WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

Should I use WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

That is the question.
That people ask us.
A lot.

First – what is this “WordPress” thing?

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to build, update, and modify your website with no coding experience. Here are the main reasons we love WordPress:

1.    WordPress is free for blogging, and as a small business website.
2.    WordPress is easy to use for the novice, with no coding involved.
3.    WordPress has wonderful features like themes to enhance the look and plugins to broaden its functions.
4.    WordPress has an international group of programmers creating new and exciting additions to the basic design.
5.    WordPress will only get better over time, based on the history and popularity.

Let’s talk about “which” WordPress to use. There is a lot of confusion over whether to use WordPress.com or WordPress.org. Here’s a quick-and-dirty guide to helping you distinguish between the two, and to help you make the decision on if you should use WordPress.com or WordPress.org for your business.

So, we now know that “WordPress” refers to the free software that you can use to build and manage your website.

WordPress.org is the place to go get this software and use it.
Here is the overview of WordPress.org:

  • The software is free
  • You (or your web designer) can modify and change the look of your website to do really cool stuff
  • Total control:
    • Unlimited access to paid and free themes and plugins that you can use to enhance the look and functionality of your site to your heart’s content.
    • no ads (unless you put them there)
  • You need will need to host your site with a web host company (but the cost is negligible – i.e.: about $5-$7/month with our favorite host – bluehost.com.)
  • You need to manage your own backups (but there are free plugins that can help you do this)

WordPress.com uses the WordPress software to host free blogs and websites for anyone who signs up.
Here is the overview of WordPress.com:

  • There is a free option / level – nice for business owners who are not ready to invest in a website
  • Easy installation, and free hosting (But if you use the free service, your domain name will be: www.yourwebsite.wordpress.com… not exactly professional. (You can have a custom domain name, minus .wordpres.com, if you pay extra)
  • Spam protection, backups, automatic updates, and fairly secure.
  • Using the free version, you cannot fully customize your site (which, trust me, you will want to do at some point). You must choose from their themes that have limited functionality.
  • You can’t upload ANY plugin (they have a lot available to choose from, but it’s just a small representation of what is available out there).
  • You can’t upload your own theme – you must use one of theirs (but there are lots of good ones to choose from and may be fine for starting out)
  • They can add advertisements to your site if you are using the free level (you must pay to have these removed)

Here is more information on the cost and features of each wordpress.com level.

If you are getting ready to set up your business website, and are not sure which service to use – we can help!
Schedule your FREE Somebody-Just-Please-Tell-Me-What-The-Hell-To-Do-session, now.

How to Share & Send Big Files

How do I send a big file to someone? You know – like a big audio file, or video file, or the 600 pictures I took of our last vacation to Hawaii?”

This is a question we get asked a lot. Digital “stuff” is so easy to acquire these days, and sometimes we need to get our “stuff” into the hands of others. In our world over here, most people are still using Email to send things back and forth.

Why can’t I send big files using email?
The occastional Word doc, PowerPoint file, or picture of the kids is fine to send over email. Most email servers will allow files as big as 10MB to pass through just fine. It may be more (or less), depending on the email provider you use, but a 10MB limit is a good general “safe” rule to use when deciding if you want to send a file via email, or if you need to use something else.

A note for Gmail users – with gmail, you can send files up to 25MB in size *to other gmail users*. Note that even if you are sending from Gmail, which allows for 25MB files, and you are sending to a server that does not allow files that big, it will be rejected.

If you need to send a file bigger than 10MB, what do you do?

There are probably no less than 103 answers to this question, but really – you just need one solution, so we’ll keep it short.
Here are some options for sending big files to people:

1. Dropbox
Dropbox is a cloud-based file storage and sharing service that is easy to use, and just… works. You get up to 2GB of free file storage, and you can use it via a web browser, OR install an interface on your computer which allows you to interact with your cloud-based files as if they were right on your computer. Way cool. To share files with people, you can send them a private link to download the file, OR, you can share a folder with someone, and they can pick it up on their dropbox account. If you share files with the same people often, this is the one to use!

