How to Secure a new Linux WordPress Server

Welcome by an author (Daniel Brinneman)

The first line of defense in all of hosting and following sections I’ll write about, this being a subtle ‘zero’ or the least thought about topic of consideration, is your choice of usernames and passwords. I’ve had way too many clients always default to these two habits. The first is choosing a username that the whole of WordPress new sites used to have on install, ‘admin’ (no longer the case) and second, choosing a password that was easy for them to remember from anywhere. And then using that same combination on every single online account they had, even their personal accounts. Yikes! And even after I had generated a secure password for them, they changed it to something “easier” to remember. That always makes me feel extremely uneasy because I already can guess what’s in their site’s future. I have my clients’ best interest in mind when I generate those cumbersome passwords.

Update: Daniel moved his content to a new domain. This fixes a broken link. Let's hope I don't have to do this again. Fellow, Desk.pm user, Daniel Brinneman recent wrote an article on how to harden a WordPress website. Daniel's piece is well written and covers the basics. Please visit his site. While Daniel and…

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Open Source Softare has to be better

The thing about open source by Bijan Sabet

I think we need to aim even higher with open source movement. It’s not just about an open source version of Photoshop or Windows or MS Office. It has to be bigger and more ambitious than free and open. It has to be better.

I’m a proponent and critic of man Open Source Projects. Some projects like PHP, Perl, Apache, Linux, MySQL, are very successful and provide very capable solutions to enterprises and small businesses. Other projects like GIMP and OpenOffice are a disappointment. They are poor alternatives for the products they are meant to replace. They are the…

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