About Chris Wiegman

Chris is the owner of Bit51 where he blogs about web development and works on WordPress plugins such as Better WP Security. In addition Chris is a Senior Developer for Springbox in Austin, TX where he develops a host of solutions for clients large and small.

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3 Reasons Bit51 Switched to Disqus

DisqusAfter an awful lot of debate and a whole lot of trial and error over the last few months I finally decided to migrate comments on this site from the native WordPress commenting system to Disqus. Frankly, it really wasn’t an easy decision. As Bit51 has grown I needed to make sure that any change this big wasn’t just done for a any old reason but instead was done with users in mind.

While I agonized over all sorts of details throughout the decision process, when I really broke it down there were just 3 simple reasons why I think Disqus is a better platform for both myself and the folks who participate here on Bit51: [Continue Reading...]

Goodbye Google Reader… Hello Fever

Fever is the Google Reader replacementAs most of you already know Google Reader, Google’s RSS aggregation service that made it easy to follow blogs and other sites you’re really interested in, is shutting down on Monday. When that happens you’ll need to find another way to collect new posts for easy reading. Fortunately for those of you who create websites there is an excellent replacement that not only lets you collect posts like Google reader but also makes that data yours. In other words, you won’t have to scramble for a replacement when the next service goes down.

Fever is where it’s at [Continue Reading...]

The Anatomy of Bit51 v2.0 – Tools and Services for Your Website (part 2)

The Anatomy of Bit51Last week I talked about some of the must-have plugins I use on Bit51 as well as the theme the site is built on. In doing so I listed the plugins I use on every WordPress project I develop but didn’t get to all the ones that are unique to Bit51 nor did I get to the services that interact with Bit51 and help me deliver my content to folks in the most efficient way possible.

As we all know, every project is different and each requires a special set of parts to come together. That said, here are the rest of the parts including plugins and other services I’ve used to bring Bit51 together. [Continue Reading...]

Better WP Security 3.5.3

Better WP SecurityThe Better WP Security WordPress plugin has been updated to version 3.5.5 with a number of new and updated translations as well as minor bug fixes and an improvement to the handling of banned address through a proxy.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the following folks for their language and code contributions:

  • Simplified Chinese by 海滨
  • Persian by Ibrahim Jafari
  • Typo correction by ihuston
  • Better proxy support for ban users by kalvindukes
  • Updated Spanish translation by Pablo Romero

If you would like to contribute to the Better WP Security plugin please see my post, Contributing to Better WP Security.

View The Changelog

Download Better WP Security

Contributing to Better WP Security

Better WP Security

The idea of Better WP Security from the very beginning was a community project. To date I frankly haven’t been the greatest at getting the word out. It’s time for that to change.

Do you want to be a part of one of the largest plugins in the WordPress.org repository? Better WP Security could use your help to continue to grow and be the leader in WordPress security. Whether your skills are in code, content, or something else I would love to add you as a contributor to a plugin with almost 750,000 downloads and growing. Here’s how you can get involved: [Continue Reading...]