Tag: wordpress

Developing a Minimum Viable WordPress Plugin

What is the minimum amount of coding required to create a new plugin that shows up in the WordPress dashboard? How much code has to be written to get the plugin to do something minimally interesting? It’s really pretty easy to create a minimal WordPress plugin to experiment with. Simply create a .php file under

Bad Passwords Seen in the Wild

I noticed another “brute force” attack on my site recently, trying username and password combinations repeatedly to try to break in. There were 130 attempts made, starting November 27th and continuing through the 30th. The username used in these attempts was always “admin”; 116 unique passwords were tried with it. [Update, February 2018: in a

Fixing “Verification Failed” errors in Google Search Console

Recently I set up my WordPress site as a “property” in Google Search Console. It was fun (and informative!) to watch the “position” feature in search analytics, listing what search terms found my page and what position each hit was in the search results (for a few results, the position of one of my posts

Update: WordPress in the Age of Hackers

It’s now the fourth month that the CuriousProg.com website has been up and running and the suspected attacks continue. I wrote in the original post about attempts to compromise the security of the site. There were a number of distinct types of attacks that I had seen: Attempts to log in to the WordPress dashboard

Bringing Up a WordPress Site in the Age of Hackers

Imagine if people walking by on your street walked up to your house and tried the door handle – several times a day! That’s the situation on the Internet in the year 2017. It’s very likely that hackers will start scanning and probing your website within hours of first creating it – even before you’ve

Writing-Style Checkers for the WordPress Blogger

With the start of this blog I became interested in writing style. I don’t think I’ll be alone in saying that writing in a clear and direct way can be difficult to achieve. There have been metrics around for years for judging the clarity and structure of writing, so I became curious about what might