How to Regain Access to Your Hacked WordPress Site?

No matter how much precautions you might be taking in protecting your WordPress site from hackers. You must always stay prepared to face the worst case scenario. In short, you must be ready with a solution to deal with the situation when your site is hacked. But, what could be more problematic is inability to log into your website’s admin panel despite trying numerous username and password combinations. Thankfully, there is a way that could help you deal with such an issue. You might not know but your site’s database provides a backdoor that can render you access over the backend interface.

As long as you’re able to access your database, you still can log back into the admin interface by making a few changes to your account. Through this article, we’ll be demonstrating the steps you need to follow for changing the admin user details of your website database.

But Before You Start

It is imperative that you’re creating a backup of your website, and most importantly, your database. Here’s a great article you can refer to for learning more about how you can backup your WordPress site: Backup and restore WordPress database with cpanel and phpMyAdmin. After all, your database is the last resort that could help you find a way to regain access over your hacked website. But remember, backing up your database using backup tools can be tricky when you don’t have access of your site. If that’s the case, then you could use phpMyAdmin to backup the database. For this purpose, you just need to abide by the following steps:

Step 1 – Open up your cPanel, and from there navigate to Databases → phpMyAdmin.

Step 2 – Next, choose your website or network’s database provided on the left-side of the screen. And then, press the “Export” tab positioned on the top of the page.

Step 3 – Finally, hit the “Go” button to choose any particular location on your system where you would like to save your database backup.

How to Update Your Website Database ?

So, now that you saved the backup of your website database, let’s proceed and talk about how you can change the account details from the database. To do so, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Again log into your phpMyAdmin via cPanel.

Step 2 – Move to Databases → phpMyAdmin from cPanel, and you will find entry of your website’s database on the left side. Simply, click on the database entry. And then,  search for your admin username in the “wp_users” table list.

As soon as you find the username, hit the “Edit” button:


Step 3 – And at last, make changes to the email address provided in your account’s “user_email” field. Be sure to change the address to something that’s valid and easy to remember. After making the required changes, press the “Go” button to save all of your changes you have made.

Understanding How You Can Recover Your Site

After adding new email address within your account in the database, you’ll be able to win back access of your website’s backend using these steps:

1. Open up your site’s login page (i.e. http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin)

2. Hit the link labeled as “Lost your password?”


3. Clicking on the link as shown in the image above will open a window, wherein you need to fill out the new email address you’ve just created in your database.

4. When you will open your email, you’ll find a link that allows choosing a new password. Once you have chosen a new password, use it to log into your website and review it.
Conclusion

Hopefully, this post will assist you in regaining access over your hacked site’s backend without much hassle. But, in case you still are finding it difficult to log into the admin panel, it makes sense to take help of an expert WordPress developer.

WordPress Plugins Are Indispensable, Yet Come With A Caution!

No one can deny the fact that one of the most crucial factor why WordPress has retained its position since past 12 years is because it is a highly adaptable platform that has the capability to adapt new functionalities easily. The credit goes adroit WordPress developers who have developed incredible plugins that have takes the functionalities of a regular CMS platform to a new level.

However, as we know that excess of everything is bad, thus we need to maintain quite a good balance while picking up the right number of plugins for your website.

Why there should be a limit?

Well as such there is no limit as one of the WP users have reported that they have used around 637 plugins in their website which is I guess way too much. But there is a limit to it and to know why we need to delve deeper to get to know the working of plugins.

Plugins do effect the backend as well as front end of your website. This implies that they render functions that can be utilized by a admin of a site for instance SEOs, analytics, backups and more and also helps the site owners to add features that can be helpful for the visitors such as widgets, slider or font customization.

This is the reason why plugins impact performance of a site in two different ways such as they add additional database queries and HTTP requests.

More importantly your Database Queries

Apart from this there are certain plugins that increase the number of database queries that are being sent. This means that if you are using a plugin that stores information of your database , for instance page/post view, this will require to send database queries that will send out the retrieve information of from your database.

