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21 Real WordPress Tips To Secure Your Website in 2017

If you’ve been a part of the online ecosystem, then the word ‘WordPress’ might not be a new phenomenon. This content management system has grown leaps and bounds from the time of its inception. Ease of use, a large repository of themes and plugins, regular updates and a huge community, a supplement to the growth of WordPress.

10 Useful WordPress Plugins Worth Having

One of the huge advantages of the WordPress platform is the vast ecosystem of plugins.  There are literally thousands of plugins providing features you didn’t even know existed.  Below is a quick roundup of ten WordPress plugins that might add some utility or just a little fun to your site.

Visual Composer – Designing a beautiful site without touching any code is now a reality.  Visual Composer is a drag and drop site editor that makes it drop dead simple to build a WordPress site with no programming knowledge required.

Real 3D FlipBook – Create a beautiful 3D Flipbook from a pdf or image quickly and easily.  This is an easy way to bring static PDFs to life or showcase your images in a more interesting, engaging style.

Monarch Social Sharing – It’s essential that all your content is enabled for easy social sharing.  The Monarch social sharing plugin not only makes it easy to add these sharing features, it provides one of the cleanest looking social sharing solutions.  From floating sidebar options to pop-up or on image options, Monarch makes it easy to share your fantastic content.

Gravity Forms – Forms may not be the sexiest element of your website, but it’s important that they look good, work well and are not a huge headache to create.  Gravity Forms makes it easy to create beautiful forms for your site quickly and easily.

Adsanity – At some point you may consider monetizing your website with advertising.  Adsanity can help you implement advertising on your site without a lot of complexity or expense.  Their solution is beginner-friendly but can scale as your business grows.  An excellent solution for making a little revenue from your hard-earned traffic.

WPtouch – Even a responsive WordPress theme doesn’t always provide quite the right mobile experience.  WPtouch allows you to customize the mobile experience users have with your site so you can be sure users have the optimal experience with your site regardless of what device they’re using.

Webba Booking – Allow users to book appointments with you online with this slick little plugin.  Your customers will love the convenience and you can have this feature up and running in no time.

Inbound Brew – Inbound marketing is all the rage but many of the inbound marketing platforms are expensive and beyond the reach of many small businesses.  Inbound Brew provides a simple, WordPress-based solution that turns your site into an inbound marketing machine.  A fantastic alternative you can have up and running quickly.

Polylang – Chances are good, even for a small business, that your customers are coming from all over the world.  At some point the option to provide your site content in multiple languages could be useful or even essential.  Polylang provides a multitude of options for adding multiple languages to your site to support a more global audience.

The Force – This one is just for fun.  Install this plugin and you’ll see random Star Wars quotes in the top right of every admin page.

The plugins mentioned here don’t even scratch the surface of the WordPress plugin universe.  If you have something in mind chances are good that someone has built what you need.  A comprehensive directly can be found here.

WordPress For Your Company Website

Are you still deciding what software to use to build your new company website? Still think that WordPress is just for publishing blogs? WordPress powers about 20 percent of all websites on the Internet, but you might be surprised to find that less than half of those are actually “just blogs.” The majority of websites powered by WordPress are actually sites using WordPress for full content management, not just for news updates. Here are some of the many reasons we recommend using WordPress for your company website.

It’s a publishing platform.

WordPress isn’t just designed for publishing posts, it also provides all of that power behind WYSWYG content editing, preview, categories, tags, password protection, and revisions in pages as well. It’s designed to manage any kind of content, not just posts.

For company websites, we suggest opening your “Reading” settings and switching to a static front page for a fully customized landing page, and if you’re not quite ready to also provide a “News” or “Blog” section on your website, you can even leave posts unassigned (to any page) to simply disable them altogether.

It’s secure and easy to update.

When a vulnerability is found within WordPress, it’s handled professionally and promptly fixed. That fix is automatically applied to your website over encrypted lines, so you can relax on vacation knowing your website is in good hands. Additionally, WordPress provides incredibly simple one-click updates to new versions of the software, and any installed plugins or themes.

Anyone in the company can manage content.

By default, WordPress comes with flexible admin, editor, and author roles that make it easy to progressively train new employees on how to write new content, and manage existing pages and posts in a professional manner. It’s possible to configure a full content review process that ensures nothing is published without proper authorization. The administration panel is also so easy to use, that bringing new employees on board and up to speed is trivial.

It’s highly extendable and customizable.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, there’s a WordPress theme out there somewhere that was designed specifically with you in mind. We recommend checking out some of the professionally designed and well supported themes from the Mojo Marketplace, but there are also thousands of free themes on WordPress.org (many of them still useful for small business).

WordPress is optimized for search engines straight out of the gate, but it’s still possible to extend that functionality even further with various plugins when you require more critical control over those features for your company website. Plugins already exist for other functionality you might also need including social media integration, selling products, building an online community, adding site analytics, event registration and tracking, and just about anything else you can think of. Best of all, most of it is free.

When you grow, it grows with you.

WordPress is well known for its ability to scale up to even the kind of traffic that even sites like The New York Times, and CNN handle. It doesn’t matter how big your company grows, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that you will never need to figure out how to move to another piece of expensive software.

Hopefully this post has answered questions you may have about whether or not WordPress is the right platform for your site. Check back regularly  for inside tips on WordPress and if you have any questions, let us know in the comments below or give us a call!

Things You Didn’t Know About WordPress

Do you know how to choose a theme, change your font, and publish posts?

Congratulations, you’re already a WordPress master. But did you know there are a few lesser known tips that can make you feel like a blogger king? We’re about to share those tips with you right now, so buckle up.

1. Schedule posts. There’s a simple way to schedule your entries that doesn’t involve being chained to your desk. Under the Publish module, click the Edit link to adjust the exact day and time you want the article to go live.

2. Manage multiple sites. Because it’s hard enough to remember one username and password, WordPress’ multisite network lets you toggle between several sites under one admin panel. It’s especially useful for sites that borrow content from each other.

3. Sell stuff. If you’re selling a product, you’ll want to know about a free plugin calledWooCommerce, which transforms your site into an ecommerce store. It’s free, and you can sell anything via PayPal, customize shipping, distribute coupons, and get profit reports.

Customize your WordPress Login Page with these 5 Plugins

Your WordPress login page is like the doorway to your website. The default page is very standard and you can’t really differentiate between other sites unless you make some changes. Did you know that you can change the look and feel of your WordPress login page and also add some additional security features to protect your website? Yes you can and No you don’t need to know coding to do this. All you need are the below plugins that can make this magic happen.

Uber Login logo: This plugin is extremely simple in functionality. Simply add your custom logo and you will see it on your website’s login screen. Your very own branded login screen 😉

Social Login: With this neat plugin, users can now login to the WordPress site using their social accounts. That’s right, no more boring email address and password needed to login. The plugin allows a user to choose from over 25 social accounts to login from, now that’s a lot of options to work with.

Custom Login Plugin: If you’re looking to customize every element of your WordPress login page then Custom Login Plugin is what you’ll need. It allows you to add background slideshow, change background colors and add social media icons on your login form.

Move Login: The login url for most WordPress websites is www.example.com/wp-login.php, very easy right? But what if you can change your login url to www.example.com/welcometothejungle? Well this is the kind of magic you can expect from the Move Login plugin. A simple change in your login url can make a huge difference in the security of your website, so in simple words, you need this plugin.

Brute Force Login Protection: This plugin is a must install for every WordPress Website. It limits the number of login attempts and blocks the IP addresses that end up with too many login failures. You can setup email notifications every time a new IP address gets blocked and even showcase a custom block message on the login screen.

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