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3 WordPress Security Plugins

The following are examples of security plugins with fairly high ratings. I am giving Wordfence a trial run right now after using WPSecure for some time, as I went over to wordpress.org to get some data on WPSecure and this message was posted on the plugin’s info page:

This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

I’m glad that I checked on it. It probably hasn’t been protecting my site for some time.  But this is why I use Bluehost for hosting my sites.

1.  Wordfence Security

As of this date, this is one of the top rated security plugins.

  • Version 5.3.3
  • Updated 2014-11-20
  • Downloads 3,962,003
  • Average Rating  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Wordfence Security is either free for the basic security (which is enough for most people) or you can purchase a premium version. This security plugin includes a firewall, anti-virus scanning, and malicious URL scanning.

Wordfence starts by checking if your site is already infected. We do a deep server-side scan of your source code comparing it to the Official WordPress repository for core, themes and plugins. Then Wordfence secures your site and makes it up to 50 times faster. Wordfence Security is 100% free.

To learn more about Wordfence, click this link:  http://docs.wordfence.com/en/Wordfence_Official_Documentation

2.  BulletProof Security

BulletProof Security is designed to be a fast, simple and one click security plugin to add .htaccess website security protection for your WordPress website

Compatible up to: 4.1
Last Updated: 2014-11-19
Downloads: 1,374,100
Average rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • One-click security protection
  • Automatic .htaccess file updating on upgrade installation
  • htaccess file backup and restore
  • Built-in File Editing, File Downloading and File Uploading
  • Custom Code feature permanently saves and writes your personal custom .htaccess code
  • Backup and Restore customized / modified .htaccess files
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 3.  WordPress Antivirus

Compatible up to: 4.0.1
Last Updated: 2014-11-27
Downloads: 688,960
Average rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Useful plugin that will scan your theme templates for malicious injections. Automatically. Every day. For more blog security.

WordPress Antivirus scans WordPress themes for WordPress permalink backdoor malware. Also, this plugin scans all theme files for malware injections and vulnerability. This plugin scans files daily and can notify your via email.

  • Virus alert in the admin bar
  • Cleaning up after plugin removal
  • Translations into many languages
  • Daily scan with email notifications
  • Database tables and theme templates checks
  • WordPress 3.x ready: both visually and technically
  • White list solution: Mark suspected cases as “no virus”
  • Manual check of template files with alerts on suspected cases

These are just a sample of what’s out there in terms of security plugins.

As always, do your due diligence when installing any plugin. Check the ratings, the feedback, the number of downloads, and the developers.

What are you using to protect your site?  Leave a comment and let us know.

 

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Why Struggle to Add An Image to Your Sidebar When You Can Use This Simple Plugin

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I am not a coder. I didn’t come from an HTML background before I started to build WordPress sites for my clients.

And of course there has been no reason to learn much of it because I only use WordPress. And with WordPress, it’s all built in. Drag and drop this. Drag and drop that. Add a plugin here and there and you’ve got everything you need.

But what happens when you find you DO need to know a little code? Like when you want to add an image file to a sidebar widget?

First I’ll tell you one of the easiest ways to do this.  Luckily, I’ve already written about it here:

How to Easily Add an Image to Your WordPress Sidebar  

There is another way to do this though which I like a little better.

It requires that you add a plugin called Simple Image Widget.

Once you’ve installed it, drag it over to your sidebar and open the options. The part that I like the best about this plugin is that you can easily add a URL if you want the image clickable and to open at another site.

Why would you do that?  Perhaps you have an affiliate ad that you’d like to send the viewer to. You can even highlight a document of your own to send your viewers to.

Your image re-routes the viewer to a document that you’ve hosted elsewhere such as at Bluehost

But I’m sure you can think of lots of uses for this plugin.

Let me know in the comments area.

 

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SEO: Simple Tweaks You Can Make to Your WordPress Content So Your Clients Find You

SEO… ugh… I know you’re probably thinking some or all of the following.