These queries work as an unnecessary load on your database and put strain on the performance of your website. However, you need to make sure that you use well developed plugins that do not put much load on your server and this is the reason you need to realize the fact that choosing a plugins for your website is not just another task but a task which needs your utmost attention. Moreover, it is quite crucial for those who do not make use of good hosting server as you need to realize that several plugins make unnecessary database calls. This might require you to invest in good hosting servers which is the only solution to this problem.

So before opting in for any random plugin make sure that you check the following things :

  1.     The plugin must not load too many database queries on your web page
  2.     The plugin must not load too many styles, scripts, or any other assets
  3.     Find a plugin that serves complex operation
  4.     Find out whether it performs remote requests, for instance external APIs

Plugins you cannot afford to avoid

In order to stay abreast and not look like a fossil website you need to adopt plugins that take your website to next level. Following are five plugins that every WordPress developers need to use:

Akismet

Askimet is know to be the most popular WordPress plugins. This incredible plugin find out all the comments on your website which is from the Akismet web service. This is the process of checks the comments for their authenticity and ensures to filter out the spam from the remaining portion. Apart from this it allows you to check all the spam that were caught in the “Comments” section that are mentioned in the admin zone of your WP website.

Google XML sitemaps

Though the plugin can perform one particular task from the development which is the site owners can generate an XML sitemap for their website. This is the best way in which your website will be served in quite an efficient way to the search engines when it comes to indexing of your website.

Sitemaps prove to be helpful for the search engine as it makes it easy for the crawlers easily understand and fetch the all the defined structure of your website. The Sitemap plugins support all sorts WordPress based pages and custom URLs. Another major benefit of this plugin is that it notifies the search engines wherever a new content is posted on the web.

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is yet another quite a popular plugin for0 WordPress used for caching. Caching is one of the most handy way of improving the user experience of a website and this can be done without making any changes that one can get in the website content.

Google Analytics

When it comes to analytics who can beat Google Analytics and this plugin is also great for WP users, along with this it also allows you to track and figure out statistics using the Google Analytics plugin no matter you have a single or even a Multisite installation. This is an incredible WordPress plugin that will render all major statistics that are rendered to you front of you and this also incorporates several statistical graphs as well as charts that you can see in your WordPress dashboard itself.

Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 is another quite an important WordPress plugin present among the marketers with 16 million downloads declared as per WordPress Plugin Repository. This plugin, helps you to manage your several contact forms easily. Moreover, you can customize all email content as well as contact forms and for all this all you need is a simple markup. Contact Form 7 offers support for Akismet spam filtering, powered by AJAX, CAPTCHA submission. Apart from this you can make use of Gravity Forms which is premium plugin that one can use, for those who wish to get more advanced version of the same.

In Short- Use but after research!

The final verdict of the above discussion is that we cannot just avoid plugins as they take us to next level of development, but the solution to this problem is that we can pick up those that are well coded and do not strain your website much.

3 Major Features of WordPress 4.4 Version Worth Exploring

WordPress is well-known for releasing new version updates quite frequently. It’s been just a year since WordPress 4.3 was launched, and now the CMS giant has introduced its new 4.4 version. Called as “Clifford”, the recent version update brings forth many new features just like older WordPress versions.

Through this article, I’ll be helping you learn about WordPress 4.4 new features worth exploring.

1. Twenty Sixteen Theme

Well, one of the most common features you can expect from every WP version release is a new default theme. And this time is no different, as the 4.4 version has introduced a brand new default theme, referred to as “Twenty Sixteen”. What makes the theme distinct from previous default themes is its modern yet minimalist look and feel.

In fact, the new theme looks a lot like the Tumblr blog rather than a typical WordPress blog. Also it delivers the same kind of experience across devices similar to Tumblr blogs. In addition, it can also be changed using a wide collection of color schemes.

2. Responsive Images

The second most notable feature of WordPress 4.4. version is responsive images. For quite long, making a site’s images responsive has been a pain for WP users and developers alike. But now with the responsive images feature, you no longer have to worry about making your images scale to the fit any device screen. Since this is a built-in feature of 4.4 version, you just need to activate it.

