Dig Your Site For Exploits

These days, security is an important topic for everyone, but especially for the Internet world. We do not think about it as much, but for many of us, online has become second nature, almost like driving a car or breathing. For those of us who design or maintain web sites, addressing security should be something that we make part of our routine, and not an afterthought.

.Net Magazine featured story, Protect Your Site is a must read for webmasters.

You can run a simple scan of your site too, by downloading Foundstone’s SiteDigger 2. SiteDigger requires a Google API key, so you will need to register with Google for an account which is free. Once you do that all you need to do is insert the key into SiteDigger and input your site url. Google limits you to 1000 queries, so you will probably only be able to scan one site per day.

Of note is that you will probably only want to scan your site, if you scan someone else’s site, the excessive scanning might make a webmaster mistake you for a hacker and ban your IP address from their site.

SiteDigger will run only on Windows with .NET Framework, so if you are running MacOS, you will have to see if this works in VirtualPC or use an actual Windows machine.

CodeHighlight Plugin for Posting Code

One of the hardest things to do in WordPress posts, is to quote actual code easily. It seems WordPress is a bit too aggressive with auto-fixing your html and it always ends up being a hassle to post some simple code bits. This is perhaps why BBCode in forums is so popular, as it makes this much easier.

While looking up plugins for something else I ran across: CodeHighlight, which makes the process easier. With this plugin installed you simple wrap your code text with simple BBCode style brackets.

Example:

<a href="http://www.somelink.com">Some Link</a>

You can download the latest plugin from here.

cPanel User Guides & Help

If you have never used cPanel before, you might feel a little bit intimidated, but cPanel actually is the easiest control panel software to use, and this is why it is the most popular panel today in webhosting.

The following three sites cover cPanel in great detail:

cPanelGuide.net is a visual guide. This is a good site to view if you want to see what cPanel’s various screens look like and what options are offered. Note that not all hosts configure cPanel the same way, so not all options may be available or look exactly the same as this.

WebMasterStop.com has an unofficial guide that goes into detail about the various functions in cPanel. This guide offers more description of what each function does and is more helpful once you are comfortable with cPanel. You can also download the guide in zipped PDF format here: The Unofficial cPanel Guide.zip.

cPanel Documentation, the official documentation is also available online. For technical issues you should also register and join the cPanel Forums, which are helpful for when you have a specific problem.