2 Quick Ways To Make Your Blog More Secure From Hackers

I was speaking to a blogger the other day, she needed help with her theFEED settings so she sent me some temp login details for her blog for me to look around. To login in to WordPress sites the URL is always YOURBLOGDOMAIN.COM/wp-admin/ which is the most secure thing. This blogger (I’m not mentioning her name because it defeats the purpose of this post!) had changed her admin url to as she had been hacked a few times.

This isn’t the first time I have logged into a site with a unique admin url so I thought I should share with a great tutorial on how to do this on your own blog to make it more secure.

On top of this, another way to increase security is ensuring none of your users should have the username “Admin” as this makes it easier for a hacker to get into your WordPress backend. What would be best is to delete this user and only have unique usernames with unique passwords.

Read More on Security, here.

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theFEED Profiles: Marijs Vrancken of RooftopAntics.com




This April, chloédigital and rewardStyle launched a product called ‘theFEED’, a WordPress mobile site plugin that automatically optimises a bloggers site for mobile. It combines a bloggers Instagram’s, Blog Content and rewardStyle shop favourites into one continuous feed, allowing readers/followers to have a running dialog with their influencer.


I like profiling theFEEDrs here on TheFashionTechnologist because they are all pretty awesome and if you choose to join us you’ll be in good company!

 




Today I am profiling:
Marijs


Her Blog Is:
RooftopAntics.com


Brief Bio:
Marijs is a fashion and lifestyle blogger from Antwerp, Belgium with a special love for travel and food. She has some pretty cool things on her site, including this tutorial on how to regrow your spring onions – which I then attempted and was amazed it actually worked!


This is what Marijs Has To Say About her experience with theFEED:

 

 I’ve had great joy from theFEED! I love that there is a continuous stream of blog content, Instagram pictures and products that I love. I actually never thought about it like this and it really brings everything together. And of course special thanks to the chloédigital team for helping me with the set-up.


Are you a fashion/beauty/lifestyle blogger? Join Marijs, click here to signup for theFEED Today.


 

 

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How to change the default media linking option in wordpress

You may have noticed when you upload your images to WordPress for a blog post, you are presented with some options regarding your image’s display settings. One thing I find overlooked here is the “Link To” option. I know it is often overlooked because when I go on blogs I can usually click the images on a blog post and it redirects me to the image in a blank page. This is one of the biggest no-no’s, by allowing your user to do this you will potentially lose them!


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It’s wise to, before inserting your image into your post, change the “Link To” option to “None”, this way the image will not be clickable.


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You may find after you do this for a while it starts to becoming annoying and laborious (this is where I am at now!) and wish that the “Link To” option automatically have the “None” option selected. To do this, simply paste the following code into your themes function.php file or your blog’s custom functions plugin (what the hell is that?).




Now, when you go to create/edit a post, your “Link To” option will now have  “None” selected by default.


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Why I do not like blog posts being by admin

This is similar to how I feel about blog posts being uncategorized! Who actual is admin? It’s not a real person and therefore in no way engaging for your reader.


The reason why the admin role exists in WordPress is for the backend responsibilities and should not be used as an actual author of content.


If you have your blog posts coming from admin, create a new user with information about yourself then in your WordPress posts section bulk change all your posts to this new human user.


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A great thing about having a personalised author is it allows you to use a special author page which you can link to so your readers can know more about you as an author (more on how to do this here).


For example this blog post is by me so the author is Chloé Watts. At the top of this post you will see my name, if you click on it you will be directed to my author page (link). This page has more information on me as well as a list of all my blog posts.


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How to create your own wordpress plugin

There may come time when you need to create your own WordPress plugin. It doesn’t have to be really complex as the fundamentals of a plugin are quite simple. I would recommend you making one to hold your blog’s custom functions. When you add custom functions to your WordPress theme you are essentially tying yourself to that theme forever. One day when you decide to change themes all your custom functions, like shortcodes, will be no more because they were coded into your old theme.


With your own custom functions plugin you can paste in any functions which then will be transferable across themes as long as you keep your plugin active.


For example, you may remember me mentioning the lovely Vicki Archer. I did a clean up of her blog last month and in the process we discussed some useful functions she could have to make blogging easier. Vicki has her desktop site design and is using theFEED on mobile. If I put her custom functions in her desktop theme, like her shortcodes, then on mobile they wouldn’t work as theFEED uses a separate theme.


With all this in mind I created a custom functions plugin for Vicki which we could add to whenever we wanted without disrupting our themes.


We are going to create a custom functions plugin called “My Blog Custom Functions”. To do this, you will need to create a new folder on your computer, and call it “my-blog-custom-functions”.


Inside this folder create a new file called “my-blog-custom-functions.php”. Bare in mind the file extension needs to be “.php”.


Next, open this new file and paste in the following at the top:



Then paste in any custom functions you would like to be called from this plugin. For example, in a previous tutorial I taught you how to make a shortcode function for your personal signature. Instead of pasting that code into your functions.php file within your theme, you can now paste it into your new custom functions plugin, so regardless of what theme you have your blog signature shortcode will work.


As and when you have more custom functions all you need to do is open up your “my-blog-custom-functions.php” file and paste in the function below the previous one.


To upload your new plugin, if you have access to your blog’s file manager or FTP you can add it to the plugins folder within wp-content folder of your WordPress site. If you don’t have access then simply zip your new plugin folder and upload it via the wordpress backend plugin uploader.