3. Embed WordPress Posts Directly Into Other Sites

Lastly, now you will have the ability to embed all your WP posts into any other WordPress website(s) without much hassle with 4.4 version update. Till many years, WP users had the capability that allowed them to embed content from other sites (and sources) into their blog posts. And now, you can embed posts into sites. To do so, you will have to drop a WordPress post URL into the post editor. This will automatically embed the post.

Each embedded WP post will showcase: title, excerpt, and featured image. Besides this, website’s favicon, comment links and/or post sharing options, are also expected to be included in the new version release.

Conclusion

All the above three features discussed look promising and seem to help WordPress users have great fun and better control at customizing a WP powered site. In case you are having difficulty in implementing any of these features, it is advised that you must consider taking up a WordPress professional assistance.

All Hail The Revamped and Fully Open-source WordPress.com

If you’re joining the world of blogging, then you’ll most likely hear about WordPress.com. It’s a popular blogging site co-created by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg and his company known as Automattic. WordPress.com comes with tools that will help you blog, and most importantly, it helps in hosting your WordPress website or blog for free.

But, discussing about what WordPresss.com does isn’t our agenda in this article. Instead, we intend to exert on the major enhancements that have been introduced in WordPress.com, making the WordPress.com platform gets a revamp and become 100% open-source platform. Read on further to know more about the story behind the new face of WordPress.com.

What Convinced Automattic to Relaunch WordPress.com?

A lot has changed and many new developments have been made since WordPress was introduced back in 2003 as an open-source blogging platform. And today, it has evolved into a full-fledged CMS that powers over 25 percent websites over the web. But after successfully completing 10 years of legacy, Automattic (the company that was founded by Matt Mullenweg) realized that they need to build modern and more mobile-friendly experiences to stay ahead of the competition – such as Medium.

As a fact, according to Matt Mullenweg “the tech wasn’t going to take them to the next decade.” This is what made the Automattic team decide on giving an overhaul to the WordPress admin interface. Although, work on revamping the interface was started a year-and-a-half ago, so as to make the admin interface responsive and a lot more faster. The company even released several new features, however, the update has been made available for public use only recently.

Below is a chart that shows the key differences between the old and new revamped version of WordPress.com:

A Look at The Major Updates Made to WordPress.com

Let us now have a quick glimpse of what all major updates have been rolled by the Automattic company:

1. New 100% open-source version of admin interface.

WordPress.com has been relaunched and features a completely new admin interface – named as Calypso – that helps in managing blogs, posting content and so on. Most importantly, some code has been made available in the interface that helps turn the WordPress.com site into an open-source software that can be used by everyone.

In case you’re already running the open-source WordPress version on your server, then you can easily activate the new admin interface using the Jetpack plugin. Let’s take a look at the features of the Calypso interface:

  • It’s blazingly fast.

  • It is written completely in JavaScript using the libraries such as Node and React.

  • It is 100 percent responsive.

  • Help in managing plugins and themes on Jetpack website.

  • All of the developments in Calypso in future will be made in open, since the interface is fully open source.

  • Supports creating and managing multi-sites and much more.

2. PHP has been replaced by JavaScript.

As a new user, you’ll probably notice how the look and feel of the blogging site has changed. But, as a programmer or developer, you’ll see something a lot more remarkable: PHP being replaced by JavaScript. As we all know, WordPress is written using PHP, but it will be a totally different thing for users to work on WordPress.com interface which has been mostly re-written in JavaScript and API calls.

JavaScript when combined with latest technologies will give you the ability to build more complex apps for both client-side and server-side.

3. A New Macintosh OS X application has been released.

You can access the WordPress.com site using a new application for Mac systems. This app works pretty much like any desktop app, as it helps combine both web technologies and desktop features to deliver the same experience as the WordPress.com site. However, soon a lot more improvements will be introduced into the Mac app such as notifications.

Final Words

Whether the new admin interface of WordPress.com, codenamed Calypso, would successfully become a part of WordPress open-source project, depends on the wants and needs of the community. Furthermore, Matt Mullenweg says that they might have to face several technical challenges in integrating their new interface since Calypso is a complete technical overhaul than just being a revamped admin interface.