2. SendThisFile.com
This service is a file-sending service. It doesn’t store your files like dropbox – it just sends them for you. This service that allows you to send up to 2GB of files, free.

3. Box.com
Box.com is a file storage and sending service. You get 10 MB free, and it goes up from there! Like Dropbox, you can access your files on-demand from any of your devices if you set it up.

4. HighTail.com
If anything, hightail has a great video on the homepage, so you should check that out. This is another file sharing and storage service. You can share files up to 250MB, and like Dropbox, you get 2GB of free storage.

5. Google Drive
Let’s not forget about the Big G! Google Drive has basically annihilated / screwed the competition by its current offering of 100GB of storage for $1.99/mo. If you need cloud-based storage, get this! Google Drive also has a free storage up to 15GB. You can easily share files stored on your Google Drive, AND access any of your files stored there from any device. Pretty rad if you ask me (which, you sorta did, since you’re reading my blog post here).

So there you go – that should get you started!

My personal favorite solutions are Dropbox and Google Drive. What do you use? Let me know in the comments!

How to Blog Faster, Better & Easier in 1 Step

Let’s get something straight here.

I pretty much dislike this. (Writing, that is.)

It’s hard. It’s time consuming. And it’s essential to the growth of my business.
But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.

Many people find writing to be hard, time consuming, and yet essential to the growth of their business. (…is there an echo in here?)
Essential, how? You ask.

Well you know – you need content for:
– newsletters
– blogs
– SEO (so you can come up in Google searches)
– social media posts
– ebooks
– trainings
– video scripts
– landing pages
– your website
– etc.

Generally, you need content because people want to learn stuff from you. And reading things online is often how they do it.

And yeeeeees, you can delegate this.
But that’s not what this is about.

This is about you. And a keyboard. (Or a pen if you’re old school.)

So how do you get better at writing, when it takes 3 hours, or 3 days to write one perfectly crafted blog post?

Here is my 1-step formula for getting better at writing:
– You gotta write. Every. Single. Day.

Cool.

Wait, whaaaat?

Yea, that sucks, I know.
Well, “they” say that writing is a muscle. And we all know what happens to muscles when we don’t use them.

Yup.

So – you gotta exercise, my friend. Or, actually, WE have to exercise. We can do this. Together.

Stumped on where to begin?

Check out HubSpots Blog Topic Generator

How rad is THAT?

Do You Still Think No One is Trying to Hack Into Your Site?

Guest post by Sable Cantus.

With all the press about wordpress security and botnet attacks, it can be difficult to put perspective on what that means to me as a wordpress user. I can download logs from my host. I can check the blocked IP list in my various plugins.

I recently installed WP Security Audit Log on my site. Here is a screen shot from this morning.

 

Take a close look at that audit trail. The log is almost completely filled with “Failed Login detected using…” Then there are a few usernames they are trying. “admin”, “administrator”, and the domain name, over and over again. From varying IP addresses.

This is not one person sitting at a computer launching some script on my site. This is a globally distributed attack looking for generic admin usernames and weak passwords. This is how many sites are “hacked” into. The tyranny of the default.

Where are these attacks coming from?

Of course, my first instinct was to use apache’s .htaccess file to block ip addresses and ranges. That didn’t work because, as you can see in the screen shot, the attacks aren’t coming from a single ip range. I thought I would look at a few of those addresses using LocateIPAddress.net.

217.91.109.227 – Germany
91.82.196.36 – Hungary
96.56.113.123 – New York
217.91.37.3 – Germany
118.172.199.204 – Thailand
91.185.3.146 – Kazakhstan
118.172.201.47 – Thailand

Just the top seven and each IP was from a different host in varying countries around the world that aren’t affiliated with this site.

What can we do about this?

