24 Sep

11 Best WordPress Plugins To Improve the Security of your Blog

WordPress Security Plugins

 

WordPress is one of the most popular platform for millions of sites all over the world. Though WordPress is a secure piece of software but there is always a concern among bloggers to improve the security of their WordPress blog. As WordPress is a Open Source software, everybody has access to its Source Code and thus it is a prime target for hackers.

WordPress Security Plugins

But with little effort, you can protect your WordPress website using following Security plugins:

1) Wordfence Security:

Wordfence Security is a free security plugin that provides firewall protection, continuous anti-virus scanning, malicious URL scanning and live traffic updates including crawlers for your WordPress blog. It sends you a Email everytime if somebody tries to access your admin area, or if you have a maliciois link on your blog. This plugin will lock out users after ‘n’ no. of unsuccessful login attempts. You can also block certain IPs from the plugin itself. Wordfence Security Plugin can verify & repair your core, theme & plugin files, even if you don’t have backups.
It is one stop solution for your Security needs on WordPress platform.

2) WP Email Login:

For better security on your WordPress blog, set your username to something random, and then just forget it and use your email address instead to log into your WordPress with the help of this plugin.

3) Google Authenticator:

The Google Authenticator WordPress plugin provides you 2-Step authentication using the Google Authenticator application for Android/iPhone/Blackberry. You can also try IM Login Dongle that adds two way authentication via selected instant messenger.

4) Bulletproof Security:

It provides one-click .htaccess WordPress security protection and protects your WordPress site against XSS, CRLF, CSRF, RFI, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts.

5) VIP Scanner:

It scans all sorts of themes and files and things for any problems or malicious code injected into your templates.

6) WP Updates Notifier:

If you don’t log into your WordPress dashboard regularly, then this plugin is for you. It sends email to notify you if there are any updates for your WordPress website such as core updates, plugin and theme updates.

7) Exploit Scanner

This plugin searches the files on your WordPress site, active plugins and the posts and comments tables of your database for anything suspicious and notifies the administrator for all the changes.

8) WordPress Sentinel

Another plugin that tracks all files in a WordPress installation (core, themes, plugins) & notifies the administrator of any files that have changed in any way.

9)Login Dongle

Login Dongle adds an extra layer of security on your blog by means of a security question on the Admin area.

10) Lockdown WP Admin

This plugin can hide wp-admin and wp-login as well as add HTTP auth to the login system. You can change the WordPress Login URL and when someone tries to access http://yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/, it will show a 404 error page instead of redirecting to the login page. As most of the hacking attempts are auto-generated on wp-admin URL, this plugin can add an extra layer of security.

11) Secure WordPress

Secure WordPress improves the security of your WordPress website by removing error information on login pages, adds index.html to plugin directories, hides the WordPress version & much more.

12) Login Security Solution

This plugin provides security against brute force attacks by tracking IP, name, and passwords. Idle timeout. Maintenance mode lockdown.

Share your thoughts about which plugin you’re using to improve the security of your WordPress site.

09 Sep

How To Add Top Commentators Widget in WordPress

Top Commentators Plugin

 

Displaying Top Commentators Widget on your blog is a great way to reward your commentators and bring back readers again and again to comment on your blog.

Top Commentators Plugin

Top Commentators Widget Plugin:

The most popular plugin available to display the top commentators on your WordPress blog sidebar. It is designed to display the commentators with maximum comments on your website. The number of comments is tracked by this plugin automatically and displayed on the sidebar for your readers to view.

Settings of this Plugin includes:

– Change widget title
– Add Description below the Title
– Exclude any Users
– Limit the number of names listed
– Reset Commentators List Every Time Period
– Nofollow Links
– Show on Home Page only
– Display Gravatar
– Show an Award icon if comments reach a certain range.

Do give this plugin a try and let us know your thoughts in comments.

06 Sep

How To Create Custom Sidebars For Any WordPress Theme

Custom Sidebars

 

WordPress themes generally allows you to have a single sidebar. But, sometimes it is necessary to showcase different elements on the sidebars for each posts or pages. It gives you more flexibility over the content and what you want to show to different visitors on your website.

Custom Sidebars

The most popular WordPress plugin to add sidebars is “Custom Sidebars”.

1) Custom Sidebars WordPress Plugin allows to create your own custom sidebars & widgetized areas and also select which sidebars you want to use for each post or page.

With this plugin, you can create all the widgetized areas you need, custom sidebars, configure them adding widgets, and replace the default sidebars on the posts or pages you want easily without touching the code.

2) Another popular plugin you can try to add custom sidebars is Per Page Sidebars. This plugin also allows you to create and display custom sidebars for any post (or page) on your website.

See Also:
How To Customize WordPress Admin/Login Page
Change Default WordPress Admin URL With This Plugin

3) If you want to add a post-type widget, then try Widget Entries plugin. With this plugin, you can upload images to be shown directly in the widgets and you can also use shortcodes inside your widget.
This plugin lets you to format your widget with the WordPress editor.

04 Sep

Change Default WordPress Admin URL With This Plugin

Hide and Change Admin URL

 

Hacking is one of the worst nightmares for bloggers. It can easily destroy all your data and online business in no time. So, it is crucial to stay secure online by using maximum security on your websites.

It’s not a secret that all login or admin pages for WordPress websites look like this: http://domainname.com/wp-login.php or http://domainname.com/wp-admin. So hackers can easily run their automatic scripts on these URLs to hack websites all over the internet.

So, the best solution to this security issue is to change the default login URL to a custom login URL.