WordPress 4.2 Beta 2 Version Made Available For Testing

Just a week after the release of WordPress 4.2 beta 1, the CMS giant released the second beta of version WordPress 4.2. Since the final release of the version WordPress 4.2 isn’t expected to happen before April, eager testers can start testing their code prior to the official release. Beta 2 release isn’t ready for production yet, and so make sure to setup a test site to test your code, instead of upgrading your live website to the new beta.

Let us now have a quick glimpse of the things you can do for testing your website against the beta 2 release.

  • Added a Layer of Security

While developing a WordPress website, the security of the website is one of the biggest concerns among site owners. Luckily, WordPress provides several security measures to keep a site secure from vulnerabilities. For instance, it asks for FTP or SSH information when upgrading or installing plugins automatically. But this may not be true for all WordPress sites. In simple words, you might not be asked to enter any FTP connection information before a plugin update. But beta 2 has resolved this issue, and added support for entering “FTP and SSH credentials” at the time of updating plugins.

  • Better Cross-browser Support for Emoji

Observing the growing popularity of Emoji characters, support for the same was added with the release of beta 1, however, with beta 2 you’ll experience improved cross-browser support for emoji. Jaynes, the lead of the beta 2 release, encourage users using an older browser to report about any issues they’ve while using emoji.

  • “Press This” Feature Has Been Refined

With the release of the first beta version of WordPress 4.2, “Press This” feature was redesigned, to make it more mobile-friendly. And now, with the second beta release, this feature has been further refined with the introduction of auto-embedded media. In addition, content scanning has also improved.

  • Multiple Bug Fixes

Just as you know that WordPress releases bug fixes, with every version, and the new beta release has introduced over 70 changes within a week after beta 1 release.

  • Addition to the WP_Comment_Query Class

WP_Comment_Query has helped post authors to retrieve comments from the database. In order to make this class more useful, beta 2 has added a constructor and better method consistency in WP_Comment_Query. Let’s have a detailed view of this:
Constructor is the simple function of a class which gets executed automatically when an object of the class is created. However, constructor isn’t used when executing the wp_comment_query class. Here’s an example of WP_Comment_Query:

$comments_query = new WP_Comment_Query; [here we are creating the object of WP_Comment_Query class ]
$comments = $comments_query->query( $args ); [here we are executing wp_comment query using the query funtion ]

However, with the beta 2 release, a constructor has been added and method consistency has been improved in WP_Comment_Query. For example, in the proposed beta version we can set our query parameter directly on object creation as shown below:

$args = array(
'author_email' => '[email protected]'
);
$comments_query = new WP_Comment_Query($args);

Although, both codes will produce the same result, but the second one is fast, as it comes with the capability to initialize the query argument at the same time because of the constructor.

Wrapping Up!

As a WordPress user or developer, you’ll certainly be interested in learning about some exciting new improvements that takes place in the WordPress ecosystem. If you’ve already tested WordPress 4.2 beta 1, it’s time to get yourself prepared for testing beta 2 release made available by the CMS giant.

WordPress Beta Tester plugin will help you get hooked up with the new beta release easily. If you don’t wish to use the plugin, you can download the beta zip file from WordPress.org beta 2 announcement post.

DIVERSIFYING YOUR WEBSITE TO BE COMPATIBLE ACROSS MULTIPLE DEVICES

With the growing diversity in devices used to access the Internet, the most challenging aspect of website development is building a website that works in perfect unison with all the major operating systems and devices. If your website looks great on desktop systems but looks oddly out of place on iPhones and Androids, you have a perfect recipe for disaster right in your hands, and the sooner you do something about it, the lesser will be the consequences.

Source : Thinkwithgoogle.com

With such far-ranging Internet audience in terms of the devices, it has become imperative for businesses trying to reach out to their customers via the web to adapt. The focus has to be narrowed and the stratagem has to be made even more comprehensive. Keeping in lieu the same, different terms have started bouncing around the walls lately. Responsive designs and made-for-mobile websites are now increasingly been heard since the focus is shifting more and more on addressing all types of devices.