The first thing to do is update. Especially the security releases. WordPress, plugins, and themes should be upgraded regularly. You should also have a reliable and automated backup system.

There are plenty of great security tips around the web that go into great detail so I’ll sum up a few of my approaches here. Assuming automated backups and regular updating:

9 Things Never to Say to Your Graphic Designer

by Go2Girls graphic designer LeAnne Wilson

There are many reasons to hire an expert; someone who really knows what she is doing and can help you reach your goals in a cost-effective manner. Now, when I say an expert is “cost-effective,” I don’t mean cheap; I mean the person you hire for her expertise will save you time, do the job you hired her to do, and will deliver your project on time. That will save you money in the long run, which is the very definition of cost-effective.

Look at it this way; you’re an expert in your field, right? Are you worth the fees you charge, or are you cheap? Would you rather be known as “the cheapest,” or would you rather be known as the best – and worth it?

Hiring a graphic designer is no different; especially when it comes to designing your website – where the goal is to make an impression, build brand identity, create traffic, and make sales. Helping you accomplish these goals requires the help of an expert, and you can’t afford to hire just anyone to help you get there.

And, when you hire an expert, it’s important to know how to get the most out of your relationship. So, here are the 9 things you should never say to your graphic designer. Avoid these at all costs:

“I’m not sure what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it.”

I believe that there is a direct relationship between great design and great client input. The more information you can provide about your business, your goals, your target market, your preferred design aesthetic, and your brand, the better I will be able to create something you will love.

With that in mind, before tackling most design projects, I like to meet with clients via a kick-off call; which is a key part of the information gathering and research process. Take some time to think about your brand, your marketing plan, and your business – you’ll find that the time you invest at the beginning of the project will pay off later, when you see a design that makes your heart smile.

“I don’t have the content yet, but how about you play around with the design?”

The more I understand the content of your opt-in page, website, newsletter or publication, the better I am able to communicate effectively and successfully through the design. A good design helps to communicate ideas and it really supplements copy – otherwise, it’s not design, it’s just decoration.

“How about you send me the file and I’ll play around with the layout for a bit, and send it back to you when I’m done?”

You’re working with a graphic designer because we have the knowledge, skills, and experience in the industry to put together high-quality work for you. Use us; take advantage of our knowledge and experience. In the long run, you’ll be happy you did.

“Don’t worry about making it look great – just spend 15 minutes on it and send it back to me so I can see where the design is heading.”

The whole idea behind graphic design is to make things look great. Often, the beginning stages of a layout are the most time-consuming ones. If you don’t want to worry about making things look great – don’t work with a graphic designer.

Maybe you can hire your nephew, the one who “knows about computer stuff” instead.

“I want my design to look exactly like this website.”

While it is absolutely helpful to have you point to site designs that you love, you shouldn’t want your design to look exactly like anyone else’s. Your brand and your design should tie in with your marketing goals, your business plan, and your target audience. Mimicking someone else’s website is not only unethical; it also assumes that your business strategy is the same as that of another company! Is it? Is it really?

“Can you make my logo bigger on my website?”

Your logo doesn’t necessarily have to be huge to be noticed and, while your logo is important, it shouldn’t be the focal point of your website.

Your website will convey what you do, how you do it, and how incredibly great you are at doing it, while making your logo bigger, doesn’t mean your company is better. Remember, your logo is just one part of your brand – other parts include typefaces and corporate colors. Simply make sure your logo is legible and works well within the proposed design, and that other parts of your brand are reflected on the site, too; that is a winning combination.

“Can you just make this quick change?  It won’t take too long.”

Oftentimes, non-designers imagine that any design change is a quick and easy one. For example, imagine I have designed a header for your site that integrates your copy in a beautifully balanced way. You love the design, but now you’ve decided you want the headline copy changed. I can’t just spend a quick 5 minutes to simply edit the copy. I will need to go in and re-work the layout of the copy, working to achieve the balance that you loved in the original design. I don’t mind doing so, but I do want you to know that it takes time to do so.

