Posts Tagged wordpress

Laravel, WordPress and PHP

I’ve been going through a series of tutorials on on the Laravel web framework. I was skeptical of Laravel at first since I’ve tried CakePHP and Yii and was less than impressed with their weight, speed and ease of use. If I am going to use a framework, I don’t just want an alternate way to do what I can already do in PHP with slightly less code. Seriously, CRUD operations are the backbone of dynamic web apps, this should be no less than 1-2 lines of code to make this happen. Laravel does this, and it does even more as I dig deeper. It’s like.. oh, I dunno, the creator of Laravel actually uses it to make websites? Some framework creators are very good at conceptual designs and academic discussions on why their design is best, but they fall apart at the actual implementation part. I might as well just reinvent the wheel with every project rather than use a framework for the sheer joy of using that framework. Ok, well I could go on for hours on that.

So whats with the constant updates to WordPress? I am glad they have automatic update now though, I run some Drupal sites and got bit hard with the zero day exploit about 3 months back where all Drupal sites were hacked simultaneously. Without the WordPress auto updater, all the other sites I run on WordPress would have probably been hacked as well. So thank you for that, WordPress devs.

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If you are running WordPress

Just read this article last week and I added a couple new plugins for security. Namely, I added Limit Login and Better WP Security. The very next day after adding these plugins it was already blacklisting IP’s coming from China that have been trying to brute force their way into my site.

If you run a WordPress site I can’t recommend enough that you beef up your password strength and add those plugins (if you haven’t already). AND MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR WORDPRESS INSTALL UP TO DATE!!!! The amount of bogus traffic over the past couple of weeks has been scary. You have been warned.

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