WordPress is a popular PHP-based content management system and easy-to-use blogging platform. Many business organizations believe that WordPress is simply a platform used by smaller companies, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and companies that do not have a robust or sophisticated infrastructure. But what if that’s just not the case?
This article will discuss five strategies that can help you take advantage of the easy-to-use functionality of WordPress. We will also benefit from the enormous support of the community to develop a site ready for businesses. But first, we’ll talk a little bit about why companies are reluctant to use this platform for their next business venture and why these reasons are unfounded.
The hesitation of the enterprise
WordPress initially started as a blogging platform, but quickly adapted to the general use of the website. Today, it is estimated that WordPress can power up to 35-40% of sites on the Internet and almost 28% of all e-commerce goes through Woo Commerce (a plugin and a WordPress system). However, many experienced IT professionals and developers still see the blog-only platform as unsuitable for the larger needs of businesses that may need to integrate with their services. Many organizations see their systems as proprietary systems “too unique” for WordPress and believe that they simply will not fit into their infrastructure.
Another fear that IT / development staff have about WordPress is that in order to get the site up and running and work with their system, they have to start from scratch. This is simply not the case. WordPress did a great job of installing the main platform in just five minutes. In addition, by using sophisticated plugins, WordPress can access standardized systems, work with cloud services, provide SAML or OAuth2 functionality, and more. Even if you can’t find a plugin that does everything you need, it’s easy to create plugins and extend the platform to connect to your own proprietary system.
We will analyze some of these in this article.
Finally, there is the belief that WordPress is not secure enough. Why do I think that? Well, maybe it’s because I see a lot of security updates. But shouldn’t that tell you that WordPress is so active on the security front that it finds and fixes problems before the IT department wakes up in the morning? With such a big footprint in the online world and so many companies using it, there are thousands and thousands of developers looking at every inch. Then, with plugins (which can be written by anyone, it’s true) we can apply a little basic discipline to choose only the best ones and check what plugins we allow. Everything is open-source, so all plugins are an open book and you can make your developers crawl through them and look for anything that could impact the organization.
Now that we’ve addressed some of the hesitations and myths that are hidden about WordPress in the context of business, we can talk about some strategies to make WordPress something that could work for a company of any size. Although these strategies will cover many topics, you can always do more. Be sure to search for more information on sitepoint.com as you explore these strategies.
Strategy 1: Identity what you need and block it
This is your standard security strategy for WordPress.
First, make sure you set up the platform using the famous five-minute installation guide. One thing you need to pay attention to is generating your salts safely. This is very easy to do and will give you that extra layer of protection.
Configure SSL. Pretty standard.
Protect your wp-config.php file. This file is a great place to put your secrets, passwords, API keys, and links to the platform and also your enterprise services. I would recommend that you do not send this file to your repositories and instead keep a backup copy of it somewhere. Then you can offer it to new developers who may need it. You can even move this file to another location that is not accessible to the public and then refer to the file. If you do a search on moving wp-config.php, you can find a lot of information on this topic. In addition to moving it, you can add a configuration to your web server’s configurations or a .htaccess file to deny direct access to the file.
Move the login page for the admin panel. This page is usually located at HTTPS: // <yoursite.com> / wp-admin. You can also change this URL to another location. There are plugins that can help you with this.
Put your site behind a CDN or service like Cloudflare or CloudFront for even more security.
Remove any tags that mention the WordPress version.
Strategy 2: Develop a plan for updating plugins and themes
Now that the basics of security are out of the way, the next thing we need to think about is how to create a plan to update your site, your own code, plugin management, and allow WordPress to update. alone when necessary.
First, make sure you limit the number of plugins you use. It’s easy to add more plugins. Click a button and it will be installed. However, each plugin adds code to your site’s footprint and increases the attack area. Be sure to limit the number of plugins you use and choose plugins from reputable developers. Be sure to review the developers. Are they receptive? Does it earn a living from this plugin? Are they a company themselves? Do I respond to many of the support tickets? Does the plugin update frequently? If a red flag appears in the answers to any of these questions, go ahead and try another. Almost every plugin in the repository has three or four other competitors. I usually find that the magic number of installed plugins seems to be between 10-15. But keep in mind that we’ll discuss creating your custom code later in this article.
