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August 22, 2016

Watch Out For WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities & Hacks, Identify Scripts & Stay Updated

My client’s website was hacked via an outdated WordPress plugin. In “Steps to Fix and Prevent a Hacked WordPress Site”, you learned how to fix a client site after a hack. The steps in that blog came from two real-life scenarios, and today we will look more closely at one of them: an outdated plugin […]

August 10, 2016

Facebook And Automattic Release Instant Articles Plugin For WordPress

In preparation for the imminent opening up of Instant Articles to all publishers, Facebook and Automattic have teamed up to develop an Instant Articles plugin for WordPress. Instant Articles is Facebook’s answer to slow websites — compatible web pages will load much more quickly within the Facebook app than on the web (assuming that the […]

August 09, 2016

Abandoned WordPress Plugins: What Are Your Options?

One of WordPress’s great strengths is the plugin ecosystem. Developers have created thousands of plugins — most of which are free — that add any functionality you can imagine. Many businesses are built on WordPress, and some of those businesses depend on the plugins they use. What happens if those plugins go away? What do […]

August 08, 2016

Guard Against WordPress Vulnerabilities With Scanners, Theme & Plugin Security Best Practices

If it seems as if WordPress websites are hacked more often than others, there’s some truth to that theory. WordPress vulnerabilities are common – the security firm Sucuri found that a significantly large portion of websites compromised during the first three months of 2016 ran on WordPress. Sucuri investigated 11,485 compromised sites, and 78% of […]

August 05, 2016

Use Two Factor Authentication To Guard WordPress Against Brute Force Attacks

Passwords are an unquestionable means of defense against hackers. A compromised WordPress site can damage your clients’ business reputation — the kind of harm that takes a long time to recover from. Yet no matter how complicated you make a password (adding numbers and symbols), it’s still not the strongest form of protection. Hackers can […]

July 27, 2016

Lessons WordPress Users Can Learn From The Panama Papers Breach

I’m sure you’re all aware of the Panama Papers: a leak of epic proportions that exposed the offshore dealings of the rich and famous. Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca was breached, and well over a terabyte of data handed over to journalists, who are going through it with a fine-tooth comb. The leak has given […]

July 26, 2016

WordPress Is A Powerful Donation Solicitation Platform For Nonprofits

Soliciting and collecting donations are the core fundraising activities of many nonprofits. It’s also the most expensive. Traditional nonprofit fundraising techniques include event hosting, direct solicitation, mass mailing, and cold calling. Some of these techniques have a high chance of securing donations, but also a high associated cost that eats into the money available for […]

July 20, 2016

Consider This Before Choosing A WordPress Page Builder

If you’re new to WordPress and want to create custom page layouts, the learning curve is steep. At the very least you need a passing familiarity with PHP, HTML, and CSS — possibly JavaScript too. All of which might seem a bit much if all you want to do is create a custom landing page […]

July 19, 2016

WP Hammer Is A Data Privacy Tool For WordPress Developers

WordPress professionals often find they need to work on a copy of a client’s site. It’s almost never a good idea to work on a live site — too many things can go wrong. When changes are needed, it’s better to copy the client’s site, make the necessary changes, test them, and then integrate any […]

July 13, 2016

Improving The Crawlability Of Your WordPress Site

At the highest level, search engine optimisation is about three things: creating great content, promoting that content to generate links, and making sure that Google and other search engines can find it. It’s the last of these tasks I’m going to talk about here — specifically, how WordPress site owners can make sure that when […]