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WordPress And Child Themes

Child themes in WordPress can seem complicated and unnecessary for the inexperienced. The truth is that the child themes are not as complicated as many people think, and there are several advantages to them.

What is a child theme?

A child theme is a theme based on a common theme, usually referred to as parent or the main theme. It is the simplest form of WordPress theme and making changes through a child theme instead of directly into the main theme has several advantages:

  • When the main theme is updated, you avoid losing your changes
  • Faster to work with
  • Easier to work with for beginners

But, as with most things, there are also disadvantages:

  • It uses most of import, which is bad for the site's performance
  • With many changes, the style sheets are unnecessarily long.

If there are high demands for performance and plan to make very many changes, it is in other words, better to make a common theme than a child theme. For most, however, may very well run with a child theme.

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Securing Your Debian Based Server From The BASH SHELLSHOCK Vulnerability

There has been quite a big buzz through SysAdmin circles these past few days due to the Bash Shellshock vulnerability CVE-2014-6271 that has a potential to allow remote code execution on your system (VERY BAD!).

Far be it for me to claim to be a security expert (that's why I get rss alerts from security blogs and mailing lists), I do recommend those who run their own Linux Servers to get right on the fix fast.

While there's no complete fix, it is still a wise move to minimize your vulnerability as much as possible.

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Testing Takes Time After An Update

The main problem of using Open Source solutions like WordPress and other CMSs is that you are basically using someone else's code. This means having a lot of faith that their code won't give you any problems. This seems too much of an expectation as most of us don't even have faith in our own code. ;D

So anyway, the recent WordPress and WooCommerce updates got me thinking about one thing... testing. Because of the WordPress core upgrade and the wrong impression people got from going from 3.9 to 4.0, a lot of WordPress administrators really got worried that something bad would happen. (This is harkens back to the 2.9 to 3.0 WordPress update that broke a lot of sites). But there was not a lot of significant changes IMHO. It was like upgrading from 3.8 to 3.9.

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WordPress 4.0 Benny Released

WordPress has now officially released Version 4.0 nicknamed Benny. Named after another prominent Jazz personality Benny Goodman, the nickname follows the traditional naming convention of naming WordPress versions after Jazz Musicians.

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