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Secure your WordPress installation

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

We’ve recently been plagued with a number of hacking and spamming events caused by WordPress installations. Or, more accurately, out-of-date WordPress installations.

As great a piece of software as WordPress is, if it’s not kept up-to-date with the latest releases and security patches then it becomes a magnet for even the most amateur hacker. Scripts such as xmlrpc.php can be easily manipulated to send out large amounts of spam. You may not think this is an issue for you personally but if just one of those spam messages hits a spam trap, then the server’s IP address is blacklisted and other users will find they’re unable to send mail.

We’re not having a go at WordPress here. It’s a great piece of software and there’s a reason it’s the world’s most popular blogging platform, however you cannot simply install it and forget about it. It MUST be kept up-to-date. This issue is not restricted to WordPress of course – it affects any PHP software running on your server – WordPress is just more of a target due to the volume of installations out there.

There are many tools freely available that can ‘lock-down’ your WordPress installation – one we’ve played with ourselves is:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/

It’s a WordPress plugin that’s available free, very easy to install and provides a run-down of the things you should do once you’ve installed WordPress (such as disabling the dreaded xmlrpc.php!)

There are server wide settings we can employ that will help stop some of these attacks however they also restrict genuine functionality which then causes more issues.

Are you using WordPress to power your blog?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

WordPress is the most popular blogging software available powering more than 60 million websites. This of course means it’s open to the most abuse.

We’re finding more and more attacks on our servers are caused by exploits in the WordPress software – not through any fault of WordPress itself but the fault of end users who are not applying the numerous patches and security releases that WordPress distribute each year.

It’s essential that if you have WordPress installed on your hosting account that you keep it up-to-date constantly; the software can even do it itself if you configure it that way! Let me say that again. You must always keep up to date with the latest version of WordPress.

There are also a variety of security plugins available to help ‘harden’ your WordPress installation and we’d recommend these too.

WordPress 3.3 – important update available now

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The latest version of WordPress is now available and anyone using this software should upgrade immediately.

It includes a new drag-and-drop uploader, hover menus for the navigation, a new toolbar, improved co-editing support, and a new Tumblr importer. More information is available directly from WordPress at http://wordpress.org/news/2011/12/sonny/

Keeping software installed in your webspace up-to-date is critical to ensure hackers can’t gain access to your and your fellow hosters data through security exploits.

Why not invest in a GeoTrust Anti-Malware Scan to prove to your customers that you care about their security? Find out more at http://www.simplewebhosting.co.uk/web-hosting/geotrust-anti-malware-scan.php

 

What a Blog Can Do For Your Business

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

With the surging power of the Internet, businesses are now being forced to harness the power of the web in order to show that they are in touch with the modern age. The Internet also allows for a second level of communication with prospective customers, which can humanise a business and make your organisation and therefore your products more personable as a whole.

Also, it is important for companies to ensure that they have regularly updated content on their website. This is the only way that people are going to return to the website regularly and therefore it is the only way they will come across information on new services and offers that your organisation has set up.

Without doubt, the best way for a company to provide content that is engaging and can be updated is to set up a blog. This means that they can not only boost their content levels, but they can also give the impression of being personable and ready to communicate with customers on more than simply a business level.

There is no hard and fast rule as to what kind of content you should put on a company blog, but usually your content should centre around the subject that you have expertise in. This usually means that your blog content should focus around the product you are trying to sell. Of course, this does not mean that you should limit your content stringently to that one specific subject, but in fact that everything you write should relate to your product in some way. Irrelevant content will not help anyone, least of all your company.

As well as the personal layer a blog adds to your organisation, it also has benefits in terms of search engine optimisation. Blog posts containing key words are always useful to drive traffic to your website through search engines. The more times a certain key word is used, the higher your site will rank in the search pages. Obviously, you have to integrate these words into your work; otherwise it is clear that your content has not had very much effort put into it.

The main danger with blogs is that it is easy to forget to update them and this means that the entire concept of engaging and regularly updated content is thrown out of the window. It is important that you have someone dedicated who you can rely on to produce regular content to the same high quality as they began with. There is nothing worse than a blog which goes off the boil after the first month or so. A blog that does not get updated is absolutely no use to anyone and isn’t going to do your company any favours.

Nonetheless, a blog is a fabulous tool for any company as the benefits of it are huge and it gives your website a more interesting feel and gives prospective customers some information about why your company has the expertise required and why they should buy from you.

WordPress hosting – do you blog?

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Having a blog for your business or personal website is all about keeping online viagra pharmacy your visitors up-to-date with what’s going on with you or your business. But there’s more than just that.

Having a blog is also great for search engine optimisation (SEO). Software like WordPress is brilliant at getting your blog posts into the search engines such as Google and Yahoo which is great for attracting new visitors.

It’s easy to get a blog up and running with simplewebhosting.co.uk – in fact, it can take just a couple of minutes using our fast, one-click install. Customers using our Advanced Plan have the popular WordPress blogging software available to them FREE in their cPanel. Just login, look for ‘site software’ and click WordPress!

If you don’t already have our Advanced Plan and would like to upgrade, contact us and we’ll do the rest.

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