A Quick and Thorough Guide to WordPress Maintenance Mode

As you build or maintain a WordPress website, you’ll likely find moments where you need to make your site inaccessible to the public. This is – rather obviously – referred to as putting your site into “maintenance mode.” Whether you’re performing simple plugin updates or making full-scale site modifications, maintenance mode is a handy tool to have in your developer’s …

A Comprehensive Guide to Editing. htaccess for WordPress Security

The .htaccess file in your WordPress install is a powerful configuration file that you can use to override the settings on your web server to improve your site’s security and performance. Short for “Hypertext Access,”, you can edit the file and with the right commands, you can enable/disable extra functionality and features to protect your site from spammers, hackers and …

WPWeekly Episode 235 – Interview with James Giroux Envato’s WordPress Evangelist

In this episode, Marcus Couch and I are joined by James Giroux, Envato’s WordPress evangelist. We discuss a number of topics including what he’s accomplished since taking over the position in January, the item support policy change, and author driven pricing. We also find out what his favorite part of the job is and what he enjoys most about his …

How to Scan Your WordPress Site and Patch Security Vulnerabilities

There are well over 7.5 million attacks on WordPress sites every hour so the probability of your site being attacked is almost guaranteed. Simply scanning your site for vulnerabilities, however, can help you keep nasty hackers at bay. Scanning your site will tell you how your site is vulnerable to attack so you can then take specific actions to patch any holes in your security. So …

BuddyPress Launches Style Modules Trial Initiative

photo credit: Paintbrush – (license) BuddyPress core developer Hugo Ashmore announced a new trial initiative this week that aims to create a library of CSS and JavaScript snippets to help users customize their communities. The Style Modules project will aggregate community-submitted code that enhances BuddyPress components in a plug-and-play manner. Developers who want to contribute to the project can submit …