Here is an example of mine that I created for TheFashionTechnologist.com


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And that’s it! Easypeasylemonsqueezy.


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One overlooked way to re-engage blog readers // Fixing broken links

Check yo’ links!


When a user clicks on a broken link they are taken to a 404 page (tip: style your 404 page), which is your blog’s error page! If the user can’t find what they are looking for, they most probably, at this point, will leave.


After writing your blog posts make sure to check all links work. Links linking to other content on your site AND links to external sites (make sure these open in a new window).


What you can do now is get this cool plugin called “Broken Link Checker”, which can be found here. Use this to scour your blog to see if you have any broken links and rectify them.


Lecture over! =]


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theFEED Profiles: Corrine Stokoe of MintArrow.com




This April, chloédigital and rewardStyle launched a product called ‘theFEED’, a WordPress mobile site plugin that automatically optimises a bloggers site for mobile. It combines a bloggers Instagram’s, Blog Content and rewardStyle shop favourites into one continuous feed, allowing readers/followers to have a running dialog with their influencer.


I like profiling theFEEDrs here on TheFashionTechnologist because they are all pretty awesome and if you choose to join us you’ll be in good company!

 




Today I am profiling:
Corrine


Her Blog Is:
MintArrow.com


Brief Bio:
Okay so Corrine’s site is a premium deals site! Which is pretty awesome in my opinion, she scours the web to find awesome fashion/beauty/lifestyle/parenting deals and tells her readers about them. Corrine is one of theFEED’s early users and therefore has a special place in my heart =]


This is what Corrine Has To Say About her experience with theFEED:

 

I cannot say enough good things about theFEED! It’s completely changed my reader’s experience on my blog! So many people responded positively when I asked my readers to check out the new features, and even after that I’ve still received a steady stream of positive comments and feedback. The ability to make your site mobile friendly in a few easy steps is so helpful. I feel like this would’ve cost me thousands of dollars to hire out, so I’m incredibly grateful to chloédigital and rewardStyle for making this available to me! Thank you thank you!!!


Are you a fashion/beauty/lifestyle blogger? Join Corrine, click here to signup for theFEED Today.


 

 

Why I do not like when I see a blog post as Uncategorized and How you can avoid this

If you are guilty of not categorizing your blog posts, admit it now. This is a safe haven for blogging faults!



The reason why I don’t like blog posts that are uncategorized is because it gives a dismal experience for your readers. Now I may be exaggerating a little to get my point across but in all honesty you would’t expect to go into a clothes store and see some products in the “Uncategorzied” section would you? It would look like those clothes were unloved, you would hardly get excited by them same goes for your readers!


So if you are one of those bloggers who do this, please stop. If you do it because you simply forget to put your post into a category, in your wordpress settings you can actually change the default post category. That way all your future blog posts will be in a much more pleasant category.


To do this (in WordPresss) go to Settings > Writing and change your default post category from “Uncategorized” to something prettier and more engaging.


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To change all the blog posts that have already been published go to Posts > Categories, then hover over “Uncategorized” and click edit.


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Boom! No more lonely, unwanted blog posts.


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Reliving past moments – that time I did a talk at google campus to my peers on fashion & technology trends

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I met with a lovely woman called Zoe, the other day. Zoe runs a networking event called Tech Talkfest. She reminded me that it was over a year ago that I did a keynote presentation at her fashion & technology conference at Google Campus – I couldn’t believe it. Where does the time actually go? Can someone tell me! I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so petrified. It was the biggest talk I had every done but more scarily it was in-front of my peers. I don’t know about you but I have a fear that one day someone is going to tell me that I am a fraud and I don’t actually know what I am doing or talking about. Let’s be clear, I know I do but we all have a little self-doubt right! I really wanted to do this talk to prove to myself that I got this shit handled.


The talk was about my predicted trends in the fashion & technology space and they went over really well with the audience which was really lovely to here.


 

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Can’t believe I’ve had that leather skirt for a year – totally bananas.


 

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Click here to see the presentation and here to read the slide notes.



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How to create a post signature without a plugin

A lot of bloggers have a cool little post signature at the bottom of their blog posts, I do too! I usually paste it in every time which is so long and laborious. It’s quite naughty coming from me because I could have coded something along time ago but haven’t!


I put together this code snippet that I am using now which you can copy and use on your blog. What I have done is made a shortcode, a shortcode is an easy way to paste code into a blog post without pasting the actual code and it getting messy. Also it’s easier to remember and saves time.


I could have created a tutorial which creates the signature automatically at the bottom of a blog post, but if you are like me and have been pasting it in for ages, it will be duplicate signatures on old posts and in all honesty I can’t be asked going through all the old blog posts and deleting. However if you aren’t like me and a signature is new for you I shall make this tutorial for you soonish.


Okay so to the code!

Paste the following into your functions.php file which is in your theme. You can find this via FTP or if this is alien to you go to your theme editor from within WordPress backend and find it that way.


Replace INSERTURLOFSIGNATURE with the image url of your signature.


Cool, done? Awesome. Now you a ready to use your new shortcode. When you make your next blog post you can paste in the following, where you want your post signature to show:

When you preview your blog post this shortcode will be replaced your actual post signature.



BOOM!


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