Our latest free WordPress plugin, ServerBuddy, is a plugin that tests server configuration to analyze the quality of your hosting & server configuration, and seek out problems with compatibility with various WordPress themes and plugins. Additionally it provides easy to understand explanations of various server settings and generates reports and samples of what to ask your hosting provider if a problem is found with any server configuration that needs fixed.
ServerBuddy is a great solution for both users of themes & plugins, developers, and hosting administrators. With it, users can quickly determine compatibility with plugins and even quickly email reports (with the click of a button) to developers or technical support for quick and trouble-free reporting of their hosting environment and WordPress configuration to aid in debugging and assistance.
Another key feature of ServerBuddy is Security Testing. ServerBuddy will analyze the file permissions of key WordPress files to ascertain whether they are secured properly against intrusions from other users on the same server as you. A recent security flaw at Network Solutions hosting opened up many WordPress users to hackers on shared hosting because their file security was incorrectly configured. You can use ServerBuddy to verify key files to help avoid this situation. Other general security tests are performed and many more are in the works, including tools to allow you to automatically address any problems found.
ServerBuddy is designed to be extremely powerful but still provide information in an easy to understand way for even a novice. Developers of themes and plugins for WordPress may soon submit definition files for ServerBuddy to allow users to test that a theme or plugin has compatibility with their server. We have added a few popular plugins to the initial list for developers to see how the plugin can work with them to enhance the overall experience for everyone.