“I need the design done in Word so I can make the changes myself.”

Graphic designers use programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign because they are meant for design. While Microsoft Word is a fabulous program for basic word processing, it is not a design program. In fact, I find it infinitely more time-consuming to attempt to do a layout in a word processing program than the design programs I am used to working with, as I don’t have the flexibility I need to create a truly great design for you.

“Just grab my logo from my website and use it on my business cards.”

The logo from your website is not going to be high enough quality to use on your business cards. Your website logo is most likely a 72 dpi image, while designers need to incorporate high-resolution images (optimally 300 dpi) for print purposes.

Not to get too technical – but – when working with a designer in branding efforts, be sure to get your logo in a high-resolution format, as well as .EPS/vector files, if possible. EPS/vector files are fully scalable, meaning there is no loss of quality when you scale an EPS/vector file up or down in size. When working with a design professional, logos are created in vector-based programs such as Adobe Illustrator, where it is easy to save out EPS or even native .AI files. Don’t worry that you won’t be able to open these files; designers or print vendors will be able to open your files, and will be super happy you have them!

When you hire a graphic designer, or any other expert for that matter, the best thing you can do for yourself – and her – is to simply let her know what you’re looking for, then sit back and let her do the work you hired her to do. It’ll be much less stressful for everyone involved, and changes can always be made later.

To vs. Too vs. Two

Grammar… It’s one of those things that your high school English teacher said was soooo important. And… turns out it is. But really, how could you have known?

After all, the math teacher was pushing that whole “geometry thing”, and when have you ever used THAT? (Okay, well my husband IS pretty rad when it comes to packing up the car, but there is no scientific proof it is directly related to high school math).

Anyway, studies have been shown that kittens and children generate the most attention on the web, so since I don’t have any kittens, Here is an explanation of how to properly use the word “too”, by Jacob, Age 6.

To summarize:

Too: Also, or excessive.

To: refers to a place, direction, or position. It is also used before the verb in an infinitive.

Two: This is a number. 

Your Teleseminar Launch Checklist

by Go2Girls Launch Expert Kim Larocque

A teleseminar is a great way to educate your audience, build your reputation as an expert in your field – and sell more products, services, or programs. Since your audience is already interested in what you have to offer, the personal appeal of a teleseminar is a powerful way to connect with your audience and build rapport and your credibility.

A teleseminar launch is basically a conference call (usually called a “preview call”,  and also usually free) followed by an offer. Say you’re selling a new product or program; you will host a free call on a topic related to your product or program and then, at the end of the call, you’ll make your offer for people to buy your program or speak with you further. You will then promote your offer to those who attended the call for a few more weeks after the call. This is a popular – and effective – way to sell coaching programs.

What you need to do to launch your teleseminar

A teleseminar launch requires at least five weeks of prep time – so, five weeks right up until the call. You will spend the first few weeks preparing all of your presentation pieces (sharpen your pencil…or… you know… your keyboard) – there is lots of writing to do!) and then, the next two weeks will be spent promoting your call.

  • During weeks 1-3 you will schedule your bridge line, set up your landing page, and set up your autoresponder email with the call-in details.
  • You will also write and schedule all of your social media posts and promotional emails.
  • If you have an affiliate program, you will also want to send out a few emails urging your affiliates to promote your teleseminar for you. It’s best to include some swipe copy for them to use as well.
  • The final two week period before your preview call, you will send out your promotional emails and continue to create buzz on your social media channels.

