silently in the background, checking all incoming traffic and blocking any URI requests that contain nasty stuff like eval(, base64_, and other malicious nonsense. It’s advanced firewall protection that’s fast, flexible, and fully customizable.


Probably the most in-depth interview I've done so far, includes lots of discussion about Digging Into WordPress, my other WordPress books, plugins, themes, web development, and everything in between. Thanks to Bauke Roesink for the opportunity!

DigWP Book Update

Attention proud owners of Digging Into WordPress! The book received a major update for WordPress 4.2, including a complete refresh of all resources and links. As with the previous 15 updates, version 4.2 is a free download for all Members of DigWP.com :)

SES Pro – Ajax Powered Email Signup Forms

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SES Pro is a premium email newsletter plugin for WordPress. It is 100% shortcode-based with Ajax-powered signup forms that can be displayed anywhere. There are no monthly fees or limits on the number of subscribers, how many emails you can send, or anything else. It’s just a lightweight yet full-featured email-signup plugin that's super-easy to use.

Top 7 Contact Form Plugins

WinningWP posted on the top 7 contact form plugins, including the best free and premium plugins for front-end forms, contact forms, and everything in between. Great round-up of all the latest and greatest form plugins :)

Book Giveaway!

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To celebrate Thanksgiving, we're giving away three copies of Digging Into WordPress! Winners will receive full access to the Members Area here at DigWP.com to download current versions of the book and all exclusive themes and bonus material.

Mashshare for Social SEO

I've been checking out Mashshare lately as a good social-media/share plugin. Besides delivering great features and a nice set of vector share buttons, Mashshare is lightweight and focused on performance. You can check it out at WordPress.org :)

Tools the Pros Use

Bauke Roesink rounds up 126 top designers and asks them which software they use for web and graphic design. Super informative article with lots of insight :)

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