I don’t know how much credence I give to the idea that WordPress is inherently insecure by default, but I do understand that people want to take steps to further protect their blogs. Smashing Magazine has put up an article relating to securing your WordPress admin, and while this won’t make your blog secure if you are making other security mistakes, it can be a great last step in a comprehensive security audit.
Here is one of their ten tips:
Choose strong passwords
Our recommendation for a secure WordPress password is that it be at least seven characters long and include uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers and symbols such as ! â€ ? $ % ^ & ).
If you are worried about your blog, and want to take as many precautions as possible to maximize your protection from intruders, I’d suggest enacting at least five out of the ten items on this list and look for more security related posts to help control every entry point into your WordPress blog.
While it might not be the tutorial that many of us want, NETTuts has published a great guide to making your first WordPress plugin from scratch. They talk about making something that can show products from OSCommerce, which while interesting, isn’t what my first choice would be.
In today’s tutorial we’ll be talking about creating a WordPress plugin that extracts and displays products from an external OSCommerce shop database. We will start by describing the file structure of a plugin and where it must be included in the WordPress structure, then we’ll be having a closer look at how to make our plugin visible for WordPress and integrating it with actions run by its frame.
They cover the important broad strokes though, and help people realize that it is mostly PHP knowledge that comes into play when making a WordPress plugin, so if you aren’t strong in PHP, or aren’t willing to learn, then you might want to stick to the ones that are already developed.
Some of the great parts for anyone interested in plugin development to note include information on how to make your own page in the WordPress administration panel, as well as dealing with hooks to display your work on the public facing theme.
I hope to see more of such tutorials from NETTuts in the future, as WordPress plugin development interests me, and I enjoy how the Envato network writers break down concepts.