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WordPress Security Hardening - Steps You Can Do Now!
Although Wordpress is clearly the most popular Content Management System (CMS) online today, it is unfortunately not impenetrable and is still prone to security holes and leaks, which can never be completely patched. We have been in the business of Wordpress long enough to know all the loops as well as the hackers themselves. If you are using the top Wordpress practice methods that the experts use, than you will be able to ensure that most of the attacks will be minimal and won’t affect your website. It's best to split the security analysis into chunks, make sure you are using the most effective methods of security and use a "checklist" for your websites so you can easily apply it to new projects. The main security components can be divided into two groups: Server Level - Includes securing OS (Linux and Windows) Software level (WordPress) Server Level - Includes: Securing OS (Linux and Windows) Make sure the host is using some form of Anti-virus/Anti-malware software. Catching viruses, trojans and malware is best done on server level, which is the most powerful form of protection.When possible, use dedicated as opposed to shared hosting, compromising one website on a shared server is a sure way to opening doors to all of the others. If you are looking for reliable sharing or dedicated server, we offer both. Find shared hosting at: (http://hosting.nuesion.net/) and dedicated hosting at: (http://www.nuesion.net/services/dedicated-servers/) Securing Web server for Apachee Through .htaccess file we can secure server folders that don’t need to be able to execute php files inside them: #PROTECT [Directory Name] <Files *.php> Order Allow, Deny Deny from all </Files> Use a firewall if available. Securing database (MySQL) Database hacking is the worst method that can hit users because with injection attacks, theres nothing to stop a hacker from totally corrupting or deleting a database and website. When hit by a database attack, a user can never be totally confident that even after cleaning, it will be completely secure again. It is the most vulnerable attack because code can often be hidden into the database and executed on the hacker’s call. Use separate databases for each WP installation. One of the most basic methods of database defense is by simply giving databases a strong, undetectable name. Using a unique name with prefixes gives the user an advantage so that the hackers targeting won’t be able to locate the database. For example, instead of using a name like “WP_USERS” you would use a complex title such as: "jdHJbdiO49#4hsHwp_users)”. Securing PHP PHP as a language is not an airtight security precaution so using best practice methods when coding is of vital importance. Also, make sure that proper .ini files are set, and those files are placed in a secure webserver space. Software level (Wordpress) Securing Themes Make sure you are using themes that come from reliable sources only. Also ensure that the themes use the proper security methods with web forms, such as no un-checked fields. Also, communication with databases, not directly but through WP database API. If you are looking for a safe, state-of-the-art theme we offer custom themes that are ready made for your use or can create one from scratch. Make sure that you sanitize/escape all theme input/output fields, these are fiields that read/write to DB and browser. If you follow the options given, the only other method of someone hacking your theme is if you have some custom code or feature that doesn't adhere to the best practices. Securing Plugins When choosing plugins, pick the ones that are widely used, updated and have strong support from the developer. Nothing can break a WP website as easy as a bad plugin. Never use a plugin for inserting/executing code into pages and accessing DB. When creating inhouse plugins use best measures to secure them and write them "by the book" (use nonce fields, skip remote file inclusion etc, !!!USE CODEX!!! guidelines https://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_a_Plugin). If you are still having plug-in trouble, you can reach out to us for assistance, we've created custom plugins for many clients so we will save you the work and effectively manage your plug-in for you. Securing End User Do not use ADMIN, ROOT, or any of the known and widely used usernames because it makes the "bruteforce" attack easier. Make sure to use password managers so that client can use generic but strong passwords without having to remember it or write it down. ALWAYS use all possible characters in a password (UPPERcase, lowercase, numbers, special characters...), or better yet - let the password manager generate it and save it. Use the lowest possible user access, for example, when adding content on the website the client doesn’t use an Administrator account than they can use the editor option. Use some form of "Login lockdown" plugin to prevent hackers from brute forcing their way in which increases timeout between every unsuccessful login. As always, we’re available to help with your WordPress Development. Doesn’t matter if its before you begin your site, if you’re halfway through it with another developer or its a completed site that is or isn’t showing signs of distress.... we can help. Contact us before things can get worst.
