Select your format
When you sit down to build your first WordPress GPL site or blog you must immediately make a very big decision, and it’s choosing a theme. This is probably the first thing you will do after you install the software, and this is the main reason your theme, or format, will be seen by your readers. Your theme represents you, and your goal is to make it as interesting as possible.
People will make an instant judgment about the quality and value of your website as soon as they land on your home page. Your header image should relay your website’s message and purpose. Your navigation bar user should be intuitive, and the color scheme should be soft and warm so you don’t scare people.
All this made easier if you have chosen the best possible theme for “Your” product or service. Learn a little about the theme and then check out some tips to choose your best possible WordPress GPL site theme.
See and feel
Remember that themes are just “look,” and to some extent, the “feel” of your website. Your theme is like outside your home; What people see first. It can have beautiful window dressing, beautiful colors, fancy decorative bricks, and an overall pleasant appeal. You want to keep your visitors at home.
So start with an interesting theme and combine it with the appropriate templates so you can give your readers the best possible experience when visiting your website. People often exchange the theme and template words; Falsely linking them as one, but it’s not.
Remember, themes are the external appearance or (skin) of your website, where templates are behind the scenes file system that adds specific functionality to your site. All themes bring a default template but you can add or define additional templates to any theme; They are just files. An example of such templates (files) can be a single-page template that does not display titles, footers, or sidebars. So start by sorting out the right theme and then expand its look with different templates.
WordPress Theme History
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system and is known as GNU General Public License (GPL) because of this. This opens the door for web developers to create applications and themes for the software. WordPress will connect sponsored links between their themes in the days before developers that will be passed on to the last users who have downloaded them.
The official WordPress theme directory will host these themes for download, but this practice later shuts down because some consider these “sponsored” themes as spam. You can still download the theme from the official WordPress Free Theme Directory but only after the theme is properly verified by the WordPress GPL site and approved for end users.
There are more than fifteen hundred free themes available today from the official WordPress Directory, so finding a theme should not be as difficult. Deciding which theme will be used, but sometimes a difficult task can be. WordPress GPL site provides you with a fully functional theme just outside the box after installing the file system. And, depending on your installation method, you will be presented with the Theme TwentyTen or TwentyELEVEN.
If you use the Fantastico install method via Hostgator, you will have a Twenty Ten theme. Now you have to decide whether you want to keep it or switch to others.
Whether you decide to keep and use the default theme, or download and use another theme-sometimes, sometimes, delete your default theme install. Your default theme contains important base files that are very important. If you change your base theme, those changes will be lost as soon as the theme is “upgraded”. So, do not delete your primary theme.
Research your theme
Before you turn off half the, load a bunch of themes, do your homework first. This is the first time I recommend you stick to the default theme if you are brand new and working with WordPress until you learn how things work. The default theme really needs to be started by you.
But if you decide you want a different “look” go for it all the way, but spend some time narrowing your choices. If you want to imitate the look of another website, visit and experience “that” websites. Is the format user-friendly? Is it a column or two-column format? Is the title animated or stable? What about the colors?
Once you find something you like, go to the official theme directory and try to figure it out. Better, just right-click the page and view page “source” so you can get the theme name. Obviously not all websites use WordPress, but if you visit “WordPress Related” websites, you’ll happily discover that almost all of them are using a WordPress theme. You will also discover themes that you will not find in the official theme directory-premium themes.
Premium and paid themes are not officially approved by the WordPress GPL site, they are usually created and promoted by individuals and groups. Premium WordPress themes are promoted to the temptation to provide you with “perfect” around the theme. Those who promote them suggest that if you use their theme, your web building efforts will be easier. It certainly doesn’t always happen.
Many paying themes are loaded with so many options that will make your head turn. Any theme has a learning curve – that’s why it’s essential that you first “understand” how to use WordPress before jumping and buying a premium theme.
Yes, premium themes provide you with greater flexibility and functionality as many of the popular options are built on the theme. But again, if you are new, you will have your hands full from the start, and adding another confusing ingredient to the mix will only disappoint you.
WordPress Paid Themes
I used premium themes and there’s something good, but there’s something disgusting too. A great paid theme will cost you about $80.00 ~ and usually have a great follow-up and support system. A bad is usually available for less than Rs 30. Avoid bottom line-paid themes if you are an apprentice and go out only once you have experienced building your first five or ten WordPress GPL sites.
These are some of the common guidelines you should think about when considering WordPress themes of your choice. It’s nothing to put pressure on as well because even if you do everything right, chances are you’ll switch the theme to mid-step because you’re not happy with the look of your website because you’re developing it.
