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.


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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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Creating a Favicon

Whilst on the phone recently with the lovely Brenna Mader of Wanderlustandglitterdust.com helping her set up theFEED, she mentioned that she now knew what a favicon was because in theFEED settings it asks you to upload a favicon!


I was like say whatttt! Then thought about it for a second and realised I’ve seen a lot of bloggers sites without favicons so she was actually in good/bad company =]


If you are reading this and thinking what the hell is she going on about (this post is for you), a favicon is a cute little icon which displays next to your site name in your browser.


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Above is a screenshot of my Google Chrome right now, you can see I have three tabs open, one is this blog, the second is Brenna’s and the third is my Gmail. Next to each website name is a little icon – that is a favicon!


A favicon is usually 16px by 16px and traditionally a .ico file. To upload a favicon to your blog do one of the following:

Way One

Open your theme editor and check (use CMD + F on mac to use your browsers find tool) you don’t have any code that starts with

If you do, your site is already set up to have a favicon, in this case change the image url in the “src” attribute.


If you don’t then, before the close of the tag insert the following code, insert the below code, swapping our ENTERIMAGEURLHERE for the destination of your favicon image.


Way Two

Get the plugin “All In One Favicon” and follow the instructions.


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rewardStyle Banner

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You may have noticed we have taken down our Christmas import.io banner, today we have replaced it with a rewardStyle banner, which we will update regularly.

 

rewardStyle is a company that allows publishers to get the credit they deserve when advertising products. For example, if you use rewardStyle and a visitor to your blog clicks on an item and then goes ahead and buy the item of clothing you (the publisher) will gain some commission.

 

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Adding an interactive Import.io Feed

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In this task I will be using import.io an application that has interested the team at chloédigital for some time and well we decided this week was the week and we had a little test of it, fell in love, created a christmas banner full of its data and well the rest is history. Import.io I approve!

 

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Fashion and technology resource pages

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Hello, the #30daysofcoding may be over but did you really think you would be rid of me?! (Or that I would want to stop!)

 

Each Thursday I will be giving a tutorial on a new piece of code I have added to the blog so make sure to check them out! Today I am attending a blogger’s event with Chloé which I am so excited about! We will be giving advice to bloggers on how to ensure there blog is as engaging to their readers as possible as well as answering any other questions they might have for us regarding their blog.

 

For this post however, I will be showing you how to add resource pages to your site. This will allow you to share and celebrate other resources you read and follow with your readers.

 

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#30 Widget with Tabs on Sidebar- Part Two with Twitter

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It is my final day for #30daysofcoding eek! Make sure to still check out this blog though as myself and Chloé will be giving you an insight to a fashion technologist life as well as give some coding tips along the way!

 

Today I will be showing you how to add an extra tab to your already added sidebar widget that includes a twitter stream. Gaining a following is important on any social media platform when having a blog. Therefore displaying your twitter clearly showing what you tweet about will help this.

 

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#29 Widget with Tabs on Sidebar

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It is the second to last day!!

 

Today I will be showing you how to add another widget to your sidebar, in this case it will be stream of post’s which a user can select to read or share. At the moment our feed is set up to show the 30daysofcoding category, however after the 30daysofcoding is complete we will have a category showing exactly what Chloé and I are getting up to in the fashion technology world, whether it be an event we are attending, or a day spent coding. By completing this we will have a stronger level of engagement with our readers.

 

I have chosen to use tabs as in the future I will have this widget doing multiple other things with other tabs, but really it is an extra you may wish to just shown the live feed by itself.

 

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