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Finished The 100 Days Of Code Working On WordPress Stuff Now.

So I finished the 100 days of code challenge. I really learned a lot! Feeling really strong with my HTML5 and CSS3 still have a ways to go with my JavaScript knowledge. Still, getting around JavaScript pretty well now.

I decided to spend the next two months working on WordPress and OpenCart stuff. I created a custom theme using a YouTube tutorial. That was a learning experience. I really liked the way the design came out and it is exactly what I wanted for the site.  I wanted a blog section and a photo gallery section and that was exactly what I created.

The Motorcycle Dude

Here is the Youtube video I used to create the WordPress theme.

I’m now experimenting with WordPress CSS styling and I’ll be looking into Elementor for designing WordPress websites.


Add A Twitter Feed To Your Blog Or Website.

I wanted to make my blogs, and websites a little more interactive, and also give people another way to interact with and or contact me. I decided on creating a twitter widget to put in the sidebars of my blogs, and also add to the front page of the website. The process was surprisingly easy. Here’s what you do.

If you don’t have a twitter account you want to go to twitter.com and create an account. O.K. we’ve got our account set up, now go to https://twitter.com/settings/widgets . If you’re not logged into your account, twitter will ask for your username and password and then it should open to a page that has a box that say widgets with a radio button that says “Create New”. Click on create new, and the next page that opens will be the configuration page. Put your @twiiterUserName where it asks for it, and then configure it. If you want replies to show up in your time line then uncheck that box, click whether you want your photo’s to auto-expand or not, adjust your height, theme color, enter your link color hex code or stick with the default, and click create widget. Thats it your done, when the next page loads, cut and paste the code into your blog or website and you’ll have a cool twitter feed, posting all of your updates in real time.

I placed the twitter feed on my Tumblr blog in the sidebar. It’s a custom theme I created so, you’ll have to read the Tumblr documentation to install it in yours. For Tumblr I basically just created another side box and pasted the code into it.

On my website, I did some rewriting of my css to make it responsive to both browsers and phone screens, and using the @media code the widget will even be omitted from smaller displays so the page still displays properly in most devices.

On this wordpress blog, using the 2012 theme, I just clicked on appearance, widgets, dragged a text box over to my sidebar, and pasted the code in the text box. It really couldn’t of been any simpler with wordpress and this is one of the reasons I’m really glad I decided to give WordPress a try. Between the website, Tumblr, and this WordPress blog, WordPress was hands down the easiest to install the widget in !

If you want to get a bit crazy with this project and really customize the heck out of the timeline and make it your own, you can check out the developers page here.

This was a really, easy, fun project, and I think it’s a great way to add a little interactivity to your blog or website. Any questions, please feel free to comment, or tweet it from the side bar. Thanks for reading and good luck !

Basic WordPress Security

Found this in my Tumblr blog stream and thought it was funny.

Found this in my Tumblr blog stream and thought it was perfect for this post.

Here’s some basic measures you can take to help secure your wordpress blog. I’m not a security consultant, and I don’t pretend to play one on t.v. Some of this stuff is common sense and some of it is stuff I picked up doing a little research on this subject recently. This post certainly isn’t the end all and be all of WordPress security and really covers the very, very, basics. I do think it’s a good start though. Let’s get started.

When you created your WordPress blog, the first user is set to “Admin” by default during set up. You have an opportunity to change this during the set up process and hopefully you took advantage of that. This is one of the most basics of computer security yet so many people seem to ignore it. NEVER KEEP THE DEFAULT ADMIN USER NAME !

Now, whether you kept the default admin, or you created a user name, a good idea for the admin account is to make sure to use a nickname that will appear on the site when you’re replying to comments. In you’re dashboard click on users, then under the user name click on the edit link. In the field for nickname create a nickname for the admin account. Then below that select the “Display name publicly as” and make sure the new nickname you created is selected. So now when you reply to a comment or post, the nickname appears instead of the Username for the Admin account.

