Recently it has come to light that automated bots are attacking WordPress sites, in particular those where the person starting the site chose to retain the default admin username. Matt Mullenweg has recommended that WP site owners utilizing the admin username ensure that they have a strong password. If the password is not strong then change it to a strong one. In the video posted below I show you how to do that. As you’ll see it’s a very simple process.
I was looking through some old Google Docs and I found a spreadsheet (embedded below) that compares the features of various hosted (aka website as a service) web services. These are services that provide you a website and associated functionality (varying by service provider) that require no technical setup on your part. At the time I created the spreadsheet I was weighing whether or not I should launch a new website using either a hosted service or my own web hosting account. I know that this is a decision that people who are new to web publishing struggle with so I figured that I would provide some thoughts on the pros and cons of procuring a web site as a service.
If you have ever thought about learning web development or content management systems then one of the first things that you’ll want to do is download a web server to your local machine so that you can do your development off line. Running a web server may sound a bit intense if you’re just starting out but it’s actually quite simple to get started on with the help of free tutorials that you can find such as this Drupalize.me video that shows how to install the MAMP web server on a Mac. For Windows folks you can install the WAMP web server as seen here.