How To Make WordPress Safe Without Any Plugins

I don’t know about you, but when I was first securing my WordPress blog, and I was researching to see what others were doing to keep their blog safe, I found so much information that I was completely confused. And some of the information was in fact over the top or supersticious. People told me to rename this file, rename this folder and install these ten plugins. It seemed to be quite a bit of work and effort.

An easy way to keep WordPress safe is to use a few built-in tools. First of all, don’t allow people to list the files in your folders, run a web host security scan and automatically backup your entire web hosting account.

By default, the latest version of WordPress is pretty darn secure. Anything that might have been added to any WordPress security plugins has been considered by the development team of WordPress. In the past, WordPress did have holes but now most of them are filled up.

The first thing you should do is check your various folders. For example, your WordPress blog has folders, such as WP-Content, WP-Admin, WP-Includes. So if you went to your site /WP-Content in a web browser, what shows up? Does it list all the folders and files in that folder? And if so, all you have to do is upload a blank file named Index.html into that folder to make sure that no one can view it.

What if you go to WP-Content/plugins, can you view that folder? If so, upload that blank Index.html file into that folder as well so people can’t view what plugins you have. Because even if your current version of WordPress is up to date, if you are using an old plugin or a plugin with a security hole, someone can use that to get access.

Next, most web hosts in the cPanel area allow you to run a security scan and see if anyone has injected any bad code that may be used to grant an authorized access, send emails, or something like that.

Just run that web host security scan and see what comes up, and if anything comes up that looks out of the ordinary or you are not sure of, contact your web host and see what they think. And whether or not you find anything bad, automatically backup your whole account. In cPanel you can backup your entire web hosting account and save it to your hard drive so that even if something goes wrong at some point, at least you have a back up copy of everything that’s there.

Those are three very simple things you can do to keep WordPress safe without plugins. Put a blank Index.html file in your folders, run your web host security scan and backup your entire account.

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Create And Use A Safe WordPress Login And Password

Here’s a quick question, if you have a WordPress blog and the username and password you use to gain entrance into that blog is Admin and Test, are you at risk for your website being taken over? The answer is yes. What is said is you can have all security measures, all the fancy security plugins in place, but if your password is something that they can easily guess then you are leaving the door wide open.

That’s why it’s important to have a safe WordPress login and password. What can you do? Make sure your username is not the name Admin or Adminstrator, change that WordPress password regularly and use different passwords than you use for other WordPress or FTP sites.

By default, when you set up WordPress it uses it with the username Admin, which means that when you login you type in the username Admin and some password. But this is giving the hackers half of the information they already need. If they already know that you are using this Admin, all they have left to guess is the password. But if your username is something like your first name or your first name and your last name, now they don’t know where to start. Now they are guessing about two different factors.

That’s why even though WordPress, by default, sets your username as Admin, the first thing you should do is create a new user account and name it your first and last name, save it and then delete that original Admin account, that will cut down on a lot of automated attempts.

Something else that is very-very easy to do is change your WordPress password regularly. For example, once per month. This means that you are always thinking of some new thing to type, and some new password that someone might never guess, because you are changing it every month. You would be surprised at how many passwords consist of someone’s name, child’s name, or pet’s name but if you are changing a password on a regular basis, adding in letters and numbers to it, now that’s a password that no one will guess which means that no one will have access to your site other than you and the people you choose.

Finally, set different passwords than other WordPress blogs you own. Set a different password other than your email address or your FTP account. The problem with setting the same password for different accounts is if someone gets access to your WordPress site, now they have access to your website, your other WordPress sites, your email, your FTP, and so on. But if you use different passwords for WordPress, for email and for FTP that means if someone happens to gain access to your WordPress they don’t have access to your other accounts.

Setting a safe WordPress login and password is easy, don’t use Admin as your username,

change that password regularly and use different passwords for multiple WordPress blogs, for your email account and for your FTP account.

