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Today, I'm going to teach you how to do some stuff.
Like improve your site's performance.
And make it more secure.
So let's get started...
How do we reduce load time?
Methods for Reducing Load Time
- Visitor & server side caching
- Image tweaks & optimization
We'll go ahead & begin with caching...
WP Super Cache vs. W3 Total Cache
Now, let's tighten up those images...
Compress Your Images Locally
Compress Images on Your Site
Load Images As They're Needed
Okay, that covers performance.
Now, let's focus on security.
But first, we'll cleanse our palate with a video.
How can we lock WordPress down?
Methods for Securing WordPress
- Block attacks at the server level
- Protect your admin area
- Staying on top of updates
How about we start with blocking attacks at the server level?
Who's already using a plugin?
Here's why that's not such a great idea...
Okay. Now let's chat about insulating your admin area...
So, we want to keep unauthorized people from getting into your admin area.
But we also want to not be annoying to the site's contributors, right?
Note: Enabling all of these at once can make logging in an ordeal.
Let's finish this out with a conversation about updates...
Updating: Not just for weekends anymore
According to WPsecure, there were 186 exploits for WordPress and its plugins in 2011.
"But it's such a pain to stay on top of plugin updates!"
You know what's an even bigger pain? Cleaning up a hacked site.
Getting an email reminder though? That's no pain at all.
And that covers security.
That's it! Thanks for hanging out.