Remember, a project isn’t “finished” when the code goes live, especially a content-managed site. WP gives us so many tools and options that there isn’t time to cover everything in one course. The topics below are good areas of independent study as you move forward with WordPress.
To keep your living, growing WP sites in shape, here are some recommended resources for you to check out:
- How to break WordPress and fix it again – Tip: don’t delete everything and start over!
- Theme Check – Runs your theme through the Theme Unit test with the press of a button – mandatory if you are submitting to the Repo!
- Debug Bar – presents a nice interface for examining errors in debug mode. Makes errors less scary!
Database maintenance and migration plugins
- UpDraft Plus – automates backups and repairs of the Database – can save to your dropbox, cloud, rackspace, s3 and more
- WP Migrate DB – Makes moving WordPress to a new location a snap Also check out my updated slides with a step-by-step of how to use this plugin
Security and configuration tips:
- How to Secure your wordpress installation – Digging into WordPress
This article primarily addresses security tips for the initial installation, but can be applied to existing sites as well.
- WordPress secret key generator – Use these keys and salts in your wp-config file for better security
- Optimize wordpress with wp-config – good tips for speeding performance
- Hardening WordPress – Tips from the codex
- Common WordPress Malware vulnerabilities – quick takeawys: Keep the core up to date and get your plugins and themes from a reputable source.
- Why you should never search for free WordPress themes – answer: malware.
- Theme Authenticity Checker – good plugin for making sure a theme you found is legit.
Content Wrangling, working with content authors
- Writing an interface style guide – because beautiful interfaces don’t stay beautiful
- Designing Styleguides for brands and websites – Smashing Magazine
And finally, if you like massive roundups: The Top 100 WordPress resources of 2012