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  I was put in a situation where I had FTP access to this client’s WordPress site, and I had access to his database too via phpMyAdmin, but not the administrative credentials (username & password) for the site. As long as I had FTP access and a phpMyAdmin it took me a couple of minutes to gain access  to the backsite. At this point I know what you are thinking – “Why don’t you use the WordPress feature where you can recover lost passwords”? I could not use that feature, because I did not have access to the mailbox where WordPress was going to send the information to. I had to resort to the following tactics: 1 – If You don’t have Continue Reading…

  I was asked to move a website to a new location, where the owner of the site for whatever reason had no admin rights to the backsite. All we had to go with were 2 files, the MySQL database dump file, and the files of the site in a zip file. Off topic here but, for migrating sites, I use the plugin called “Duplicator” , but sometimes this does not work well, if you have very large files, or the size of the site is too big, and your hosting is configured in a way that the execution time is not big enough, so you run out of time before completing the task, or the php version is old, Continue Reading…

  I recently discovered the “Plugin Inspector” – wordpress.org/plugins/plugin-inspector . It basically checks any plugin you have installed in your WordPress site, and gives a detailed report on any deprecated functions, security holes, and unsafe php functions, and ranks those security risks, as low, medium and high. I am shocked to see how many plugins from the WordPress.org repository have security issues. I’m not talking about the plugins that are abandoned years ago, but recently updated. How low are the standards to have a plugin posted over there? I’m sure things will be much worse outside the repository, just like the themes. Talking about themes, just visit the themecheck.org website, just to realize how much “bad coding practices” there is out there, while charging Continue Reading…