Well, what can we say? It’s all here with a great plugin to boot!
‘ I started writing my beginner’s guide to WordPress SEO a while back, and have since done a load of posts on the subject, an article in the Search Marketing Standard, newsletters, and presentations. It’s time to let all the info of all these different articles fall into one big piece: the final guide to WordPress SEO. ‘ – Joost de Valk
This post is going to be a constantly updated feature, focusing on keeping WordPress installs as secure as possible.
WordPress is a third party application and is constantly being updated to imrpove and patch security issues. It’s important to keep your install of WordPress and all Plugins, up to date.
Above all, ensure sure you make a regular backup, also when you’re about to install new plugins or make changes to your core site files. As much as you try to keep the bad guys out by implementing some (or all) of these tips, having a regular backup taken of your site files and database provides peace of mind.
- Admin User – Always create a new user with admin priveledges and delete the default ‘admin’ user. The admin username will be a key target for hackers.
- Keep WordPress up to date! – Always keep WordPress up to date to the latest version. This is easy with the automatic update feature from within the WordPress admin area. No excuses!
- Use SSL in the admin area – This means encryption of all data during admin sessions in WordPress. This involves adding a small peice of code to your wp-config.php file and having a dedicated SSL certificate.
- AnitVirus Plugin – AntiVirus for WordPress is a smart and effective solution to protect your blog against exploits and spam injections. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antivirus/
- Ultimate Security Checker Plugin – Helps you identify security problems with your wordpress installation. It scans your blog and give a security grade based on passed tests. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-security-checker/
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As many of you will have noticed from the indication at the top of your WordPress admin panel, version 3.1 is available. As always, we’re excited about this new release and can’t wait to use the new features.
With the 3.1 release, WordPress is more of a CMS than ever before. The only limit to what you can build is your imagination.
View the official press release here: http://wordpress.org/news/2011/02/threeone/
Learn how to update from your dashboeard here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Dashboard_Updates_SubPanel
Please, ALWAYS BACKUP ! before carrying out any upgrade or major change to your site.
As always, if you would like us to carry out the upgrade (£40+VAT), you can order via a support ticket
As the title suggests, this update should be installed asap. Don’t forget to carry out a full backup prior to an update.
The official WordPress update release announcement is here
If you’re not sure what to do or confused…please read this post
We’re here to help, but upgrading WordPress is beyond the scope of our free support. However, if you’d rather have an expert carry out your upgrade, it usually only takes 1 hour at £40 + VAT.
Please submit a support ticket if you have any further questions or you’d like to order our upgrade service.