What is the wp-config.php file?
The wp-config.php file is one of WordPress’ most important files. It contains the configuration information required to make WordPress work. As the name suggests, it is written in PHP – the language upon which WordPress is built.
DNS for WordPress: Everything you need to know
The Domain Name System (DNS) is vital for the running of the web. In a nutshell, it converts requested domain names into IP (Internet Protocol) addresses – which is what computers use to find websites, deliver emails, and the many other activities that take place on the web.
Top 10 WordPress Website Maintenance Tips
Every website needs regular maintenance. WordPress maintenance involves checking your site’s configuration, functionality, security settings, available updates, unused files, and more. Just as with a house or a car, ongoing maintenance can prevent major technical issues down the line.
Most WordPress maintenance tasks take minimal time and can even be automated. You might even use a maintenance checklist (like this article) to help you remember every job you must do and how often. Doing so will keep your site running in top shape without paying for WordPress maintenance services or putting your website into WordPress maintenance mode.
What you need to know about WordPress updates
Improve the security and productivity of your WordPress website with regular updates. Learn why keeping WordPress, plugins, and themes up-to-date is essential for website administration, and how it can enhance the experience for your visitors. Keep your website running smoothly with the latest versions.
3 essential legal policies for WordPress websites
Writing legal policies for your WordPress website may feel a little daunting. However, without these important pages, you could find yourself in hot water and damage your brand’s reputation.
If you’re unable to hire a legal expert, there are tools you can use to create policies for your WordPress site. This way, you can ensure that you’re protected against claims or complaints from disgruntled users.
WordPress and phpMyAdmin
phpMyAdmin is a GUI web application (Graphical User Interface) that allows you to access and work on MySQL-based databases. Having a GUI can make it easier to manage MySQL databases if you’re unfamiliar with the CLI (Command Line Interface). While the CLI is often preferred by professionals and enthusiasts due to its flexibility, it can be daunting to those who do not regularly work on databases – this is the problem that phpMyAdmin seeks to address.
This article will take a hard look at phpMyAdmin from the WordPress point of view, including how it works, available installation options, and basic navigation.
WordPress administration survey 2022 results
Back in November of this year, we launched a second WordPress survey, this time aimed at understanding how WordPress administrators and website owners manage their WordPress websites. As promised, we will be sharing our findings, which is exactly what this post is all about.
GDPR and WordPress
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is an extensive EU (European Union) regulation that represents the minimum requirements for anyone handling the data of EU citizens. The regulation has 99 articles, split into 11 chapters. While this might sound intimidating, breaking it down can help us understand its key points and how it affects WordPress websites.
Achieve GDPR Compliance for WooCommerce in 5 Steps
If you own an eCommerce store, you’ve probably heard of GDPR. However, you may not be fully conversant with GDPR law and have a lot of questions in your mind. Our goal with this article is to address all your GDPR concerns for your WooCommerce website and help you ensure GDPR compliance for your business.
How to combine activity logs and monitoring to supercharge WordPress administration
Careful and consistent administration of a WordPress website can not only help you ensure happy visitors and users but ultimately more of them. However, many WordPress website owners are not in the business of managing WordPress websites.
The ultimate guide to the WordPress database
At its core, WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System). To manage content, it needs to be able to store it. WordPress does this through folders and files, and a database. We have previously covered the WordPress filesystem in a separate article; we will focus on the database this time around.
How to set up multiple WordPress sites using XAMPP
XAMPP is used by many WordPress administrators to set up WordPress environments. While there are many different case uses, some of the most common use cases are to set up a staging, development or testing environment.
The WordPress file system
WordPress is, at its core, a web application, and just like every other web application, it requires and uses a labyrinth of folders and files to work. These files and folders include everything from access controls and WordPress’ core code to the plugins, themes, media you upload, and everything in between.
How many WordPress plugins can I install?
Many things make WordPress great. Firstly, it’s free. This fact alone has allowed countless people to set up their own websites, contributing to the mass democratization of information that we enjoy today.
Why you should use a log management service?
Logs provide the foundational data to support performance, user and technical monitoring on your WordPress sites and the web servers they run. With them you can understand who changed what and when.
What are log management services?
Logs are an essential part of good systems governance and management, providing administrators with a detailed view into the innermost workings of the very systems they manage.
