As discussed, it's important to protect your site by setting proper file permissions on the server. This can be tricky for certain directories such as
/backups/, which need to be writable by the server in order for things like uploads, upgrades, and backups to work.
New book about .htaccess! Covers all the basics then goes into configuration, optimization, redirects, SEO, usability, security, and just about everything else. Includes a chapter on .htaccess techniques for WordPress to make it all good.
Awesome new plugin for displaying your posts in sidebars! Organize and display posts by category, author, tags and more. Includes many options for stuff like featured images, excerpt-length, and post-tags to help dial it in just right.
To better understand how the WordPress community currently deploy their sites, the fine folks at 88MPH have devised a short survey to gather some data about who is using WordPress and how they are deploying it. Please take a few moments to participate and share your experience!
WordPress makes it easy to add custom stuff to the Toolbar. This is a great way to personalize the look and feel of the WP Admin with custom menus, links, or whatever makes sense. To further streamline workflow, you can create keyboard-shortcuts to open your Toolbar links with a single keystroke.
Some interesting data on how themes are used in the top million WordPress sites. For example, 51% of the leading WordPress sites are running premium or commercial themes. Must-read for theme designers!
Awesome list of 100 WordPress-related sites for 2012. It's an honor to be included!
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Cool WP plugin for organizing and sharing your favorite places through OpenStreetMap on your site. Includes a bunch of awesome features such as integrated address search, popup descriptions, zoom levels, and works with OSM/OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, OGD Vienna Maps or any custom WMTS-map. Click the title for a demo and download!
Delivered on Google's "world-class platform," Google Analytics is a powerful way to monitor your site's statistics. As flexible content-publishing software, WordPress provides a variety of ways to add Google Analytics (GA) to your web pages. These techniques range from including the GA tracking code directly to using plugins that are easy to customize from within the WP Admin area. In this DigWP post, we cover it all with 5+ ways to add Google Analytics to your WordPress-powered site.
Awesome new book from Joseph Casabona on building WordPress themes from the ground up. Learn how to convert HTML to WordPress themes, set up custom post types, create theme options, and much more. Includes PSD/HTML files, full Director theme, and alternate book formats (.mobi & .epub).
When cleaning up hacked sites and testing .htaccess tricks, it's nice to have a list of WordPress directory and file names for checking patterns and finding strings directly via Search/Find. Especially when working remotely, having a complete list of WordPress files available online can help expedite the attack-recovery process.
This one's self-explanatory, but a lot has changed so I thought I'd poll one up to see what people think. It seems there are a lot more sites these days without the www. in their canonical URLs, but a lot of big sites continue to include the "www" subdomain (think Google home page). Which one is best? Let's find out..
Attaching any unattached media files that you may have floating around is a good way to keep things organized and running smooth. Normally, when you're working on a post in the Edit Post screen, you click the Upload/Insert button and use the nifty drag-n-drop media uploader to get 'er done. When you upload your media files in this manner, WordPress "knows" that you want to attach the file to that particular post. Super straightforward sure, but there are situations where WordPress doesn't know which post to use. In this DigWP post, we walk through the process of finding unattached media files and attaching them to their respective posts.
An easy way for visitors to enter their emails is by commenting on a post. We did this recently for people to sign up for a notification email. Instead of using a plugin or custom function for a one-time email list, we just went with WordPress core functionality and used post comments for people to sign up. Then the trick is retrieving the comment information from the database for the sign-up post.