Category: wordpress tips

Top 6 Tips to Protect Your WordPress blog

Have any dangerous things around your WordPress blog, do you know that? There are instances where wordpress powered blogs often fall into wrong hands, i.e hacked. There are some precautions that every blogger should take to avoid that. Here are 6 Tips you should to use to protect your wordpress blog, they will help you to harden your wordpress installation and prevent unwanted access to your blog and control panel.

1. Always use latest version of WordPress

Always update your wordpress to the latest stable release. There will be a notification bar at your Admin Dashboard if any upgrade available. You can choose to upgrade automatically which will upgrade the wordpress installation by it’s own.

2. Use a Strong Admin Password

This is what a common mistake. People normally use a password which can be remembered easily and that type is pron to get hacked. Use a password of minimum 8 characters length, have both uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters and numbers.

3. Password Protect wp-admin folder

This basically adds a second layer of security on the wp-admin folder. Here’s a handy guide on how you can password protect your wp-admin folder as well as wp-config.php file using .htaccess file.

4. Choose Plugins wisely

Some plugins are so poorly coded that they may open a loophole for hackers. Therefor, you should choose the plugins wisely before installing it. I do not recommend using plugins for the modifications that can be done by editing the theme.
And, always upgrade to the latest version of the plugins that you are using.

5. Backup

This is the most important thing for all the websites and blogs. Always take a regular backup (daily, if possible) of your wordpress installation. This will be highly helpful if your blog fall into wrong hands despite all your efforts.

There are a few automated backup plugins I can recommend. WordPress Backup, DBC Backup and WP-DB-Backup

6. Vulnerability Scanning

Always scan your wordpress installation for malicious codes and vulnerabilities. Almost all hosting control panel has a built in scanner that are sufficient, some plugins like WP Security Scan and Secure WordPress are dedicated to scan wordpress installations.

How To Recovering From Google Mobilegeddon

Mobilegeddon is the next big thing in Google algorithm updates. Unlikes Panda, Penguin, Pigeon, Hummingbird and the other algorithms, you might have noticed it’s not an animal name. This is because the people who name things aren’t really consistent or original. Don’t worry about it.
Mobilegeddon is the nickname give to Google’s latest mobile-friendly search algorithm that promised to uproot rankings for websites that weren’t mobile-friendly. But in reality, it’s not quite as potent. We recently discussed the effects of this algorithm thus far on websites, and they have not been catastrophic as Google has threatened. However, a lot of websites did get hit. Let’s talk about how to take the first steps towards recovering from this penalty.
This particular update, as the moniker implies, deals heavily with mobile SEO. Specifically, it makes “being mobile-friendly” a ranking factor. If your site is mobile friendly, congratulations; you’re perfectly safe. If your site isn’t mobile-friendly, you’ll be hit by the penalty, which might be pretty bad depending on how far from mobile friendly you are.

What does Mobile Friendly Mean?Google has a list of mobile guidelines, but they can all be summarized fairly easily.

  • Avoid anything that doesn’t work on mobile. This means Flash, primarily, though it also includes custom code and JavaScript that doesn’t render properly.
  • Use text that’s properly sized for small devices. If the user has to zoom in just to read your site, it’s not going to be very useful to them, and they’ll find another resource.
  • The same goes for other content. Make sure everything fits on the screen. If the user has to scroll horizontally, you’re going to earn a penalty.
  • Make sure your links and navigation are spaced out and easy to use. The user should never be able to “fat finger” the wrong link because two are too close together.

If you want to test to see if your site is mobile friendly, you can use Google’s testing tool.
Fixing a Mobile PenaltyStep 1: The Mobilegeddon update rolls out over the course of a week, so choose a 2-week period both before and after the date to get an idea of your traffic. Use whatever analytics program you want, though Google Analytics is probably the best for diagnosing a Google penalty. If your traffic wasn’t actually hit all that hard, you can get away with taking your time on a mobile update. Of course, you’ve had plenty of time already.
Step 2: Implement whatever level of fix you need to. This might mean tweaking your existing site, or it might mean implementing an entirely new responsive redesign. How quickly you need it, and how harshly it hurts you to not have it, depends on how badly you were hit. If you’re using WordPress, WP Touch Pro is an easy solution.
Step 3: Determine the scale of the changes you need to make. This is a pretty complex step, and step three will depend on what you determine here.