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Protect and secure your website

Protecting your WordPress Website

Your Website is valuable, make sure you protect it.

It can take a lot of time and effort to design, create & build a good WordPress website, even if you are using a simple to use drag and drop theme. You have to install it, set it up, add all the best plug-ins and that’s before you start customising the design and writing great engaging content for your customers to read. So, just imagine the devastation you will feel, if one day you find out that your WordPress website has been hacked and all your hard work has been lost because you have not backed up your website.

Prevention is better than cure.

An old saying I know, but when it comes to your business website, there are a few simple steps that you can take that will reduce the risk significantly.
Setup your user account properly, using “ADMIN” as your user ID means that hackers only have to get hold of your password, cutting out 50% of your protection, and make sure you remove the ADMIN ID once you have created your new user accounts.
When setting up your new user ID, setup a couple of different ones, so you can use a non administrator account for your posting and a separate one with administrator rights for other tasks. This is because, when you add posts to your website, you’re giving out user information and you do not what hackers knowing any details about your administrator account.

Use Strong Passwords

When creating your users accounts, make sure you create password that are unlikely to be guessed, this means no using passwords such as “username1234”. Make your password difficult for people to work out, use both upper and lower case, both letters and number, and make your password at least 10 characters in length. Never share your password or use the same one for multiple accounts, even on different websites and change it on a regular basis. I know this is difficult, but it’s a lot easier that recovering from a hacked website.

Restrict login attempts

There are a couple of simple plug-ins you can add to your WordPress website that allows you to limit the number of login attempts, blocking users from trying to guess your password.
The main plug-in that people use is “limit-login-attempts” and it has worked well for sometime but there are reports surfacing that this plug-in has now been hacked, so I would now recommend installing Login Lockdown.

Always keep up to date

WordPress regularly releases a new version of their sorfware, these updates will fix bugs and other security problems, so always check you are on the latest version.Running out of date software is one of the most common ways websites get hacked. It’s not just WordPress that you should keep up to date, but all your plug-ins and your theme as well. Another good tip is to remove any used plug-ins and themes from your WordPress account.

Add a Favicon

Favicon – How to add a Favicon to your Website

What is a Favicon

Well it’s a small image 32 x 32, also known as a shortcut image, and it should be used as part of your overall website branding. The small image appears in the title tab of the web browser being used to view your website next to your web page title. You may think its not important and no will notice it. These days people tend to have many windows open within their browser and having this small Favicon image in the tab allows people to easily switch back to your website. They are also very useful when customers come to book mark your website and helps with the overall branding of your site.
Add a Favicon

How to generate a Favicon image

There are quite a few websites out there that will allow you to quickly and easily generate a Favicon image from any image you have and hold the rights for, the one I recommend is http://www.favicon.co.uk/. Just choose the image you wish to use and this website will convert it for you.

How to add a Favicon image to your website.

Once you have created your Favicon image, you can simply upload it to your website by FTP and store it in the root directory. All you then need to do is add a little bit of HTML code to your header file if you’re running a HTML based website, (see below). Most website builder platforms, such a Weebly or 1&1 have a tool in the control panel that allows you to do this and if you’re using WordPress you can install this handy little plug-in, and it will make the whole job simple.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-favicon/
Add the following code within the head section of your header or static page.

<link rel=”icon” href=”favicon.ico”type=”image/x-icon” />

<link rel=”shortcut icon”href=”favicon.ico” type=”image/x-icon” />

As always any questions, please feel free to email me and I will try and help you out.

Free Lunch - No Such Thing

Free Websites & Website builders

Free Websites & Website builders could cost your Business

It seems that everywhere you turn these days there is another new company offering a free website builder that will allow you to publish your business website. Well, which one should you go for? The answer is straight forward, none of them! If you need a business website then you will be a lot better off paying for one, rather than trying to save a few bucks, as with everything in life, you get what you pay for, and websites are no different.

Free websites can cost you in the end

If you’re looking at completely free websites, there is going to be a catch, and the biggest one, is not owning your own domain name. While this may not be important to you if you are just using your website to tell friends and family about your around the world trip, businesses need to make sure they do not go down this route. Building a website is like building a shop. You wouldn’t spend lots of time and money building a shop on someone else’s land and allowing them to have control over your business. Allowing them to be able to advertise your competitor’s right in your shop window, and knowing that if you need to move you would have to knock it down and start again from scratch, you wouldn’t even be able to tell your customers where you had moved to. Many businesses have started with these free websites only to find that after spending lots of time and money publishing their website and building a brand, they have had to start all over again.

Free Lunch - No Such Thing

Low cost website builders

There are even more companies offering these types of websites, you know the ones. Get your business online in 15 minutes for only £10 per month. The benefit that these have over the completely free ones, is that you will own your own domain name, meaning that if you decide to move to another website company, you will not lose everything you have worked hard for. Despite this, I would still not recommend your small business chooses one of these because of their limitations. Although you will be able to keep your domain name, if you wish to move from the website builder for any reason, such as their support or that they had shut down, then you would have to redesign your website as they own the templates that your website is built on. Owning your own website design is nearly as important as owning your own domain name. The other downside to these website builders is that to make them simple they restrict the options you have for your website, unlike WordPress that has a choice of plug-ins for almost every option, you will be limited to the ones they offer. Small business websites like the small businesses themselves evolve and while they may offer the options your business needs at the moment, this may not be the case in a few months time.

The best low cost option

We have dedicated this website to advising small businesses on the best choice for designing, creating and building a website and we believe that the right choice is WordPress. WordPress is the most commonly used system to build a website and when you choose the self hosted option, you have full control of the future of your website and business. What does it cost? I bet it’s more expensive and it’s difficult to use. Well you’ll be happy to hear NO, WordPress itself is FREE and the cost of hosting is only a couple of pounds a month, add to this the Elegant Themes template package which only cost $69 and you will have a fully operational WordPress website with easy to use drag and drop designs that give you full control and the ability to add features and plug-ins that will make your website do almost anything that your business needs.

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