Celebrating Nuesion’s 10th Anniversary
Wow, the Internet sure moves fast! Luckily, here at Nuesion, we move faster. With our cell phones these days, we can update sites, text a Tweet and respond to a Facebook fan inquiry in warp-speed! Thanks to WordPress feed integration, we’ve blasted every channel of media online in faster than you can bat an eyelash. We’re down with The Cloud. We’re slinging YouTube Videos and helping making Internet memes. We’ve got people writing, designing and collaborating on projects from all over the U.S. to offer you the best. But you know what? Let’s move faster. We’re ready for the next latest greatest technology. WHAT WAS THE INTERNET LIKE BACK IN 2001? Back when we first got started in May of 2001, the Dot Com Bubble was rapidly deflating. We were smart enough to wait until the Y2K panic had settled, but apparently we dove into the market at a tumultuous time nonetheless! Imagine… back then, AOL and Time Warner hadn’t even merged yet! YouTube didn’t exist for another 4 years! Facebook and Twitter were barely conceptualized… think about it: Mark Zuckerburg was only 17 years old when we first started designing small business websites! Wikipedia and Nuesion started the same year. In those days, people were using PDAs, not Smartphones. Only 58.5 percent of Americans even used the Internet one year after we began our enterprise. We were using Dial-Up servers, for crying out loud. That’s how old we are. Dinosaurs. TRENDS MAY COME & GO… BUT NUESION IS HERE TO STAY! Here at Nuesion, we are really appreciative of making it this far. We’ve even outlasted the popularity of Justin Bieber (… wait, what? Its not over yet?) The Recession was kind to us, bringing more business than we expected, and we’ve been able to successfully adapt and remain relevant no matter how many new trends arise. Thinking back over the last 10 years, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved and the countless small businesses we’ve helped saddle up for the wild ride. We feel it’s important to keep track of milestones. They can really help you get excited about your business again and ignite some passion, whether you’re a start-up business who made it 5 years, an existing business that is beginning a new decade, or even a totally lackluster business that’s made you richer than you ever imagined! We LOVE WHAT WE DO and we convey this passion when we talk with you… You can’t imagine what’s available for your success until we all connect and share. IN CONCLUSION, WE DON’T FEEL SMUG AT ALL IN WISHING OURSELVES A HAPPY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY… AFTER ALL, THAT’S LIKE 70 IN INTERNET YEARS!
Register Your Domain Cheaper Than GoDaddy!
For the month of June 2011, we’re pleased to announce the best price domain for LESS than popular sites like GoDaddy, HostGator, Network Solutions, Yahoo, Register.com and others! HERE’S THE PROBLEM WITH GODADDY, HOSTGATOR & OTHERS… Don’t get suckered in by lowest price domain name deals that are jacked up at renewal time. If you were to register your domain with Yahoo, for instance, you might find their registration prices divine. “Wow, just $9.95 per year??” you might ask. Now fast-forward one year’s time and suddenly you have to pay a hefty domain renewal fee of $34.95 per year! What a racket! SEE HOW WE COMPARE When you join Nuesion, you get the lowest price domain registration with no hidden renewal fees at the end of the term. WHY JOIN NUESION? With Nuesion Web Services, you're with a team that is actively looking out for you! You’ll be assigned a Web Marketing Specialist who will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology trends. It’s like having your own in-house Social Media & IT staff! You’ll receive 24/7 email and phone support, so you’re never in the dark. We offer exactly the same services as all the other hosting and domain companies cheaper. Our company has 10 years of domain and hosting experience, so you can count on us. READY TO GET STARTED? Its real simple, first ask yourself which of these situations are you in: Need to register a new domain. Have domain registered elsewhere (like Yahoo, Network Solutions, etc) but want to transfer to Nuesion. Current customer of Nuesion with domains and need to renew them. In any of these cases, you can still enjoy our low price domain names. Here’s how: Visit www.Nuesion.net and register your new domain or call us at 800-870-3721 Even if you have a domain and website running, we can still transfer it so you can get the best prices with Nuesion. Call us at 800-870-3721 so we can handle the process. If you’re an existing Nuesion customer, just login to your account at www.Nuesion.net and renew your domains. Or feel free to call us at 800-870-3721 and we can take care of it on the phone. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR BEST PRICE DOMAIN REGISTRATION? GET STARTED DOMAIN-NAMES.NUESION.NET OR CALL 1-800-870-3721 AND GET WORLD CLASS SERVICE FOR THE LOWEST PRICE! Register Domain Name
Groupon Wordpress - Groupon Clone & Group Buying Script - We Can Develop For You
There is no denying the popularity of GroupBuy sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and so many more. We've been approached by many clients about creating a group buying site like these. There is still room for Group Buying sites targeting niche categories. We've already created group buying sites like groupon clones and groupon scripts. We can do the same for you. We're a big advocate for WordPress and now integrating Group Buying features. WordPress allows for incredible customization and reducing cost and time for development. Our custom group buying sites include: Custom Layout Design Membership Administration Offer Deals in multiple cities or categories Connect Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, and more Take payments with Credit Cards (straight to your bank accounts), PayPal, Google Checkout and more Email Marketing Feature (send out with each deal posting Allow Rebate System to build your customer base Incredible Search Engine Optimization features that we've mastered with all our WordPress experience As mentioned earlier, there is still a lot of room for niche group buying sites. You may have your own idea, already have a site with lots of users and want to monetize that traffic, or looking for a new online business opportunity. Give us a call, we can help with your ideas. We look forward to be apart of your success. Contact us today to get started.
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20 Jan 2012 | Houston Host |
Choosing a Houston host is the very foundation of your online strategy because, let’s face it: if your website is not live, nothing else matters! Small websites can occasionally get away with small outages, but imagine what would happen if Facebook, Amazon, or Google itself went down for even a day? There would be mass […]
25 Jun 2011 | Web Marketing Tips |
CONNECT WORDPRESS TO YOUR WORLD The success of your social networks depends upon proper integration with your existing network of websites, blogs and sales pages. The goal is to create one cohesive branding experience that your customers can connect with whichever way they feel most comfortable. Some people check their Facebook fanatically, while others prefer […]
The other day, we overheard someone say, “He’s definitely a Bro… but he’s not a BRO Bro, you know?” While we honestly had no idea what this girl was talking about, we got the overall gist of what she was saying. It was just her way of saying this guy was alright in her books. […]