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5 Ways to Prevent Virus or Malicious attacks on your website

5 Ways to Prevent Virus or Malicious attacks on your website

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How to Prevent Virus attacks on your website

Imagine trying to access your website and suddenly discover that your website is either not opening or it’s being redirected to another page that looks very suspicious.

Many things can cause this, but one on top of the list is Virus Attack. And that is the one I want to address here.

This can even result in a total hack of your website and Google frowning at your website or marking it as an unsafe site.

I am sure you wouldn’t want such to happen.

To ensure that such doesn’t happen to your website, these actions below can help you ensure that your website is clean always.

This guide is specific to websites built with WordPress.

1. Always update all your themes and plugins

Once you receive a notification of a new confirmed update that has been released, ensure you update that theme or plugin as this will reduce any security breach or infiltration of malicious code or file.
This can be done manually from your WordPress dashboard or site management tools.

2.Ensure you are using the latest version of WordPress

Yes, WordPress releases different versions, and they will always notify you when they do and request that you update your website.
Please ensure you make a backup of your website before you do any update just in case anything go wrong.

3. Install a security plugin on your website.

There are many security plugins that can greatly secure your website from attacks. The one I have used and always use is called Wordfence. It does a very good job of preventing spam and malicious attacks on your website. Their free version does a pretty good job.

4. Perform a regular scan of your website from your Cpanel.

Your Cpanel has an inbuilt Virus Scanner, it will give you the option to scan various aspects of your website and if it discovers any malicious file or code you do not understand or not sure how it came in, please take action in removing such file, especially PHP files. (If you are not sure of what action to take please consult a professional to assist you)

5. Lastly, performing regular scanning of your computer or other devices will also help you keep your hosting safe

This is because some of the attacks can go through your device to the hosting space. The reason why you need to have a working antivirus.

Taking these five steps regularly will keep your website safe and sane and you also friendly with Google as they frown at websites that are not clean.

If you are not the so techy type or you are too busy to always check all these, then take up a Website Maintenance plan for yourself from an expert.

Part of what the plan includes is checking and ensuring that your website is safe and effective.

If you need help ensuring your website is safe and want to take advantage of our website maintenance support services, feel free to get in touch here.

How to automate plugin installation when building a website with WordPress

How to automate plugin installation when building a website with WordPress

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Automate your plugin installation in 3 simple steps

If you are a WordPress designer, one of the things you need to do is automate your processes.

One of the processes to automate is your plugin installation.

You need to have a list of plugins you use regularly when building a website for your clients.

Normally, you should be installing them one after the other when you need to use them.

What if you can bulk import all these plugins once, upload, and install them with one click?

You can do that using this simple hack.

To achieve this, we will use a plugin called WP Core. You can access it from wpcore.com

WP Core helps you take control of your WordPress plugins.

To begin, create an account for free, then you create and manage a collection of the plugins you use on a regular basis.

Then follow this 3 step process.

Build plugin collections

Create a collection and add WordPress plugins you use on a regular basis. Copy the collection key.

Import your collection

Go the brand new WordPress site setup (i.e a setup without any plugin except the default ones that come with WordPress) and install the wpcore plugin from the WordPress repository, activate.
Drop the collection key into the WPCore plugin settings within WordPress, i.e your new WordPress site.

Bulk install the plugins

WPCore will automatically pull in all the plugins from the collection to your site.

And that is it, all the selected plugins will be installed and activated and you would save all the time you could have used to do the manual individual installation.

Let me know if you have any questions.

2 Ways to Override the New WordPress 5.0 Editor- How I removed the Gutenberg based editor

2 Ways to Override the New WordPress 5.0 Editor- How I removed the Gutenberg based editor

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Return Your WordPress Editor to the previous easy editor

Recently WordPress released a new version,5.0.  Prior to this release, a new plugin called Gutenberg was developed which users were told that once the 5.0 is out, it will automatically come with a different editor.

I have not updated any of my websites or my clients’ websites yet, but today something happened.

Today, I was helping a friend install a theme and after installing the theme, because the new version of WordPress was carrying the new editor and its a bit complex or confusing to use if you have not mastered it.

As usual, I decided to figure out a way to make it easy for him to edit the website contents.

I discovered two plugins that can help anyone facing such issues resolve that.

Before we go further, you must know that it’s not just the editor alone that changed, some other things changed as well.

The list of things that are replaced by Gutenberg includes the RTE/Visual Editor, Plain Text Editor, Custom Fields, Custom Post Status, many others.

How do you use your previous editor for a seamless editing?

Two Ways to Override the Gutenberg based editor using a plugin

  1. Using the Classic Editor Plugin

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new Block Editor (“Gutenberg”).

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Site Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin and will be maintained until at least 2022.

You can download the plugin free here Classic Editor

2.Disable Gutenberg Plugin

As the name implies. It Disables Gutenberg Block Editor and restores the Classic Editor and original Edit Post screen. Provides options to enable specific post types, user roles, and more.

With this plugin, you can achieve the following:

  • Disable Gutenberg completely (all post types)
  • Disable Gutenberg only on specific post types
  • Disable Gutenberg for specific user roles

Download the plugin here  Disable Gutenberg

How the editor looks with Gutenberg 

new editor

How the editor looks now after installing the Uninstall Gutenberg

previous editor

 

Is there any other way you have overcome this issue, share with us in the comment.