About the Cop



wpCop helps to secure WordPress sites & blogs
by creating awareness before testing and hardening the platform and its wider environment.

Launched by WordPress developer and system administrator Olly Connelly in September 2013, the wpCop project expands on his book WordPress 3 Ultimate Security.

Securing WordPress with wpCop

There are two core principles behind wpCop:-

  • Totality. Securing WordPress is only possible if its production users are security-conscious and their local assets, web connections, web activity and server assets are properly defended. But …
  • Honesty. As is explained in wpCop's Risk section, there is no such thing as 100% security. This site tries, nonetheless, unequivocally.

As well as teeming with reference guides, tutorials and resources, the wpCop forums are free to help people with specific problems.

wpCop's Olly Connelly

Olly Connelly (OK, hands up, that's me) was conceived in the Summer of Love and likes to think he's the reincarnation of some dude who copped it after a Woodstock head-banger.

Born in Windsor, England, he's no relation. He lives with “She who must be obeyed”, just off a beach in Valencia, Spain.

Olly's background is broadcasting and satirical journalism and his experience includes serially annoying the BBC, Bloomberg and MTV. He quit the mainstream media twelve years ago to do something honest, becoming a freelance content producer, web developer and, subsequently, a system administrator and outright hacker. An ethical one, honest.

As a ‘hack turned hacker’, Olly sees high quality content as the key to demystifying complex subjects and, in an attempt to keep folks awake, he sugar-coats techy topics with a dose of humour. He tries to provide jargon-free explanations behind each and every step in a tutorial, something that tends to be missing with online guides that, all-too-often, are written ‘by geeks for geeks'. (Then again, hey, “Blessed are the geeks!”)

When he's not tapping out keystrokes he's generally gardening, kite-surfing, cussing at the news and, failing all that, downing a pint.

Contacting Olly

You can catch up with Olly on LinkedIn and Twitter, else by email, or follow the Cop on Facebook or, an equally good reason to use a VPN, Google+.

Then again, maybe you just want the RSS feed.