WordPress Security Is Not About Plugins (managewp.com) The democratization of publishing has a nasty side effect: pretty much anyone can start a WordPress blog. As the entry bar gets lower, more and more websites fall prey to malicious attacks, simply because the blog owners are out of their depth when it comes to protecting their blog. And being the biggest CMS on the market, WordPress has a huge target painted on its back. So, if you can’t be 100% safe, what can you do?
Should WordCamp Afterparties Be Alcohol Free? (wptavern.com) Inspired by an article published on Red Queen Coder on the pervasiveness of alcohol in the programming community, Gary Pendergast, WordPress core contributor asked the following question on Twitter, “Has anyone been to WordCamps that removed the alcohol focus from afterparties?” Pendergast’s question generated a healthy discussion on whether or not alcohol has a place at WordCamp afterparties.
5 Ways User Profiles Add Authority to Your WordPress Site (www.cozmoslabs.com) Allowing your repeat visitors to create their own user profiles can help make your site “the place to be” in your niche, differentiating your site from your competitors and fostering a sense of community among your users, all centered around your brand.
Let’s look at five ways adding user profiles to your site can help you increase your site’s authority, reputation, and ultimately its conversion rate.
Is the WordPress Plugin Repository Worth the Hassle? (freemius.com) If you’re a relatively experienced WordPress plugin developer, you’ve most likely already asked yourself this question – possibly more than once.
If you’re a relatively new WordPress plugin developer, you’re probably asking yourself “Wait … why would I not want my plugin in the repository?!”
Both questions are valid.
Essential Web Design Blogs You Need to Follow in  + RSS (www.dart-creations.com) If you're a web designer, a design agency, or somebody who works with websites, you know that you must keep yourself always up to date with the latest goings on in the world of web design.
To that extent, what better way than following established web design blogs, which produce a constant stream of content. Here's a list of web design blogs to follow.
The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Caching (premium.wpmudev.org) There is a lot of buzz around the internet when it comes to website loading times. A website that loads fast provides a better user experience overall and leads to more engagement and better conversion rates.
Even Google announced that website loading times will play a role when it comes to your search engine ranking. And studies show that if a website takes more than two seconds to load, visitors are more likely to abandon it and go elsewhere.
To find out where you’re at currently, testing your website’s speed is a good idea.
How to Rename the Uncategorized Category in WordPress (www.wpbeginner.com) If you have wanted to rename the Uncategorized category in WordPress, then you’re not the first one. Often WordPress beginners ask us if it’s possible to remove or rename the uncategorized category in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to rename the uncategorized category, and how to change the default category in WordPress.