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Anti-Hacking Plugins for WordPress

Install these three simple plugins to WordPress to minimize the risk of hacking and intrusion. It’s never fun for someone to get access to your WordPress blog, but unfortunately it happens every day. Every day websites are deleted, defaced or simply taken over and you can avoid that by installing the login lockdown plugin, the HTTPS for WordPress plugin and the WP-Security plugin.

First of all, a very simple plugin called login lockdown simply blocks access to your blog if someone enters the wrong password too many times. A very common technique for hackers to get entry to WordPress blog is simply try many passwords over and over and over and over until something works. So login lockdown will block access to someone after a certain number of failed passwords. It’s a very simple plugin and it’s worth it to install this to make sure that any intruder is now locked out.

Another plugin to install is called HTTPS for WordPress. If you don’t know what HTTPS or SSL is it simply means that it is encrypting everything that gets sent to and from your WordPress site, including the username and password you use to login. Normally your username and password is broadcasted out in the open. That means if you use any kind of public WiFi anyone else on that WiFi can install a simple plugin and capture every password you type into WordPress. That is really not good. You can either not use unsecured WiFi or you can use this HTTPS plugin which will force you to use HTTPS when logging into your WordPress dashboard, therefore protecting your password from prying eyes.

And finally, the WP-Security plugin installs right into WordPress and scans all your folders for many security vulnerabilities. It checks it for any weak points, any holes, out of date plugins and gives you a very easy to follow list of things that you must do in order to keep WordPress secure.

Obviously, I can’t guarantee you will be 100 percent hack proof, but you need to at least take these basic steps to keep yourself safe.

Those three plugins will get you on your way to having a secure WordPress blog. Install Login Lockdown to lock out anyone after a certain number of failed attempts, install HTTPS for WordPress to make sure that any time you login to your dashboard it moves you over into SSL, and WP-Security scan your folders.

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Preventative Steps to Avoid Getting Hacked

Easy steps you can take to keep your WordPress blog from getting hacked. I hope you are not losing too much sleep over the possibility of your website and your blogs getting hacked, being taken over, being destroyed or being changed. If you are worried about this kind of thing, there are a few preventative steps you can and should take right now to ensure that your blog is kept safe.

You should avoid shared and cheap hosting, you should install trusted themes and plugins, and finally you should keep your computer Spyware free.

What do I mean when I say to avoid shared hosting? I mean that many people, in fact, pay a web host, such as HostGator to have web hosting, and they will take some of their space. They might have for example, one gigabyte of space and they might sell 100 megabytes to you for the same price they pay. Now this opens up a few problems, because what if this one person sells space to ten people in the same area? Well there are a few things some people can do to get access to other folders that do not belong to them simply because they belong to the same reseller.

What you are going to want to do is pay at least $20 dollars per month for web hosting. Don’t get sucked into web hosts that will charge you just a dollar or one simple fee for lifetime access. Get a real web host such as HostGator or BlueHost which does charge $20 or $30 dollars per month, but it is well worth it to have the faster performance and extra security.

Now be sure to install themes and plugins that you trust. This means don’t install a plugin that came out just yesterday. Install a plugin or a theme that has real reviews, and just make sure that you are not installing a theme or plugin that contains what’s called Malware because most people don’t realize that any theme or plugin, if it so chooses can actually delete all the files on your website. It can actually copy your whole website and send it off somewhere else.

You need to trust the plugins and the themes that you are using. And finally, keep your computer Spyware free. Install a virus scanner on your local computer, such as AVG and scan it on a regular basis. Think about it, if someone has access to your office computer, your desktop computer and can record every single password you type in, that means just because they have access to your computer, they can now tell what your WordPress password in and login to that as well.

Some simple preventative measures to take to avoid your site getting hacked is to avoid shared and cheap hosting, install only trusted themes and plugins, and to keep your computer Spyware free.

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What To Do if Someone Gets Access to Your WordPress Site

Getting your WordPress blog hacked is a very scary thought. After all, you spent so many hours updating that site and making it perfect and now someone is coming along and they might have destroyed it, changed it, or is now trying to extort you for access.

