Spring Clean Your Blog

Crocuses are showing their beautiful sunny petals and there's more light and longer days here. So I turn to not just Spring cleaning but a radical replanning of all my online businesses. The biggest part of that is to get all my blogs in order – looking at content, themes and plugins.

The easiest part of this is probably the plugins so I'll be posting quite a few short posts on considerations about plugins.

On the one hand I love plugins and on the other – the more you have the more updating, tweaking and potentially security hassles you have too!

The first decision is to look at improving WordPress itself – its rather horrible and Spartan text editor. I got to hate Tiny MCE years ago on another software – not even WordPress so the first thing I usually do if I can is to replace it.

For this blog I chose "CKEditor". To me it looks a million times better and is easier and more functional.

Next is to check the security plugins.

The very first consideration is to install a backup plugin. Just like hard drive failure is not a possibility but a certainty hacking is a certainty too. Since a blog can be easily reinstalled then the possession of at least a database backup can be easily scheduled once a week and the backup stored in your hosting space, your hard drive or drop. A simple solution I have used for years is the WP DB Backup by Austin Matzko.

After that the simplest level of protection is a login protector such as Login Lockdown. It comes with some options but the default settings are OK. I tweak them to allow a small number of failed logins and a lockout period that is longer than the default.

There are of course many types of hack – the login is the most direct. More complex hacks need a more more complex plugin such as Bad Behavior. by Michael Hampton.

Finally we get to top level security plugins and I'll write about those on my "newbie" blog.



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