51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress

Throughout the years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform into a versatile content management system. Today, this open source software tool enables you to create anything between a simple blog and a fully functional website.

The popularity of WordPress has been constantly increasing, as it’s flexible, easy to use, and has many powerful features. Many leading companies, including Forbes, eBay, and The New York Times, have chosen WordPress to power their websites, making it the most used CMS worldwide.

Take a look at this Website Builder infographic to learn some amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about WordPress.

 

Source: 51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress

 

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Understanding Copyrights, Trademarks, & Patents (And How They Affect Your WordPress Business)

Understanding Copyrights, Trademarks, & Patents (And How They Affect Your WordPress Business)

Copyrights, trademarks, and patents are somewhat complex topics. However, they each can have an effect on the way you run your WordPress site, which makes understanding their basics important.

The good news is you don’t need to hit the law books to figure out how each of these elements impacts you. In this article, we’re going to discuss the difference between copyrights, trademarks, and patents, and how WordPress is licensed. Then, we’ll talk about what elements of your site you need to protect and how to do it. Let’s get to work!

What’s the Difference Between Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents?

Before we dive into how these elements affect your WordPress site, it’s important to know what their differences are. For now, let’s keep things simple and talk about them one by one:

Copyright. Think of this as proof of ownership over the content you create. For example, if you’re running a WordPress website you can copyright your graphics and content (and we’ll talk more about this later on). On top of proving you’re the owner of your content, copyrights also govern how others can reproduce, imitate, and distribute it.

Trademark. Unlike copyrights, trademarking isn’t about protecting your content, it’s all about your brand. Using this method enables you to claim your website’s name, domain, logo, and any other symbols representing your brand. That way, other people can’t use them to deceive your visitors and customers without breaking the law.

Patents. This type of protection is reserved for unique business processes and technologies. However, you can’t patent a website as a whole (in the vast majority of cases).

Before moving on, let’s talk a bit more about patents. There’s a common misconception that almost any idea can be patented, but it’s not quite true. In fact, it’s likely you won’t be able to obtain a patent for your product unless you can prove it’s unique (and non-obvious).

To put it simply, if you run a simple WordPress website, you probably don’t need to think about patents. That is unless you’re offering a service you can prove is unique and innovative. If you just want to protect your intellectual property, copyrights and patents are the way to go.

See more from Source: Understanding Copyrights, Trademarks, & Patents (And How They Affect Your WordPress Business) | Elegant Themes Blog

How to add a link in WordPress

How to add a link in WordPress

When adding a new link in your WordPress pages or posts, there are a couple of different ways to do this and two things to consider.

Rule of thumb on creating a link in WordPress

Is the link Internal? Is this link going to link to another page or post that you have on your site?

Is the link external? Is the link going to link to another page, article or image OUTSIDE of your site?

These are the basic two questions you have to know to link the best way to add links in your site.

See the screen shot and steps you can take to have the best link structure within your WordPress site.

How to create an INTERNAL LINK:

  1. Highlight the part that you want linked. (#1)
  2. Click on the link icon in the editor (a box should appear with paste or search) (#2)
  3. Since the link is “INTERNAL” then start to type the name of the page or post and it should give you choices for internal pages or posts on your site to link to. Choose the page or post you would like to link. (#3)
  4. Click the “apply arrow” (blue arrow) and you are finished. (#7)

How to create an EXTERNAL LINK:

  1. Highlight the part that you want linked. (#1)
  2. Click on the link icon in the editor (a box should appear with paste or search)(#2)
  3. Click the “settings icon” (gear icon – see #4)
  4. Paste the URL in the URL box (see #5)
  5. Check the “Open link in a new tab” (#6)
  6. Click the blue “Add Link” button at the bottom of the box (which will cause it to close)
  7. Click the “apply” button (blue arrow) and you are finished. (#7)

Adding links is easy in a wordpress site and using the methods above for an external link will keep people on your site for longer periods of time. You want to be able to link to external sites, however you want to keep your audience on your site without leaving to view something somewhere else.

This make sense? 🙂

 

 

 

Some Great Reasons Why You Need a Website

Some Great Reasons Why You Need a Website

Before you shove the idea from your head of why you don’t need a web site, there are many reason why you DO need one. Over the yeas we have had clients who do not even have an email address. They still do business with having a web site.

Have you noticed over the years, our old way of using the yellow pages coming by way of postal service, has dwindled down to almost nothing? Why is this? If you use the internet or not, most of the population today does! Smart phones, tablets, computers, and yes even their head gear and watches connect on the go! Society is always on the go…globally now. How do you stay caught up with the demands of hobbies, businesses, information or sales? A great, smooth running designed web site!

