Posts Tagged ‘WordPress’

Tips on how to find a free WordPress theme

February 4th, 2011

Choosing a free WordPress theme can be a tough job, especially if you’re a beginner. While an attractive free theme might have caught your eye, be aware that it can contain malicious codes which can ultimately make your blog, website and web server become part of a zombie army of machines participating in an attack on some other website.

  1. Always select themes through the WordPress Free Themes Directory
  2. Visit the developer’s site. You can also check on the WordPress.org forums to know that developer’s reputation.
  3. Once you have the theme installed, install/activate the WordPress Exploit Scanner plug-in . This plug-in will search through your website’s files and database tables and notifies you of any suspicious code. It also examines your active plugins for unusual filenames.

Other useful plugins:

  • TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker) – this plug-in searches the source files of installed themes on your blog for signs of malicious code.
  • WordPress AntiVirus – this plug-in scans your theme directory to look for a WordPress permalink back door, which is a very malicious malware.
  • Login Lockdown WordPress Security – this plug-in helps brute force password discovery by recording the IP address and timestamp of every failed WordPress login attempt. If more than a certain number of attempts are detected within a short period of time from the same IP range, the login function will be disabled.

General precautionary measures:

  • Always have your WordPress software and WordPress plugins updated to the latest version
  • Delete any unused themes and/or plugins installed but not activated
  • Always have a strong password.
  • Back up your WordPress database on a regular basis. You can also use these plug-ins to help you backup your blog.

Further/advanced reading:

Latest version of WordPress 3.0.3 is now available

December 10th, 2010

WordPress has just released its latest version, version 3.0.3 on December 8, 2010. The update is recommended for webmasters as it “fixes issues in the remote publishing interface“. This is particularly important to those WordPress websites with multiple login users. The update can be done by clicking the link within your own WordPress blog dashboard page (please refer to the below screenshot).

Once the update is done, you will need to check whether the installed plugins are still compatible with this new WordPress version.

WordPress.com and WordPress.org (Part 3)

October 15th, 2010

I am ready to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, can you help me?

Yes, certainly!

First of all, you will need to make sure you are subscribed to the Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan – you will need PHP and MySQL support on your account to run the WordPress software on your account.

Then, once your Doteasy Ultra/Unlimited Hosting account has been activated, login to your Member Zone and click on the “Site Admin Panel” link – this will log you into your account admin panel for the one-click WordPress installation via Softaculous.

Once your WordPress software has been installed:

  1. Login to your WordPress.com account and select TOOLS – EXPORT from the menu on the left side. The export tool will compile your posts, pages, comments, categories and tags. This information is placed into a WXR file, or WordPress Extended RSS file.
  2. Once you’re finished, click on the Download Export File button to save it onto your computer.
  3. Then, login to your WordPress.org account admin panel (ie. http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin if you have installed in the root directory of your Doteasy hosting account)
  4. Next, click on TOOLS – IMPORT from the menu on the left. From the list of blogging systems, click on WordPress.
  5. Next, click on the Browse button and locate the WXR file you downloaded earlier. This will upload the file into your WordPress.org blog and will unpack all of the data contained in the file.

*Note: If your WXR file is large, you might want to contact us first to increase your account’s upload file size limit.

And if you ever have any questions, you can always contact us for assistance.

WordPress.com and WordPress.org (Part 2)

October 13th, 2010

Benefits of WordPress.org

  • You can upload any theme and plugin you want
  • You can run ads as you wish on your website (ie. selling ad space on your blog)
  • You have complete control to change the code of your blog
  • The cost of self-hosting is less than upgrading your free WP.com to the premium plan

WordPress.org Cons

  • You will need a web host that offers FTP, PHP and MySQL support
  • You are responsible for stopping spam (although it can easily be done using the free Askimet plugin)
  • You must upgrade the software manually and you have to manage backups yourself

How to install WordPress.org software on your Doteasy hosting account? I don’t have programming or scripting experience!

Don’t worry, we offer a one-step WordPress installation that eliminates all the database creation and file configuration procedures.

*NOTE: In order to run the WordPress.org software on your Doteasy account, you will need to be on the Unlimited Hosting plan – you need PHP and MySQL support to run the blog application.

To begin:

  1. Login to your account cPanel (you can do this via the “Site Admin Panel” link in your Member Zone)
  2. Under “Doteasy Softaculous Apps Installer”, select “WordPress”
  3. Select “Install”
  4. Specify the directory you wish to install WordPress and provide the admin login details for this new blog.
  5. When ready, click on the “Install WordPress” button.

WordPress.org is ideal for…

WordPress.org offers more freedom and flexibility for bloggers as there are no restrictions on blog monetization, code and theme customization, plug-in installation, etc.