Using fail2ban to block WordPress login attacks

Fail2ban works by filtering a log file with a regular expression triggering a ban action if the condition is met. After a preset time, it will trigger an unban action. Without much effort, we can have WordPress log all authentication events and have fail2ban react on them.Continue reading “Using fail2ban to block WordPress login attacks”

Using fail2ban from behind a Rackspace Cloud LoadBalancer

If your fail2ban is on a host behind a Rackspace Cloud LoadBalancer, you’ll want to block the offending IP addresses directly in your LoadBalancer. If your LB is acting as a reverse proxy, you’ll HAVE to block in the LB, but it is also nice to protect all other nodes behind the LB and offload the lifting.Continue reading “Using fail2ban from behind a Rackspace Cloud LoadBalancer”

«Slap-on» speed optimization of your WordPress site

OK, so you might have been at a WordCamp listening to talks or reading a few blog posts and you get that you should really get your WordPress site speed optimized. Starting all over isn’t either tempting nor something you have the time for. Don’t despair, you’ll get a long way by installing 5 plugins.
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Host ga.js locally with a WordPress plugin

Recently, I’ve done some WordPress load optimization with Thomas Bensmann (read his post «Full score on Google PageSpeed, Pingdom and GTMetrix») and to achieve full effect, you do have to load the Google Analytics tracking script, ga.js, from your own server.

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Optimize your JS and CSS loading in WordPress

When you get into page loading optimization, you will quickly find these «must-dos»: Combine your CSS and JavaScript files (respectively), minimize your CSS and JavaScript, load CSS before JS, load JS in body footer and then even some. Without much effort, we can make WordPress do all of this automatically.

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Make Gravity Forms’ JavaScript load in the footer

Gravity Forms is not only THE way to create and manage forms in WordPress, but is also pretty awesome when it comes to extensibility and flexibility. However, as most software, it has its issues. One of those is how it outputs some of the JavaScript, which in certain cases will break your site. This is how to fix it.

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Why use WordPress as your corporate CMS?

WordPressThere are now several years since WordPress was considered a blog platform only. Today, it’s a full blown CMS and perfectly capable of powering corporate web sites. Here I provide you with 5 non-technical reasons why WordPress is well fit for a corporate CMS.Continue reading “Why use WordPress as your corporate CMS?”