Making a WordPress web site disappear

It has come time to make the WordPress sites I made for my kids disappear off the public internet. They are getting old enough that their friends are finding their sites using google searches.

Here is what I did.

  1. Password protect the entire WordPress site
  2. allow a hole in the password protection to allow robots.txt to still be accessible.

If you password protect the whole site, then archived copies of the site will contine to show at the Internet Wayback Machine. So you still need the robots.txt to be accessible, but it should block all web archivers from indexing the site.

Sample robots.txt

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

This tells all web robots to go away, and indeed once this is active, the internet archive stops showing any of the snapshots that it has collected over the years.


I used SiteGround’s cpanel tool to password protect the whole tree containing the blog.

That resulted in the following Sample .htaccess contents

AuthType Basic
AuthName "EP"
AuthUserFile "/home/xxx/.htpasswds/public_html/"
Require valid-user
<Files "robots.txt">
Allow from all
Satisfy any

I added the Files paragraph to allow the robots.txt to be visible. cf;

user@shell: curl
User-agent: *
Disallow: /

So far so good, the site will soon disappear out of Google and be only visible to those to whom I will share the password.


Making a WordPress web site disappear

What is the best WordPress Blogging Client?

Here are some links to go with the talk I gave to the July 2016 WordPress Perth meetup that covered WordPress Blogging Clients.

Here is the PDF of the Talk – WordPressBloggingClients.pdf

1. Windows Live Writer


Officially supported as a authoring tool

Can still download and use on Windows 10 as part of Windows Essentials 2012

WLW Introduction

No longer being maintained.

2. Open Live Writer


  • Fork of Windows Live Writer.
  • Open sourced via the .NET foundation.
  • Windows Only
  • Actively developed, but slow updates.
  • Check back in a few months.

3. Desktop (Calypso)


Desktop application for Windows/OSX/Linux that runs very similar code to the `create a new post’ page and other wp-admin pages.

  • Actively being developed, but still in beta.
  • Uses the new WP REST API.
  • Drafts are stored in your wordpress post drafts area
  • Needs the Jetpack plugin to connect your blog to for authentication to work.
  • Faster editing and more convenient that the wp-admin pages to create a new post.

4. Others


  • Great cross platform support and syncing of text between platforms.
  • OCR and Screen grabbing clients etc.

WordPress for Android/iOS.

  • If you can stand typing on a glass screen or an external keyboard then WordPress’s clients for mobile and tablet are an option.
  • Great for uploading photos from your phone for eg.
  • Check to see how well they share drafts and upload media etc.

So Which is Best ?

Start by reading the power point …. and then you’ll realise that there are too many dimensions on any comparison matrix. Ask yourself what is your most important criteria?

  • availability
  • speed
  • support
  • features

For me speed is number 1 and cross platform / sharing drafts is next most important.

Windows Live Writer was FAST for editing, created clean HTML but never was cross platform. Desktop is cross platform, but still kinda slow and a bit clunky, and it tends to butcher the HTML. It does centally store drafts which is a bit plus and enables great cross platform authoring.

So no “1” is best, try them all and see what you like most.




What is the best WordPress Blogging Client?’s truly awful website

So I clicked through from Google to day to a link on christiantoday dot com to read about a new movie starring Hugh Jackman that I hadn’t heard anything about. Sadly one of the top links was just such an awful awful web browsing experience that I feel compelled to highlight it to you all.

Sir, you do not deserve traffic from Google. Your site is a cess pool of ads and poor quality links, inter page ads and most pathetically – no actual content. The content is hidden behind some scam to fill in a survey.

I have no idea whether there is any actual content on this page !!

Perhaps Google should declare these sorts of pages as extremely low quality content and not rank them in the results.

Here below are 20 something screen shots to show how miserable the experience was. Please scroll and scroll and feel the pain.