Here is why you need a website that works well across multiple devices:

Mobile Users are Expanding by the Minute

You don’t need to be a marketing or digital guru to know this for a fact that Smartphones have invaded the market. There is no bar in terms of age or purchasing power, everybody is pursuing to own a Smartphone wherefrom they can work on the move, stay connected to friends, family and colleagues and so on. As a website owner, you thus have to make sure that your website, which recieves a heavy chunk of visits from mobile devices as it does from desktops, adapts itself well to the smaller screen sizes. If you aren’t entirely convinced, here are the figurative findings of the Smart Insights for your due consideration:

- One-fifth of total Google searches are made from mobile browsers
2013 witnessed more than 50% of local searches made from mobile browsers.
- More than 60% people have a good feedback to give about the brands that offer good mobile-browsing experience.
- Close to 30% people access their emails on their mobile phones.

Image Source : Google.co.uk/

User Experience Above Everything Else

Gloss and extravagance no more work in the manner you want them to. Everything boils down to how good or bad is the user experience with your website. And the biggest measure to the UX of your website is how compatible it is with different devices and how fast it loads on the user’s browser.

Ways to Ensure a Multiple-Device-Friendly Website

There are more than one highly potent ways for you to deliver a website that works fine across several devices:

- Build Responsive Web Designs

Go for responsive web designs that ensure optimized website experience, irrespective of the screen size or operating system of the end users, the touch screen feature should work compatibly with the website and users should find your site more accessible and shareable.

- Build a Separate Mobile Website

Building separate mobile sites has also been a practice often followed by brands. Via this approach, the browser is responsible for detecting if the user is accessing web from a mobile device. If yes, they are redirected to the mobile version.

- Go for Dynamic Serving

You can also create a website that works across several devices by using dynamic serving. Here, your website has the same URL on different websites, but the HTML differs. Again, webserver detects the device type and accordingly, it sends across a custom page. So, you can have a website that displays finely on Smartphones, desktops, TV sets and so on. All that is needed is a little code customization by a coding expert.

How Baines and Ernst Serves to be The Most Perfect Example

Baines and Ernst is a seasoned player in the debt industry, having been in the reckoning from close to 2 decades now. They already had a widespread online presence to represent their brand to a wide band of audience but they were yet to take the plunge into mobile Internet till late 2011. This is the period when they woke up to the growing popularity of mobile phones and and the fact that the popularity was here to stay. Of course, the realization came via their Google Analytics report that suggested that a large portion of their users came from the mobile devices.

By the mid of 2012, Baines and Ernst launched their mobile-optimized site and they did see the results fairly improving. Yet, there was a constant tab kept on the user feedback and the incoming numbers. With the financial products involved a lot of intricacy, they needed their website to cut through all platforms, display information with equal ease on all devices, and yet not flood their users with too much.

This is when they embraced responsive web design, as it gave them a way to present their information to the customer in a way that it becomes accessible and visible across any screen, without them having to go to a separate mobile version of the website. The RWD approach has helped Baines and Ernst get rid of the hassles associated with managing multiple sites and yet have a website that offers equally good experience to users, irrespective of what device they are on. They experienced more than 10% growth in pages browsed per visit and the duration of visits from mobiles went up as high a 30%. but the most encouraging stat for the enterprise is the 51% increase in mobile conversion since their responsive web design made its foray.

Wrapping Up

The importance of making your website compatible across multiple devices cannot be overstated. And once you have got a solid slant towards this endeavor, make sure you are making all the right moves.

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Let Your WordPress Business Website Exude Trust and Credibility

The minor issues with your business website can snowball into serious discrepancies and the scenario might as well compel you to conk out. Building a WordPress website that serves to be the online representation of your business is an endeavor that needs to be approached with a lot of logic and caution, and just a few missteps can put a huge question mark on your credibility. Apparently, loss of credibility is a nasty burn on any business across any domain.

