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eBay Cyberattack: Massive Security Breach

eBay Cyberattack: Massive Security Breach | web design | Scoop.it
EBay urged its users to update their passwords on Wednesday due a cyberattack that compromised its database
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How to Improve your WordPress Blog Security

"Here’s a list of changes you can do to improve your WordPress blog security though the perpetual worry that such a thing can happen again will remain.

#1. Login with your email address

When you install a WordPress blog, the first user is called “admin” by default. You should create a different user to manage your WordPress blog and either remove the “admin” user or change the role from “administrator” to “subscriber.”

You can actually create a completely random (hard to guess) username and then use your email address to log into WordPress. The plugin WP-Email Login will add support for email based usernames in the WordPress login form.

#2. Do not advertise your WordPress version to the world

WordPress sites always publish the version number thus making it easier for people to determine if you are running an outdated non-patched version of WordPress.

It is easy to remove the WordPress version from page but you need to make one more change. Delete the readme.html file from your WordPress installation directory as it also advertises your WordPress version to the world.

#3. Don’t let others “Write” to your WordPress directory

Login to your WordPress Linux shell and execute the following command to get a list of all “open” directories where any other user can write files.

find . -type d -perm -o=w

You may also want to execute the following two commands in your shell to set the right permissions for all your WordPress files and folders (reference).

find /your/wordpress/folder/ -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \; find /your/wordpress/folder/ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

For directories, 755 (rwxr-xr-x) means that only the owner has write permission while others have read and execute permissions. For files, 644 (rw-r–r–) means that file owners have read and write permissions while others can only read the files.

#4. Rename your WordPress tables prefix

If you have installed WordPress using the default options, your WordPress tables have names like wp_posts or wp_users. It is thus a good idea to change the prefix of tables (wp_) to some random value. The Change DB Prefix plugin lets you rename your table prefix to any other string with a click.

#5. Prevent users from browsing your WordPress directories

This is important. Open the .htaccess file in your WordPress root directory and add the following line at the top.

Options -Indexes

It will prevent the outside world from seeing a listing of files available in your directories in case the default index.html or index.php files are absent from those directories.

#6. Update the WordPress Security Keys

Go here to generate six security keys for your WordPress blog. Open the wp-config.php file inside the WordPress directory and overwrite the default keys with the new ones.

These random salts make your stored WordPress passwords more secure and the other advantage is that if someone is logged into WordPress without your knowledge, they will get logged out immediately as their cookies will become invalid now.

#7. Keep a log of WordPress PHP and Database errors

The error logs can sometimes offer strong hints on what kind of invalid database queries and file requests are hitting your WordPress installation. I prefer the Error Log Monitor as it periodically sends the error logs by email and also displays them as a widget inside your WordPress dashboard.

To enable error logging in WordPress, add the following code to your wp-config.php file and remember to replace /path/to/error.log with the actual path of your log file. The error.log file should be placed in a folder not accessible from the browser (reference).

define('WP_DEBUG', true); if (WP_DEBUG) { define('WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY', false); @ini_set('log_errors', 'On'); @ini_set('display_errors', 'Off'); @ini_set('error_log', '/path/to/error.log'); }#9. Password Protect the Admin Dashboard

It is always a good idea to password protect the wp-admin folder of your WordPress since none of the files in this area are intended for people who are visiting your public WordPress website. Once protected, even authorized users will have to enter two passwords to log in to their WordPress Admin dashboard.

10. Track login activity on your WordPress server

You can use the “last -i” command in Linux to get a listing of all users who have logged into your WordPress server along with their IP addresses. If you find an unknown IP address in this list, it is definitely time to change your password.

Also, the following command will show the user login activity for a longer period of time grouped by IP addresses (replace USERNAME with your shell user name).

last -if /var/log/wtmp.1 | grep USERNAME | awk '{print $3}' | sort | uniq -cMonitor your WordPress with Plugins

The WordPress.org repository contains quite a few good security related plugins that will continuously monitor your WordPress site for intrusions and other suspicious activity. Here are the essential ones that I would recommend.

