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Basic Tips to know before Starting a WordPress Blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by SuPErMAN321, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. SuPErMAN321

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    WordPress is a well-known platform for Blogging and it is being used by millions of webmasters and bloggers. It is a self-hosted blogging platform. MBT is hosted on Blogger.com but, there are hundreds of other popular blogs which are hosted on WordPress. So therefore, WordPress can?t be ignored for Blogging. It is also called WP in short words by webmasters. It is a CMS (content management System) which provides you the opportunity to set up your blog easily. And it is totally developed in PHP, a popular web programming language. In this post I will give you some basic tips before establishing a blog with WP. My tips will be for securing WP, optimizing WP and designing WP. But before going straight to my tips I would like to give you some information about WordPress features and benefits.

    What are the Advantages of WP?

    If you choose WordPress for your Blog you will benefit from the many features WP provides. There are tons of free and premium plug-ins, Themes you can use to design and optimize your blog. WP blogs have professional themes and frameworks. The installation of WordPress is also easy and can be done in minutes. There are many companies and individuals who make WP themes and plug-ins for WordPress users. Also, WordPress is SEO friendly by default.




    Disadvantages of WP

    There aren't many disadvantages, but in my opinion; WordPress is a web development environment with complex coding of PHP. And that?s a big problem for newbies, because new bloggers can?t customize WP themes or templates easily. While blogger is a platform where even an absolute beginner can easily manage/design their blog. But without having sufficient knowledge of PHP you can?t do anything complex. The security for WP blogs is also an issue for newbies, because WP blogs are hacked most often if they are not well secured. These are some issues which can be handled by learning the basics of WordPress and here now I am going to share my tips with you.
    Tip # 1. Change User Name & Password

    The very first thing to do for WordPress security is to change the default Admin details. You can change your default user name & password by going to users page on your WP dashboard. You must change the default user name and password in order to secure your blog from being hacked. While installing WP script from your cPanel you?re given a default user name and password. So your first step is to change it with a strong one. You can select a strong password by using a combination of different characters like this one: [myname123is!^*(#] and it is necessary for security reasons. Also, change the default user name to a better one.
    Tip # 2. Change the Registration Status

    If you go to your WP dashboard and click the general option under the setting tab; you will find a check box saying ?Any one can register? which is already checked by default. At the beginning of your blog you need to uncheck it. Because someone can register to your blog and can harm you. Later on, you can once again check it and assign a role to the new members. Never assign the Administrator role to new members. Always assign a subscriber or contributor role to new members. This way, you will only be the Administrator of your blog.
    Tip # 3. Allow Search Engines to Index Your Site

    In your WP Dashboard there is a link called ?Privacy? under the setting tab, click that and check if the radio button is selected or not which says ?Allow Search engines to index this site? if not then instantly select that and save the setting. This way, Search engines will follow your blog and will index it.
    Tip # 4. General & Reading setting

    This is very easy step, when you get your blog?s dashboard. Visit General Option under the setting tab and make the necessary setting. In site title insert your Blog title which shouldn?t be more than 3 or 4 words. In Tagline, just insert a little bit description about your site. WordPress Address URL and Site Address URL are same, leave them as default. Put your email in Email box and make the date and time setting according to your country/region.


    Next go to the reading setting. If you want to show your latest posts on home page then do nothing. But if you want to show static page on your blog?s main page then select the radio button ?A static page?. Also you can select the number of posts you want to show on your blog?s home page; there will be 10 posts by default and you can select minimum or maximum posts to show on main page.
    Tip # 5. Important Plug-ins that you must install

    In order to set up your blog successfully on WordPress you must consider installing some free plug-ins that are exist in WordPress library itself. I will give you a list of plug-ins which are about securing your blog, optimizing your blog and socializing your blog. In order to install a plugin; just click on the plugin link located at left side of your WP dashboard and search the plugin you want to install.
    Plugins that secure your blog

    Akismet

    Akismet is a plug-in that protects your blog from spam comments and track back spam. It is 99% effective. It detects the bad comments and saves your time.
    AntiVirus