It’s very common because what you see is not always what you get. When you find a theme that has a “look” that you want you must remember that this “look” is a complete project; This is the end result. Your theme will start with a bare-bone look and will be complete only once all your template options are set. Keep all this in mind as you check out thousands of themes there.
If you want to learn more about the tough web design policy using WordPress, watch my WordPress tutorial videos for free
WordPress Security Tips and Hack Defense
The username and password from WordPress Core, Theme and Plugin Protection best practice and database backup.
Other things to consider include:
Layered security measures such as using the.HTAccess file to enable or disable features
Limiting file permissions
Blacklist and White List IPS
Disable file editing
If you run a large trade site and it gets hacked, you can lose valuable customers and of course money. Web hosts are likely to take your site offline and suspend hacked accounts. You don’t want to waste your time patching up a site after the hack or providing hosting when your site is closed.
Why is WordPress so successful?
WordPress is now powering 20% of all websites, the world’s most popular content management system. Its success is due to its intuitive interface and the fact that it has open and open sources. Its features provide endless options to expand functionality by adding plugins and provide the ability to customize your site with themes and widgets. With thousands of paid and free themes and plugins available on the web, the option to create a site that is functional and uniquely yours is virtually unlimited.
Why does WordPress face attack?
These are the most common ways we expose our sites to attack them. Since WordPress is open-source, anyone can easily explore core code or search through the most popular themes and plugins for hacks. These are WordPress items that are beyond your control.
Your host and WordPress hack
Unless you pay big for having your own server for web hosting, you can’t even control the hosting environment that your website is on.
Brutal Power Attack
A brutal power attack is also something that is beyond your control. While you can’t always stop them, you can put in place measures to limit damage and make it difficult for someone to successfully hack your site. Even technology giants like Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon have violated their security. No site, WordPress or otherwise, is completely safe. All you need to do is recognize where vulnerabilities exist. Create additional layers of defense to protect your content in case your site hacked. Use as many simple solutions as possible to manage your site’s vulnerabilities through human error.
A brute force attack could last months and involve thousands of servers worldwide. All hosting providers that provide WordPress potential target hackers using compromised servers and PCs to hack website administrator panels exploit hosts with “admins” as account names. Weak passwords that solve through brute force attack methods.
4 points of weakness
1. Host security violations
2. WordPress Core outside data
3. Unsafe plugins and themes
4. Brutal power attack
Selecting WordPress to power your site means the WordPress GPL site is the basis of everything on your site. The fact that it is free and open-source carries many advantages. But with each update, the exploits of the previous version are made available to the public which makes previous versions more susceptible to being hacked.
By deploying back security through the ambiguity technique, you can remove or hide your WordPress installation version number from the display. You can even choose a simpler solution with plugins to hide the version number. This may prevent a bot from connecting to your site, but it does not patch holes in older versions of WordPress. Only updated your WordPress installation will remove published exploits as soon as new versions become available.
WordPress GPL site is easy to update (since version 3.7 was released with automatic updates)
A new version banner will appear on your dashboard whenever an update is available in previous versions of WordPress. Now WordPress installs will automatically update to new smaller versions without allowing you to point fingers. Minor versions are usually for security updates. However, you still need to update to the new major versions.
To update WordPress
First thing first! Back up your WordPress.
The biggest threat to your site
The fastest way to compromise your site includes adding bad, maliciously coded, or old themes or plugins from untrusted developers or sites. Many themes or plugins distributed under GPL or GPN (General Public License) license due to the open-source nature of WordPress. So for themes and plugins, it redistributed to free WordPress themes and plugin sites by adding simple and hidden or harmful codes. This code as simple as virus exposure or as serious as exposing your visitors to identity theft.
Before downloading a free theme or plugin:
Do author research and download only from author site or WordPress depository
Ask WordPress.org/support advice
If you go to use the trusted plugin or theme for free. Check the version number compatibility list and verify that the plugin or theme still supported and updated. Many themes or plugins slow or simply abandoned to get updates.
If you don’t use it, lose it. Delete it if you don’t use a theme or plugin.
Use paid supported themes and plugins (not free).
Experience shows that almost all WordPress attacks only protected using safe, up to date and trusted plugins and themes.
Ms. Rosendahl has 16 years of experience in system analysis, hosted applications and management as well as web-hosting and internet marketing. Ms. Rosendahall graduated from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Computer Information Systems and Business Management. Stephanie Houston is the founder and CEO of hosting web