Website Design Blog

Hints & Tips, Website design advice, plus the latest projects from Webomattic.

A Warning to Website Designers

The Approach: A few weeks ago I was contacted by somebody wanting me to quote for a new website. His name was Justin William. What was initially an innocent enquiry turned out to be a potential credit card scam that could have cost me £4000. I’ve posted my experiences here to publicise this kind of

Vinyl Directory is a new website designed to showcase vinyl record shops and to enable the promotion of record fairs and events worldwide. It was created as an experiment to explore the possibilities of the GeoDirectory plugin system, and to see discover whether it is ‘The Best Directory Plugin for WordPress’. Vinyl Directory Features Features

WordPress Tip #6 – Build a Wall

There’s bad people out there, people who will try and takeover your site. You need something to protect you, to keep potential threats at bay. That’s where Wordfence steps in… Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan Wordfence features a firewall and malware scanner to protect your WordPresssite . Wordfence uses with the newest firewall

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Discussion Settings WordPress is now used for much more than a blog. Themes are setup to utilise the post functionality in many ways. Bots exist which will bombard your site with spam links. You can blog these by default by unchecking the following: Settings > Discussion > Allow people to post comments on new articles

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It’s important to backup your site. You may find that something goes drastically wrong with your site and you need to restore your site. You may find there’s security issues, you may have been hacked. There’s many reasons why you may need to rollback your site. Install a backup plugin such as UpdraftPlus (other plugins are

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WordPress Tip #3 – Cookie Banner

If you own a website in the EU, or if your website is aimed at citizens in the EU, you need to compile with the law. If not you may risk enforcement action, and potentially fines. So what is a cookie? No it’s not some tasty morsel containing chocolate chips, these are small data files

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You username is public, it is part of your posts and pages. Making your admin data known helps bots find you, and can lead to increased brute force attempts on your site. If you publish your admin username everywhere it makes it easier for your site to be hacked. It makes sense to have multiple

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If your admin username is ‘admin’, change it. Even better, don’t have ‘admin’ as your admin name from the start. Straightaway this will add a layer of security to your site. Bots and scripts will then have to discover your username before they begin to guess your password. Brute force attempts at accessing your site

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