WordPress Security and Hacks

Recently the DACS website was “hacked”. A rogue script was inserted into the header of the pages. Several steps were taken to sanitize the WordPress installation and this fixed the problem – temporarily. However, security is an ongoing battle, and...

June 21, 2016 – WordPress Themes and Settings

Once you’ve decided to use WordPress to run your new website, and once you’ve gone through the “5 Minute Install”, what comes next? When you first login to your new WordPress admin area, you enter the default bare-bones set up, with the (this...

WordPress Child Themes

WordPress uses “themes” to display the content of the database in a user-friendly and attractive interface in the browser. Deciding which theme to use may be determined by the site requirements, some themes have additional features that may be required – or not....

April 19, WordPress Site Review and More

After a winter hiatus, the DACS Web Design workshop/SIG started up again on April 19, 2016. At this meeting we focused on a website developed by Andy Woodruff for Sofia Chiarandini, a young musician with many talents. http://www.sofiachiarandini.com/. Andy presented a...

September 15, 2015: Navigation Organization

Every website has navigation links to access all the content and information presented within a site. What is the best way to plan a menu structure to be most efficient? Let’s take a look at ways to organize and design navigation priorities. WordPress offers...

July 21st, 2015: Lock Down WordPress!

Increasing the default security of WordPress has become essential. Several excellent security plugin’s are available but this one appears to offer a more robust system than others. *** BEFORE ACTIVATING ANY SECURITY PLUGIN, KNOW HOW TO DEACTIVATE IT IF...

DACS Web Site Design SIG, May 19, 2015

The DACS Web Design Workshop/SIG is coming up Tuesday night, May 19th, 7 – 9 pm at the DACS Resource Center, Ives Manor (lower level), 198 Main Street, Danbury. How does one “design” a website? Regarding the front-end graphical interface – what...

Backup and Restore WordPress

There are several ways to backup a WordPress installation. Plugins can do the work, and run backups automatically according to a set schedule. Backups can be saved locally, or in a cloud server. Multiple versions of backups need to be stored, just in case a site gets...