The recent problems with my blog (see: Server Errors Bite!), following on the heels of similar problems less than a year ago, made me aware that there had been rather considered attempts to hack into my blog. As such, I’ve decided to take a new tact.
Registration was WordPress’s original approach for developing a user base and staying connected with those users. In addition to providing user’s with notices about new posts, it also controlled the level of the user and what they could do in the website / blog; everything from Administrator to basic Subscriber. However, that system has long since been supplanted and improved.
Readers can now easily subscribe to a blog without having to generate a User Account associated with Registration. It seems that Registration has become a hot target for hackers. It is a way into the blog that helps them to subvert the blog to their own purposes.
From now on, Registration to BlogYinYang is by invitation only, and reserved for Contributing Authors and Editors.
The general reader is free to Subscribe, and Subscription is FREE.
Previously, I had allowed only Registered Users to comment on posts. This served a few functions: It helped reduce SPAM comments, and grew the User Base.
Now, anyone can comment on a post or page. You do not need to be a Registered User, or a Subscriber. However, to reduce SPAM comments, all comments are held for moderation, and some Anti-SPAM comment features have been employed.
Unfortunately, due to the most recent series of errors, the Registered User Database had to be wiped clean. So, if you are an previous reader and wondering why you have not received any email notices, that is why. Become a Subscriber (at the top of the right hand column).
I believe these new approaches, along with a host of Security and Firewall procedures I have put in place will make BlogYinYang much more secure, and eliminate future database failures.