Sep 26

Our Lead Developer Vladimir Lasky will be presenting the talk “Make WordPress Fly With Virtual Server Hosting” at WordCamp Sydney 2014, to be held on the weekend of September 27 & 28 at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) City Campus.

His talk advocates the benefits of moving a WordPress site from shared hosting to Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting with information on:

  • How shared hosting environments limit the performance of a WordPress site
  • How VPS environments operate
  • Why pure SSD storage on a VPS is essential for good performance
  • The limitations and drawbacks of page caching, object caching and minifying plugins
  • Why all-in-one hosting control panels are evil
  • How PHP Opcode caching is the only true way to make WordPress run faster
  • How MySQL query caching dramatically speeds up communication between WordPress and MySQL
  • Tips on securing your VPS

Vlad presents an WordPress VPS-hosting approach designed to:

  • Not be radically different from a commonly-configured LAMP software environment
  • Avoid cache invalidation-related problems and minimise plugin incompatibilities
  • Ensure that everyone sees the most current state of your WordPress site
  • Ensure that logged in users and those working in the WordPress admin backend will also experience a speed increase

The presentation slides are available on SlideShare:

Sep 25

A major vulnerability has been found in the Bourne Again Shell (BASH) that it installed on most UNIX-based systems and this can be used to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable servers.

This vulnerability has been named “Shell Shock” and has been compared to the Heartbleed vulnerability in terms of its seriousness.

We strongly advise everyone who administers or uses a Linux/UNIX/OS X system to update their systems to the latest patched version of BASH that removes this vulnerability.

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Mar 20

WordPress Firewall 2

Aussie WP Expert’s lead developer Vladimir Lasky has joined the development team for the popular WordPress security plugin WordPress Firewall 2, continuing the work of past developers Matthew Pavkov and SEO Egghead.

The last release was version 1.3, published on 29th October 2010.

The next release will be version 1.4, which will include the following:

  • Bugfixes for known issues
  • Improved protection against WordPress-specific SQL injection attacks and executable file uploads
  • Reduced false alarms
  • Out-of-the-box compatibility with the ManageWP WordPress Management Dashboard
Jul 20

Our Lead Developer Vladimir Lasky will be presenting a security talk at WordCamp Sydney 2012, to be held on the weekend of Sunday July 21st and July 22nd at the University of Sydney, NSW.

This talk is the sequel to his WordCamp Gold Coast 2011 presentation “Securing Your WordPress Website” and will cover:

  • Tackling the biggest Internet and WordPress security threats of 2012
  • Updated list of essential plugins to harden your WordPress site
  • New WordPress management services that make it easier to back up and update your sites
Oct 18

Our lead developer Vlad Lasky will be presenting a talk: “Securing Your WordPress Website” at the national WordPress conference “WordCamp 2011 – Gold Coast”, to be held on the 5th and 6th of November at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland:

More details can be found here: