WordPress Most Popular Security Plugins

Online security is something you can’t take lightly, especially on your website. You want to avoid hackers from taking over your website as well as your content backed up. WordPress users can rely on security plugins to keep data safe every single time.

Below is an infographic showing the various WordPress security plugins you can download and install to keep your website safe and working well. You’ll also see the descriptions of each plugin as well as the user ratings. So take time to read through it and choose which one will fit well with your needs.


Top 5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Choose WordPress

wordpress-installation-bigStarting a business website or blog is actually easy, but some small business owners may feel lost at how to start with it. First off, there are a lot of options and can be difficult to make the right decision.

WordPress is one of the most popular platforms today. And business owners choose it for a reason. So here’s a guide to help you on why you should choose WordPress as your website platform.

  • It’s really easy to install – Installation is easy when you use WordPress. You don’t need any programming skills to set it up.
  • The interface is user friendly – Once installed, WordPress is very to navigate and use. Even newbies can easily get around the interface. It is also easy to explore and get familiar with so setting up is quicker.
  • Easy to customize – You don’t want just a regular, run-of-the-mill website. You want one that reflects what you and your business is all about. Therefore, you need to customize it. WordPress comes with a wide collection of themes, widgets, and plugins that will let you customize your website’s look and function.
  • WordPress makes it easy to interact with readers – Your readers and followers can easily subscribe for updates and leave comments on your blog. Also, you don’t need to register for an account to leave a comment in a WordPress based blog, encouraging visitors to interact with you.
  • Huge WordPress community – There are a large number of developers and designers working on WordPress so if you would need professional help, you can easily find one.

Share your experience about your WordPress based website and blog below. Let me know what’s your thoughts about this platform.

How To Maintain Your WordPress Site

wordpress-installation-bigOnce you have built your website or blog, you are good to go. But that doesn’t mean the work is done. Like any business office or home, maintenance is key in making sure everything is in top shape. Here are a few things you need to remember to make sure your WordPress site runs smoothly.

  • Back up your database, regularly – Nobody wants to lose his or her blog content. Just to be on the safe side, it’s better to regularly back up your database in case it happens. You can also opt for automated backups using a plugin like VaultPress.
  • Monitor plugins – Plugins are can be really helpful, but the more plugins there are, the slower the site will be. Of course, this also depends on the quality of the plugins. Updating your plugins can help with your blog’s performance but at the same time it may conflict with other plugins. To make sure this won’t happen, it’s best to research on the plugin homepage and learn about any issues the arise with the update.
  • Do some regular “housekeeping” chores – Like a house, there are some regular chores you need to do to keep it neat and organized. The same goes with your website. Some of these chores that will ensure your WordPress site runs smoothly and efficiently are:
    • Check for broken links
    • Delete spam comments
    • Remove disabled plugins and inactive themes
    • Delete duplicate/unused images and files
    • Change your admin passwords

Incorporate these maintenance procedures into your schedule. You can do it twice a month or weekly. It all depends on you. The more frequent you clean it up, the better the performance will be.

Do you have other concerns about your WordPress website? Leave a comment below.


Tips To Improve WordPress Security

186837530_5c00e230c1_zIt’s never fun to get your website hacked. So it’s better to have your website secured from the start.

WooThemes has some tips on how you can keep your website safe with the additional security measures discussed below:

First of is to use a secure hosting. According to WooThemes, “hosting vulnerabilities account for a huge percentage of WordPress sites being hacked.”

Before you decide on your webhosting, do your research. Don’t get the most affordable one. Look for an established company with a good record when it comes to strong security measures. Make sure that you get your money’s worth.

Second, keep updating. Each version WordPress releases, there are patches and fixes that would address several issues. If you don’t update to the latest WordPress version, you could leave your website prone to attacks.

Hackers usually target older versions of WordPress with known security issues, so it’s best to update your website the minute you see a “Please update now” message on your Dashboard notification area. The same goes to your themes and plugins. If you keep them up-to-date there is are less chances your website will get hacked.

Next is to strengthen your passwords. Avoid passwords like, ‘letmein’, ‘abc123’, or ‘password’. These are very common and you need to change them into more secure ones immediately. You can also use a password manager such as LastPass to help you.

When it comes to your username, don’t use “admin.” Imagine of you are using “admin” as your username and your password is not that strong, that makes your site vulnerable to malicious attacks. We recommend changing your username to something less obvious.

Lastly, limit your login attempts. This is very useful especially if a hacker or a bot attempts to attack and crack your website’s password. It will detect the number of failed login attempts from a single IP address; by limiting it, you can further secure your site.

Nothing beats added security to prevent attacks of your website. So consider these tips and prevent hackers from accessing your website.

Responsive Web Design: Is Your Website Mobile Revolution Ready?

For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on a new mobile friendly version of my website but have been unable to launch it since my team  has been preoccupied with a lot of our offshore web development projects and my site just kept on being bumped in favor of client projects.

Then fortunately, in spite of the busy schedule during the holidays, we were able to finally launch version 3.0 of BenFrancia.com before end of the year! :)

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How to do Keyword Research and Register Your Domain Name with a GoDaddy Promo Code

When I’m all set to try something new out in the Internet, I always do three things. These are:

1. Keyword Research
2. Buy a Domain Name
3. Make sure I use one of GoDaddy’s Promo codes

While the first step takes more time, the last two are pretty easy. Of course, keyword research is for you to get a reasonable amount of traffic from the search engines, so chances are domain names based off of broad keywords might’ve been taken already. And you also have to make sure that this domain name is very relevant to the way you market your business.

In any case, here’s a little video I made about the entire process. Check it out:

[VIDEO] Why Businesses should still have a Website and not just rely on Facebook

I ran this little challenge in Facebook where I asked you folks why you DON’T need a website to have a successful Internet business. Many gave some valid points, and most of the answers were related to the fact that they can already make use of Facebook and that it’s free.

Allow me to discuss in this video “Why Businesses should still have a Website and not just rely on Facebook”.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

[VIDEO] Website Planning in 7 Easy Steps

Getting a website is like getting a house. There are a lot of things to handle and plan for – primarily, the structure, how many rooms it’s going to have and so on and so forth.

In this video, I’ll show you 7 easy steps to website planning without necessarily emptying your wallets or getting a headache. Here also is the Web Design and Development Questionnaire mentioned in the video.

Check it out.

Essential WordPress Plugins

WordPress has plugins that allows its users to do virtually anything you want your WordPress blog or site to do. Think of a plugin as some sort of device or extension in a browser that works as soon as you get it installed and activated; the same can be said for a WordPress plugin. The best thing about it is that there’s literally a community out there who conceptualize, create and manage plugins that have different features – that said, you don’t run out of any plugin that you might need.

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