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Locking down “brochure” style websites between upgrades

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What remaining sites I have parked on my servers generally fit this description. Or, sites that the owners really should have taken yet, but I’m still hosting 😛

Given these sites don’t change much, between updates I just lock them down with sudo chmod -R u-w /var/www.

They are all normally 550, but I briefly run sudo chmod -R u+w /var/www before plugin updates or new image uploads, etc.