There are a few things you can do when someone gets access to your site. The very first thing you should do is backup everything. Backup your blog, backup your files, keep it all in a safe place, and let your web host know immediately that someone has access. They can go in and make sure to change your passwords and clean out any extra FTP or Shell accounts that the hacker may have added.

The very important thing you should do is backup everything, change all passwords, and delete and restore your site.

Now backing up everything is a pretty straight-forward process. If you have a WordPress backup plugin and you should, make sure to run that and grab the backup that it has generated. Then also be sure to grab a backup of the entire account. If you don’t know how to do this, your web host should be able to do it for you. Now you have a copy of all your files, so that even if the hacker deletes everything you still have a copy.

The next step is to change all of your passwords, and I do mean ALL. Change your email account password, change your WordPress account passwords, your FTP login, your account login, change any and all passwords to make sure this hacker can’t get in later on.

And then what you should do is delete and restore. Most web hosts will recommend that if someone has really gained access to your site to back it up, blow away the entire account and set it up somewhere else, because you don’t know if they have set up some kind of a plugin or some kind of a script that will monitor for any new logins or any new passwords.

Delete whatever is on there, especially any new pages or content the hacker may have added, and restore your account somewhere else.

After you restore it, you are going to have to comb through it and make sure that these new restored passwords are changed as well, just to make sure that someone can’t get in. But at the end of the day, if you have removed any new things the hacker has added and changed all of your passwords, there really is not a lot they can do to get back in.

I think the most important thing for you to do is backup your site on a regular basis, that way if someone gets access to your site, it’s simply a minor inconvenience of changing passwords and restoring. There is no loss of information. That is what you do if someone gains access to your WordPress site. Backup everything, change all passwords and delete and restore what’s there.

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Amazing and Surprising Uses for WordPress that You Never Even Knew About

You might have heard of WordPress. You probably use WordPress. This is a blogging platform where you can log into one central area and add new post, add new content that people can read, possibly retweet, link to, comment on and it’s a very easy way to get a website up and running quickly and easily maintain it over time. But did you know that you can have a WordPress blog with multiple authors? Did you know that you can automatically submit any new WordPress blog post that you post to search engines automatically? Did you know that you can use the WordPress blog to gather subscribers and make sales? Well, here are some amazing uses for WordPress that you probably have not have heard of.

Use number 1: multi author and contributors. When you log in to your WordPress dashboard, you enter a username and a password to gain entry. But if you go to the users section of your WordPress dashboard, you can add more than one user to administrate your blog. This is called an administrator which means that you can add more administrators and allow your business partner or your friends or other people working on the site to have access to your blog post, your plugins, the comments, all of that stuff.

But you may notice that when you’re adding a new user, there is a drop down box and you can choose either an administrator, an editor, a contributor, an author or a subscriber. Now you can add an editor that has all of the functionality except for changing around the plugins and the theme. So an editor can actually edit and approve comments. They can change other people’s blog post. They can edit over what’s already there. Or you can add a friend, if you don’t trust them enough, to simply write blog posts. An author can write and submit her own content. So someone can log in and they can’t change plugins, can’t change themes, can’t change any one else’s content but their own but they can post an unlimited amount of content to your blog.

Now you might be thinking, “Well, that is a little too much control that I want to give. I want to make someone a contributor.” Now, a contributor can add new content and submit it for your approval but it does not actually go live on the site until you choose to approve it. This means you can look it over, make additions, make changes, ask them to change things and they will be able to resubmit it until you allow it to go live. This is all built in to WordPres, social media and blog and ping plugins.

The second thing I want to tell you about is this ability for WordPress to automatically tell others that you have new content. There are Twitter plugins that you can set up with your site such as Twitter tools where as soon as you make a blog post, WordPress will log in to your Twitter account and post a link to that brand new blog post you just made. WordPress has a built in blog and ping list which you can find many long list on the internet which means that as soon as you make a blog post, it will submit this brand new piece of information to Google. to Yahoo, to Bing, to many other blog directories instantly as soon as the blog post goes live. Even if you scheduled it for the future. You can schedule the blog post now or a month from now and as soon as that blog post actually goes live, it will tell all these directories, including search engines and you will be listed in a few minutes instead of in a few months the way things used to be.

