Block suspicious Post View Requests in WordPress

After adding a post view counter to my blog (see “Counting Post Views in WordPress without PlugIn” for details), I noticed some strange view counts on one of the posts. From one day to another, the counter of this specific post jumped from about 200 to more than 12,500. And …

“Error establishing a database connection” when installing WordPress on Windows 10 using WampServer

When I noticed some (not successful) hacking attempts on this blog, I tried to install WordPress locally on a Windows 10 machine (and finally did). wpbeginner, like usually, offers a nice tutorial about how to install it including all other required applications (Web server, database, PHP runtime). Following this tutorial, …

(Re-) Size of Azure Virtual Machine Disks

When you create a virtual machine in Azure based on an existing image, you cannot define the size of the operation system disk. Unfortunately, you even can’t see what the disk size will be when you create the VM. I also was not able to find a table giving this …

Extended Customization of the WordPress Comment Form

Preparing this blog to become GDPR compliant, I wanted to customize the comment form to only ask for the comment itself, plus having a checkbox that the author agrees with the storage and handling of the data. In the background, the author’s IP address should not be stored any more. …

Azure Storage Account Diagnostics (classic) hidden Data

Looking at Azure Storage Accounts a little bit in more detail, I noticed something that was surprising to me. Connecting to a storage account via the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer (at least version 1.12.0 or 1.13.0) and looking at the content, I noticed a Blob Container named $logs and some …

Private Accessor for .NET Core Assemblies

As I do not share the opinion that testing of private methods is an anti-pattern (to me, it is essential to implement complete button-up tests), I tried to implement a private accessor based on my post Home-made Private Accessor for Visual Studio 2012+ for a .NET Core project. To my …

Moving this WordPress Blog to HTTPS URL in a Single Action

Preface This post is from a developer for developers having, beyond others, a solid SQL knowledge and understanding. If you have the slightest doubt you might not be one of those, please do not follow the steps described below! Of course, if you know you are not a developer at …

Disable Entity Framework Code First Initialization Logic

When you use the Entity Framework Code First approach to build your database, EF’s default behavior is to verify if a database exists when the application runs the first time. In case it does not exist, EF creates it. There might exist some situations when there is no need to …