Why Your WordPress Website Needs Extra Security

I love WordPress! It's a fantastic way to build a website without knowing how to write code. It truly makes web development easier. But, what a lot of WordPress website owners don't realize is how easy it is for someone to break into their website. WordPress is Open Source software, which is a great thing. This means that it's free to use by anyone. You don't have to … [Read more...]

Hosting Your WordPress Website

WordPress is open-source software. You can learn more about it here You can download the code at WordPress.org. You can then install the code on your own web hosting and "you are free to use it for anything without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms. (check out there site for more information: https://wordpress.org/about/). According to … [Read more...]

How the Heartbleed Bug May Affect You and What You Should Do About It

The Heartbleed bug was found in a certain version of OpenSSL last week. How does this bug affect you? Here is an explanation of the bug in cartoon format: Heartbleed Bug Cartoon If you are hosting your site with Cullen Web Services, your website was not affected. We didn't use the version of OpenSSL that had the bug. If you've been using one of the sites out there … [Read more...]

Increase the Security on Digital Downloads – Change the Folder Name Every Day Automatically in WordPress

I want downloads from my site to be secure without locking my customers out too. Many security solutions I've seen often keep the purchaser out as well. Passwords are often forgotten and either cause the customer a headache or it's a headache for me to try to support the purchase by constantly looking for or resetting. My solution does not keep anyone from sharing your … [Read more...]

PHP Frameworks

There are many PHP frameworks out there such as Symfony, Zend, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, and many more. I don't know that any framework is better in all things than any other framework. I think it's probably a matter of familiarity and preference. My favorite as of this writing is Symfony. You can read about my experience with Symfony in my other blog. When I first started … [Read more...]