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How to Secure a WordPress Website?

December 13th, 2016 Comments off

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No matter if it is a WordPress website or other CMS website; one should take some basic steps to make their website safe and secure. Recently, many attacks have taken place compromising sensitive data from the web. It has become important to secure your website and that is why CIOs’ top most priority is security.

Let’s see some of the basic steps to protect your website from attacks

Steps to safeguard a WordPress Website

Change the username

When you create a WordPress website, the default username is “admin”. Most of the people keep this as the username and don’t change it. Eventually, it becomes easier for hackers to guess it. They are almost close to login to your website. So, it is recommended to change you username.

If the username “admin” is the only user having administrator-level access, then you won’t be able to make the changes. You will have to create and login from another administrator-level account. WordPress has to make sure that there is some other way out wherein administrator’s functions of your website can be accessed.

Strong Password

Hackers often use software to instantly examine each word in Wikipedia against the password set for your WordPress account. So, don’t set password that is very easy to guess. Something that is very logical or a logical combination of words or numbers should be avoided. Don’t use your name, your birthday, your pet’s name etc. which the attacker can easily guess.

Use of random arrangement of lowercase and uppercase also with numbers and symbols are regarded as best passwords. Password generator can help you do this. Don’t forget to save your passwords in a safe and secure place.

Delete and Update

It has been witnessed that WordPress is insecure. It becomes insecure if your website is outdated. If any of your plugin is not regularly updated then it poses a great threat. Attackers find a way to your website through outdated plugins and vulnerabilities or themes.

Make sure to make your website updated to the latest versions of

  1. WordPress
  2. Installed themes
  3. Installed Plugins

If you are not using some plugins or themes then better delete them. As they become outdated, they can create susceptibilities further creating security risks.

Reduce Login Attempts

Attackers try different combination of passwords a lot of times until they get the right one. Attackers use software wherein they can use infinite number of password combinations and keep on trying till they get it right. That is why way back in 2013, brute force attacks were successful in corrupting so many WordPress websites.

There are different plugins available that can help you to reduce the number of login attempts. Limit Login Attempts is one such plugin which helps to limit login attempts.

The above measures are not full proof. These are just some basic steps which one should to protect their website from their end. More security measures can be taken and some are provided from the hosting providers as well, provided you choose a good and a reliable hosting provider.

Now Install WordPress Blog On Self Hosted Domain

April 30th, 2012 Comments off

Installing wordpress is not a rocket science now a days, any new webmaster can also do it without much difficulties. It is recommended to install wordpress from your cPanel as this would make it easy to create your database also. Though many of the web hosting services providers provide you some automated scripts for wordpress installation but installing it manually may help you to retain total control, installing wordpress on your localhost does not differ than general installation.

Following are the simple steps for installing wordpress on a self hosted domain.

Create A Database

You should create your database in the initial stage of wordpress installation, you can do this by entering in to your cPanel, there you can find Databases >> MySql databases >> Create a New Database. Once the database is created you can create multiple users and assign the required privileges to these database users as per your requirement.

Download and Upload WordPress

In this second step you need to download the wordpress zip file which is widely available in the internet but downloading it from the official website (wordpress.org) is always recommended. Once you have downloaded the file you can upload it directly on the server and extract it. This action will create a folder with name ‘Wordpress’ which will be the root folder and you need to move all the files to this folder.

Press ‘Refresh’ button and follow the given steps.

This is end part of your wordpress installation, you will be guided through the steps by which you need to fist add the database name, username and password, then you will have to add the username and password of email, after finishing all the processes successfully you can login and start posting.

So apart from creating database there is nothing different in installing wordpress on a local host than installing it on your cPanel hosting account.

How to Extend Maximum Upload File Size In WordPress?

January 31st, 2012 Comments off

As most of use know and WordPress is the most popular platform for building websites and blogs. While working in wordpress many times you need to upload the data. This data can be of any type like an application file, an image or any video. The default limit set for such uploads is 8 megabytes. Experienced webmasters who has hosted there websites with large web hosting resources, know very well that many times the data to be uploaded can be larger than 8 megabytes and fortunately one can increase this 8 megabytes limit in wordpress. Many webmaster try to do it by making changes in ‘.htaccess‘ file, but this doesn’t work always. I would like to share following simple method to extend the maximum upload file size limit in wordpress.

  • Crate a ‘php.ini’ file and upload it in to ‘/wp-admin’ folder.
  • Then add the following code

memory_limit = 28M

upload_max_filesize = 28M

post_max_size = 28M

file_uploads = On

Here I have used 28 megabytes for just a example and you can replace with your desired limit to be set for maximum upload file size limit in wordpress.

Customization Options With Time Formats In WordPress.