Exploit Scanner – It will quickly scan all your WordPress files and blog posts and list the ones that may have malicious code. Spam links may be hidden in your WordPress blog posts using CSS or IFRAMES and the plugin will detect them as well.WordFence Security – This is an extremely powerful security plugin that you should have. It will compare your WordPress core files with the original files in the repository so any modifications are instantly detected. Also, the plugin will lock out users after ‘n’ number of unsuccessful login attempts.WordPress Sentinel – Another useful plugin that monitors your WordPress files and alerts you whenever files are added, deleted and edited in any of the watched folders.WP Notifier – If you don’t login to your WordPress Admin dashboard too often, this plugin is for you. It will send you email alerts whenever new updates are available for the installed themes, plugins and core WordPress.VIP Scanner – The “official” security plugin will scan your WordPress themes for any problems. It will also detect any advertising code that may have been injected into your WordPress templates.

Tip: You can also use the following Linux command to get a list of all files that have been modified in the last 3 days. Change mtime to mmin to see files modified “n” minutes ago.

find . -type f -mtime -3 | grep -v "/Maildir/" | grep -v "/logs/"Secure your WordPress Login Page

Your WordPress login page is accessible to the world but if you wish to prevent non-authorized users from logging into WordPress, you have three choices.

Password Protect with .htaccess – This involves protecting the wp-admin folder of your WordPress with a username and password in addition to your regular WordPress credentials.Google Authenticator – This excellent plugin adds two-step verification to your WordPress blog similar to your Google Account. You’ll have to enter the password and also the time-dependent code generated on your mobile phone.Login Dongle – This plugin takes a very unique approach to protect your WordPress. It generates a bookmarklet with a secret question that you can add to you bookmarks. While on the WordPress login page, enter you credentials and then press this bookmarklet to get into your WordPress – the button on the login screen won’t work.

 

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WordPress 3.8: Easy Comprehensive Guide

WordPress 3.8: Easy Comprehensive Guide | web design | Scoop.it
The subject o this article is a simple WordPress manual that will help you to get an overall understanding of how you use the various features...
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Come Over To The Plus Side: Google+ And Its SEO Benefits - Business 2 Community

Come Over To The Plus Side: Google+ And Its SEO Benefits - Business 2 Community | web design | Scoop.it
Come Over To The Plus Side: Google+ And Its SEO Benefits
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SEO as we knew it is dead. Or at least it's dying.
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Optimizing Your Site For The Search Engines - 1. On-Page SEO

Optimizing Your Site For The Search Engines - 1. On-Page SEO | web design | Scoop.it
Once you have your pages and content in place and designed correctly, it’s time to optimize them so that your pages will rank as higher as possible on Google and the other search engines. We as Zero Due Design - a London Based digital agency for web design, graphic design, direct marketing, online marketing, printing [...]
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Facebook Still Dominates on Mobile, But Its Lead Has Declined

Facebook Still Dominates on Mobile, But Its Lead Has Declined | web design | Scoop.it
IMAGE: MASHABLE, WILL FENSTERMAKER Facebook continues to dominate on iOS and Android, by time spent, but its lead has slipped slightly.The average U.S. user spent an average of 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on mobile devices in the first three months of this year, according to new data from Flurry, an app analytics service. Facebook [...]
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How Content Curation Keeps You Visible and Valuable to Your Network #contentcuration

How Content Curation Keeps You Visible and Valuable to Your Network #contentcuration | web design | Scoop.it

There is a lot of information out there, and the people in your network are probably feeling overwhelmed by it all. This can be an unfortunate source of stress for them, but it’s also an important opportunity for you.

 

Content curation is the process of scouring the Internet, filtering out the junk (unfortunately there’s a lot of that), and discovering the most valuable, relevant and helpful content about a particular topic. By sharing those gems with your network, you accomplish these important objectives:

Build your personal brand (reputation) as an expert in the topicBe more active and visible on social mediaEnhance your relationships by being helpful

(Guess what? Those are also three of the most important goals of business blogging!)


Whether you share other people’s content on your own blog, on social media, or in other ways (we’ll cover these options in a separate post), it’s worth learning how to do it well.


Here are the three steps I recommend for getting started with content curation:


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Google Updates AdWords Express Sign-Up Process, Ad Copy Preview And Dashboard

Google Updates AdWords Express Sign-Up Process, Ad Copy Preview And Dashboard | web design | Scoop.it
Google has updated  the interface for AdWords Express, Google’s AdWords product designed for small businesses.

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Google Adwords changes are not uncommon and ceratinly need to be understood.  If you use Google Adwords or work closely with you PPC management service you should read this article for new changes to Adwords Express. 

 

Personally I think that Adwords Express is inferior to traditional Adwords PPC advertising.  Traditional Adwords campaigns, in our experience, have far better ROI's because of better ability to control costs and pull in better qualified leads.

 

Regardless of your preference you should learn abou the new interface for Adwords Express by reading this article.

