Is your blog infected with malware? Find out right now with a free scan from Sucuri.

sucuri-logoIf you run a blog, chances are you’re concerned about it getting hacked and infected with malware. And in this day and age, that is a very valid concern.

Hackers and scammers are always probing blogs for security weaknesses, and if they find one they can quickly gain access to your blog’s server and install malware that will turn your blog into a vehicle for distributing all kinds of nefarious code to your blog visitors’ computers. [Continue Reading]

Why I use VaultPress to back up my WordPress blogs

vaultpress-logoIf you run a WordPress blog, you have probably spent a lot of time thinking about what would happen if your blog got hacked or your server’s hard drive crashed?

I know I have, and it isn’t a very pleasant thing to think about.

I used to literally lie awake at night thinking about what I would do if one of my blogs ever went down and I had to restore it. How long would the restore process take?

Before long I would start wondering if a full restore would even be possible with the backup sets that I had on hand? Even worse, what if I were to discover that something had happened to my backup set and it wouldn’t work at all? [Continue Reading]

How to keep your WordPress blog free of broken links

wordpress-logoBroken links are a blogger’s worst nightmare. In addition to providing your blog’s visitors with a poor user experience, they also give your blog a bad reputation with the major search engines, and your search rankings can suffer as a consequence.

Even worse, if you sell advertising on your blog, broken links also make your ad space less valuable.

Tracking down broken links used to involve a boatload of manual labor. We had to visit each page and post and click on all the links to see if they were still valid. But now a nifty WordPress plugin called Broken Link Checker makes it easy to find all the broken links on your entire blog without lifting a finger. [Continue Reading]

How to quickly fix a WordPress blog that was broken by installing a new plugin

wordpress-logoIf you run a WordPress blog, chances are you will install a new plugin that “breaks” your blog at some point. Trust me, it happens to most all of us at one time or another.

I remember the first time it happened to me…

Immediately after the bad plugin was installed, the screen turned solid white and displayed an error message. I couldn’t even get previously viewed pages to load by pressing my browser’s “Back” button!

Worse still, I couldn’t remove the bad plugin via the WordPress Dashboard because it wouldn’t load either! My heart sunk because I just knew I had broken my blog for good. [Continue Reading]

Add super-secure Two-Factor Authentication to your WordPress blog in 5 minutes!

If you own and/or maintain a blog built on the popular WordPress platform you probably worry that a hacker could break into your blog’s admin section and take over your blog at any time.

And with hackers attacking blogs right and left these days, you are definitely right to be worried about the security of your blog!

A while back I wrote a post explaining how to set up Two-Factor Authentication on WordPress by installing the popular Duo Security plugin, but I stopped recommending that method after I was unable to resolve several serious issues I was having with it.

After removing the Duo plugin I started looking around for an alternative. I quickly found a plugin/service called Clef Security that turned out to be nothing short of amazing. [Continue Reading]

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