Here are some good reasons why you should consider having a web site:

  • Web Sites Never Sleep
  • Your Top Competitor Has A Website
  • Websites Improve Customer Confidence & Corporate Image
  • Small Businesses Have Higher Revenue
  • Websites Help Establish More Customers
  • Websites Are Not Just Local, They Are Global
  • It is always accessible
  • A website save your time & money

 

 

Web sites just aren’t for business. A great eye pleasing personal one is great too! If you are thinking about a web site, just contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss your ideas and use our canvas to create one for you!

Is your home router hacked? How to check and what to do.

Is your home router hacked? How to check and what to do.

Tuesday morning Wordfence published a post showing how thousands of attacks we see on WordPress sites come from hacked home routers. In the past month alone we have seen over 57,000 unique home routers being used to attack WordPress sites. Those home networks are now being explored by hackers who have full access to them via the hacked home router. They can access workstations, mobile devices, wifi cameras, wifi climate control and any other devices that use the home WiFi network.

Half of the internet service providers we analyzed have routers with a very specific vulnerability. This vulnerability is known as the “misfortune cookie”. We will call it the MC vulnerability for short. It has been known for a few years and was first disclosed by CheckPoint in 2014. It is now being used to hack home routers. Using the tool below you can tell if you have the MC vulnerability.

The MC vulnerability exists in a service that your ISP uses to remotely manage your home router. That service listens on a “port” number, which is 7547. Besides the MC vulnerability, this port can have other vulnerabilities, one of which was disclosed a few months ago. Researchers have been discussing the dangers of port 7547 in home routers for a few years now.

Your ISP should not allow someone from the public internet to connect to your router’s port 7547. Only your ISP should be able to access this port to manage your home router. They have the ability to configure their network to prevent outsiders from accessing that port. Many ISPs do not block public access to port 7547.

You can use the tool below to determine if your port 7547 is open to the public internet. If it is, we suggest you contact your ISP and ask them to prevent outsiders from accessing that port on your home router. Even if you aren’t vulnerable to one of the two vulnerabilities we posted above, future vulnerabilities may emerge on port 7547. By blocking public access you will protect yourself and your home network.

Read the full article here https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/04/home-routers-attacking-wordpress/ 

How to check to check your router

Use this free tool on Wordfence Security to check your router and see if it has been hacked or is vulnerable.

What to do with the results?

If you are vulnerable, we recommend that you:

  • Immediately reboot your home router. This may flush any malware from your home router.
    Upgrade your router firmware if you can to the newest version. Close port 7547 in your router config if you are able to. (Many routers don’t allow this)
  • If you can’t upgrade your own firmware, immediately call your ISP and let them know you have a serious security vulnerability in your home router and you need help fixing it. You can point them to this blog post (the page you are on) and this CheckPoint website for more information. Let them know that your router has a vulnerability on port 7547 in “Allegro RomPager” that can allow an attacker to access your home network and launch attacks from your router on others.
  • Run a virus scan on all your home workstations.
  • Update all home workstations and devices to the newest versions of operating system and applications or apps.
  • Update any firmware on home devices where needed.

If you are not vulnerable, but port 7547 is open on your router, we recommend that you:

  • Reboot your home router immediately. You may suffer from other port 7547 vulnerabilities.
  • Upgrade your router firmware if you can.
  • Close port 7547 on your router if you can. (Many routers don’t allow this)
  • Contact your ISP and let them know that port 7547 on your home router is accessible from the public internet. Let them know that port 7547 is used by your ISP to manage the router. It should not be publicly available. Suggest that they filter access to that port to prevent anyone on the public internet accessing it.
2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using SSL certificates – Time to get ready!

2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using SSL certificates – Time to get ready!

2017 is going to be probably the most secure year for website owners because Google released updates to force people to get site SSL ready.

In the coming year, Google’s browser (Chrome 56) will begin to show warning message as “Not Secure” to all HTTP sites to make the web safer and secure (less hackable) place.

SSL certificate is used to make the encrypted connection between browser and server. Therefore, Google has already moved their almost services over HTTPS encryption technology. Even WordPress has announced that they will no longer promote hosting partners until they provide SSL certificate by default in their accounts.

Don’t worry, we will be looking into some affordable ways to do this and making arrangements for installations.

Source: 2017 The Year of Encryption Everywhere using SSL certificates – Infographic

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