The 5-Step Teleseminar Checklist

There are five main pieces you need to have in place to ensure the success of your teleseminar, including the following:

  1. Landing Page – This page describes the benefits of the call and asks the reader to opt-in or register in order to get the call-in details
  2. Bridge Line – This is your teleconference service
  3. Email Marketing Service – A service such as Aweber or iContact will make your email campaign automated, with tracking results and follow-ups built right in
  4. Social Media Posts – You will want to promote your call on all of your social media channels
  5. Sales Page – This is where you’ll send folks to buy your product or service

There are many different ways you can go about launching your teleseminar, and all of them should be tailored to your particular audience. An aggressive email campaign might work for one person’s list but not for another, as their list isn’t used to hearing from that person as often. Look at it as an organic process, and always be ready to make changes based on the response you are getting.

The success of your launch event really depends on your marketing efforts, and what opportunities you take advantage of. If you have a large list of responsive followers this may not be a problem for you, but if you are still trying to build your business, and your list, this may not be enough.

Having an affiliate program and joint venture partners in some cases can be crucial to the success of your launch. You should always be building a network of referral partners, people who are willing to help you promote your business even as you help them promote theirs, in order to grow your business.

If you are looking for help with a new teleseminar launch, get in touch with the pros at Your Go to Girls today.

The Case for Infusionsoft

There are lots of opinions out there on the best email marketing and shopping cart systems to use. Infusionsoft is one of them – I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Some people love Infusionsoft. Some people hate it. And some people spend their every free moment obsessing over how cool it is. Our resident Go2Girls Infusionsoft expert is the last one, and she is going to try and convert us share some of the cool features and things thing you can do with the powerhouse that is Infusionsoft.


by Go2Girls Technical Expert – Melissa Sullivan

I’m not going to tell you about what functions Infusionsoft has to offer. You can take the online demo to find that out. Instead, I am going to tell you about what you can DO with Infusionsoft (IS) that will save you time, money, and frustration – and how it will help you fine-tune your marketing plan to generate the most revenue possible.

We’ve built everything you need—CRM, e-commerce, social media and email marketing—into a single, powerful system that automatically converts leads into new customers and grows sales from existing ones. So you can focus on your business or your life. Or both. Imagine that.” ~ Infusionsoft website

Because I don’t want to keep you too long (and believe me, I could go on forever about IS), I am breaking this into a series. So, with each article in the series, we will focus on a specific part of the average back-office setup of the coaching scene; how you can automate, streamline, and effectivize (yep, made that word up, which is why it’s bolded) the way you run your business.

First, let’s discuss the keystone of every business – marketing. To make the differences clear, I’m going to compare how non-IS users currently do business, and then I am going to tell you what it’s like using IS.

Email Open Rates:

The OLD WAY – You kinda’ sorta’ think that an email blast is pretty much done and everyone has opened the email after about a day or two, right? That’s what you heard anyway. So, you wait a day or two before actually expecting finalized results. You login and there you are staring, at two metrics, one that is the open rate and one that is the percentage. End of story. No idea WHO opened it – or WHO clicked WHICH links. But hey, I guess that’s enough. WRONG!

The IS Way – You log in and right there on your dashboard you see a running, real-time tally of exactly which contact is opening the email. Literally, as we speak! It’s like watching the stock market ticker! Then, you click on an arrow next to their name and see exactly which links in your Ezine they clicked on. Then, you happen to notice that while most of the people are opening from yesterday’s email, you also see that a lot of people are opening emails from last week. Hmmmm … So it seems that people need more than a couple of days, more like a week, to respond to offers in emails … Interesting!

So, why is this important? – Ok, so this is enough to make me all giddy because I am a TRACKER. I have to track and analyze EVERYTHING, looking for RESULTS. But you might not be so enamored with this. So imagine you are getting ready to launch a campaign. Before, you would be cool with sending a final reminder of that last special offer before the actual launch two days before it begins. That’s PLENTY of time, right?

Hmmmm … After you realize that, on average, it’s taking almost a week for email opens to start dying down, you realize that a day or two is clearly not enough time. So those last minute habits (and don’t worry, you aren’t the only one) have to hit the curb. Because, what good does it do anyone to have a coupon code to entice last minute buyers when, NOT ONLY is the coupon code expired by the time they click the link, but the program has already begun? How many potential buyers did you lose?

