Small Matters - March 19, 2024

Caring for your WordPress website

WordPress Security

In recent years, security vulnerabilities in WordPress have decreased dramatically despite the growth in the number of websites that rely on WordPress.

That’s good news.

As the number of WordPress websites has increased, so have the number of themes and plugins.

Recent stats estimate that there are over 60,000 plugins in the WordPress repository and tens of thousands more in other online marketplaces.

As a website owner, that means there are almost endless possibilities to add specific features to help communicate with your audience.

For hackers, tens of thousands of plugins means an open playground to seek out security vulnerabilities.

With so many WordPress plugin developers out there, it’s no surprise that there are literally thousands of security vulnerabilities every year (PatchStack reported over 4500 in 2022).

How do you protect your website from security vulnerabilities?

The easiest line of defence as a website owner is to update your plugins as soon as the developers release patches.

Unfortunately, not all developers monitor security holes, and many plugins get abandoned.

A better website security plan includes building a site with quality plugins that are actively maintained by a reliable development team—even if that means paying for an annual subscription.

It also includes monitoring and replacing outdated, incompatible, and conflicting plugins and themes.

Caring for Your Business

Inspiration

Do you have trouble with procrastination?

Procrastination is a bad thing, right?

Well, maybe not. Consider this possibility:

The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.

JESSICA HISCHE – Illustrator, Letterer. Source.

Caring for Yourself

Health

When it comes to wellness advice, one tip people usually cite is gratitude.

I know how important it is to be grateful every day, but practicing it in little ways is not always easy.

One area where I’ve tried practicing gratitude is with emails. If you’re like me, you communicate with various people via email every day.

I’ve tried to get in the habit of starting each email reply by saying thank you.

“Thanks for sending that file.”

“Thanks for your suggestion.”

“Thank you for catching that mistake.”

I’m finding that beginning an email with gratitude not only helps calm me, it often helps diffuse potentially difficult conversations.

It’s small steps like this that make a big difference.

ai generated image of person at computer smiling while typing
AI-generated with Adobe Firefly (and some creative human text prompts)

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