“Devolishly” Clever, WordPress Wizardry!

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Sam Devol has done it again. As you might not expect from an ex-rocket mechanic, Sam has has taken away many of the complexities of operating WordPress and submits them to us in an EASY to understand manner. Sam has graciously created a “living” document that describes many ways to secure, maintain, use and fix common WordPress issues. He does this all in a clear, concise easy to read fashion.

Find his latest article here!

A glimpse into some of the great ideas from Sam and available from his site:

As soon as possible:

  1. Delete the default/automatic ‘first post’. It’s a neon sign for spam-bots (”LOOK! NooB Blog!”)
  2. Delete wp-admin/install.php
  3. Delete wp-admin/upgrade.php

Now we’re ready to address some day-to-day issues…

Now, I certainly would have never thought to delete the first post so quickly (took me a week or two and explains some of the spam!)… nor did I delete those very vulnerable .php files… until I read this!

I have talked about Sam’s incredible “About Me” widget before (you can see it in my sidebar) and he just keeps coming up with great stuff, for the rest of us, to use! Best of all, the information is free and … GOOD!

There can be no doubt, that Sam’s “running with scissors” attitude and knowledge of blogging and code is cutting us all a much needed shortcut to a better understanding of WordPress!

Sam’s troubleshooting guides are quickly becoming a valued treasure among WordPress bloggers everywhere. If you are having questions about how to do something in WordPress, point your browser to Sam’s site for hlep; better yet, bookmark it.

~J. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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