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WordPress Plugins – User Access Manager vs. Role Manager

Do you want to control access to your pages & posts or your admin features? There are plugins to fulfill these desires, but they come with some caveats…

If you just want to control access to your pages & posts, the way to go is User Access Manager. This allows you to set up posts and pages that are only accessible by selected users. This is a great way to organize group projects or pages for individual clients, employees, etc.

What’s the caveat? Older versions of User Access Manager create a .htaccess file in your Media Library folder (wp-content/uploads) to control who has access to the contents of the media folders. The result is that media in your posts/pages appear to be broken. Deactivating those versions will not remove the .htaccess files. The simple answer is to make sure that you are using the latest version of the plugin, which gives you options to lock those files or not, and will automatically delete the .htaccess files when you deactivate it (special thanks to Alex – the plugin’s author – for that update).

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Geocaching – Treasure Hunting the Hi-Tech Way

“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.”
(Source: http://www.geocaching.com)

I’ve recently discovered that a friend of mine is on the bleeding edge of the Geocaching craze. We actually talked about it a year and a half ago when we were both judges at a Lego robotics competition, but at the time I had no idea that it would catch on.

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WordPress – Problems Upgrading from 2.7 to 2.7.1

If you’re a devout user of the WordPress Automatic Upgrade (WPAU) plugin that so many people have loved in the past, it’s time to delete it.

WordPress versions 2.7 and higher have an automatic upgrade option built in. The plugin interferes with the native upgrade routine and vice versa, so neither of them will work.

If you’ve got a WordPress version older than 2.7, by all means use WPAU to upgrade it, but once you’ve arrived at 2.7 or higher you’ll need to deactivate and delete the WPAU plugin.

Always keep your WordPress installation and plugins up to date. Updates typically include security enhancements. Mixing old & new versions of WP and your plugins also doesn’t always work well.

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WordPress User Access Management

What’s the most fun you can have with a program that’s written for information sharing? Make it filter that information so that you can control who can or can’t see it.

You may have read my previous article about how I set up a web site for a private club with three levels of user access by using Peter’s Login Redirect, WP Hide Dashboard, Role Manager, and New User Email Setup plugins.

I’ve since discovered the User Access Manager plugin, which allows you to create user groups and give them access rights to selected posts and/or pages. You can even assign separate admin and user permissions within the group. Great for project sharing regardless of whether your WordPress site is public, private, or a mixture of the two.

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WordPress Security – Protection Against Hackers

There are a bunch of things you can do at no cost that will make your WordPress installation more stable and secure.

Keep WordPress and all of your plugins up to date – Many upgrades include security enhancements. WordPress 2.7 and higher versions offer automatic updating of your WordPress installation as well as your plugins.

Do not use the default wp_ as your table prefix – Read about the WP Security Scan plugin below for information on how to fix this.

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