Author: David Hayes
As Gutenberg gets closer, more and more people are trying to wrap their head around it. Zac Gordon’s Gutenberg development course is perfect if you’re really getting into it. But if you’re just looking into how to get started, this blog post he made a few months ago is as relevant and accurate as ever.
How to Compare the Features of WordPress Security Plugins (and Services)
As a part of WordPress Security with Confidence, I built a feature that I felt a lot of people were hungry for. It’s a comparison table of WordPress security plugins. It starts to take people along the journey from “security is a serious topic that I have no idea how to handle” and toward “security is a set of problems I can solve in a variety of ways.” That transition is my motivation for the course, and it’s also the motivation for something I just made free: WPSecurityCompared.com. Which, well, makes it easy to compare WordPress security plugins.
How to Create a Custom Taxonomy in WordPress with Pods
Custom taxonomies are a great way to organize information in WordPress. And the Pods plugin makes it easy create them without having to write any PHP code. We’ve got a full article explaining custom taxonomies in a fair amount of depth, so for here I’ll just offer a summary. You want a custom taxonomy because:
The WordPress Jargon Glossary
The WordPress Marketing team has put together a pretty cool resource: a guide to a lot of the weird lingo you’ll hear casually cast-off in WordPress conversations without context. While I hope that this can move to a more canonical place: jargon.wordpress.org (with a built-in quick-search feature) would be AMAZING, I love the approach that Bridget Willard and the team have taken to break down some of the unintended barriers that new people to WordPress face.
Come Speak at WordCamp Denver
If you’re in and around Colorado, or you just want an excuse to visit, you should come out to WordCamp Denver this year. Rather than just being a supporter, I’m on the organizing team this year.
A Complete Guide to PHP Data Types: Numbers, Booleans, Strings, & More
Life Cycle of a WordPress (or Joomla) Zero-Day
It’s rare that you find good write-ups with evidence-based details on the field of security. (This I learned while working on WordPress Security with Confidence.) This is true for a whole host of reasons, but it’s one of the many reasons that I’m pointing you all at this write-up from Larry Cashdollar.
How to Disable File Editing in the Admin Area of WordPress
With WordPress 4.9, you now get a warning when you’re about to make a change in the file editors in the WordPress back-end. (For those not following, I’m talking about the editor that you can find at Appearance > Editor, or Plugins > Editor on most WordPress sites.) This is great first-step, and does end one of arguments for disallowing editing of files in the WordPress admin side of the site. That is: people won’t know what that they could break their site when they make changes on those pages.
My Skillshare Course is Live: A Complete Site-Owner’s Guide to Securing Your WordPress Site
A few months ago, Skillshare got in touch and asked me to make a course for them. They’re trying to bulk up on great technical and WordPress content. On a lark, I decided to take them up on it. Flash forward to yesterday, and the course is finally live. It’s called, somewhat grandiosely, “A Complete Site-Owner’s Guide to Securing Your WordPress Site.” It’s really the most-essential subset of the content in WordPress Security with Confidence‘s Site Owner tier.