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My recent website hack and how I resolved it

It’s been a few months since my site was being constantly hacked over a number of weeks. Enough time, I think, to discuss what happened without compromising my site security to them again (it’s been months since the last attack so I’m assuming they’ve lost interest now).

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Displaying an “Aged Post” message on posts before a particular date

There are lots of plugins available that will add a message box to the top of your posts if it’s above a certain age – e.g. 2 years old. However, I had a very specific requirement. After updating my site recently, I had to make changes to my posts to get them to fit with the new design. However, with over 1000 posts, it was going to be a long, long job to do them all. So I didn’t. I only did 2013 onwards. So, I wanted to display an appropriate message for any posts old than that – a set date rather than a moving time period.

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What I’d like to see in WordPress 4.7

Helen Hou-Sandi, the lead for WordPress 4.7, has posed an interesting question – what would we like to see in the next release of WordPress?

Initially, I echoed a number of other people with calls for two-factor authentication to be added (I use it for this site) but, after some thought, suggested something a bit more specific whilst, somehow, remaining a little vague. So, unable to get my thoughts out via a short comment, I thought I’d detail it a little more.

And, this time, I can give some very specific examples.

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One of the best things I added to my Draft List WordPress plugin was…

My last big update to Draft List added a number of new features but, over time, the one that I’ve really appreciated the most, was adding a shortcut to the Administration menu to all the draft posts, including a display of how many drafts there are, right there in the menu.

It’s genuinely been extremely helpful when working on this site and handling the number of drafts I’m often juggling with simultaneously!

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Things I hate about other people’s WordPress Plugins

I love WordPress plugins but there are things that other developers do that, as a user, really frustrate me. Now, to be clear, these are issues I have as a user and don’t represent the views of WordPress or Automattic.

In this case I’m going to kill two birds with a single stone with just one plugin that I’ve just installed – To Top.