Scripted websites/ blogs using WordPress are becoming more and more common. And as such they are becoming ever more tempting targets for hackers and trashers. It might be something as simple as putting a picture on your site that goes “phhpttttt!!! I was here!” Or it might go so far as to taking over your site, denying you access to it and then holding your site for ransom. Malicious code can be placed on your site that might infect visitors’ computers and not the least of your worries, get you banned by the search engines. [Read more…] about 10 Steps to WordPress Security Protection
So what the heck is a Permalink and why do I care?
Until fairly recently, when you looked at the top of your browser, where you can type in the URLs of sites you want to visit, what you saw up there likely made sense. If you were on the site’s “About” page, at the end of the URL you probably saw … /about.html. If you were on the “Contact” page it said /contact.html. Made sense, didn’t it?
When WordPress is installed, it has a number of items that are set up generically. In this lesson I’ll go through some of the items you should take care of. Basic Housekeeping, as it were.
When your WordPress was installed you may or may not (depends on your webhost) have been prompted to supply a user name and password. WP will automatically give you a username of “admin” and a complex password if you are not asked to supply them. You should enter your own easy to remember username and password if requested.
Do you have a question about WordPress? Is there something that you want to do with your site that you can’t figure out how to do? A problem?
Ask The Web Mechanic!
On Wednesdays I will take questions and provide answers to your WordPress questions. You can fix many of the problems you might have with WordPress yourself, given a point in the right direction. Some problems may need “professional help”… I’ll let you know that as well.
Recently someone I know had a problem with her new blog. She was happy with it and then a friend told her that the blog wasn’t working and that nothing could be seen. The problem? Her WordPress blog worked fine… in her Firefox browser. But in Internet Explorer, it was broken… Text was missing, funny code-like stuff like
"<!--[endif]-->" is displayed, etc.