Mind-Boggling” is a Stimulus, But Credibility is the Fodder

No matter how remarkably great your website appears to your visitors, if there are slack elements to its believability, you would be doing a great deal of disservice to your prospects. And the lack of credibility can’t be swept under the rug, regardless of your hard-worked efforts. Once you lose your audience’s trust, not even the abundance of wham, bam factory job will come to the rescue.

WordpressYour website is aimed at expanding your business’ reach on a platform that is crowded by a new website every second. There is much to choose and try out for your potential users. Thus, your portal may come across as another attempt by a random individual/business to catch the fancy of Internet users. What you need is your target audience taking you seriously and that’s where having a website that creates the right impression matters.

How to Inject Credibility to Your Site

Once there is an inherent realization of its significance, there are more than one ways you will need to keep in consideration while adding credibility to your website:

  • Let Authenticity be Your Hallmark

Transparency is unfailingly a major contributor to the trust that customers place in your brand. This is how you establish it:

  1. Let customers know that your website represents a genuine business
  2. Let customers know you are expert in your job and in the services you are offering by the means of content you display on the site.
  3. Let customers know that your company is driven not by just a hard-worked approach, but also by individuals who are honest and committed to customer service.

Once your customers have an assurance that you are trustworthy, the trust may start pouring in soon enough.

Don’t Make your Website Robotic

  • Filling every page with promotional content won’t serve the cause
  • Add content and images to the pages in order o make the site more interactive
  • Create a contact form wherefrom your potential customers can contact you
  • Have a chat window on your site wherefrom your customers can have one to one interaction with an executive from your company. Adding a personalized touch never fails.
  • Post genuine testimonials on the website by clients who have registered their presence across the industrial realm.
  • Flaunt the awards and certifications you have received over the period of time as a businesses
  • In the “About Us” page, include elaborative information about not just the company, but also about the individuals at the helm.

Make it Easy for Your Visitors to Verify the Info you are Providing

On your website, either you are indulged in self-promotion, or you are providing some industry-specific information. Make sure you have the right references for the information bits. Until you become a brand that is trusted globally, your visitors would need references to cross-check the information they get from you.

Do Not Let Errors Crawl In

You might pave way to a huge gulf between you and your potential customers if your website contains silly errors in grammar, information-accuracy, spelling errors, or for that matter, leading-to-nowhere links. Internet audience, with its lack of patience, is easily put off by these errors and don’t waste any time in thinking of you as a novice brand. Worse, they navigate off to your competitors site. Especially when you convert your existing website to WordPress, you need to be absolutely careful that the conversion takes place without any glitches.

So, there is no escaping the fact that credibility is the key to success and lack of it is the key to doom. Make sure you are perched on the plausive side.

Joomla to WordPress Conversion- A time-tested method of enhancing website usability

With technology undergoing constant upgradations every year, it has become quite essential for people to build websites that have the caliber of grabbing the attention of target audience. Website being the best way of interacting with your audience expects you to pay special attention to creating one that is efficient and fully-functional. If you’re running your own Joomla powered website then a theme migration from Joomla to WordPress can serve as a brilliant means of empowering your site with innovative features and functions. In this blog, I’ve focused on boosting the performance of a Joomla website by switching its theme to WordPress.

Joomla to WordPress ConversionWordPress is a globally accepted open source content management system(CMS)

Today, WordPress is considered as one of the widely used and recommended open source content management systems across the globe. The cost-efficiency of WordPress has made it an ideal choice of small and big business owners who’re looking for creating a unique niche in the world of business. When you choose to convert Joomla to WordPress theme for your site, you get the opportunity of enjoying a range of benefits that allow you to build a remarkable market reputation.

Complete freedom to decide the look and feel of website

Theme migration from Joomla to WordPress renders you complete freedom of deciding the visual feel and the overall functionality of your website. Whether it’s about the design, layout or the functionality, this website theme conversion helps you connect with your target audience on an immediate basis. In this way, you can achieve a completely unique stature for your online portal.

Scope of website customization is endless

Easy website customization has always been the prime concern of every individual who seeks to attain a unique niche over the World Wide Web. Transforming Joomla theme into WordPress enables you to avail the flexibility of customizing the website in any manner you want. With an endless scope of customization,you can easily incorporate plugins that will allow you to make tweaks to the site’s original functionality. In addition to this, you can even enrich your website with modules that would make room for improvements in the site’s content, layout, functionality etc.

