WordPress Hacked

We’re not going to say that you can make your WordPress website completely impregnable, but there are a few simple things you can do to make it less likely to be targeted:

  1. Make sure your passwords are strong
    Do not use weak passwords such as dictionary words, always make sure that your password contains numbers, punctuation and both lower and upper case characters. The easiest way you can do this is to think of a song lyric that you will never forget and use that.
  2. Delete admin accounts that are not used or needed
    Do not keep  user accounts that have administrator privileges if they are not used or needed, they are a risk as they provide potential hackers with another possible avenue into your control panel. Don’t worry about losing content that these user accounts have created, when deleting you can assign all content to another existing user.
  3. Secure your Admin account
    It’s one thing to make sure you have a strong password but if your administrator account has the default “admin” username then this just makes it that much easier for hackers to try to brute force the password. If they don’t know the username, the password is even more secure!
  4. Make sure your WordPress installation is up-to-date
    Wordpress updates are released for two reasons; to release new features and to fix known problems. The latter is extremely important. You should update WordPress whenever possible (making sure your theme and plugins are compatible with the new version) as this will make sure that known vulnerabilities in the core system are patched and potential threats avoided.
  5. Keep your plugins in check
    If you’re not using a plugin then deactivate it, preferably deleting it as well. Unused plugins can be a security liability if not updated and may even slow your website down. If your plugin has an update, make sure it’s installed. Out-of-date plugins may contain security flaws.

Don’t forget that when performing any changes to your website you should make sure that you first have an up-to-date backup of your files and database in case something goes wrong.

We hope these tips help you keep your website secure and give you piece of mind.

Energy and Enterprise Initiative

We’ve been very busy the last couple of weeks working with Tommy from Rockett Creative on a new web site for the Energy and Enterprise Initiative based at the Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) in the Department of Communication, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia.

Tommy asked us to realise his design as a WordPress theme so that his clients in the USA could easily update all aspects of the site including embedded Vimeo videos, text sliders, news and future events.

The web site went live today and we were described as the “Clutch Player” by the folks across the pond!

Another happy chain of clients!

Camber Holiday Cottages

We were briefed by a client in Camber to develop a website that would allow them to easily manage all their holiday cottages. Georgina wanted her new site to be very much image driven as using beautiful photographs of her properties was the direction in which she wished to progress.

We have now helped her launch www.camberholidaycottages.co.uk which uses a bespokely developed WordPress theme with multiple custom templates for the various sections.

We used custom fields to allow Georgina to add dynamic maps and rates. Custom fields were also used to embed a third party availability chart.

Allowing Georgina to easily select various facilities with icons for each property was solved by further developing WordPress’ post tags to incorporate icons that match the tag slugs.

Overall our favourite part of this website’s design, however, is the use of our WordPress plugin, Easy Slider, which shows the properties in a random order on the home page and property photographs on the cottage pages.

All in all, we have thoroughly enjoyed working on this web site and are very pleased with the end result … as is Georgina!

“A brilliant collaboration – Olly you are amazing, thank you for your patience and understanding … brilliant site.”
Georgina Holt, Camber Holiday Cottages

JUEL Website

It has been a great pleasure to work with JUEL Accessories to develop their new web site www.juelaccessories.com

Those of you from Rye and Battle will recognise this luxury brand; a boutique shop full to the brim with beautiful things.

JUEL required us to develop a web site that reflected their shop’s alluring style whilst still allowing the owners to keep the site up-to-date, managing its content with ease.

The end result was a WordPress site with a bespoke, multi-templated theme which uses WordPress’ built-in Category Cloud widget on the home page to show off all their luxury brand and product showcases. The theme also makes use of featured images and multiple custom menus.

Battle’s Big Event

Today we’ve been working with Battle’s Big Event to help them install a new WordPress theme, configure it and modify it to their requirements.

Battle’s Big Event is a community festival of Sport and culture and will run from 29th June to 9th September 2012.

New Blog Template

Developed a new WordPress blog template for www.room4style.com to allow them to integrate blog articles into their existing content managed web site.

We were also asked to ingegrate Twitter “Tweet” and Facebook “Share” buttons on all posts and to make use of WordPress’ built in Featured Images to allow category pages to show relevant images for posts.