How Safe is Your WordPress Site?

A few days ago when I check in to my email account, I was greeted by a notification that someone attempted to log into my website. Thankfully I had some security, not much but obviously enough to thwart an attack by a hacker. Since then I have heard of others who have had their sites infiltrated and some weren’t so lucky. Hackers can create a lot of damage, ruining all of your hard work or even worse, use your site for other (even illegal) activities without your knowledge.

There are a lot of security plugins out there but which ones do you trust? Read the reviews on wordpress.org or recommendations from your peers is a good place to start. I used Wordfence on my site and it prevented a low level attack but I’ve recently bought Blog Defender 2015. It seems to be a good solution for now with only a small investment to keep my site safe.

There are some things you can do to make sure that you’re not giving hackers “a foot in the door”, so to speak.

The most obvious one is to make sure your using a strong password. So many use passwords that are easy to guess, making it easy to break-in. You can change your password from the wordpress dashboard, go to users and click on the user profile you want to edit. Scroll down to “new password” and type in a nice strong one. Use capitals, special characters and make sure it is between 8 and 16 characters in length. At the bottom of the page, click the “update profile” button and you’re done.

Like the password, the username is an often overlooked security control with many site owners leaving it at the default setting – admin. Whenever you create a new wordpress site, make it a habit to change the username to something other than admin and if you still have that as a username, it’s in you best interest to change it now. From the wordpress dashboard, navigate to users, then add new user. You will need to fill out a new profile with a user name and password making sure you set the “role” to “administrator”. Once you’ve done that, delete the old user profile with the admin name.

Using backups as an insurance, that if something does happen, you can get your site back quickly. Again, there’s a plugin for that, many of them can be scheduled for automatic backups so they can be done at regular intervals, like weekly or monthly, depending on how frequently you post. Every article I write is done in a wordprocessor and exported into wordpress for publication, so I have backups of every post on my computer as well.

Always make sure you have the latest version of wordpress. It will automatically update itself but with all the different plugins and wizzbang themes, sometimes this is not the case. If you log into your wordpress dashboard and there is a new version to be updated, you should do so right away. Just click on “dashboard’ then “updates”, then on that screen click the link and it will update.

You can also check to see just how vulnerable your site is to attacks by clicking here. Just type in your url and you’ll get the results, good and bad. If you are unsure how to fix any security problems, you might want to have a look at Blog Defender.

So there are a few simple ways to improve security straight away. However, I would suggest adding some security software, at least Wordfence,  just as I did. It certainly saved me from getting locked out of my site or worse.

Worth a look:

Wordfence

Watch this video on site security


Overwhelmed? Things Not Getting Done?

Sometimes we know what to do but just can’t get ourselves to do it, why is that? There are a lot of reasons that lead to procrastination, but one of the most common is a lack of focus. Having a million and one things to do clouds our brains and causes us to feel overwhelmed but if we can get more focused on what’s important, a lot of that stressed feeling falls away and helps motivate us to get things done.

Having a daily to-do list can help organise our schedule so we can focus in on what is really important. We can prioritise the tasks in the list into categories so we can get to see what needs doing first. Starting with the most urgent ones at the top with the least important at the bottom.

A lot of successful people claim that starting the day off well is crucial to getting things done and having a productive day. One thing that I have seen recently was a saying: “If the first thing you do each morning when you wake up is eat a live frog, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day”. Not something that I would want to do but it illustrates a point – look at your list and find the most difficult task and do it first. It usually the one your most likely to procrastinate on, but if you get it out of the way at the start your day, it will give you momentum an energy to accomplish more.

Of course for the long term there is more to it than that, you will have to look at what habits are causing your resistance and replace them with more productive ones. But we’ll talk about that later. For now I think I have pointed you in the right direction, just take it one step at a time.

So are you up for a challenge? Watch the short video below, take the challenge and see how much more productive you become in your business.

Eat that frog! by Brian Tracy

What are your best productivity tips?

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The Bump In The Road

One thing I’ve found in this line of work is that when things are positive and ideas are flowing, it’s almost like there’s no stopping you. But sometimes when you go to the computer to write, you find yourself staring at a blank screen with no idea what to write about. Call it whatever you like, but trying to either write about something you know or getting ideas to research when the “well is dry” can be frustrating. I don’t know why it happens but I have some ideas to help you get started when you find yourself in this situation.

  1. Have an idea bank. I often find myself coming up with some great ideas when I’m doing other things. So I quickly jot down the key points or whatever the inspiration is. I also have a small voice recorder that I use when it’s not practical to write notes but if you have a smart phone, you could utilise the voice recorder app on that. Either way when you get an inspired idea, record it some how or will find yourself wandering “now what was that great idea I had “.
  2. Just start writing something, even if it’s on an unrelated topic. It gets the creative juices flowing and more often than not will lead to an idea that you can use. It also gets rid of that blank space in front of you, which, sometimes, can be all that it takes to get inspired.
  3. Occasionally we just seem to have a writers block and nothing seems to come to mind. Spending ten or more minutes having a browse at what others are writing about may lead to something you can use. Now I’m not saying you should go and copy someone else’s work, but just by looking at the topics others are covering may lead to an idea or you may have a different view of that topic. Usually you can find something to help motivate you to get the job done.
  4. What about all that PLR you’ve got sitting around your computer doing nothing. Seemed like a good idea at the time but you haven’t had an opportunity to use it yet. Well now is the time! Use that as inspiration or you can rewrite it putting your own spin on it.
  5. Your articles are for helping educate people who are interested in your niche, so they don’t have to win a literary award. We tend to be our own biggest critic and it can impact our creativity. Remember the last time you felt extremely positive? It may have been after a challenge or a time when had to push yourself to get something done. in these peak moments, we feel that anything is possible and our creativity flows. So lighten up, don’t be so hard on yourself and you may find that ideas start coming again.

So there’s a few tips to help, they have certainly helped me. Try to keep ahead of it and have some articles ready to go so that when you have those dry spells, you won’t get stressed and that is the biggest creativity killer.

Are there any favourite strategies that you use or have heard about?

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