Search engines simply love WordPress

Search engine ranking is a key parameter that decides the success or failure of a website. Unlike in the case of a Joomla powered website, a site that has a WordPress theme is much more friendly with all popular search engines. By modifying the Joomla theme to WordPress, you can equip your site with search engine friendly features. Your all-new WordPress website will thus rank higher on all the topmost search engine results pages and get noticed by a wide majority of related audience.

Multi-website management via a single admin panel

Nowadays, it’s quite common for individuals to operate multiple websites. Migration from Joomla to WordPress is an effective way of managing multiple websites using a single administrative panel. Since all these websites are independent of each other, you need not worry about operating separate admin panels for each of them.

Considering all the aforementioned pros of Joomla to WordPress conversion, it won’t be wrong to say that a website which has been upgraded to WordPress theme is definitely capable of turning maximum eye balls. So, go ahead and opt for this website theme conversion to build an online presence that’s both authentic as well as ever-lasting.

Fix WordPress Site’s Security Issues to Give Hackers an Impossibly Hard Time

The rich pleasures of setting up your shopping website on WordPress are known far and abound. Easily the best CMS around, WordPress has been gaining ground from its competitors thick and fast. And thus, you have either people urgently looking for existing WP themes, or resorting to HTML to WordPress theme conversion to transform their static website into a highly powerful and dynamic one.

WP themes security However, with any Internet property, security is always the chief concern. There are a host of highly skilled, yet maliciously intended coders who are looking for loopholes in the websites to gain a backdoor and spell doom for the site owners. With eCommerce websites, the threats are further elevated.

A website that falls short on the security front is least likely to inspire the users to buy from the website and enter their credit card details. The stakes on eCommerce websites are higher since users are meant to enter the confidential informational bits regarding their bank accounts, and thus, a secure site will give users an assurance that the information they enter is safe with you.

Now, as feature rich as WordPress is, there are always some dangers lurking around, owing to certain loopholes that may have crept in. Below, we throw light on some of the most-recommended measures you can take to augment the security of your WordPress website:

Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

In the web realm, SSL is a famed concept, particularly among those dealing with Internet security technologies. In its bare bones, SSL encrypts your connections and data and makes them incomprehensible for the hackers to break into. Only the authorized users have the key to decrypt the data and read it. The whole communication channel is rendered unreadable for the illegitimate users, and thus, it proves to be very handy to boost the security standards of any website.

Go for a WordPress Theme that Inspires Confidence

There are hordes of WordPress themes out there. Some are premium while others are freely available. Are all good for your website? No. when you are in the process of choosing a theme for your website, you need to be absolutely sure that it is not one of those uploaded by hackers just to gain unauthorized access into the sites. There are many themes that are lying there in some corner of the WordPress repository and contain malware and malicious codes to help the theme builder to gain access to any website that uses the theme. Thus, before you install a theme, be absolutely certain that you read the reviews about it and pay attention to the rating awarded to it. The freely available themes can also be trusted, but when you let loose some cash on buying a premium theme, it further improves your chances of running a safer eCommerce website.

Tailor the .htaccess File

Modifying the .htaccess of your website against the security lapses and threats also comes handy to protect your website against anomalies. Many intruders right away attack on a website’s database by leveraging techniques like SQL injection, via which they can inject manipulative commands in the website. However, you can add some code snippets into your website’s .htaccess file. These snippets basically act as rules for accessing your website and filter the accesses based on IP addresses and URL requests.

Change the Defaults with Admin Logins

The biggest security lapse you can make is keeping the admin username as “admin”. Brute force attacks are the most common forms of security attacks on te Internet. This is the first name that hackers have to guess while attempting to break into your website. With only password left to intercept, you are already making their job half-accomplished.