Hey, if that is not enough to get you excited, let’s talk about the next super-cool thing about IS. A very important, special, and magical word called a “tag.” This is a super-awesome thing in Infusionsoft that allows you to SUPER segment your list. Segmenting may not sound cool, but I’m going to show you how sexy it can be. So let’s go into the comparison and I’ll explain more.

Using tags in Infusionsoft

using tags in infusionsoftThe OLD Way – You send out an email blast but you need to know who wants to attend a call, or maybe you want them to download something, but you want to know WHO downloads it so you can send a follow-up later, right? Unless you create a form for everything you want to track (or in some software create an ad tracker which is pretty useless by comparison), you won’t be able to track WHO is interested in WHAT. Instead, you peg your list constantly with forms they have to keep filling out, over and over again. For you, it’s simply a way to get them the info they want, right? Because if you are sending an email to them they are ALREADY on your list, so it’s not beneficial to you. But for them, it’s an annoyance – It’s a deterrent – It’s a reason NOT to respond. Plus, you wind up with 500 bucket lists that all have pretty much the same people in them, cluttering up your nicely organized space (or you wish it was).

The IS Way – With IS, you create your email. Then you create … (You know what’s coming!)… Tags to apply to every person that clicks a link. So instead of, “Hey, you want to join my call? Then “fill out this form.” YUCK! You have a nice little phrase like, “Hey, click this link and you will automatically receive the call-in information. No forms to fill out, I promise!”

Suddenly, worrying about losing them at the opt-in, or that they may never get to the “Thank you” page, is a thing of the past. You can use that tag as a catalyst to immediately begin a campaign sequence. Now just sit there for a second and consider that. Consider the possibilities of that. A follow-up campaign, as big or small as you want, starts immediately; simply from them clicking a link, since it already knows their email address.

Or, I’ve used it to simply get feedback. For instance, here is a real life example of the power of tags:

We sent out a broadcast launching a new program. We tracked who clicked the link to go to the Sales Page. We gave it a week, and then did a search by selecting who went to the Sales Page (using tags) but did NOT purchase. We took that list and sent them another email and said, “Yo’, how come you didn’t buy?” We also created the following links:

“Not enough money?”

“I need to make payments.”

“I have a question, please call me!”

Those who clicked on the “Not enough money?” link were automatically sent to a lower priced product. People who clicked on “I need to make payments” were sent to a payment plan. Those that clicked on the “I have a question, please call me!” link were sent to our scheduler … etc., etc. No forms, no muss, no fuss. Talk about COOL!

I’m sure you can see the vast possibilities and FUN you could have with that capability. Talk about targeting your markets!

So … That must be pretty complicated to set up, right? You probably need to know code.

NOT! It’s as simple as clicking a button, deciding what you want to name the tag, and make sure it’s associated with a campaign (I’ll get into how awesome campaigns are in another article), “Thank you” page, or webpage. It’s as simple as that. Uber-effective marketing like you would never have imagined!

Be on the lookout for the next email with more neat tricks in Infusionsoft to revolutionize your back office. Want us to whip your Infusionsoft into shape for you? Contact us and we can hook you up! It’s time to divide (i.e., segment) and conquer!

What to do when your WordPress website has been hacked

So, even after all of that work you’ve done to prevent being hacked; even after all of the great website hacking prevention information we’ve shared with you in previous posts on WordPress website hacking, your WordPress site got hacked anyway. “Now what the H… do I do?” Right?

