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Lets clarify a few things.

 

It's not every WordPress website that is at risk here.

 

Only those websites with a theme that uses a specific plugin are actually affected.

 

Can we stop slating wordpress it is actually worth using because it's easy to customize & there are plenty of tools that will help beef up your WordPress security as well.

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There have been several attacks as of late, this being the most intrusive one with the self replicating malware.

 

There are several hacker groups that are specializing in Wordpress, in addition to state sponsored cyber attack groups.

 

Database information access does not scale well under heavy load.

 

Database interaction requires fairly large resource consumption under heavy load.

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  • 3 months later...

When not focused on radio I freelance as a programmer for the web and many of my clients use Wordpress and many of them have gotten into trouble by having an insecure implementation. You can secure Wordpress against attacks from those wishing to destroy or benefit from your hosting environment and data, but the basic security included by default wordpress installs is simply not enough. Your best bet of course is to backup often to protect your files and data away from the server so that when or if things go wrong you can restore your wordpress installation. Note however that if your site was hacked when you backed it up, it will likely still be hacked when you publish it back to your server.

 

Overall the performance of Wordpress in my opinion is the biggest problem. If you are running Wordpress on a shared hosting package, it is very likely that it will be very slow, even when using appropriate caching and .htaccess modifications to speed things up. The reason is the amount of code that loads for function support along with too many calls to the database by many template and plugins out there.

 

The fastest sites are static, and if you can run a content management system that creates static files rather than dynamic ones, your performance will rocket past anyone running a dynamic system such as Wordpress.

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Hello saint,

 

I'm really glad you brought this topic up, and I do realise I am going almost off-topic here, BUT...

 

When I started putting my station together, I spoke to a few I.T. design professionals who told me that Wordpress was THE software to go with, and that Dreamweaver is now old hat.

 

I'll be honest, I'm no Web Designer, an amateur who likes to try and experiment; I have built several Websites using Dreamweaver - basic, but did the job! So I decided to have a go at Wordpress, and just cannot get my head around it!

 

It seems an absolute necessity to know some code, especially if one wants to edit any of the themes there are - none seemed to suit my purpose.

 

A pal of mine, who is into Web Design more than me said "Your problem is that Dreamweaver is just about the worst 'training' one can have for using Wordpress. Wordpress is a Content Management Solution and assumes - at least to an extent - that you are prepared to moreorless accept what's available in terms of themes, if not then yes, you almost immediately need to have some coding knowledge. Dreamweaver starts off with a blank page, which scares off a lot of amateurs, which is why they turn to Wordpress as it is thought much easier to use, but if you want to think (or design) 'outside the box' (themes) you need to know code a lot quicker than you do with Dreamweaver".

 

In short Dreamweaver and Wordpress almost work in completely the reverse way of each other.

 

Your thoughts?

 

Cheers.

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Dreamweaver and Content Management Systems are indeed on opposite ends.

 

You honestly don't need a HTML editor to learn the basics of website design, you can code HTML webpages with a plain text editor. Drag and drop is good once you get the hang of things - but to really know what goes on under the hood - start off with a text editor - web browser to view the html file your creating and html reference guide. You can validate html code using several online options - here is a free one you can use - http://www.freeformatter.com/html-validator.html

 

Content Management is great for websites that will contain a multitude of pages - you can cut down on coding redundency this way.

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