November 4th, 2011 Comments off

Most of the webmasters prefer to display time on their websites or blog, for particular events like post submitted, comment posted. In the previous post we saw ‘Customization Options With Date Formats In WordPress. In this post I would like to share similar type of options available to customize the Time formats. Following are the characters to be entered in the ‘Text Box’ beside the custom button option under ‘Time Format’, to get the output shown, on the actual Website or Blog.

a

Small form of character ‘A’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Abbreviation – AM and PM Ante Meridiem and Post Meridiem’ after the time as ‘character in lower case’. e.g. am, pm

A

Capital form of character ‘A’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Abbreviation – AM and PM Ante Meridiem and Post Meridiem’ after the time as ‘character in upper case’. e.g. AM, PM

g

Small form of character ‘G’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Hour in 12-hour format without leading zeros’. e.g. 1 to 12…..

h

Small form of character ‘H’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Hour in 12-hour format with leading zeros’. e.g. 01, 02 to 12…..

G

Capital form of character ‘G’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Hour in 24-hour format without leading zeros’. e.g. 1 to 23

H

Capital form of character ‘G’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Hour in 24-hour format with leading zeros’. e.g. 01, 02 to 23

i

Small form of character ‘I’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Minutes, with leading zeros’. e.g. 01, 02 to 59

s

Small form of character ‘S’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Seconds, with leading zeros’. e.g. 00, 01, 02 to 59

T

Capital form of character ‘T’ is used to get the appearance of ‘Timezone abbreviation ’. e.g. EST, MDT…..

c

Small form of character ‘C’ is used to get the appearance of ‘ISO 8601 Standard format’. e.g. 2011-12-10T18:32:10+00:00

r

Small form of character ‘R’ is used to get the appearance of ‘RFC 2822 Standard format’. e.g. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:01:07 +0200

Customization Options With Date Formats In WordPress

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

When WordPress is used as a CMS on a Web Hosting account, it provides many great features within its Dashbord. ‘Date Format’ and ‘Time Format’ are two of these options available to display the Date and Time on your website or blog, according to your need. There are some regularly found formats available in predefined form, but few webmasters like to use their own customized formats. The ‘Custom’ option button (radio button) is available under both ‘Date Format’ and ‘Time Format’ for such customization. This post is for the webmasters who are newbies and never handled these predefined formats in custom field.

Following are the characters to be entered in the ‘Text Box’ beside the custom button option under ‘Date Format’, to get the output shown on the actual Website or Blog.

d

Small form of character ‘D’ is used to get the output of Date as ‘Numeric and with leading zero’ for example Dates from 1 to 9 will be shown as 01, 02, 03……

j

Small form of the character ‘J’ is used to get appearance of full name of the Date of month in numeric format. e.g. 1, 2, 3…..

S

Capital form of the character ‘S’ is used to get the appearance of suffix for the date . e.g. ‘st‘, ‘nd‘, ‘rd‘, ‘th‘ in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th…..

l

Small form of the character ‘L’ used to get the appearance of full name of the day. e.g. Monday, Tuesday…..

D

Capital form of the character ‘D’ is f used to get the appearance of day of the week with first three characters only. e.g. Mon, Tue, Wed…

m

Small form of character ‘M’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘Numeric and with leading zero’ format. e.g. month of from January to December will be shown as 01 to 12…..

n

Small form of character ‘N’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘Numeric and without leading zero’ format. e.g. month of from January to December will be shown as 1, 2, 3, 4, to 12

F

Capital form of character ‘F’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘Full name as Characters’ format. e.g. January, February…..

M

Capital form of character ‘M’ is used to get the appearance of Month as ‘with first three characters only.’ e.g. Jan, Feb, Mar…..

Y

Capital form of character ‘Y’ is used to get the appearance of a Year as ‘Numeric and with four digits’ e.g. 2011, 2012….

y

Small form of character ‘N’ is used to get the appearance of Year as ‘‘Numeric and with two digits’. e.g. Year 2011 and 2012 will appear as 11 and 12 respectively.

Know How To Configure WordPress Settings

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

WordPress is largely preferred CMS on web hosting accounts. After building a website or blog on a WordPress platform, you need to configure various settings with it. For configuring these settings you have to log in as admin at ‘yourdomain.com/wp-admin’. Here you should go to ‘Dashboard’ and click on ‘Settings’. Here you are on the main Setting page where you can find the following options where you can enter the information about website or blog.

Blog Title – Enter the main ‘Title’ of your blog here.

Tagline – This is related to the main subject of your website or blog and can be filled with promotional keywords.

WordPress address (URL) and Blog address (URL) – Both of these fields mostly contain the home page URL of your website or blog.

E-mail address – You should enter an email ID which will be used by the administrator of the Website or Blog.

Membership – This is a small ‘checkbox’ for Applying or relieving the restrictions over the registrations.

New User Default Role – When someone is allowed to register an account with the Website or Blog, these are the options found in the drop down list and allow you to set his role and user level as by default. There are generally five options that can be found in this list as following

‘Subscriber, Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor’

Timezone – You can set your desired ‘Timezone’ from here.

Date Format – Following are the date formats available which you can use to display the dates with the material on your Website or Blog.

Month DD, YYYY

YYYY/MM/DD

MM/DD/YYYY

DD/MM/YYYY

Custom – (Refer to ‘Customization Options With Date Formats In WordPress’)

Time Format – Similar to Date format, you can also set a format for the time so that it will appear in a specific format of your choice.

Week Starts On – It’s simply to set the starting day of week according to your preference.