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A past experience

Blogged by: Kitty on Thursday, August 18, 2011  
Commentators: Blogger Chazzie Minho, Blogger Chazzie Minho,
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I was reading Chazzie's post on PHP layout and it prompted me to write something about it in turn.

A couple of years ago, when I first made the attempt to write my own PHP layout, I stumbled across CuteNews, a news publishing script (dubbed as simple blogging tool). For a complete noob like myself, Cutenews was like a gift from Heaven. Not only it was easy enough to use, it was also a script which made use of flat-file storage, and in my mind, had saved me from the worries over MySQL.

Anyway, those days were over the moment my Cutenews was bombarded with 50+ spam comments each day. It was such a tedious job weeding out all those spams from genuine comments. I then decided to install anti-spam protection; first CAPTCHA then RE-CAPTCHA. However, those efforts were futile. Not only the spam comments kept on coming, but there were also spam posts.

For the longest time I had to endure it since I couldn't find any script that could replace Cutenews and as easy to implement. The spams were driving me nuts and while searching for alternative scripts, I found out that the issues on CuteNews extended far beyond spams. The script was known to be insecure with "multiple cross-site scripting vulnerabilities"1 and prone to be "injected with PHP and other malicious code"2.

Determined to get rid of Cutenews forever, I made the leap from one different blogging system to another3 and since then I've never looked back.


1 Unsafe PHP scripts - Jemjabella. http://www.jemjabella.co.uk/2007/unsafe-php-scripts/#cutenews
2 ibid.
3 From Cutenews I moved to FanUpdate and then finally to Wordpress.

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Dorkistic Design has receive plenty invite to have our page hosted, but we nee to use the PHP and CuteNews thing. Back in those days, what I understood about those stuff is that we can upload them via FTP from our computer.. and back then as well, I use my uni's lab as my headquarters so I think that it is almost impossible for me to have an FTP. however, I've seen so many sites upgrading themselves to PHP and also having their own domain and I've started to read and explore about it again.. thanks for your article too ^^

NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY~ -cries- but isn't it costly to buy a domain? i don't have any income at the moment XD and it might take a while for me to get used to it XD

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A past experience

Blogged by: Kitty on Thursday, August 18, 2011  
Commentators: Blogger Chazzie Minho, Blogger Chazzie Minho,
Facebook comments: comments

I was reading Chazzie's post on PHP layout and it prompted me to write something about it in turn.

A couple of years ago, when I first made the attempt to write my own PHP layout, I stumbled across CuteNews, a news publishing script (dubbed as simple blogging tool). For a complete noob like myself, Cutenews was like a gift from Heaven. Not only it was easy enough to use, it was also a script which made use of flat-file storage, and in my mind, had saved me from the worries over MySQL.

Anyway, those days were over the moment my Cutenews was bombarded with 50+ spam comments each day. It was such a tedious job weeding out all those spams from genuine comments. I then decided to install anti-spam protection; first CAPTCHA then RE-CAPTCHA. However, those efforts were futile. Not only the spam comments kept on coming, but there were also spam posts.

For the longest time I had to endure it since I couldn't find any script that could replace Cutenews and as easy to implement. The spams were driving me nuts and while searching for alternative scripts, I found out that the issues on CuteNews extended far beyond spams. The script was known to be insecure with "multiple cross-site scripting vulnerabilities"1 and prone to be "injected with PHP and other malicious code"2.

Determined to get rid of Cutenews forever, I made the leap from one different blogging system to another3 and since then I've never looked back.


1 Unsafe PHP scripts - Jemjabella. http://www.jemjabella.co.uk/2007/unsafe-php-scripts/#cutenews
2 ibid.
3 From Cutenews I moved to FanUpdate and then finally to Wordpress.

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Dorkistic Design has receive plenty invite to have our page hosted, but we nee to use the PHP and CuteNews thing. Back in those days, what I understood about those stuff is that we can upload them via FTP from our computer.. and back then as well, I use my uni's lab as my headquarters so I think that it is almost impossible for me to have an FTP. however, I've seen so many sites upgrading themselves to PHP and also having their own domain and I've started to read and explore about it again.. thanks for your article too ^^

NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY~ -cries- but isn't it costly to buy a domain? i don't have any income at the moment XD and it might take a while for me to get used to it XD

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