A More Capable Website

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series A More Capable Website

I am setting my wife up with a new website for ScrapBooking. One of the things she wants to do is showcase techniques and explain some of the things that she does. After looking at several platforms, I determined that WordPress is probably going to be ideal for her. There are many plugins that can add functionality that you don’t generally see on many ScrapBook sites. But the other factor is that I know WordPress, so I can find solutions for things she wants to do.

The Old Site & Plan

On her old website, she had a Gallery1 setup. Gallery1 is no longer being developed and has quite a few security issues.  My wife had take a while off from ScrapBooking and her site was kept up, but had been spammed with comments on her pictures.  Additionally, the old website was running on PHP4, which my web host will no be longer supporting.

My wife wanted to keep her old artwork, and build the content from there.  However, getting it out of Gallery (whichever version) would be necessary.  So the question was – how do we achieve that?

Clearly transitioning to a new website will require several steps to get there.  I did the research to identify the issues I would run into and determine the migration process

Issues

  • Per my host, WordPress will not work on PHP4.
  • The version of Gallery1 on my wife’s site will not work with PHP5.
  • Gallery2 will work on the version of PHP4 running on my wife’s site.
  • Gallery2 integration into WordPress is a kludge.  It works, but it is not easy to maintain and very buggy.
  • Identify an appropriate Gallery solution for WordPress

Migration

  • Upgrade Gallery1 to latest version
  • Migrate to Gallery2 (latest version)
  • Set Up WordPress on the new site
  • Test Gallery2->WordPress Integration
  • Identify Gallery Solution
  • Migrate Graphics & Integrate with WordPress

The New Site

The New Site will be a wonderful blend of WordPress and supporting plugins.  This will allow my wife to create HowTo articles, publish her amazingly creative artwork and ultimately provide a market avenue for advertising and maybe e-commerce.

Software & Plugins

  • WordPress with the usual plugins (Akismet, SiteXML, Polls, Messaging, etc)
  • WP e-Commerce – For the eventual addition of artwork sales
  • eBay Plugin – As my wife sells on eBay already, it would be good to list and link her auctions on her site.
  • Gallery Plugin – TBD – This will be determined after testing of various gallery options.

So that’s the plan.  Next, we’ll cover the migration of Gallery.

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Honda Personal Mobility

Every now and then I receive a link to a YouTube video from Honda.  Usually it’s something their latest Asimo is capable of, but this time it was a little different.  Honda is taking what they learned and applying to something humans can use.  Think of the possibilities for the disabled!

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Microsoft Patches – June 2010

Here is a summary of the June, 2010 Microsoft Security Patches.  The full details from Microsoft can be found here.

As always, do your own research to determine if these patches are necessary for your systems.

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Description Reference
KB
Microsoft Rating
MS10-033 Vulnerabilities in Media Decompression Could Allow Remote Code Execution 979902 Servers:
Critical
Remote Code Execution Desktops:
Critical
MS10-034 Cumulative Security Update of ActiveX Kill Bits 980195 Servers:
Moderate
Remote Code Execution Desktops:
Critica
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MS10-035 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 982381 Servers:
Moderate
Remote Code Execution Desktops:
Critical
MS10-032 Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege 979559 Servers:
Important
Elevation of Privilege Desktops:
Important
MS10-036 Vulnerability in COM Validation in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution 983235 Server/Desktop
Microsoft Office:
Important
Remote Code Execution
MS10-037 Vulnerability in the OpenType Compact Font Format (CFF) Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege 980218 Servers:
Important
Elevation of Privilege Desktops:
Important
MS10-038 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution 2027452 Server/Desktop
Microsoft Office:
Important
Remote Code Execution
MS10-039 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Could Allow Elevation of Privilege 2028554 Server / Desktop:
Microsoft Office:
Important
Elevation of Privilege
MS10-040 Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution 982666 Servers:
Important
Remote Code Execution Desktops:
Important
MS10-041 Vulnerability in Microsoft .NET Framework Could Allow Tampering 981343 Servers:
Important
Tampering Desktops:
Important

Find an error in my analysis? Let me know!

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