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13 WordPress Add-Ons That Mean Business

Want to get more out of the WordPress Web publishing platform in areas like analytics, SEO and security? Check out this baker's dozen of add-ons for business users.
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Security is top of mind for WordPress users right now, or at least it should be. WordPress' popularity all but guarantees it will be a favorite target of hackers and criminals for the foreseeable future. As a result, more businesspeople are taking extra steps to ensure their sites are secure.

"Many small businesses appreciate the power of WordPress, but many of these same businesses fail to recognize that WordPress is a common target for hackers," said Josh Waldron, founder of the Web design firm Studio JWAL. He's a fan of Login Lockdown. The plug-in hasn't been updated in a while, but Waldron said it has worked well for him on WordPress 3.0 and up. "If a person or automated script is looking to gain access to your dashboard, this tool will deny them access sooner rather than later," Waldron said.

Laurie Morse-Dell of Pup's Place likes Better WP Security (pictured), in part because it you don't need to be a hardcore security pro to use it. "[It's] very easy to set up and use and gives you a nice color-coded system for rating the security risks of different parts of your site," she said. "Any novice can walk through the site suggestions it recommends and there are great explanations for why you might want to make each of the changes or how changes might affect other parts of your site."

Skip Shean, CEO of 16wells, likes Sucuri to prevent his customers' WordPress sites, many of which are in the financial services sector, from becoming malware farms. "[It] heads off a lot of problems for clients around malware and other Internet stupidity," he said.

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Leo Regulus
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4/24/2013 | 6:37:33 PM
re: 13 WordPress Add-Ons That Mean Business
It is now the second quarter of the new year.

Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?

BTW, you really ruined my day and I'm not happy about that.
denvercyber
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denvercyber,
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4/23/2013 | 8:10:24 PM
re: 13 WordPress Add-Ons That Mean Business
It is unfortunate that articles like this do not do more fact checking. One of the security plugin's recommended in the article (WordPress Firewall 2) has not been updated in over 2 years:

!This plugin hasn't been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress."

So if you try to apply it not only could it break your WordPress site, but it could give you a false sense of security, buggy and vulnerable code, etc.

I see this time and again, quick and dirty WordPress security recommdations that are not properly vetted.

Please do better!
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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4/23/2013 | 5:00:26 PM
re: 13 WordPress Add-Ons That Mean Business
It seems like Yoast offers a simpler solution for SEO beginners or those running their own sites for their own personal businesses, which is a good thing. One thing I have always liked about WordPress is its simplicity, and that carries over to most of its add-ons.
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