Welcome To Shadowood Press

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Hello Reader,

My name is Derek Wood. I would like to take a moment to thank you for visiting Shadowood Press.

This will be our new home for all the content we generate for WordPress related topics. Some of this content did originally reside on our main business site, Shadow Dragon Unlimited, but has since been moved here in order to serve our readers better.

For the last dozen or more years I have been working and operatingmy own marketing business. Along the way I have spent years learning the ins and outs of working with the WordPress platform.

During that time I have installed and setup hundreds of plugins, tweaked a multitude to themes and even written a few myself. As a software developer I often found myself having to troubleshoot programs that others had written. Once I began doing this with the WordPress platform I was hooked. Even though I had tested and used other platforms, such as Joomla or Drupal, I just kept coming back to WordPress. As a content management system is is one of, if not the best one there is. (I know some people will disagree, they are welcome to.)

While WordPress itself is a great platform, not everything made for WordPress is. To this end I started paying much closer attention to what plugins and themes were being installed on sites I created. After doing this over and over again I found myself taking massive compilations of notes on what I did.

Everything from installing WordPress, updating it, which plugins to use and even the best ways to secure WordPress became part of my daily routine. As such it is my hope that this site will serve to help you to do much of the same with your own WordPress installations.

This site will focus primarily on keeping your WordPress blogs as safe as possible. We do understand one caveat that everyone should begin with:

Nothing is Completely Secure

With this in mind here are a few topics that will always be at the forefront of discussion here:

  • Overall WordPress Security
  • Using .Htaccess Files
  • WordPress Security Plugins
  • Plugin Setups and Walkthroughs
  • Popular WordPress Themes
  • Security and Plugins Updates

I take website security very seriously. Nothing is worse then spending months working on your site only to have some problem due to the newest plugin you installed.

Along the lines there will also be some integration of concepts that will also be of interest to a WordPress site owner or administrator. These topics will include marketing techniques, hosting providers, traffic generation and much more.

I hope you will find this site both informative and helpful to your own WordPress endeavors. I look forward to seeing you all here.

-Derek