Another trick is to not use the Admin account for posting anything. Create another account, that you’ll only use for posting, with limited privileges. Do this by creating a new user, then click on users again and at the top of the list of users you should see a drop down menu that “reads change role to”. Simply check the new user you created and then  change that drop down to contributor, and only use the Admin account to make changes to the blogs design. If you go this route make sure to select a nickname for this “contributor account” as explained previously.

The reason for doing all this is to make sure someone with ill intent doesn’t get the login name of the Admin account. Once a hacker gets a login name, they have achieved half the battle. Now they just have to figure out the password. By using these techniques someone would now have to guess the Login name, and also the password in order to access the account. It’s almost like creating two passwords for your blog and having two lines of security or doubling your basic protection.

So, lets talk passwords. Passwords are a royal pain. We have so many passwords, and we always try to make them easy to remember, or use the same password for all our websites. Huge mistake ! If you do this and you’re compromised they now have access to your e-mail, maybe the website, your ftp server, and God knows what else. That’s a really bad habit and practice to fall into. Give your blog a unique password !

Let’s start with really bad passwords. Really bad password choices are names of wives, pets, street address, favorite foods, etc, etc,. By using a password like this, anyone who knows you and might want to gain access to your site will achieve that goal with just a couple of guesses. A friend of mine once asked me to check the security on a server he set up, I gained entry in under 5 minutes ! He was absolutely flabbergasted, and didn’t understand how I cracked his server so quickly. I looked at him and said next time don’t use your lovers name as a password ! He was embarrassed to say the least.

Really good passwords really shouldn’t be words at all. A random sequence of numbers and letters are best, mixed with capital and lower case letters. In all fairness though, that just sucks. Most people won’t do this, and it really is difficult to remember the password. You could use l337 letters using words and replacing letters with numbers like 1amG0d or something but even that isn’t very secure these days. Brute force crackers can and will figure these passwords out in a very short amount of time.

Here’s a few tricks for creating passwords that are hard to crack and easy to remember.

1) Make the password at least 8 characters long and use a series of UPPER CASE and lower case letters with a few numbers thrown in the mix.

2) Use a movie quote, or line from a favorite poem or song, or maybe a passage from your favorite spiritual book. Replace some of the letters with numbers, like zeros for o and 1’s for L’s.

3) Now, this is my favorite. Use the above technique, but instead of using the complete quote or phrase, simply take the first letter from each word in the phrase.

For example: the line below taken from Bowery Blues by Jean-Louis (Jack Kerouac)

“the night will be bright with the gold of old.”

This would break down to : 7NwbBwtg0o

You now have a 10 letter and digit password that is very secure and somewhat easy to remember. You can come up with your own system for how you place the letters, caps and numbers. Like every third letter is CAPS, or 7 for t’s, 0 for o, etc, etc,.

Finally, lets talk about that meta widget, with the link included for the login page right out in the open. That gots to go ! The first time I seen a WordPress blog, I couldn’t believe they placed the login link right on the main page of the blog. I’ve heard that removing it wasn’t even an option till recently. Well now you can remove it and I suggest you do. Why even tempt someone ! Out of site out of mind !

To do this, go to your dashboard, click on appearance and select widgets. On the right hand side of the page there will be a column titled Main Sidebar, simply take your mouse and drag the Meta widget to the Inactive Widgets box on the bottom of the page. Thats that for that. Now make sure to bookmark your login page so you can login to your blog.

On that note, it may not be a bad idea if you know and understand WordPress and PHP to change the url of the login page. As I get to know this blogging program better, that may be a future post down the road. This should probably only be attempted by webmasters with a good understanding of PHP and how the WordPress software works and is configured.

Anyway, this covered the very, very,very basics. I’m not a security expert, but I think this is a great start for someone concerned about the security of their WordPress blog. Thanks for reading and I hope I didn’t make this overly complicated or confusing. If you have any other suggestions, or I missed something obvious, please comment and share. Till next time , keep on blogging and  cheers!




Well, I guess for my first real post I should give credit where credit is due. The blog is powered by WordPress. I decided to go with WordPress because it’s free, open source, and considered by many in the blogging community as the best. I’ve blogged on Tumblr and Blogger but this is really my first experience with WordPress. I’m really looking forward to seeing what it can do.