Use number 3: sales letters and opt-in pages. There are very amazing WordPress themes such as Profit theme which will actually show a sales letter, have some information about what someone can buy from you with a payment button and someone can actually pay you money. And the same theme will host your membership site including drip content. There are launch themes such as optimize press which allows you to set up several videos on a site but restrict navigation so that people can only view a small set of pages. There are other opt-in page themes where you can have your entire blog site but also have some pages where the only thing someone can do is fill in their name and email address in order to get some access to some content or get access to your newsletter.

I hope that opens your eyes about the possibilities of WordPress, not just to set up and maintain a website but to allow others to help or maintain it as well, to get instant traffic through social media and through blog and ping, and to make money using sales letters and opt-in pages. Go ahead right now and try some of those themes and plugins with WordPress starting today.

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How To Update Your WordPress Blog In One Click Even If The Upgrade Fails

Something that everyone should do who has a WordPress blog is keep it completely up to date. Keeping your WordPress blog up to date ensures all plugins will continue working, you will have access to the latest features and most importantly that your blog is now safe from hackers and intruders.

Most people don’t know how to update their WordPress installation, but luckily it’s very easy. You can use the auto-upgrade feature in the dashboard, and if that doesn’t work, upload all files manually, and if that doesn’t work use one simple technique to fix any problem plugins.

The first thing you should do when going to update WordPress is go to your dashboard, and on the top left corner should be an area that says updates. All you have to do is go to that updates area and click on one button and this will automatically download the latest version of WordPress, unpack it, and install it where your blog is.

Now you should take a backup of your blog before doing any kind of upgrade, but after that’s done, you now have the brand new features and version of WordPress without having to use FTP or edit any kind of databases.

Now if you have an older version of WordPress, or for some reason this automatic update feature is not working properly for you, the solution is still very simple. What you can do is simply upload the newer WordPress files, and WordPress will detect this. It will detect that your files are new but your database is out of date and it will do its best to update that database for you.

Here is what you do, you go to WordPress.org/download and this will show you a big blue button that you can click and download a zip file of the most recent, current, up to date version of WordPress. This will download a zip file and once that’s downloaded, you can right click and extract all of those files to your desktop where you saved the zip file. Then open up your FTP clients and move those files up to where your WordPress blog is now located. Making sure to overwrite any files that are already there.

Don’t worry this won’t overwrite any of your content because they are the files that run WordPress and your content is just stored in the database in a different location.

Now once those files are all done, simply load your blog and it will say that WordPress has an update, do you want to update? Click on a button and it will make sure your database is up to date, and now you have a current, up to date version of WordPress.

Every now and then when you upgrade this way a plugin might go wrong, it might crash your entire blog, it might show some extra errors, so take a note of what the plugin is named. For example, if the plugin is saying All-in-One SEO, write that down and then in your FTP client, browse to a folder that is called WP-Content, and within that browser folder called plugins and then find the offending folder such as All-in-One SEO and delete it.

Now when you load WordPress again, the blog should load properly and you can add the plugin back the way that it was, and that is the way you upgrade WordPress. Go into your dashboard to the update area and see if you can update it in one click, if not go to WordPress.org/download, grab the zip file, unpack and upload the files. If there are any problem plugins then go into WPContent/plugins and delete or rename that folder and reload WordPress, and everything should be okay.

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Your WordPress Dashboard, Theme and Plugins Explained

Whenever you’re dealing with anything slightly technical, there are going to be many terms you’ll need to know about. But luckily, with a blogging platform such as WordPress, there are not too many terms and once you know them, you won’t have to remember them. You’ll just be able to use them. And with WordPress, you log into a dashboard. You choose a theme and you might add additional plugins to your blog so let’s talk about what all those things do and why they’re all very important for you.

