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Protecting your site from the WordPress-attacking botnet

You may have read about the “lovely” botnet that’s been targeting WordPress sites (self-hosted, NOT those on wordpress.com) with lots of attempts to bruteforce your admin login. No? Read about it.

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Combining multiple audio files in Audacity

If you’re using a digital audio recorder, or have ever had a need to combine multiple audio files into one larger file, then Audacity is a great tool for the job. In this screencast, I walk you through how to combine two separate audio files into one, and export it as an mp3.

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Troubleshooting WordPress: server logs

I’ve recently received several emails from visitors to this site saying they were having trouble accessing blog pages and entries. I want to apologize for those issues. They should be resolved now.

This provides a nice segue into a conversation I had recently about troubleshooting issues in WordPress. Specifically, troubleshooting some of the error messages generated by security plugins. I’ve written previous posts about WordPress security, and I suspect I will write even more. While the issue folks were having recently, wasn’t necessarily a security issue, it was a security plugin that triggered errors that I received via email. Ultimately, the issue was a file name, and server logs are involved.

If this post intro makes you feel like you’re reading “Cloud Atlas” (i.e. confusing), I’m sorry. The point of Cloud Atlas is true of the things you’re about to read, everything is connected.

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So you want to make a video

So you’ve decided to create a video, but you’re not sure where to start? I could be a smartass and say, start at the beginning, but that doesn’t really help.

You need a plan. Before you start. Video has a way of making your seemingly solid plan turn into a completely different plan, but what do you do, what DO you do? Read on.

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Web designers, you really should learn code

I’ve been telling my web designer clients and web building students for 12 years, that if they really want to have a chance at gigs, learn code. Specifically, XHTML and CSS.

In fact, I’ve said this to people for the last decade *while* teaching designers XHTML, CSS, PHP, and now HTML5, and a lot of people *still* don’t get it.

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