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Protect Your WordPress from Hackers and Bots

Posted by LTieu on Apr 18, 2013

Lately there have been massive brute force attacks targeting specifically WordPress websites. It’s definitely more important than ever to make sure you have all your security measures in place. Go through this checklist to protect your WordPress website from hackers and bots. Create a unique username Most attacks target the fact that the default WordPress username is “admin” – so it’s about time you changed that. Learn how to change your username and make sure to delete unnecessary users as well. Create a super strong password This is a super important aspect… don’t make it easy to guess your password. Think variety – letters, numbers, symbols, lowercase, uppercase – and a fair amount of characters, so it’s not so short. Often bots will use related words and terms to your website to try and “guess” your password, trying all combinations. Keep WordPress updated I can’t stress the importance of keeping your WordPress, plugins and themes updated! When an update is released it’s usually to fix something. So to prevent hackers from exploiting on the old version that has a bug, you should definitely update. There’s no reason not to – go with the future of technology! Update! Use security plugins There are variety of WordPress plugins to choose from that help with security. I make sure to have at least Limit Login Attempts activated. It basically blocks bots from trying to log into your WordPress admin through brute force… guessing the username and password. Even if you accidentally forget your password or mistype, you wouldn’t do it more than 3 times… so it’s a good way to block out suspicious login...

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Backup Your Website With Dropbox

Posted by LTieu on Apr 10, 2013

Hosting companies usually have a backup of your website, but there are no guarantees and they might also charge you to recover files when you need them. Why not take care of it yourself? It’s important to have your own backup copy, in case you overwrite a file or suffer data loss in some way. Always have your stuff when you need it with @Dropbox. Sign up for free! Enter the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin. It’s a super simple way to backup your website automatically onto a Dropbox account  – all for free!  For all those who have a website, it’s really the easiest way to have peace of mind regarding your files and data. I use it for all my websites and recommend the plugin to all my clients.  The installation is simple and easy… just a few clicks to install and setup within your WordPress dashboard. If you already use Dropbox for other purposes, I recommend you to create a new Dropbox account solely for backups as well, to keep your files organized. Is your website backed up automatically and regularly? Do it today!...

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WordPress Admin Guide

Posted by LTieu on Apr 3, 2013

If you are just starting out with a WordPress website and/or blog, the admin interface might seem a bit daunting. Enter the WordPress Admin Guide, a straightforward and simple tutorial website that teaches you how to get around your Dashboard and get things done. For newbies, beginners and those who want a refresher, the website is a great resource. You can go through all the topics or just pick something specific to dive into. For anyone who is a running a WordPress site, these are the essentials regarding your admin – so study...

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Test Your Website Load Time

Posted by LTieu on Mar 27, 2013

Ever wonder how long others have to wait when they first visit your website? Oftentimes, we don’t realize that we see our own website load much faster because we have already loaded it many times. New visitors to your website might be experiencing a different wait time. Is it too long of a wait? Try using many of the website loading and speed testers to get a better picture of how quickly or slowly your website loads. Perhaps it’s time to change something and optimize? Here are some resources for testing your website: Web Page Test Google PageSpeed Insights WebWait Pingdom Full Page Test With the breakdown of how long your website takes to load, you will be able to make an informed decision about how many posts to list on the homepage, the weight of the images you include and if scripts, plugins or other elements are affecting your website adversely. Although we all have faster Internet speeds these days, it’s still something to optimize to create the best experience possible for your visitors. In addition, Google and other search engines actually take load time into account when it comes to ranking websites as...

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Basic HTML for the WordPress Text Widget or Learn a Shortcut Method

Posted by LTieu on Mar 20, 2013

Need to add some text, a banner, a linked image or advertisement to your WordPress sidebar? Although there are many types of user friendly widgets that you can install via plugins to your WordPress installation, the plain ‘ole text widget can be all that most business owners need. Let’s learn the basics of how to use the widget and some basic html, so you can add images and links to your website. Within your WordPress Dashboard, you can click on Appearance >> Widgets to control what shows up in your sidebar. The text widget – contrary to the name – is simply a widget that allows you to enter whatever html and text you want. This pretty much gives you free reign to add elements into your sidebar. This includes snippets of code that you might copy from other websites to make banners and badges show up. All you have to do is drag a new text widget into your sidebar, wherever you want your content to appear. Then there are two ways to go about getting the code and content there. One is to learn the HTML basics. This is the code snippet to create a link: <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Your Link Text Here</a> Of course you would replace the http with whatever you actual link is and change the text to whatever you want. Note that I have specified some coding that says target equals to blank, which basically makes the link open in a new window. Often, you are linking out of your website, so it’s good to open a new window. To add an image here...

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Why You Should Update WordPress, Plugins and Themes

Posted by LTieu on Mar 13, 2013

You might have seen the little update notifications warnings in your WordPress dashboard, reminding you that a new version is available. It might be for the core WordPress files as updates are releases, for any plugins you have installed and/or for your theme. WordPress does a pretty good job of warning you with yellow messages, the total updates available in the top bar and number of updates available  in general for plugins, etc. All those little numbers give you the cue. It’s also amazingly easy to perform the upgrades, just clicks away using the interface in the Dashboard. Unfortunately, I have found that many users ignore these notifications and never update! It’s a big mistake and can lead to serious consequences. It’s not just about upgrading for new features – the important factor is updates for security breaches. From the WordPress version to plugins to themes, when an update is released it might be to fix a bug of some sort. Many hackers out there take advantage of the fact that certain bloggers don’t update and can somehow worm their way into the site that is on an old version without the updates. Of course, you can dig into the release files and see if the update has to do with security, but honestly, there’s no reason not to update and not being developers, it’s difficult for one to figure out what the consequences would be. WordPress is a trusted platform that you have chosen to use for your blog, so it makes sense that you continue to update it. You should also be using plugins and themes that...

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