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How to Keep Your WordPress Site Safe from Hackers

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Once open-source software becomes the most widely used content management system on the Internet, it will undoubtedly also become a target for hackers.

WordPress, an open-source platform, powers over 18.9 percent of all websites, which amounts to more than 74 million sites total.

The platform has received quite a bit of negative attention recently for its security vulnerabilities. If the proper steps are taken, however, WordPress can be just as safe as other CMS systems.

Has Your Site Already Been Hacked?

Sucuri, a website security and malware protection site, provides a site check utility that scans your site to ensure it has no publicly visible signs of malicious activity.

Also, set your site up on Google Search Console (formerly called Webmaster Tools) as it will notify you of a website breach. You can visit the hacked site information page to learn more about Google’s process for marking sites as malicious.

Once you know your site’s status, there are several steps you can take to ensure it is as secure as possible.

Update, Update, Update.

Update WordPress Core, Plugins and Themes.

Hardening Your Hosting Server Protects WordPress Files & Others

  • Set correct file permissions
  • Private hosting is preferred
  • Use a strong User Name and Password
  • Use Security plugins like Wordfence and Bulletproof Security

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WordPress Continues to Dominate in Market Share

wordpress.jpegWho is Using WordPress

  • Of all the web sites in the world, WordPress is the CMS of choice, leading the way with 19%. The only stat higher is 69%, which accounts for sites running without a CMS at all. Joomla and Drupal are way behind with just 2-3% of the market share.
  • Sites that are running off a CMS overwhelming use WordPress as their preferred platform at 59%.

Key Numbers on WordPress

  • 18th most popular web site
  • 26,000 available plugins
  • 72.4 million wordpress blogs 500,000 new posts published every day
  • 22% of all new web sites run on wordpress
  • WordPress plugins have been downloaded over 485 million times!
  • 68 million wordpress web sites in the world 92& of all users utilize wordpress as a full cms
  • WordPress 3.03 had over a million downloads 2 days after launch
  • 663 million – how many visitors wordpress driven sites attract per month

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90+ Best WordPress Plugins – Want Unfair Advantage?

by Anders

With so many plugins available, finding the best WordPress plugins can be hard and time-consuming! That is my motivation for gathering this comprehensive collection of high quality WordPress plugins.

WordPress is certainly one of the most feature rich and user-friendly publishing platforms available today. At the same time, webmasters love it because of the openness, extensibility and wide open source community. WordPress is today used in serious projects and on large commercial websites besides the millions of hard-working bloggers sharing their valuable knowledge. This trend has created a massive market for professional, high quality premium themes. Recently we have also seen a market emerge for high quality WordPress plugins as nearly any kind.

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How to configure W3 Total cache for best performance

by Ajay Meher

Since the time Google announced that the Page Load time also plays an important role in ranking a web site, all of us are craving for a faster site load to get the SERP. But WordPress is notoriously famous for giving slow performance as it dynamically generates every posts and pages using database queries. Usage of various plugins for customization of a WordPress based site adds to this to make the site more slower. It does not mean that we will abandon WordPress and embrace another blogging platform. WordPress is the best blogging platform and have millions of good things to offer.

There are various  How to make your WordPress site faster http://techiezone.net/webmaster/tips-to-speedup-wordpress/ways to make the WordPress based site faster. Using a good performance optimization plugin is one of the best way to make your site faster. When we think of performance optimization plugin 2 things come to our mind e.g W3 Total cache and  WP Super cache . For a week or so I have been testing both the plugins in various websites and in all my tests W3 total cache has far exceeded WP Super cache in all aspects. The Page speed and Yslow scores are higher in all my tests while using W3 total cache. Only problem with W3 total cache is that, it has huge customization option and if not done properly will result into a negative effect. Hence in this tutorial, I will take you through a step by step configuration of W3 Total cache.

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Since the time Google announced that the Page Load time also plays an important role in ranking a web site, all of us are craving for a faster site load to get the SERP. But WordPress is notoriously famous for giving slow performance as it dynamically generates every posts and pages using database queries. Usage of various plugins for customization of a WordPress based site adds to this to make the site more slower. It does not mean that we will abandon WordPress and embrace another blogging platform. WordPress is the best blogging platform and have millions of good things to offer. There are various ways to make the WordPress based site faster.

Using a good performance optimization plugin is one of the best way to make your site faster. When we think of performance optimization plugin 2 things come to our mind e.g W3 Total cache and WP Super cache.

– See more at: http://www.techiezone.net/tutorials/configure-w3-total-cache/?ModPagespeed=noscript#sthash.yfGfTdmU.dpuf

Since the time Google announced that the Page Load time also plays an important role in ranking a web site, all of us are craving for a faster site load to get the SERP. But WordPress is notoriously famous for giving slow performance as it dynamically generates every posts and pages using database queries. Usage of various plugins for customization of a WordPress based site adds to this to make the site more slower. It does not mean that we will abandon WordPress and embrace another blogging platform. WordPress is the best blogging platform and have millions of good things to offer. There are various ways to make the WordPress based site faster.

Using a good performance optimization plugin is one of the best way to make your site faster. When we think of performance optimization plugin 2 things come to our mind e.g W3 Total cache and WP Super cache.

