InetDaemon.Com started seeing an increase in fake registrations at the site, around 10-20 daily up from around 1-2 per week.  Periodically, I go back and clean out old unused accounts.  This is just part of routine maintenance and security any site using a dynamic web application like WordPress should be doing.  More than 99% of these bogus accounts were never used, so this means that the people (or bots) didn’t sign up to use the site, but registered for another purpose.   Since we don’t sell anything here or take credit card numbers, I can only assume they want to harvest the local logins and email addresses, which are the only thing we have stored here. I have shut down the membership registration functions temporarily until I can figure out a solution that is so unpalatable to the spammers and other criminals that it’s not worth their time.

Since I’m an IT professional with more than 10 years experience with WordPress, I know the right things to do to protect a WordPress instance.  More on WordPress Security later.

Looks like the Twitter Tools plugin is broken. Need to find another alternative. Suggestions?

Friday, the InetDaemon.Com website crashed.  HTTP 500 errors all over the place and no WordPress, just blank error pages. Oh, NO! What do I do!?!

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My personal WordPress workflow:

  1. One-time Setup (First Time User)
    • Bookmark the New Post page.
    • Click Tools
    • Drag the Press This link to toolbar
    • Copy the Press This link and the New Post link to all browsers
  2. Spontaneous Post Ideas
    • Dream up an idea for a post
    • Click the New Post bookmark in my browser
    • Dump my idea
    • Click Save Draft
  3. Ideas from the World Wide Web
    • Browse the net for ideas
    • Click Press This
    • Dump a couple of sentences on why you chose to post on the item
    • Click Save Draft
  4. WordPress has a built-in “next post” function. Use a theme that supports it.
  5. If you have an idea for a series of posts, create placeholders for them all at once so the “next post” keeps them together.
  6. Multiple posts created in order can be read in sequence automatically
  7. Use the <!–more –> tag on your front page.
    I use something like this:
    <!–more FULL ARTICLE:  Teaser for the rest of the article–>
  8. Use the <!–nextpage–> tag to break the post into multiple pages if you go beyond a couple of paragraphs.
  9. Always Save Draft so you can take a break, come back later and do a proper job of editing.
  10. Schedule your posts. You may not blog regularly, but you can post regularly. Regularly scheduled postings gets your readers in the habit of coming back on specific days to look for new posts.
    • Click the Edit link next to “Publish immediately”
    • Set a future date
    • Click OK
    • Posts will appear automatically while you’re busy with something else.

This process allows me to capture my post ideas, flesh them out and schedule them to appear in series at a later date.