Created with Free Software #2

One of the great strengths of using an open source (or I suppose for fee) web development toolkit like WordPress is the wealth of add-ons that are available for you to employ to augment your site’s functionality and reach.

Free SoftwareAs I noted in an earlier posting, I am going to attempt to highlight several adjunctive software components which are employed on ManyRoads and how they help make the site a better and easier tool to use.  In this post I will focus on Plugins that are largely invisible to the end user… or so they might seem.

As you hopefully are aware, there are lots of people on the web who would use your work for their own purposes.  The most common class of these are spammers.  Yes, websites can be spammed and almost always are.  To prevent your site from accumulating undesired Comments, Posts, emails you need ‘weapons’, you need protection. The plugins, as well as other software functions, I find extremely helpful in this realm are:

  • Askismet- “Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.”
  • AVH First Defense Against Spam-”The AVH First Defense Against Spam WordPress plugin gives you the ability to block spammers before any content is served. Spammers are identified by checking if the visitors IP exists in a database served by stopforumspam.com or by a local blacklist.”
  • Bad behavior- Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site.
  • Global post password- Enables you to define a global password for all password-protected posts.
  • HoneyPot – “Project Honey Pot is the first and only distributed system for identifying spammers and the spambots they use to scrape addresses from your website. Using the Project Honey Pot system you can install addresses that are custom-tagged to the time and IP address of a visitor to your site. If one of these addresses begins receiving email we not only can tell that the messages are spam, but also the exact moment when the address was harvested and the IP address that gathered it.”
  • Secure WordPress- Little basics for secure your WordPress-installation.
  • SI-Captcha- “Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress on the comment form, registration form, login, or all. In order to post comments or regiser, users will have to type in the phrase shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots. Adds security. Works great with Akismet. Also is fully WPMU and BuddyPress compatible.”
  • WP-Scanner Activator- This Plugin adds <!- wpscanner -> to enable wp-scanner to scan your blog.