SEO: Simple Tweaks You Can Make to Your WordPress Content So Your Clients Find You

 

  • Search Engine Optimization is way too scientific for me–after all I’m an artist
  • SEO is way over my head–I’m a coach, not a techno geek
  • SEO looks incredibly boring. My eyes are glazed over even now
  • SEO is done by geeky guys who work in their parent’s basement and never see the light of day
  • SEO is illegal and, if caught, Google will banish you and your biz forever from search results

But in reality, SEO is a very powerful business skill that can get you a lot of traction in the competitive world of the internet. It’s really only a series of little tweaks you can make in your blog posts and on your pages that can amount to a huge rush of traffic, and clients that are finally able to find you in the search engines. (Of course, you can go much further than little tweaks and hire yourself an SEO strategist for big $$, but why not start small to see how it works?).

SEO is about “organic” search, meaning that you optimize your posts and pages for the people who don’t know a thing about you (eg: they are not friends on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites) They are the people who need you but don’t know it yet. They are the people who are in Google search right this minute, and are madly typing words into the search field trying to find a solution to their problem or answer to their question.

The words (keywords) they are typing into the search field are the only link between them and you (remember, they have never heard of you). If the words you use on your site (your keywords) match their search terms, then you will show up in the search results. The more exact your words match theirs, the higher you will show in the results.

You can probably see now that if you aren’t using the words (keywords) that this person is using to find answers, then you’ll never show up in the search results as a viable solution or answer to their problem(s). The better your site answers the searchers questions, the more Google will send you the highly coveted “organic” traffic.

So here is a summary of what SEO is:

SEO is the shortened term for Search Engine Optimization. As an online business and WordPress site owner, you need to know that SEO is what helps drive visitors to your website. And without visitors…well you know.

How Google Works

Search engines have names like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. When someone is searching for information on the internet, they type phrases or keywords into the Google, Yahoo, or Bing search field. They press “Enter” and receive a page with a list of search results.

SEO is “spoon feeding” your relevant content to the search engines so that it matches the searchers’ queries.

A search engine is a program that searches documents on the World Wide Web for a specific word or phrase. ~ Dictionary.com (SEO is tweaking your site to match those words).

Kathleen

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Save Time by Scheduling (Post Dating) Your Blog Posts

Scheduling Your Posts in WordPress

Save Time by Scheduling (Post Dating) Your Blog Posts

You’re busy — so busy in fact  that you’ve probably got enough tasks to keep you busy til the end of time.

But we also know how important it is to write blog posts. It’s how you stay in touch AND in the forefront of your niche’s mind. It’s also a key factor in how much money you make (or not).

So how can you carve out the time to write these posts?

Well, WordPress has a great little tool that will make the job a little easier.

It’s right there in the “Publish” capsule to the right of your editor, and its uses are many.

 You can:

1. Write a draft and edit it when you have a little time

Perhaps you’ve just thought of something brilliant, but you don’t have the time to write a complete post.  You can type that brilliant thought into the editor and save it as a draft. Come back later and it’s still there, reminding you of the post you wanted to write (how often have you had a brilliant thought like that only to forget it because you didn’t write it down).

Add to your brilliant thought and save as a draft once again. Do this as many times as you need until it’s ready for publication.

2. Set your post to publish at a later date (in an hour, a day, a week, nine days…)

You may want a post to publish at a date or time that corresponds with a launch or an event, and this is very simple to do.

  1. Write your post and instead of clicking the blue “Publish” button, click on the “Edit” link to the right of the “Publish immediately” option.
  2. You’ll now see a drop-down menu where you can choose the date and time that the post should publish. (I know, it’s like magic…)
  3. After you’ve chosen the date and time, do NOT click on “Publish” button, but instead select the small gray “OK” button.
  4. The “Publish” button will then change to “Schedule”.  Click that button and your post will go out at the appointed time and day.

3. Spend some time pre-loading posts

Just follow the steps above. If you try to publish a post every week, schedule your posts to publish one each week. If you pre-load just 10 posts, this will free your from having to write blog posts for 2.5 months!

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What is a WordPress Theme?

