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This course explains how to secure self-hosted WordPress sites, including site configuration, code modification, and the use of free plug-ins. Beginning with the basics of site security, author Jeff Starr explains how to harden a WordPress site by configuring authentication keys, setting proper file permissions, and removing version numbers. The course shows how to implement a firewall, prevent automated spam, and control proxy access, and concludes with a series of advanced tips and site security best practices.
This video tutorial series provides everything you need to follow along and complete the course in the exercise files. If you have access and are a Premium member, just grab a copy of the exercise files and place them on the Desktop as you follow along. If you don't have access to the exercise files, that's okay. You can still follow along. Just pause the movie when some code is presented and type it out manually. This course is not code intensive, so you should have no problems doing so.
Also in this video tutorial series, we're working with several key pieces of software. First and foremost, for our demo site, we're using a default installation of WordPress, which is easy for you to replicate by going to wordpress.org, downloading the latest version, and performing the Famous 5-minute Install process. A good idea for following along with the series is to set up your own demo site, as I have done. Note that at the time of this screencast, the current version of WordPress is 3.1.3. Next, we're using the Chrome browser, which is also free and ready for download at google.com/chrome.
And for various parts of the tutorial, we're also using the Firefox browser, which is available at mozilla.com. On the other side of the browser, we are using a software program called CODA for our FTP/file editing needs. When you hear me mention the FTP editor or FTP/file editor, I'm referring to CODA, which is available at panic.com/coda. Of course, any FTP/file editor will work just fine.
Also, all of the plug-ins, themes, and code is open source and GPL licensed. All of the plug-ins and themes used in this tutorial are freely available at the wordpress.org web site, and all of the code snippets are from my personal/design site perishablepress.com.
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