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Guest Posting Remains An Important Part Of Content Marketing

Matt Cutts caused a shockwave among the digital marketing community when he declared that guest posting is dead. He went further, and added: "So stick a fork in it: guest blogging is done; it’s just gotten too spammy". So what is the real story?


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A Few Simple Guidelines For A Modern Website Design

A Few Simple Guidelines For A Modern Website Design | web design | Scoop.it

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and this is as true of websites as it is of people. Since first impressions are hard to overcome, making a good one is important if website visitors are to be kept from fleeing a poorly-designed site immediately. If you make use of the following tips, you should minimize the chances of a poor first impression.

 

Make sure your text and background has the proper contrast. There’s evidence showing that white text on a black background is easiest for most people to read, but other colors are fine so long as they’re readable. Also keep in mind that people with visual impairments may not be able to read your site if the contrast is poor. Check to see if your site complies with various contrast standards using the tool at http://snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html .

 

If you want to have a successful website, you need to design it in a way that works for all browsers. It is crucial you test out your site that and see that all pages show up properly in each browser. Some things that work in Internet Explorer might not work correctly in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Before you website is launched, test the display of each page in all major browsers.

 

To help your web pages load quickly, you should compress all the images on the website page. If you have images that are compressed then pages will load much faster. Nothing is more frustrating to viewers than waiting for a 250k graphic to load when it should really only be 20k.

 

Do some keyword research. While your main focus should always be on providing your customer with relevant and current information, you first need to work on gaining a customer base. Understanding what keywords will bring people to your site from a search engine is a needed step to becoming a successful site.

 

A search engine is an absolute must if your website is larger than a few pages. Put in a search box in the right-hand corner up on top of the homepage, as this allows the site visitors to type in a single keyword that shows up anywhere on your site. You can get a search bar from Google or FreeFind.

 

Choose your web host carefully. Some hosts require you to link to them, while others may force you to install their pop-ups. You should also test their performance using one of the many tools available for free online, as you do not want to host with someone who is consistently slow or crashing.

 

If you find yourself stuck in the design process, remember that you have the entire Internet at your disposal to look for examples. There are literally millions of websites that you can browse to find the inspiration that you need. Find a website that you like, identify what makes that website appealing, and determine if it is an idea that you can borrow and improve upon. Keep in mind that in order for your website to be truly successful, it is not enough to simply borrow ideas. You must also improve upon them.

 

Individuals usually notice the design of a site immediately, and this could determine whether or not they stay. You want the first impression of your site to be a favorable one. It is hoped that these tips have given you some of the tools you will need to be a success with web design and traffic retention.

 

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Graphic design London is very important, especially when it comes to your business. Whether you are operating in the physical or online world, you need a professional graphic designer to help you. You can find information by checking this http://zerodue-design.com/blog.

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How to Optimize WordPress Installation

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It takes two easy steps to install WordPress but you may tweak some of the default settings to further optimize Wordpress installation.
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The Ultimate Guide to XML Sitemaps

The Ultimate Guide to XML Sitemaps | web design | Scoop.it

This is a topic that makes many people run for the hills. Well, I’m here to tell you there is nothing scary about this.

 

What is a XML sitemap?

 

XML Sitemaps are a text based file that function as a Cheat Sheet or a very detailed map for search engine spiders to discover content on a Web site.

 

They are simply a text file with a list of URLs that you can make available telling a spider what files are on your site.

 

Sitemaps also make use of metadata to help spiders discover when a file has changed, when new content has been added, and they are very useful to describe rich media content like videos and images.

 

The XML Sitemaps Protocol that defines the format of all the different types of metadata is available at:www.sitemaps.org.

 

HTML vs XML sitemaps

 

In the past many Web sites used an HTML format (Web page) sitemap to help a search engine find all the files on Web sites, but the HTML format, which is intended for a browser, was only partially effective for this purpose. The XML Sitemap protocol on the other hand, is designed to be processed by machines with a rigid format making them easy to understand by a spider, and far more scalable for big Web sites with thousands, or even millions of URLs. HTML Sitemaps can still be useful in some situations, but they’re far more useful to a person visiting a site than a spider crawling it. So, in order for you to get the FULL benefits of a sitemap, you’ll need to choose the XML Sitemap format.

