Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 25

Setting Up SPF DNS Records

SPF (Sender Policy Framework) is an internet standard to address SPAM by ensuring that emails are sent by only the valid senders from valid servers, so spammers cannot send fake emails for your domain (unless they have compromised your server or the DNS servers). The way SPF accomplish that is by adding special records into …

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Feb 24

Lean Startup != Cheap Startup

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Lean startup concept is “Lean = Cheap”, i.e. the startup will be under-capitalized, the team should live off little, etc. Encouraging a start-up to run on a little budget is almost redundant, by nature a start-up has very little capital and especially when pre-revenue, founders often work very …

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Feb 23

Google Analytics with WordPress

Use Google Analyticator Plugin – there are others of course, but I choose this one for now as it shows up first in the Administration -> Plugins -> Add New page when searching for “Google” Support article for Google Analyticator Install the plugin via Administration -> Plugins -> Add New “Network Activate” Click on Settings …

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Feb 23

WordPress Error: “File type does not meet security guidelines”

WordPress › Support » File type does not meet security guidelines. If you are uploading “media” (WordPress’s term for generic files), you might have encounter the error in the title.  This is because WordPress filters files by extensions as a crude security measure to protect “bad” files from being uploaded. To enable more file types …

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Feb 23

Using Themes in WordPress

Using Themes « WordPress Codex. Activate in Administration -> Super Admin -> Themes before using it in the individual sites.

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Feb 23

WYSIWYG Editor for Comments in WordPress

Having a wysiwyg editor for writing comments is a nice feature to have.  TinyMCEComments plugin provides such capability: Install via Administration -> Plugins -> Add New “Network Activate”

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Feb 23

Comment Spam Filter Via reCAPTCHA

Akismet, the built-in spam filter for WordPress, appears to suffer from some reputation problems, so we’ll avoid using akismet for now, and instead, we will use reCAPTCHA. The nice thing about reCAPTCHA is that it’s got descent strength, and people are familiar with it due to the wide deployment. Using reCAPTCHA requires API keys.  A …

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Feb 23

Change Permalink Structure In WordPress

http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks For each of the sites: Administration -> Settings -> Permalinks Choose Custom Structure Structured Tags are as follows %year% %monthnum% %day% %hour% %minute% %second% %postname% %post_id% %category% %author% I choose /%postname%/ – to ensure each post is equivalent to a page

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Feb 23

Enable SSL Protection of the Admin Area in WordPress

Once SSL is enabled, the next step is to protect the admin area with SSL. The simplest approach appears to be to modify wp-config.php: define(‘FORCE_SSL_ADMIN’, true); This approach, however, does not work well with blog networks.  Specifically, when you try to login from sub-sites with domain mapping, it does a double login: First to https://<mapped-domain>/wp-login.php, …

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Feb 23

Setup Domain Mapping to WordPress Network

Once Network is enabled, you can have multiple blogs created under the same site.   Domain mapping allows for each blogs to appear as a different site.  The WordPress MU Domain Mapping plugin accomplishes the goal: Install the plugin via the Administration -> Plugin -> Install Plugin page Find the plugin, and then install Copy …

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