This page contains useful resources about both Drupal and WordPress website frameworks, version numbers, organizations, plugins and extensions, and articles from the web.
WordPress Versions: Following are the various versions of WordPress, listed chronologically from the oldest to newest, along with the Change Log information on new features and improvements in each version. Based on history, a major release of WordPress happens about every 4 months.
The WordPress Plugin Directory is the largest directory of free and open source WordPress plugins. Plugin development is constantly changing with each new WordPress release.
WordPress is pretty secure out-of-the box. But don’t open yourself up for vulnerabilities.
“Suffering a hack can be one of the more frustrating experiences you’ll have on your online journey. Like most things however, taking a pragmatic approach can help you maintain your sanity. While also moving beyond the issues with as little impact as possible.
A hack is a very ambiguous term, which in it of itself will provide little insights into what exactly happened. To ensure you get the help you need via the forums, be sure to understand the specific symptoms that lead you to believe you’ve been hacked. These are otherwise known as Indicators of Compromise (IoC).
A couple of IoC’s that are clear indicators of a hack include:
- Website is blacklisted by Google, Bing, etc..
- Host has disabled your website
- Website has been flagged for distributing malware
- Readers complaining that their desktop AV’s are flagging your site
- Contacted that your website is being used to attack other sites
- Notice behavior that was not authorized (i.e., creation of new users, etc…)
- You can visibly see that your site has been hacked when you open it in the browser
- Not all hacks are created equal, so when engaging in the forums please keep this in mind. If you can better understand the symptoms the teams will be better equipped to provide help.”
“our WordPress database contains every post, every comment and every link you have on your blog. If your database gets erased or corrupted, you stand to lose everything you have written. There are many reasons why this could happen, and not all are things you can control. With a proper backup of your WordPress database and files, you can quickly restore things back to normal.
Site backups are essential because problems inevitably occur and you need to be in a position to take action when disaster strikes. Spending a few minutes to make an easy, convenient backup of your database will allow you to spend even more time being creative and productive with your website.”
WordPress Plugins are PHP scripts that extend the functionality of WordPress. They enhance the features of WordPress, or add entirely new features to your site. Plugins are often developed by volunteers, and are usually free to the public.
There are regular releases of the Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 release series. (See Which version of Drupal core should I install? and When is the next release? for more information.) However, Drupal has more than a 15-year history spanning back to Drupal 1.0.0, which was released in 2001. This page includes the historical CHANGELOG and version history for these older Drupal releases, which no longer receive updates.
Drupal Security Advisories: These posts by the Drupal security team are also sent to the security announcements e-mail list.
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