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Fast Charging Ad popup on Galaxy S7

I was a bit shocked to see an advertisement pop up recently when I plugged my Galaxy S7 Edge into the supplied Samsung Fast Charger. The popup asked me if I wanted a Accelerated Charging Boost for 1 minute – and had some ads at the bottom.


It turns out that this is a feature of ES FileExplorer, the excellent, free, but now slightly creepy file manager for Android.

To turn this feature off, either unistall ES File Explorer, or go to the settings in ES FE and turn off the “Charging Boost” feature.

[update]: seems that we have been heard – ES File Explorer Update Removes The Adware Charging Screen

Fast Charging Ad popup on Galaxy S7

A tale of 2 panoramic renderings

Recently I wanted to take a panorama of a room to show off the StarWars bits contained therein. At my disposal was a Galaxy S4 and the might of a Canon 50D, EF-S 18-55mm f/2.8 IS + Lightroom 5.x and Photoshop v5.1.

Which of these 2 systems was able to create a more pleasing pano ? Well you might be surprised.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Panorama


(click for web view embiggened)

Firstly the S4 was a breeze, like many smart phones – just turn on the pano feature and slowly move the phone across the scene, keeping the little square in the slot and avoiding “slow down” warnings along the way. The Galaxy S4’s camera is fixed at f/2.2.

Final pixel size: 7,145 x 2,239

Canon EOS 50D with Lightroom + Photoshop


Next I took 12 overlapping fixed focus, fixed aperture, fixed exposure shots at ISO 1250, f/3.5, zoom 17mm and exposure 1/160sec. I colour balanced, pulled detail back into blown out highlights, increased clarity, vibrance and saturation, noise reduction and a bit of sharpening – all this in Lightroom and all applied equally to all 12 photos. Next I selected them all and Opened as Panorama in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop automatically layered them, matched them and rendered a wobbly edged pano which I cropped as the best rectangle I could. Then I saved as a JPG. Phew that was a lot of effort compared to using my mobile.

Final Pixel Size: 7,439 x 2,150

So you would expect the might of all of that software paired with a modern-ish dSLR would massively outperform a several years old mobile right? Well I don’t think it did.

I wonder if say a Galaxy S7 versus a Canon 5D mkIII 24-70mm f/2.8 would be just as close ?

The S7’s camera is a huge improvement over the S4, and the 5DIII is a couple of orders of magnitude better than a 50D, and Lightroom CC can do panoramas natively now. Would be interesting to know if they are still neck and neck.

A tale of 2 panoramic renderings

Free Secure WordPress with LetsEncrypt’s Green Padlock

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Below are some links for the WordPress Perth talk this week.

Free Secure WordPress sites for everyone. Get your green padlock here! [USERS]

Now that free SSL certificates are available from the LetsEncrypt Certificate Authority, your WordPress site should be running as a secure web site.

Find out why your site should be using a SSL certificate, what is LetsEncrypt and how you can install a certificate and update your site to start showing a nice warm feeling via a green padlock to all your web site visitors.

1. PDF of the Slides




2. YouTube Video of me talking over the slides


In case you missed the presentation and want some words to go with the slides.



3. Someone else discovering SiteGround’s cPanel widget


A site called WPShout with a YouTube video of how they used SiteGround’s cPanel widget like I mentioned

SiteGround are here – and here are some hints on what the cPanel LetsEncrypt widget looks like.


4. More on redirecting


Another page mentioning how to reconfigure your .htaccess file to always redirect from http to https

Some more comments when I redirect my main site from http to https


5. More on Mixed Content Problems


It might take some digging to find all of your mixed content errors.


6. LetsEncrypt Links



7. LetsEncrypt on Amazon EC2/Bitnami

Because this is the internet, and you can never have too many links right ?

Here I talk about how from start to finish install a LetsEncrypt certificate on a UNIX LAMP Stack based on Bitnami.

and some notes on when I ran the LetsEncrypt renew script after a couple of months of using the certificate.

Free Secure WordPress with LetsEncrypt’s Green Padlock