Someone has been thinking logically. It’s the best description of WordPress that I’ve seen in a while:

A WordPress theme is a collection of PHP and CSS files that change the appearance of your site without changing the content, which is stored in a database. This allows you to easily change the presentation of your website by switching themes, while the content remains.

To use a metaphor, the Theme system provides a “skin” your website while WordPress is providing the “bones” of the site in its underlying code.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.hyperarts.com/blog/intro-wordpress-theme-frameworks-child-themes/

 

 

Here’s A Quick Way To Add Media To A Blog Post

 

Insights PluginMy oldie but goodie Youtube video with a very cool plugin suggestion.

I’ve been using this plugin for over 3 years and it has never failed to be useful. It’s one of the simplest plugins to use and once you get your feet wet with it, you’ll find a ton of uses for it.

What are some of the best uses for this plugin?

  • quickly add your YouTube videos to build traffic (instead of sending people to YouTube, send them to your site to view it)
  • interlink to articles, posts, or pages within your own site (huge SEO purpose!)
  • add news articles (back up your information with up to the minute information)
  • add Wikipedia articles (excellent as a reference)
  • search and add Google content (easily find relevant information on Google)
  • recommend a book (your own?)
  • add an image or two (“decorate” your posts to create interest)

Check it out here:

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9 WordPress Essentials: Part 2

9 WordPress essentials part 2WordPress Essentials Part 2:

5.  Search

Have a search function 

Having a search function on your site is a great idea. Just like in Google, visitors can use keywords to search within your site for the content they are looking for.

It’s a good idea to have this above the fold (before they have to scroll) for the visitor’s convenience so they can speedily find the content they are interested in.

Some templates have the search field built into the navigation bar and others offer you a sidebar widget.

You can go beyond just the search function and add both archives and category widgets in the sidebar. The archives widget allows your visitor to find posts of interest that are sorted by date. The category widget allows them to search your posts by the categories you write under.

PS  The words that people use to search online are important to know because their keywords have to match the keywords you use on your site.  To learn more about this, get my free report: FREE KEYWORD RESEARCH TOOL

6.  Contact information

Have a contact page

The best option for adding your contact information is to have it on its own separate page. You’ll then have a link on the navigation bar and with one click, your visitor will have all of your information (telephone, email, and/or contact form) at their fingertips.

I have also included my toll free phone number in my header (banner) on my site.

7.  Opt in form

Offer a way to keep in touch

This is a very important step as this is how you will keep in touch with your visitors. Have it front and center on your site, before the fold. Offer a valuable gift to those who subscribe. It’s a great way to let your clients and visitors know about your products, services, special offers, and upcoming sales or events.

By the way, Aweber is the best service I’ve used so far. They are more cost effective, they have all the bells and whistles, AND they don’t charge extra to see your stats (how many opens etc).  Check them out for yourself:  AWEBER

8.  Design

Keep it easy on the eyes

The design of your page should support your brand image. But it should also be simple and not distract from your goals or purpose. Sidebars allow for the containment of additional information, and provide a way to have even more information above the fold.

Colors convey a lot of information and your color choice should be a good representation of your (type of) business or the image your are trying to present.

Word of caution:

  • Rotating banners, flashing things, and similar effects should be avoided unless it’s just an affiliate site.
  • Avoid anything that slows down the loading speed of your site. (flash)
  • Avoid using a dark background and light colored font. They are almost impossible to read online

9. Community Building

Interact

Integrate social networking buttons (lots of plugins easily manage this step for you). Let people find you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

Use Social Bookmarking plugins as well. These are the little icons you see after a post where people can share your content on any number of bookmarking sites.

Allow for and encourage comments. There are several plugins out there that require people to sign up for accounts and jump through other hoops to leave a comment. I don’t recommend this. Make it as simple as possible for your visitors to interact with you.

When people feel involved or able to contribute they tend to revisit a website.

What are you thoughts? Let us know in a comment.

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Kathleen

Didn’t read part 1?  Click here: http://www.thesavvyva.com/9-wordpress-essentials-part-1/