Tag Archives: wpmu

New WPMUDev Post: Webmention and Annotation Standards

I have a new story up at WPMUDev, “What the New Webmention and Annotation W3C Standards Mean for WordPress.”

Webmentions and Annotations are ideas that come out of the IndieWeb movement. This is an effort to remind all of us that the Web doesn’t have to be dominated by a few gigantic companies, and that we are – and should be – in control of our own online content.

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Screen shot of National University library page with annotation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If Annotations intrigue you as much as they did to me, head over to Hypothesis and grab their Chrome extension or Firefox bookmarklet.

Read my story to learn more about these two new standards, and how to add them in WordPress.

Coming soon: an “indie-fied” site

As an aside: Very soon, you’ll be able to respond to items on this site from your own site using the Webmention standard. Annotations will be easier too. As part of a general facelift and rethinking of how I can best serve you, the reader, this site will become a part of the IndieWeb.

I am very excited about this redesign, and I hope you will be too.

Will Webmentions and Annotations help you communicate with the larger Web? Do you have any ideas for improving this website? Do leave a comment!

Creative Commons Halloween Lantern by Jimbo Wa...
Creative Commons Halloween Lantern by Jimbo Wales … Spoooooky!!!! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My latest post on the WPMUDev blog is up: A Guide to Sharing Your WordPress Images with Creative Commons.

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CC_SomeRightsReserved.png, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’ll learn a little about what Creative Commons is, how to find the right type of CC license for your content, and some reasons why you should do this. It’s all pretty easy, and helps make the web a friendlier place.

Writers: I’m really interested in knowing the extent of Creative Commons remixing of text. Have you ever “remixed” or repurposed Creative Commons content? What did you do, and what was the goal? Any interesting responses, from the original creator or your readers?

Other questions: When do you insist on reserving all your copyright rights? When is it right to share your words, as well as your ideas?

Go read my piece, and if you have answers to the questions above, respond in the Comments below.

WPMU: Enhance WordPress Security – Fix XML-RPC

Happy to report that I’m back to writing more about WordPress. Today, the WPMUDev blog published a new story of mine on the security tradeoffs involved in using the XML-RPC support in WordPress core.

XML-RPC and Why It’s Time to Remove it for WordPress Security

What’s the problem with XML-RPC?

You’ll learn about the reasons for and history of Remote Process Calls in WordPress and other blogging platforms. You’ll also learn how to protect your site if you happen to like some of the tools that use XML-RPC.English: WordPress Logo

It’s not a fear-mongering story, with some practical advice, and a look to the not-too-distant future when the WordPress REST Application Programming Interface fixes this problem. Go check out the story. Participate in the discussion. Share the link with your networks. Let me know what you think, too.