Keep the Updates Rolling

If you haven’t received the memo yet, WordPress updates’ greatest incentive for your website is bolstered security. If your WordPress website’s update hasn’t seen the light of the day as yet, a danger is just lurking round the corner. It is not just to enhance the site’s performance in terms of its plugins and speed, but the upgrades of themes and plugins also inculcate newer algorithms against the newer attacks and viruses.

It’s not just eCommerce, but security lapses can prove to be nasty burns for any sort of website. So, be wise and start paying attention to the security aspect right from the get go.

5 Keys to Efficiently Building a WordPress Website

WordPress can get tricky if you glide past the basics and right away aim for the extravagance. Now, any WordPress site can be made as creatively unique as you please, but if you end up not paying attention to the most crucial basics, you might as well find yourself scrambling to put up a website that makes it arduous for a visitor to navigate through, which implies that you have fallen well short of the mark.

Creating a WordPress powered website is about being green and easy at the beginning. You can go bonkers with creativity, but initially, the foundation has to be laid using a step of procedures that won’t lose their relevance over the period of time:

#1.) - The Underlying Theme or Idea it is Representing

To begin with, you need to make sure that the blog’s structure helps the information you put in to send across the requisite brand message across. The idea behind the design and the overall conceptualization of the layout has to be decided upon before you even begin with the actual designing process. Now, whether you are inspired by your likely competitors in creating that concept or you come up with an original one, what matters is that it resonates.

#2.) - Create a Roadmap that Charts Out the Client Requirements

While the creativity bubbling inside you shouldn’t be stifled, but you can’t completely snub the client inputs. At the end of the day, your clients won’t be as impressed by how good your site looks to them. What they are more concerned about is how it pitches their business for accelerated growth and whether it brings them numbers.

The client doesn’t want the website to become the keystone for design as much as they want it to become the keystone of success. And there definition of “success” is the measure of customers they gain out of it.

So, have a clear eyed idea of what your objectives are, and create your website around those objectives.

#3.) - Decide How You Wish to Execute it – Using Conversions or by Building the Site from Scratch

Now, a WordPress website can be built in more than one ways. While some prefer to begin right from the scratch, others take a comparatively shorter route by taking a design file and getting it converted to a WordPress template.

And then, there is the third category of webmasters who take prefer converting an already existing HTML site to a WordPress one. HTML sites are pretty static but they have a number of things ready made and thus, the process to convert those is takes lesser time and you get more room to innovate and ideate. Also, the PSD designs are tried and true and you have a better idea regarding how to shape them into your preferred template.

The HTML to WordPress conversion has been the much sought-after technique to create the most responsive and visually the most appealing WordPress templates. Get some great developers and designers on board who have extensive experience in executing these conversions and let your template make a boast.

#4.) - Install Some Tools and Plugins to Give a Velvet touch to the Site

If you didn’t have your ears to the ground, you must be realizing the value WordPress plugins can add to your site. With the market tossing competent competitors at a blinding speed, it is imperative to stand out. And these plugins let you achieve exactly that.

Now there are some obvious plugins like Jetpack, Google Analytics, SEO Yoast, etc. So will scroll through some plugins that not so popular, but extremely resourceful nevertheless

Some of the plugins you can’t miss out on:

  • Broken Link Checker- For all the invalid links on posts and images, the Broken Link Checker is a perfect tool to replace them.

  • W3 Total Cache- Now, this may already be a popular plugin, but one that needs to be repeatedly mentioned. Boost Your website’s speed reliably with this de facto of a plugin.

  • WordPress Backup to Dropbox: In the event the site crashes, here is something you can fall back on

  • BJ Lazy Load: For a greater control over the images used in the post, like for scaling them, making them more responsive, etc, BJ Lazy Load is an exceptional plugin.

#5.) – Get some Quality Content Up on the Site

Be it for your own site, or for your client’s, you have to put up some quality content on the site to complement the overall design of the site. If you are developing a site for the client, make sure you communicate to them that publishing a reasonable amount of content that is qualitatively rich is the only way they can hope to get Google notice them.

WordPress surely has a stamp all overt the web and your decision to choose it over the other CMS is already well placed. Follow that with attention to every detail that there is to building a site, and you will be winningly rewarded.