A-PDF Thumbnailer

A-PDF Thumbnailer

We’ve been working on a project with lots of PDF files, and the download manager plugin makes use of featured images for the downloads. In the past, I’ve struggled with creating thumbnails of the first page… it had been a very time-intensive process.

Then, I found A-PDF Thumbnailer!! It made creation of the thumbnails really easy. After fiddling with it for a few minutes, I was able to create high quality, properly-sized thumbnails for a big batch of PDFs. And it’s quite a bargain at $27… it saved me hours of work.

You can download the trial version to see it in action before buying. It does even more than just creating thumbnails, but I haven’t needed to do that yet. Maybe someday. For Windows only.

XML RPC in WordPress

Attackers quite frequently try to exploit xml-rpc.php, a built-in file for WordPress which provides access to external services, such as JetPack, marketing services, etc. Most sites don’t need this functionality, so it can be blocked. I found this article listing a couple of ways to do it, and it’s one of the services we’ll add to our site this year, as part of the security checkup.

Two Ways to Fully Disable WordPress XML-RPC

You have to be careful, sure that nothing is using it. I wonder if there’s a plugin already out there which helps determine if it’s being used on a site. Will check and update if I find something.