31st October 20182 Comments

Happy New Year: Your Website Is Vulnerable!

On 1st January 2019, PHP 5 reaches ‘end-of-life’. This means that the developers will no longer be updating or patching the software, even if security holes are discovered.

Websites that run on PHP 5 will be vulnerable to any future security holes that hackers discover.

Find out whether your site might be affected and what you need to do.

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14th September 2018No Comments

WordPress Sites Don’t Need Maintenance, Right?

When was the last time you had your WordPress site checked over by an expert? A couple of months ago? Longer?

Over the years, I’ve worked on over 200 WordPress sites. Many of these were in a vulnerable state. Almost all of them would have benefited from regular maintenance.

That’s why I’ve decided to offer WordPress maintenance packages. These range from covering the basics, to site owners who need more regular assistance. Just set up the required access, and I’ll take it from there.

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17th August 2018No Comments

Two Features Every WordPress Site Should Have

Every website running WordPress, or just about any other CMS for that matter, should have some security and backup system in place. Whenever I log in to a new client’s WordPress site, these are the very first things that I check.

I am continually surprised by the number of client sites I access that have no security or backup system in place.

If you’re building your first website, or having it built for you, what should be making sure is in place?

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6th August 2018No Comments

Can You Afford To Rely On Your Host’s Backup?

“If my website host offers backups, why do I need a separate backup plugin?” This is a question I’m asked frequently.

I would always recommend setting up a separate backup plugin that regularly, and automatically, backs up your WordPress site to an off-server location.

I’ve talked about the importance of backups before but let’s have a quick look at some of the reasons you shouldn’t rely on your host’s backups.

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13th July 2018No Comments

How To Choose A Web Host

One of the most confusing topics for website owners can be who to host their website with. There are so many companies available, offering a wide range of services at different price points. How do you know which service is most appropriate for your website?

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10th July 2018No Comments

Is Google Chrome Marking Your Website ‘Not Secure’?

As of July 2018, Google Chrome is now marking all websites that don’t adopt HTTPS encryption as ‘not secure’. This isn’t a huge shock as Google has been pushing towards this goal for some time, but it does mark a significant change to how Chrome decides if a website is secure or not.

If your website doesn’t have an SSL Certificate, it will be affected by this change. Find out what this means and how to fix it.

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22nd August 2017No Comments

‘Free’ Premium WordPress Themes/Plugins – A Good Deal?

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a Facebook advert that was offering access to a range of premium WordPress themes and plugins for $10-$20 per month. Out of curiosity I followed the link and had a browse around the website. The site features an extensive database of well-known premium themes/plugins that were all included as part of the subscription packages on offer.

When you bear in mind that a premium WordPress theme license can be around $70 per website, and premium plugins are anything between $10-$100 each, what's being offered on this site sounds like a rather good deal. This is especially true for users who are building their own websites and can't pass the costs on to clients. So, is it too good to be true? Unsurprisingly, the answer is almost definitely ‘yes’.

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18th August 2017No Comments

How To Avoid Chrome’s ‘Not Secure’ Warning

Google's Search Console users have started to receive emails stating that Chrome will be displaying new warnings to users on non-HTTPS pages from October onwards. The new Chrome 'Not Secure' warnings will be triggered when users enter text into any form on any page that's served as http:// rather than https://. What does this mean for you and your website?

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25th March 2017No Comments

World Backup Day

What would you do if you lost everything? That’s the question the people behind World Backup Day want you to ask yourself on 31st March. A quick look at the stats featured on the website offers a stark reminder about how important it is to get a backup system in place for all your important data.

It might not be the most fascinating topic and it’s certainly easy to keep this sort of thing at the bottom of your to-do list but it’s also an increasingly important task to check off.

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22nd February 2017No Comments

WordPress Security: Preventing A Website Hack

This short series has looked at both how and why a WordPress website may have been hacked, so in this last part we will look at what can be done to prevent a hack occurring in the first place, or a reoccurrence. If your site has recently been hacked, the first thing is to get the hack cleaned up, but what measures can you put into place to prevent this occurring again?

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