    AntiVirus plugin is a smart security solution for your blog which saves your blog from different malicious attacks and spam injections.
    AskApache Password Protect

    AskApache is an advance security plugin which blocks the attacks on your password & Installation.
    Login LockDown

    This plugin blocks an IP address from a given range and blocks the hacking attempts on your WP admin.
    Replace WP-Version

    Hackers mostly attack by knowing your WP version, if you hide WP version then your blog will be more secure. Replace WP-version hide your WP-Version from all.
    Secure WordPress

    It checks all the basic security measurements of your blog.
    Semisecure Login Re imagined

    Sometimes your WP blog get hacked when hacker gets your password, so this plugin encrypts your password when you login to your WP admin.
    WordPress File Monitor

    This is also a very good plugin which informs you by email that what happened to your blog. If someone deletes something or adds something to your, it will instantly inform you. Even if your blog got hacked it will inform you about the activity.
    Optimization Plugins

    All SEO in one Pack

    This is the most used plugin on WordPress. By installing this plugin you can write Meta title tags, meta description tags and meta keywords separately for Search engines. It is very useful plugin for SEO.
    Google XML Sitemap

    This is another important plugin. This plugin generates your sitemap for Google. You will just have to add this sitemap once to your Google webmaster account. It will refresh your sitemap whenever new content will be added to your blog. And will inform Google crawler.
    SEO plugin by Yoast

    This is another great plugin for WordPress SEO, it is also all in one and can perform better than All in One SEO pack it used perfectly.
    Social Plugins

    Better Related Content

    This plugin is very simple and lovable. It shows the most relevant content below every post when they are viewed by visitors.
    WordPress Social Ring

    This is an awesome plugin which shows the social sharing buttons below every post of your blog. In some templates, it can also be added to home page.
    WP Email-to-Facebook plugin

    This plugin sends your recently added post to your Facebook fan page or profile wall.
    YD Recent Posts with thumbnails

    I like this plugin and recommended to use. This plugin shows your most popular blog posts image thumbnails; same like Blogger blogs popular posts. It will add attractiveness to your WP blog.
     
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  3. LoftPower

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    These are very good tips that you have offered us :D
     
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    Thanks for the copy paste :)
     
  5. blogzandstuff

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    And the article was first done on the 22nd of October 2012 and OP probably thinks it's cutting edge!
     
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    Leading edge copy and paste job. Still some may find some value in this super poorly formatted OP.
     
  8. immaletyoufinish

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    To offer some actual real value in this thread:

    A "feature" in xmlrpc.php is being used to brute force a lot of wordpress installations at the moment and they are targeting everyone. Basically system.multicall in xmlrpc allows an attacker to attempt hundreds of logins with a single http request and the attackers are sending a request every few seconds. This often spikes CPU/Memory usage and crashes the Mysql process taking your website offline. If you see 'Error establishing a database connection' check /var/log/apache2/access.log for anything with /POST 1.1 xmlrpc.php. The best thing to do is disable it completely. Use .htaccess to deny all requests to xmlrpc.php. Some plugins rely on it, but it's a horrible thing that shouldn't exist and neither should those plugins. Use different ones. And use as little plugin as possible. They are also a big security risk as they are just written by random developers who know nothing about security and are often buggy due to a lack of quality control.

    Also to prevent SQL injection change the default table prefix of your database tables from wp_ to something random. Otherwise an attacker knows all your table names and that's a really bad bad position to be in. Especially when buggy plugin s written in isolation without any quality control by developers who don't know about security are allowed to talk directly to your database because everything is written in php.

    Honestly from a security standpoint wordpress is architected so badly it makes me cringe. Its actually just terrible.
     
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  9. Linkzo

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    Nice tips to have good content on word press blog and i appreciate you copy paste work:p:p
     
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    Nice copy paste.
     
  11. niche racer

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    Nice work. But instead of copy paste you can make it on your own words.
     
  12. adrianaaa

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    Great copy, I don't mind.
     
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    Caught red handed. Ouch! At least state the source OP.