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Securing WordPress Login Using HTTP Authentication

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Having spent some considerable time and effort cleaning this site after it had been hacked I was determined to make it as secure as I possibly could in an attempt to prevent it happening again.

This is a WordPress site running on an Apache server so one of the numerous measures I implemented was to use HTTP Authentication to password-protect the wp-login.php file.

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Resetting MAMP’s MySQL Root User Password

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Those of you familiar with MAMP will no doubt know that MAMP’s MySQL root user password is set to root by default and changing it is not as straightforward as it perhaps should be.

I’ve previously described a way of successfully changing the root user password providing, of course, that you know the current password. If you’ve forgotten it, this method will not work and a way of re-setting the password is required.

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Recovering Lost Jetpack Stats in WordPress

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Many of you will be familiar with the Jetpack plugin. I use Jetpack’s Stats module — previously the WordPress.com Stats plugin — to record and display´╗┐ this site’s page views.

Several Jetpack modules including the Stats module require a connection to an account at WordPress.com where your self-hosted WordPress site is given a unique ID. This unique ID is associated with the site’s domain name. If you change an already connected site’s domain name and reconnect it to your WordPress.com account it is given a new unique ID.

Herein lies the source of a problem I had recently which resulted in the apparent loss of all this site’s stats.

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Collapsible Sidebar Lists Plugin for WordPress

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A previous theme I used for this site incorporated For some while this site’s been using the collapsible sidebar lists I described in this post. This method requires manually adding PHP and Javascript to the theme’s code. All a bit clunky really.

I’ve finally completed a plugin which provides the same functionality, but in a far more convenient way. The collapsible lists currently displayed in this site’s sidebar are generated by this plugin.

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Fixing WordPress “404 Object Not Found” Errors on a Mac OS X Local Server Environment

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Installing WordPress on a local server environment is fairly straight forward. There are numerous guides to be found on the Internet that’ll walk you through each step.

However, if your local server environment is running on a Mac, the local Apache server may have some difficulty serving WordPress posts and pages resulting in Error 404 Object not found! errors. These errors can often be attributed to the use of custom or so-called pretty permalinks.

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Possible Cause of WordPress Jetpack Plugin Pagination Error

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Back in July 2011 I noticed a problem with the Jetpack plugin and page navigation. In short, with the Jetpack plugin activated page navigation worked only if I was logged-in as admin. When logged-out page urls were being incorrectly re-written and causing 404 Not Found errors.

Now, some 9 months after having first raised the issue over at the WordPress.org forums member Josh Eaton seems to have found a possible cause.

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