What to do when your WordPress website gets hacked

Hey, it happens to the best of us. These days, everyone is vulnerable to hacking of some type. Since WordPress is, by far, the most popular CMS on the internet, it makes for an easy target. And, since we’re all smart enough to use the best website platform out there, we become vulnerable too. So, what to now…

  1. Don’t panic. (Have a glass of wine if you begin to panic… or, you know… for the woo-woo types – meditate.)
  2. Remember – you have a backup in place. (Please tell me that by Article 4 you DO HAVE a backup in place. I mean, really, some of you are sooooo hard-headed.)
  3. Examine your options for restoring your website.
    • For a complete website take-down, use your Backup Plugin, such as Backup Buddy (or whatever backup option you’ve chosen) and do a site restore. Boom, Done – you’ll be up and running again in less than 30 minutes.
      • After you do your site restore, please go change your FTP password, just in case.
    • If you suspect that a hacker has installed malware on your machine, you should first confirm your suspicion by going here and doing a free site scan: http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/. If you find that malware has been installed by a hacker, you have two choices:
      • You can simply delete everything and restore from your backup.
      • OR, it the thought of wiping things clean and doing the restore yourself (or at all) makes you reach for the bottle of wine AGAIN, sucuri.net will clean your site for you (for about $80). They will have you up and running in no time, AND will continue to monitor your site for a full year afterward (and fix any other malware problems you have for the rest of the year). <— This is a seriously AWESOME service.
  4. Now, check your computer. If your website has been infected, it makes a great deal of sense to check your machine for infection as well. Run a scan and make sure you’ve installed all available updates like we talked about in Article 3.

Getting your website hacked is no picnic, believe me; BUT, it is survivable. All you really have to do is follow the suggestions we’ve offered in this series of articles on WordPress website hacking, and you should be golden – even if you do happen to get attacked.

Just make sure you keep that bottle of wine nearby.

Simple Steps to take to Prevent WordPress Website Hacking

So far in this series on WordPress website security we’ve explained the increase in WordPress hacking and how to discover if you’ve been hacked. We’ve also shared with you the importance of backing up your WP website, allowing you to recover if you should be so unfortunate as to be the target of hackers. In this post, we’re going to share some important steps you can take – on-site and on your machine – to make your website as secure as possible.

As always, DO NOT let yourself to think, “It won’t happen to me.” Probably 95% of the WP sites that have been hacked were run by people who thought the same thing. Don’t fall into this false sense of security.

Tips to keep your WordPress website secure

If you take care of your website, it will take care of you. To begin caring for your WordPress website, follow these simple steps:

#1. Secure things online:

    1. Update WordPress as soon as an update is published
    2. Update all plugins as soon as an update is published
      • Not only will the updates to WordPress and your plugins include new features, they are also pushed out with security patches to cover known vulnerabilities.
    3. Change your default username – do NOT use admin
      • The username “admin” is the most common username that hackers attack.
    4. Choose a new – more secure – password
      • The most common passwords – your child’s name or birth date, the word “password,” or the numerals “1234” are the least secure, most commonly hacked passwords used. To check the strength of your new password, use the Microsoft Password Checker. It’s FREE.
    5. Delete inactive, unused plugins
    6. Delete inactive, unused themes
      • Since you’re not using these plugins and themes it is un likely you will update them regularly. This can make you vulnerable to a hacking attack, leaving one more door open to potential hackers.
    7. Delete all default posts and comments, for example the “Hello world!” post that comes standard with all new WordPress sites.
    8. Remove the “Powered by WordPress” footer
      • Nothing says “I’m a newbie to WordPress, please hack me,” like leaving these telltale posts up on your site.
    9. Install a security plugin, such as the “Limit login attempts” plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/.

#2. Secure things on your computer:

    1. Virus protection for your computer is vital to your online security. Make sure it is up-to-date and that it is actually running as you work.
    2. Update your browser for increased security.
    3. Update your computer’s operating system to ensure it is running the latest version – with the latest security patches.

Updates are critical to the security of your digital environment. You simply cannot afford to ignore them, since virtually every update you receive will include a security fix, or patch. This includes your personal computer, servers, and your website. If you stay up-to-date on all updates, you can make it nearly impossible for a hacker to take down your WordPress website.