WordPress handles security differently from Joomla! which means all of our posts and pages were publicly viewable from the time I migrated to WordPress until now. I found a plugin that requires you to log in before you can even see the home page! That’s even better than Joomla!’s solution in my opinion. I had looked at all of the built-in options and found that marking a post as “Private” really wasn’t a good solution since all of the pages were still visible. I also found that an unauthenticated user browsing to the home page could still see a list of posts. I found some snippets of code that I could edit into each and every page but that seemed impractical, tedious, and extremely time consuming given the number of pages at work behind the scenes within WordPress. Thanks to Google, the WordPress community, and the Open Source mind set, we now have a family site that requires you to log in before you can see anything!
I just finished migrating the entire family web site from the Joomla 1.5.x platform over to the WordPress platform. I have been playing with the WordPress software for quite some time now and find it has features and benefits that everyone should be able to make use of. If you are a family member and you are logged in, you should be able to add a post – including pictures – if you so desire. I’m working on a new shared family calendar but I don’t have that going just yet. I’ll keep you posted.
Also coming down the line is a migration from the existing single-core, Fedora 13 64-bit server to a “new” dual-core, Fedora 14 64-bit server. I hope to have that migration completed by the end of this week.