WordPress Security – WordPress Firewall

Having already recommended Loginizer to prevent ‘Bruteforce’ attacks, I now have another recommendation: ‘All in One WordPress Firewall’

wordpress firewall‘All in One WP Security & Firewall’ from Tips and Tricks HQ is a very popular and up-to-date WordPress Firewall plugin. This certainly meets our requirements as a ‘safe’ option. It has all the features of Loginizer when it comes to Bruteforce, but that’s not all. As the name suggests, this has firewall settings which are simple to use, but it’s features are many and various. Too many to go into here, so a certain amount of playing about with the settings is recommended. One nice feature is the dashboard which displays a gauge indicating how protected your site is. Under this are four buttons which you should click to set up your critical features. Each time you add a feature, your security rating goes up on the gauge.

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WordPress Security

There are individuals who are ‘out there’ looking to hack into your WordPress site. WordPress Security is at risk not just occasionally, but on a daily basis.

We are acutely aware of security especially since the recent ‘ransomware’ super-hack. This attack appeared to affect multiple government organisations as well as individuals. If we learn nothing else from this, we need to realise that security should be second nature. This applies to wordpress security in the same way that it applies to our workstations and devices.

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WordPress Redirect Plugin

redirect plugin

A redirect plugin can be really useful if you have re-built a site, are re-organising your site or have shifted from a HTML platform to a CMS.

I discovered today that an old link (a friend had kindly provided for me) actually pointed to a non-active page. This was because the link had ‘index.htm’ as part of the URL. The original site was built using Dreamweaver WYSIWYG which turns pages into HTML, so the link was valid until I switched to WordPress. The solution was simple and only took a few minutes, so I thought I’d quickly share it with you.

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Slider WordPress plug-in

I manage a WP site which, in the past had the notorious ‘Revolution’ Slider plug-in – I say notorious because (before I was managing it!) the plug-in was exploited and the site was hacked through it.

The problem is now fixed, and I have started to look at how we might use the plug-in, and honestly have been really impressed with it and it’s many features. However, not only has the plug-in been exploited in the past, but its also a plug-in you have to pay for… So my task has been to look for the best free equivalent.

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Submission Contact Forms plug-ins for WordPress

contact form plug-in

I have built a few sites lately where I have needed to use some sort of submission or contact form – in the (HTML) past, this would have required a lot of code and a whole load of testing – with WordPress of course, it’s another plug-in… but which one?

There are dozens to choose from, and I am not saying my choices were inspired at all. I actually used a different contact form on each site, and am pleased to report my findings, both successful in their own way.

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Spell Check for WordPress plug-in

Well there I was updating a WordPress site when I realised there was no spell-check function in the page editor. When did this happen? a bit of research suggests that this functionality was removed in WordPress version 3.6.

It’s pretty important to do your best to make sure that your website is not full of spelling mistakes. I recently edited a site and found five spelling mistakes in the first page I looked at, in only about three paragraphs of text. My personal feeling is that you can get away with the odd error, but a proliferation of errors will put seeds of doubt into your visitors’ mind regarding the authenticity of your site and the validity of your products/services.

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