You don’t want to install plugins for things you already have code for. Make sure you choose wisely!
Strategy 3: Use your own custom classrooms to build a class library
So far, we’ve talked about some of the best security practices and strategies for most WordPress installations. From now on, we will talk about strategies that you can use for a very specific proprietary code that you may have and that you want to work with WordPress. This will expand WordPress into that space of the enterprise and will really generate value.
It’s time to gather your code
Businesses usually have class and function libraries that perform a kind of functionality exclusive to their offerings. If you gather this code and put it in a file structure outside the webroot directory, you can use WordPress to actually access this library and pull the code! One way you can do this is to create a simple “Must Use Plugin”, which is a WordPress plugin that will always load first and before any other plugins. This is ideal for something like an automatic charger. Your plugin will declare the autoloader and suddenly your WordPress site has access to your library and can attend classes from anywhere. Build your library, load it and go racing!
Okay, so now you have the courses loaded through an autoloader, what’s next? Well, a powerful feature of WordPress hooks (also known as shares). When WordPress is running, it looks for callback features to call at different stages of its life cycle. From these hooks, you can call in your own library code, create objects, call custom functions and methods, and do all sorts of other things. If you took the time to design this code correctly from the beginning, you won’t even have to rewrite anything. Leave it, inject your addictions and you’re good to go.
Strategy 4: Bolt-on services
Based on strategy 3, we can also create a special place on your site that offers REST API endpoints or scripts that can be called directly. One company I worked for used a service to help set up trial software through in-product calls. Someone triggers software and clicks a button; the software calls the WordPress site, which loads into WordPress and uses proprietary code to provide a trial license. It then returns that license to the user, who can activate it immediately.
This strategy can be used for various APIs, special portals, registration scripts, and so on. The beauty of this strategy is that these services stand next to WordPress and can use both their own custom classes and WordPress functionality to perform additional tasks, feeds, and integrations. These services can even trigger webhooks to other services if you wish.
Strategy 5: Advanced configuration of the functional file
Part of most WordPress themes is the functions.php file. Often, online articles that talk about placing a code in WordPress talk about dropping the code in that file. But what many people don’t realize is that this is just a standard PHP file like any other. You can use PHP to include and request statements to bring other files. These files could be your own custom PHP files full of proprietary function code. These files could also come from your library. Keeping these files separate and full of your own code, organized as much as you want, you can use the functions.php file as a conductor in your own code orchestra. Below is an example of how you might present this aspect.
When you mix here the advanced functional file setting, our custom library, and bolt-on services, you create a synergy that allows businesses to extend their code as much as they like. Since none of this affects your current WordPress kernel or third-party plugins, you’ll get the advantage that you can upgrade your WordPress kernel and plugins without affecting your proprietary code. Again, this code could also live in a separate location away from the public and could only be entered as needed.
When you mix here the advanced functional file setting, our custom library, and bolt-on services, you create a synergy that allows businesses to extend their code as much as they like. Since none of this affects your current WordPress kernel or third-party plugins, you’ll get the advantage of being able to upgrade your WordPress kernel and plugins without affecting your prop.
In this article, we talked about five easy strategies to raise WordPress to a level where it can be of real use to businesses.
We started with a basic strategy talking about the process of strengthening the platform and then we jumped into strategy 2 about planning how you might want to upgrade/upgrade. These two topics were very generic in that each company has its own level of standards and systems for implementing this type of thing.
Then we went into the challenging strategies of organizing the code and how, with a few clever tricks, we could create a class library (strategy 3), bolt-on services (strategy 4), and our work with our function file (strategy 5). ) to allow businesses to use their code with WordPress to create many new features. By using a custom library, plugins, actions, filters, and so on, enterprise developers get the tools they need to build new services that will play nicely with WordPress to create amazing new tools. Take advantage of the great features of WordPress and let your marketing team build pages, all while you tap into the power of your hard-earned PHP class library code. Again, this code could also live in a separate location away from the public and could only be entered as needed.
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