Change Default WordPress Admin URL With Lockdown WP Admin Plugin

Lockdown WP Admin Plugin will lockdown your WP Admin URL. It means whenever someone tries to access http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/, they will recieve a 404 error page instead of redirecting to the login page. It can hide both wp-admin and wp-login as well as add HTTP auth to the login system. Apart from that, you can also change your login URL to anything, for example, http://www.yourdomain.com/secure.

Let’s take a look at the image below to learn how to change settings in Lockdown WP Admin Plugin:

Hide and Change Admin URL

See Also:
How To Customize WordPress Admin/Login Page
How To Create Custom Sidebars For Any WordPress Theme

Note: This plugin won’t secure your website perfectly, but if someone does manage to crack your password, it can make it more difficult for them to find where to actually login. This also prevents any hacking bots that are used for malicious intents to break in.

Let us know your thoughts in comments about this plugin.

07 Jul

Top 5 Best SEO WordPress Plugins

seo plugins for wordpress

Search Engine Optimization(SEO) is the process of making your website more visible to the search engines and increase organic traffic to your website. There are many WordPress plugins available these days to make your website SEO optimized but here is the list of Top 5 Best SEO WordPress Plugins:

See Also: Top 10 SEO Facts

seo plugins for wordpress

1) WordPress SEO By Yoast

One of the best SEO plugin to improve your WordPress site SEO and have a fully optimized WordPress website to increase organic traffic from search engines.

Here are some of the main features of this plugin:

– Write SEO optimize content
– Page Analysis
– Snippet Preview
– XML Sitemaps
– Edit your .htaccess and robots.txt file
– RSS Optimization
– Verify your website with Google, Bing and Alexa
– Permalinks Settings
– Social Integration
– Author Metadata, etc.

2) SEO Ultimate

Another great SEO plugin for WordPress. I am using this plugin on one of my website and WordPress SEO by Yoast on another website and I must say that both plugins work great.

Here are some of the main features of this plugin:

– Title Tag Rewriter
– Meta Description and Keywords Editor
– Deeplink Juggernaut
– Canonicalizer
– 404 Monitor
– Linkbox Inserter
– Slug Optimizer
– Rich Snippet Creator
– Webmaster verification
– Nofollow Manager,etc.

3) All in One SEO Pack

My least favorite among all. But it’s a very simple plugin to optimize your website for Search Engines.

Here are some of the main features of this plugin:

– Support for Google Analytics
– Custom Post Types
– Advanced Canonical URLs
– ONLY plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites
– Automatically optimizes your titles for search engines
– Automatically Generates META tags
– For beginners, it works out-of-the-box. Just install it, etc.

See Also: Best Alternative To ‘All in One SEO Pack’ – ‘WordPress SEO By Yoast’ Plugin

4) SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links is a great plugin to provide SEO benefits for your website in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow links and much more. It helps to get your blog posts internally linked or add affiliate links to other websites.

See Also: Add ‘Nofollow’ To All Links With This WordPress Plugin

5) Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps plugin will generate a special XML sitemap to help search engines better index your website.

See Also: Top 15 Must Have Plugins For Your New WordPress Blog

6) Greg’s High Performance SEO

This plugin helps you to configure over 100 separate on-page SEO features. The best part of this plugin is that it loads under 700 lines of code per page load as compared to other SEO plugins such as “All in One SEO” which loads around 2000 lines of code per page view. It saves CPU Consumption and provides high performance SEO at its best.

10 May

Best Alternative To Yet Another Related Posts – Efficient Related Posts Plugin

efficient related posts plugin

 

Yet Another Related Posts (YARPP) is a great WordPress Plugin that displays a list of related posts and/or pages on your site & feeds based on a unique algorithm. I was using this plugin for a very long time until I came to know about Efficient Related Posts Plugin.
Actually, most of the current related post plugins such as YARPP build the list of related posts on the fly whenever a post or page is loaded which consumes lot of resources, wastes CPU cycles, and ultimately increases your page load time.

related posts plugin

Efficient Related Posts Plugin fixes that issue by creating/updating database of related posts only when a post is created/updated.
This means that if the query is slow ( which happens less often), it is the post writer that will have to wait rather than the user.

I started using Efficient Related Posts Plugin few days back and I clearly noticed decrease in page load time on my website.
Now talking about Algorithm, I still feel that YARPP has a much better algorithm than Efficient Related Posts Plugin. But as it can reduce the page load time and speed up your processes, it’s worth giving a try.

05 Feb

Verify your WordPress Site in Single Click with ‘Google Site Verification Plugin’

Google webmaster Verification Plugin

For webmasters with self-hosted WordPress blogs, now you can easily verify your website for webmaster tools and other google services with official ‘Google Site Verification Plugin”.

This plugin verify your blog with Google with only a couple clicks!
There is no need to copy & paste code anymore; this plugin automates the entire verification process.

Once your blog is verified, you can then view search statistics and diagnostic information for your blog in Google Webmaster Tools or use a growing number of other Google services.

You can install it directly from the “Install Plugins” control panel in your WordPress blog, or you can download the ZIP file from the WordPress plugin site.
This plugin can only be used by self-hosted WordPress blogs; it can’t be installed on blogs hosted on wordpress.com.

With verified ownership of your site in Webmaster Tools, you can receive specific statistics and information (e.g. relevant search queries, malware notices) about your site directly from Google.

Read, Why do you need to Verify your site?

04 Feb

How To Add “Related Posts” Widget in your Blog ( Cool Widget )

 

Do you want to increase the page views on your blog and keep your users engaged for longer time on your blog?

linkwithin

LinkWithin is a blog widget that appears under each post, and links to related stories from your blog archive.

The widget is available for all the major platforms such as Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, etc.

Just visit the website, Linkwithin and download the widget for free without any sign up.

Then, Upload the widget on your blog and enjoy more traffic, more engagement from the users.

Do give it a try and share your thoughts in comments.

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