First of all, when you have a website, when you have a WordPress blog, people see the front end of it. They see the content that you have already written. The comments have already been posted. But how do you write that content in the first place? You log in to what some people call the back ends or the control panel or the administration area. But WordPress keeps it simple and calls it the dashboard. You log in and it shows everything you need to know right there. It shows the post that you’ve written. It shows comments that might need to be approved or any kind of problems with blog. It’s the WordPress dashboard and you can log in to it by going to whatever the address of your WordPress site is and add /wp-admin to the end of it. Once you go there, you will be able to do anything. Add new post, delete post, rearrange post, change navigation. Do any of that stuff from your WordPress dashboard.

But if you have a brand new site, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to set up the design or appearance or what’s called the theme of your WordPress blog. Now, your theme is the whole template, the layout which means that if you decide you want to have a blog with a black background and white text, go and find a theme that has that already assigned for you. If you want to have a design with a huge header graphic then find a theme that does that for you. If you want a design with one sidebar, one sidebar on the left, on the right, with 3 sidebars, find a theme that’s already done that for you. And there are literally thousands of free WordPress themes and even more paid ones where you can click a few buttons by going to Appearance, Themes, Install a new theme and you can search their huge directory of WordPress themes to install right away. You install the theme and it changes the entire look and feel of the design of your website.

So you’re thinking, “That’s great. I go in my dashboard, I can change posts. I can edit themes. Now, what are plugins?” Well, plugins are more of the functionality, what the blog actually does. For example, have you seen blog posts where there’s button for someone to retweet it, to retweet your blog post to send it to Twitter to tell your friends about it? Well, that is due to a plugin. Someone installed a Twitter plugin that added a button to every post on that site. And so now, even if you change your theme from a black background to a blue one, that Twitter button will still remain. You might have seen some WordPress blogs where they add a discussion area or a forum to it. Well, that’s a plugin. There are plugins that will actually allow you to add a message board, discussion forum to your WordPress blog. There are plugins that will allow you to add a pop up box to your WordPress site. That is also a plugin. So you can see that the theme controls the way the blog looks. The plugin controls what the blog actually does.

So I hope that when you log in to your WordPress dashboard, in addition to saying what kind of content, what kind of post you can add or change or edit or delete, you also get that youc an change the theme or the design or the look of your blog with a few clicks and install or move or change plugins which add additional functions to your blog. So go ahead right now, log in to your WordPress dashboard and have fun.

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As marketers, we are told that we should be article marketing. It is how you make money as an affiliate, it is how you promote your websites and it is how you add content to your virtual real estate empire.

Many people find article writing difficult to do because they are not used to writing. If you have the money, it can be outsourced. However, for many people starting out online, money is tight and so they can’t afford an outsourcer.

You can get articles written for a couple of dollars, but they are likely to be very poor quality. For a decent 400 to 500 word article you are looking to pay around ten dollars, possibly more depending on the niche and the author.

You can write the articles yourself, and it’s not that difficult to do if you follow a system. Many people suffer from writers block or are just not used to writing an article. It can be very daunting to sit down and write if it is something you are not used to.

Below is a system that works very well, it is one I use myself and you can be writing high quality articles surprisingly quickly with this technique. It really isn’t that hard and it enables even the most novice of writers to create decent articles rapidly.

Step 1 : Decide upon the niche you are writing in.

Step 2 : Determine which keyword(s) you are targeting in your article.

Step 3 : Determine the subject your article will be about.

Step 4 : Type into Google some of your keywords and see what problems and issues people are facing in that niche. What do they want to know? What is their pain? What solutions are they looking for?

Step 5 : Write a powerful, interest building title with your keyword at the start, if possible.

Step 6 : Write out four or five short sentences about the problem (don’t give away too much … you want your reader to buy).

Step 7 : Turn each sentence into more descriptive paragraphs, remembering not to give away too much information.

Step 8 : Write a paragraph introducing the article at the top.

Step 9 : Write a paragraph summarizing what was in the article at the bottom.

