This is second of four podcast episodes related to WordPress security. For the first time ever (well second time I suppose!) I feel like I need to add some context to the show notes so that you understand the context of what I'm doing here. A little while ago there was some news in the WordPress space about the merits of using plugins for securing your WordPress website. Researchers (see the previous episode for more on this) had discovered ways in which the effectiveness of the plugins might be compromised. There were several posts on social media which amplified the issue, making it harder to gain an understanding of what happened, and when. I decided to reach out to a number of people to get 'their side of the story'. Today you're going to hear from Akshat Choudhary from Blogvault and Malcare putting his case for why WordPress firewalls and scanners are useful.
his is first of four podcast episodes related to WordPress security.
For the first time ever, I feel like I need to add some context to the show notes so that you understand the context of what I'm doing here.
A little while ago there was some news in the WordPress space about the merits of using plugins for securing your WordPress website. Researchers (Calvin being one of them) had discovered ways in which the effectiveness of the plugins might be compromised. I'll leave the audio (and transcript) of the podcast to explain the technicalities here, but there were several posts on social media which amplified the issue, making it harder to gain an understanding of what happened, and when.
I decided to reach out to a number of people to get 'their side of the story'.
Also a first for this podcast, I set some ground rules for the interviews to take place:
Each participant (there are four in total, one per episode) was told who the other guests were
Each participant was told that their episode would not be published until all four recordings had taken place
Each participant was told that their episode would be published in a random order
What you're listening to today is the first of that random publishing schedule. The other three episodes will come out in the following weeks.
This was done to ensure that the guests did not have. a chance to listen to the other participants episode, and therefore had. a chance to 'better prepare'.
With hindsight, which was likely overkill as all the guests were very thoughtful and polite. They do in some cases mention rival products and describe areas where they think that errors were made in code and communication. That being said, there was no general sense of mud slinging that I detected.
The guests are (in random order):
Calvin Alkan - Snicco
Akshat Choudhary - Malcare
Dan Knauss - iThemes (now SolidWP)
Thomas J Raef - We Watch Your Website
I'm going to keep my commentary here to a minimum to avoid getting embroiled in the debate, but there's some additional information about what we cover in the show notes of the post.
Today on the WP Builds podcast we're talking about health. Not your health, but the health of the WordPress sites you build or manage. Turns out that there's a boatload of things that need to be done regularly to keep your sites fighting fit. From backing them up to monitoring their uptime. Checking that they're okay after updates to keeping up with the latest SEO trends. I could go on for a lot longer, in fact David and I do in the podcast. From an agency perspective, this episode is particularly interesting because many of the things that we discuss today are areas which you can productise and sell to your clients; because honestly, they're unlikely to be something that your clients are interested in, they'll just want to know that it's done. Go check out the podcast today.
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This is the second episode about WordPress security. In this podcast we talk about the range of security plugins that we've heard of. It's by no means an exhaustive list, bit we cover some of the main options that you've heard of. We discuss these WordPress security plugins; what options do they offer, do we understand what they're doing and how do we pass on the responsibility for security to our WordPress website clients? Have a listen and post your comments...
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