– See more at: http://www.techiezone.net/tutorials/configure-w3-total-cache/?ModPagespeed=noscript#sthash.yfGfTdmU.dpuf

Ajay Meher
Ajay Meher
Ajay Meher

7 Traits of a Great Business Blog

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I don’t think there’s a formula or recipe for business blogging success, but I do think there are some traits that are common to great company blogs. You don’t need to have all of these things, but I think your chances of having a successful business blog will be better if at least several of these things describe your blog.

1) Problem-Solving A great company blog solves people’s problems. It sells through helping and education. 2) Openness 3) Personality Think of it this way: Nobody likes a stuffy company blog. 4) A Plan

  • How often will you publish?
  • What types of articles will you publish?
  • Who all in your company will be charged with writing for the blog?
  • If you have multiple authors, who’s going to manage them?
  • What will your comment policy be?
5) Persistence

6) Passion If you don’t really love and believe in the products or services you offer, it’ll be difficult to convert blog readers into customers. 7) Variety Your blog posts shouldn’t all read like news releases. They shouldn’t all be designed to sell. They shouldn’t all be the same length. They shouldn’t stick to a company formula. Variety is a great way to keep readers’ interested.

2 Traits You Don’t Need for a Great Business Blog

1) Perfect Writing
2) Technical Skills and/or Money
 

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How to Protect Your Site from the Botnet Hack

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Back-to-basics security measures in the form of strong passwords, unique usernames, staying up to date, and keeping your site backed up are really the only truly effective things you can do at any given point in time. If you are using vulnerable plugins or themes, you are at risk. Use plugins and themes with caution and keep them up to date. Hackers go after low-hanging fruit, typically, so be smart.

1 – Change your admin username.

2 – Change your password to something strong (really strong)

3 – Monitor login activity

4 – Enable Two-Step Authentication

5 – Limit Who Has Administrative Privileges

6 – Backup your data NOW!

7 – Delete unused plugins and themes and UPDATE everything

8 – If you get hacked

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WordPress Optimization Bible

This WordPress optimization tutorial is the most comprehensive guide to WordPress optimization created with the intention of helping you troubleshoot performance related issues and provide you with guidelines on how to speed up your WordPress site..

If you ever experienced slow WordPress admin panel, “MySQL server has gone away” message, pages taking forever to load or you want to prepare your site for a major increase in traffic (for example Digg front page) this is the guide for you.

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5 Tips for Finding Fresh Blog Topics

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Regularly adding new content to your website is a proven way to build traffic at a low cost. Some people add their content as blog posts. Others write articles and save them as new website pages. Regardless how it’s done, this process, called content marketing by many, is proven to be the most efficient way to increase traffic to your website.

Writing new content is great. But how can you be sure that your content is attracting the right kind of visitors for your unique business? In short, you have to know what to write about.

But how do you find these topics? Here are five places to look for a topic for your next blog post or article.

1. Current Events

2. Old Blog Articles 

3. Competitors

4. Talk to Someone

5. Recruit

The Reward Is Worth the Effort

Coming up with topics for blog posts week after week can be tricky. But the reward for creating good content on a regular basis is a steady stream of new visitors to your website and new sales leads and customers for your business.

When prospective customers use the search engines to find content on hot topics, will they find your website, or your competitors? Use these five methods to make sure they find you.

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Your Blog Is Key to Search Engine Optimization

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Many companies have an outdated idea that they can optimize their sites for search engines and then won’t need to do anything further to obtain and keep good rankings. But these companies will likely be disappointed as Google has incorporated freshness and social media buzz into its algorithm. However, blogging provides an effective format for escaping the ranking doldrums.

7 Blogging Tips for Social Media Effectiveness

Here are seven highlights of effective social media optimization via blogging.

  1. Use WordPress for your blog platform. No other blog platform comes close to the optimizations that are native to WordPress, fresh out of the box.
  2. Optimize for SEO. Make sure your blog is optimized for search engines at inception. While WordPress will likely be fairly optimal with the default install, there are numerous small tweaks you can do to fine-tune your advantages
  3. Post Twitter and Facebook links to your blog posts. And, when you do, use optimal URL shorteners — they’re not all alike.
  4. Automate where appropriate. There are a number of software services out there to help you in distributing your links to posts to your various social media accounts. Using these effectively can save on manual updating grunt-work.
  5. Consider expert help. Companies often do a poor job of the initial setup of their social media profiles. Consider hiring an expert for some short-time work in setting up your profiles — this can help you establish a stronger presence, faster.
  6. Post on your blog regularly and frequently. Blogs that have frequent posts work far more effectively at gaining traction and influencing rankings. Don’t just copy your content from somewhere else, though. Google considers scraper blogs to be its enemy; Google is getting better at sidelining them. Not sure what to post on a frequent basis? Again, consider hiring professionals to help you produce original content.
  7. Monitor analytics. Check your performance with various analytics packages to see how you’re growing your influence. Google Analytics can tell you how many clicks you may get from your social activities, while services like Klout can help quantify your influence.

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How to Improve Security of Your WordPress Blog- Best Tips

by Santosh Mishra

Improving security of your WordPress blog is important if blogging is the main source of your earning. Hackers often target websites based on WordPress and attacks are generally carried out autonomously by malicious software bots.

1. Make Your Computer Malware Free
2. Have Trusted Hosting for Your Website
3. Use Your Email Id and Strong Passwords
4. Don’t Let Know Others ‘Version’ of Your WordPress Blog
5. Changing File Permissions is Important
6. Secure Your WordPress Database and WP-Admin
7. Secure WP-Includes

Some WordPress Security Plugins for Monitoring Your Blog

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