 

To be clear, there are enormous benefits to incorporating XML Sitemaps into your marketing plan. First off, they are one of the fastest ways to get an engine to crawl new content and you can even schedule how often you’d like your site re-crawled. Then for video, images and other files that are difficult for an engine to crawl, they can give you the best change at getting that content indexed into Image or Video search. In some cases they can even generate an video thumbnail in organic search for your videos! So, if you’re on the fence about using this technology – it’s past the time to jump in. Remember, we’re here to help so it’s nothing to stress about.

 

Note: Both Bing and Google do support RSS, Atom and Text formats. However this article is designed to specifically cover the XML format which is the preferred method and the one we recommend over the others.

 

File types Supported in XML Sitemaps

 

Sitemaps were originally designed to link to HTML Web pages, however they have been extended to support other types of files. These are the file types Google currently supports for inclusion in XML sitemaps.

 

HTML Web PagesVideo FilesImagesMobileNews

 

Bing is a little bit of a mess in regards to supporting all the sitemap file types. At this time, Bing has documented support for HTML file types, but does NOT mention support for any extensions. On the other hand – Bing’s Webmaster tools sitemap submission tool does acknowledge Video sitemap formats, but so far they are unused by this engine. Even with all these mixed messages, it’s important for you to know that extensions to sitemapsaren’t going anywhere. Bing will get them added to their system and at some point they will support the same formats Google does.

 

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Build A Better Website With These Web Design Tips

Web design tips: One of the first things visitors see online is that site's design. Be sure to design your website so that ...
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5 Landing Page Case Studies: The How and Why

5 Landing Page Case Studies: The How and Why | web design | Scoop.it

Landing page optimization is all about testing and tweaking – sometimes making huge changes and sometimes the smallest details.

 

But what happens when you run out of optimization hypotheses?

 

You go to the closest “landing page case studies” article and get inspired.

 

But do you know why those variables actually had an effect on the page’s conversions?

 

This article will not only give you five awesome case studies to inspire you, but give you the how and why as well – so you learn something from all this reading.

 

Sound good?

 

Let’s check out 5 Landing Page Case Studies Critiqued.


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Facebook Complete Photos Size Guide | Blog - Zero Due Design

Facebook Complete Photos Size Guide | Blog - Zero Due Design | web design | Scoop.it
Dimensions & Types (2014 Edition) There are a several different ways of using images and photos on Facebook, each of which has different dimensions and quirks. Some are for design and identity on the user interface, like your profile picture or cover photo. And it’s a great way to share photos. But working out the [...]
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3 E-Commerce Landing Pages Critiqued Like a Boss - The Wishpond Blog

3 E-Commerce Landing Pages Critiqued Like a Boss - The Wishpond Blog | web design | Scoop.it

How’s your E-commerce landing page doing? Have you optimized it for sales?

 

Do you know exactly how?

 

I’ve found one of the best ways to discuss landing page best practices is by showing exactly what I’m talking about. In this article I’ll dissect three landing pages variable by variable, discussing where they’ve done it right and where there’s room for improvement.

 

Optimizing your landing page for E-commerce checkouts is a never-ending process, but it’s a process worth doing. Optimizing your page so its rate of conversion goes from 15% go 18% can mean thousands of dollars of increased revenue for your E-commerce business.

So let’s do this thing.


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Why The New World is FLAT: What Is Flat Design?

Why The New World is FLAT: What Is Flat Design? | web design | Scoop.it
With the release of iOS7 just around the corner, clamor over the changes Jony Ive will institute is growing. The general consensus--on this site and elsewhere--is that Apple is about to get a flat makeover. But for the uninitiated, “flat design” can be a confusing term. So let’s talk it out, shall we?

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Web Design Trends 2014
Like several other major web design trends this year flat design has its origins on our phones. Flat looks better on mobile and so flat is coming to a website near you too.

This is true for other design trends as well such as fewer colors, bigger heroes and better fonts. Since flat design is such a MONSTER trend in 2014 good idea to visit the question of What Is Flat Design. Here Gizmodo explains flat design and its mobile origins.  

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A Comprehensive Guide to Marketing on Google Plus

A Comprehensive Guide to Marketing on Google Plus | web design | Scoop.it

Google plus is one of the most unknown, under-utilized internet marketing tools available on the internet right now. It contains magical powers, like the ability to get your face to appear next to your search result listings in Google Search and the opportunity to network with thousands of like-minded individuals.   

 

Many whisper that Google Plus holds the secret to future Google Search organic rankings.   

 

At the very minimum, Google Plus is a vibrant community full of engaged users that are ready to become a part of your online audience.  It also has so much potential to become intertwined with every aspect of Google’s multiple prominent platforms.


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