Using GeoIP.dat and Apache on cPanel / WHM to block 75,000+ attacks on wp-login.php in one day

After yet another brute-force attack on our servers hosting WordPress sites today I finally decided it was time to take some drastic action.  There are a number of different approaches you can take, this is what I did to block literally over 75,000 attacks against wp-login.php today. Step 1: Install the GeoIP database and Apache module Step […]

Welcome to my new site [design]

Chair and checkered tile floor at Cafe Helloakland Since it’s almost my 36th birthday, I decided it was time to update the site theme for my personal site, www.gabrielserafini.com. I wanted the new design to focus on framing content in an aesthetically pleasing way. The background changes on each refresh, and uses CSS transformations and […]

WordPress 3.1 is released!

We have 82 installations of WordPress on our servers and are excited for the new release of WordPress 3.1. There are a bunch of neat new features, but probably the thing that most of our clients will notice first is that there is a new admin bar that will show up for them. Should be […]

WordPress 3.0.2 released (security update)

WordPress 3.0.2 has just been released. Announcement here: http://wordpress.org/news/2010/11/wordpress-3-0-2/ This is a security release, so you should definitely upgrade your installations of WordPress!

Fix for Twitter Tools open_basedir error

If you’re like me you’ve been using the excellent Twitter Tools plugin for WordPress for a while now. Recently a client noticed that there was a sporadic error being shown that was similar to this: Warning: require_once() [function.require-once]: open_basedir restriction in effect. File(twitteroauth.php) is not within the allowed path(s): (/home/fern:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php:/tmp) in /home/fern/public_html/wp-content/plugins/twitter-tools/twitter-tools.php on line 1516 […]

Just installed 2 new and useful WordPress plugins (IntenseDebate and After the Deadline)

WordCamp San Francisco 2010 (#wcsf) was great.  Lots of neat people sharing good ideas about WordPress, including a great “State of the Word” address by Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress. During the presentations I learned about a couple of plugins that both seem worth trying out. IntenseDebate — Basically a commenting system on turbo mode. […]

WordPress 2.9.1 is now out

We’ll be upgrading most of our clients to the latest version of WordPress 2.9.1 now that they’ve resolved a number of the issues we were seeing with the 2.9 release.  Good job guys on getting a quick fix out!

How to fix 301 error when importing blog posts including images from a WordPress.com blog into a new WordPress.org blog

The current import script (as of WordPress 2.8.6) is broken when it comes to successfully importing images from WordPress.com. The error you see is something like Remote file error: Remote file returned error response 301 Moved Permanently Fixing this involves adding a couple of lines to a core WordPress file. Hopefully a future version of […]

Is WordPress automatic install / upgrade compatible with a SVN deployment of WordPress?

Question: Is the built-in WordPress automatic install / upgrade process compatible with a SVN deployment of WordPress? Short answer: Yes. Ever since WordPress came out with the automatic upgrade functionality in 2.7 I’ve hesitated to use it since the majority of our client installs are deployed using Subversion (svn) and I wasn’t sure how it […]

How to: Get rid of widows in your WordPress posts with Widon’t plugin

I was just working on making some updates to the backend WordPress code for the Principia Pilot website (http://principiapilot.org/) and noticed widows in some of the stories. Widows are the typographic term for a single word on a line at the end of a paragraph. I thought about the solution to this problem (basically add […]