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The Best WordPress Backup Plugin - Snapshot
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by James Farmer
October 23, 2012

If you haven't already, you should take a look at our stunning Snapshot WordPress Backup plugin, it'll completely blow your socks off.

No need to spend a fortune every month on VaultPress, BackupBuddy or some other expensive third party backup service when you can just use Snapshot and Dropbox Oh, and did we mention it even works with Multisite. Yep. Multisite!

How to Tackle Spam With The BuddyPress Spam Link Plugin
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Sarah Gooding
October 10, 2012

Are you getting overrun by BuddyPress spam? Here's a new plugin that will help you to eliminate spammers quickly and easily.

BuddyPress spam is a perennial problem that can negatively affect your social network. At times it can seem like weeds taking over your beautiful garden. Everyone knows what it's like to receive spam emails but when your members begin receiving spam messages through your community, they may feel as though their profile, participation and experiences are not secure. That is why, when building a community, it's important to maintain good spam protection; a spam-free experience produces subtle confidence that will keep your users returning.

Your WordPress Disaster Recovery Plan
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by James Dunn
October 3, 2012

Successful recovery from a WordPress disaster depends on planning ahead. Having a plan that includes these pieces of information can make recovery easier.

I didn't sleep very well last night. No, it wasn't because of a barking dog, a crying child, or my WordPress website had been hacked. We had a very rough storm roll through - complete with lightning, thunder, a tornado warning, and more rain that we've had in a single night in quite a while. While laying awake watching the storm, what I usually do so my family can sleep uninterrupted, I got to thinking about where all of our important papers were and how easily we could locate them in the event of a natural disaster.

Does WordPress Keep Your Content Safe?
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Tom Ewer
September 28, 2012

Is the time right for a major overhaul of WordPress' content saving functionality?

Cloud computing has taken over my life. I use Dropbox and Google Drive to store and share documents. I use Evernote to keep track of everything from my shopping list to my plan for world domination (it's a secret). iTunes is all but redundant to me now - Spotify is now my music app of choice. And then there's WordPress - a form of cloud computing in its own right. Content production is just so damned easy - you log in, fire up a new post, and you're off to the races. Any content you produce in WordPress becomes available to you (and anyone else) across any device. And best of all, with WordPress' "Save as Draft", autosave, and revision history features, your content is totally safe and secure. ...or is it?

WordPress File Permissions
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Clifford Paulick
August 8, 2012

Read this post so your site doesn't get hacked.

Have you ever seen file permissions listed as 755 or 644? Do you realize how different and important those numbers are? The WordPress Codex has a great primer on file permissions settings...

Is There a Proliferation of Subversive Plugins on WordPress.org?
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Tom Ewer
July 11, 2012

Is open source development slowly being eroded by misguided plugin designers?

As some of you may know, I spend a lot of time looking at plugins. In fact, I cast my eye over every single new plugin release on WordPress.org, and test any that I feel may of worth. So I end up testing a lot of plugins. The ones that I like get featured here at WPMU. You never read about the countless plugins I test that don't make the grade. Unless of course I need to vent about something (which I do today), in which case, plugins that I don't recommend get free publicity.

WordPress Security Vulnerabilities?! Get the Record Straight.
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Paulkaiser
July 9, 2012

The National Vulnerability Database lists 400 WordPress security vulnerabilities. Let's set the record straight.

Trust me: It's not as bad as it sounds. Searching the National Vulnerability Database using keyword "WordPress" blasts you with 400 listed vulnerabilities! I've seen this number quoted recently when comparing WordPress to other content management systems, and it puts WordPress security in a negative light. Never fear! Read on to see the truth I found just beneath the surface of those numbers...

Too Many WordPress Plugins?
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Patrick Cohen
July 9, 2012

Too many WordPress plugins installed on your site may put a strain on your database. Here are some tips too help reduce that load.

The world of WordPress plugins just keeps getting bigger. There are thousands of freebies available from the plugin repository, with more added pretty much every day. Hundreds, if not thousands, of premium premium plugins can also be found from a variety of sources. With all the cool features and functionality that can be found - not to mention the fun factor - it's often tempting to install stuff, even if you don't really need it on your site. But, before you go installing everything that looks cool, consider the following questions...

WordPress SSL Login - Don't Get Hacked
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Clifford Paulick
June 22, 2012

We can agree that publicizing your wp-admin login credentials for all to see is a bad idea, right? Dumb question?

Well, if you're not logging into your WordPress Dashboard via HTTPS (or option #2, below), that's exactly what you're doing. Hackers can spoof your login form, "listen" to the site activity, or your coffee house neighbor could be using Firesheep on you. In case you didn't know, bad people suck. If someone snags your login credentials, they could wreak havoc that can make you cry. It's scarier than just losing all your files. They might change your site content from family-friendly to R-rated, get your Dropbox or Amazon S3 credentials, install some nasty stuff, or change your account password and profile email to lock you out (your password reset link would email them, not you).

A Guide to Wordpress Discussion Settings
WordPress News at WPMU.org
by Craig Grella
June 18, 2012

Before your posts can go viral you need comments - and lots of them. Learn how to use your discussion settings to maximize your blog comments and minimize spam.

Readers like to see comments appear on your post as soon as they hit that little gray submit button, but as an administrator you want control over what is published on your site. Hence the blogger's dilemma - let the comments flow freely or send them to moderation before publishing? Of course, there's no correct answer - only what's right for you and your style of blog. In an effort to help make that decision easier, we've come up the following guide to WordPress discussion settings - the place where you tell your blog how to handle comment submission and publication.

     

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