Find The Perfect WordPress Theme

If you are not a fan of making your own theme, you can use the nifty Find Themes website to pick one that suits your needs. While I have built many a WordPress theme from scratch, on this site, I tend to try out different themes other people have made so that I can learn more about the whole process. Now that I’ve found Find Themes, you may be seeing the theme here change again very soon.

Responsive Design and WordPress

This year we have seen the dawning of the responsive design craze amongst web designers and developers. I remained skeptical about the trend, primarily because I was raised in the world of good usability and accessibility, and breakpoints and adaptive images seemed incongruous and presumptuous with the foundations of those schools of thought. While responsive design proponents like to say that multi-device adaptation is providing good usability, I disagree.

Relating to my favorite CMS, WordPress, the whole responsive design trend has rubbed me in even more wrong ways. I’ve watched designer after designer dive into responsive WordPress themes, and I’ve even tried using a few myself, only to leave me wondering…why?

This article has some great analyses on this exact topic, and it provides some good food for thought in regards to responsive design and WordPress. From the article:

My biggest issue with responsive design is that it is a reactive client-side approach which, in the context of a server-side content management system like WordPress, seems completely unnecessary.

What are your thoughts on responsive design and WordPress?

WordPress Pingback Vulnerability

An older vulnerability that got ignored in 2007 is showing up again.

According to Acunetix’s Bogdan Calin, this particular vulnerability is exploitable through the platform’s XMLRPC API (through XMLRPC.PHP). Attackers could try and guess hosts inside each network they target, port scan those hosts, reconfigure internal routers and launch large scale DDoS attacks.

Mas aqui.

From the details it doesn’t sound extremely dangerous, but something that should be fixed sooner rather than later. You can bet that we will see WordPress 3.5.1 pretty darned soon!

The Links menu in WordPress 3.5 didn’t actually go away

In the lead-up to the 3.5 release of WordPress, we kept hearing that the outdated “blogroll” was going to go away. No longer would you see the Links menu in your WordPress admin area because it was no longer really needed with the advent of custom menus last year.

So after I updated many sites to 3.5, I noticed the Links menu was still there.

Turns out it only goes away on new installations. Bleh. In case you were wondering, that is why you still see it.