And there you have a good quality, unique article that you could spin or just submit to an article directory or use on your website. Content is king on the Internet, and unique content provides you with an edge over the competition.

This method will help you to quickly write articles, and it won’t be long before you can write a high quality article in under ten minutes. With practise, you will be able to do them in five to seven minutes easily!

And remember the more articles you have out there, the more you can potentially earn!

WordPress Posts, Comments, Pages and Categories Explained

I’m not sure if you already use WordPress or if you’re simply researching WordPress but you might have seen some of these terms thrown around such as posts, comments, pages, and categories and I want to explain them to you right now.

First of all, the simplest thing to understand on a WordPress blog is what’s called a post. When you think of a blog, it’s a journal. You see that someone has posted on January 10th and they have something to say. It might be a video, it might be text but there is a list that starts from top to bottom of different journal entries. And usually, the newest one is at the top and this is very basic. It’s very simple. If you want to add new stuff to this website, just go Post, Add New, and now you have added a new journal entry anyone can read. Now if there are too many journal entries that go off the page, people can click and view older posts. Perhaps on the sidebar, they can view previous month’s content but a post is just a journal entry.

Now when you have this journal entry or post, you can allow others not to edit it but to add their additional comments underneath. And what’s cool about WordPress is you can choose to either not allow comments, allow comments or allow comments but moderate them and choose which ones actually get shown to the public. So underneath that every single blog post, someone can click on the actual blog post and type in their name, their email address and their website address and say their additional comments.

For example, if you had a new journal entry or blog post about different kinds of sail boats or if you preferred motor boats to sail boats and someone had a comment saying, “Well, I know that you prefer motor boats to sail boats but I prefer sail boats for this reason and this reason.” And then you can respond back to them in an additional comment. They responded as well. Comments are a discussion that happens underneath a post. So that’s very basic, posts and comments under a post.

But you can also have pages in the blog. Now let’s say that you have this journal and you posted every week or so. But someone wanted to know what was this blog all about. You would have what’s called an About page. And usually this is a link at the top and someone could click on this and they get to this page which is not really a weekly update. It’s just part of the site. It’s part of the site’s navigation.

You would also think, “I want to have a way for someone to contact me privately.” You might add a contact page and this would be another link at the top so you would have these pages that are listed left to right at the top of your WordPress blog. These are pages. Now you can set this up where someone can leave comments under a page. So for example, if you have your About page and someone wants to say, “I like what you’re all about. Congratulations, you did great.” They can leave a comment or you can close comments on pages as well.

A very important distinction, there are posts which are your journal entries that go from top to bottom. There are your pages which are your navigation which have no date, which go from left to right at the top. And you can have comments on either one or none at all.

And the final thing I want to help you out with is this idea of categories because you will probably only have a few pages but you might have many posts, maybe even hundreds of posts over a course of time. And to make it easier to find, you might want to categorize these posts and you might want to say, “Well, this post belongs in the sail boat category.” So if someone wants to see all of the times you’re talking about sail boats as opposed to other kinds of boats then click on the sail boats category and find just those posts talking about sail boats. If they want to find other times they’re talking about motor boats then click on the motor boats category and see all those posts.

But here’s the cool thing is that a post can belong to many categories. So you can say this post discusses sail boats and motor boats and when someone clicks on the motor boats category, they can see all the times you mentioned that. They’re very important. Pages do not belong to categories. Categories belong to posts only.

Just to recap, a blog has posts and pages. Comments can belong on a post or on a page but a post can belong to a category, many categories in fact, but that it is. I hope that clears up a few things. Now you have your blog and your blog will contain several categories. The categories will contain posts. The posts will have comments and off to the side, you will also have pages or navigation such as the About page or Contact page on your WordPress blog.

And the best way to figure all this out is just install WordPress on your own, mess around and see what happens. But after you install WordPress, be very sure to back it up so it’s in a safe place and use http://backupcreator.com/bc/?e=joshua shoemaker to make that possible.

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