WordPress email deliverability and how to improve it
Email is arguably the most common electronic communication medium on Earth. It’s used for everything, from communication to alert notifications, to password reset flows and email-based Two-factor Authentication (2FA).
What is the best way to backup a WordPress website?
If you’re asking what is the best way to backup a WordPress website, then you’ve made a good start. That means you know backing up your WordPress website or blog is necessary. You just want to know which option works best for you. We’re here to help you answer the question.
How to manually backup your WordPress website without a plugin
It’s important to understand the most fundamental WordPress tasks when running your site. Security, of course, should be one of your primary considerations. Creating a manual WordPress backup should also be in your toolbox. You should use a dedicated backup plugin or online service to automatically back up your website.
How to choose the best WordPress web hosting provider
You’re searching the web for information on how to choose the best WordPress web hosting service, right? You’re determined that your website host will help search engines prioritize your website above other slower, less reliable and less secure websites. But, how do you decide?
How to safely add custom code to WordPress websites
Users are often looking for ways to tweak their websites, plugins and themes, or to add some modifications to an existing functionality. In most of these cases, you can do so by adding custom code to your WordPress website. There is nothing wrong with adding custom code to your website. However, there are a few things that you need to look out for when making these changes to your WordPress website.
How to choose the best WordPress plugins for your website
WordPress plugins are awesome and if you want your site to have a specific function, or add additional functionality, the chances are there is a plugin out there for it. If you’d like to learn more about what WordPress plugins are, refer to our WordPress plugins introduction.
What are WordPress plugins?
If you are new to WordPress, you might be wondering what are WordPress plugins and what’s their purpose. It’s a reasonably common question to ask because plugins are an important part of the WordPress ecosystem. They are essential if you want to build a website with WordPress.
Why WordPress admin notices matter (and how to manage them effectively)
Every time you log into the WordPress dashboard, you are probably greeted with a few message at the top of your screen. These messages are called WordPress admin notices. Contrary to what many WordPress users might think – that they’re an annoyance without an ‘off’ switch – they can be incredibly useful. At least, that is if you know how to manage them effectively.
WordPress debug: how to enable it & debugging options
Sometimes we are unable to reproduce a problem that a user is encountering when using one of our WordPress plugins. When this happens, we ask the user to send us more information about their website’s and plugin’s setup.
Tools for remote team accountability, communication & security WordPress businesses should use
The global pandemic has turned the world of work upside down. Commuting to the workplace is no longer a daily habit for up to 40% of the workforce. What’s more, it’s a trend set to stay in place long after the scientific community has found an effective treatment or vaccine for the virus.
What are WordPress admin notices (and how do they work)?
Admin notices give you critical information about your site, which enables you to take timely action. Moreover, if you’re a theme or plugin developer, knowing how to add admin notices to WordPress is important since they allow you to easily communicate messages to your users.
The ultimate guide to WordPress user management
There’s nothing more complicated for webmasters than to manage their website users. If your website or e-commerce solution users aren’t managed correctly, they can inflict site-breaking damage and loosen up tight security protocols. While WordPress user management is vitally important, you also have to be able to run your business. You do not want to […]
How to make your WordPress website CCPA compliant
This guide will walk you through what the CCPA website compliance requirements are. It also explains what it means for your website in practice, and how to implement the necessary changes. So without further ado, let’s begin by discussing the principal themes of the CCPA.
What are the 2FA backup codes?
When you use two-factor authentication (2FA) on your WordPress website, you need the username, password, and a one-time code to login. The one-time code can be generated by an app, sent to you over email, or generated by a third party specialized device. However, how can you still login if you not have access to the 2FA app, or the mailbox where the 2FA code was sent? Is there a fail safe backup plan?
Configuring WordPress automatic updates
This WordPress tutorials explains how you can configure the WordPress automatic update to ensure that your websites and blogs always run on the latest, most stable and secure WordPress version. It also explains how to enable automatic updating of WordPress plugins and theme.
How to manually deactivate WordPress plugins
Plugins are a great aspect of using WordPress. However, at some point, you’ll need to uninstall or deactivate a plugin for one reason or another. This might present a problem, in that, the default method for deactivating WordPress plugins might not be always available.
What is regulatory compliance & how does it affect WordPress security?
In order to do business, your WordPress website and business have to adhere to rules and regulations. These rules and regulations may take the form of laws (such as GDPR or HIPAA). They may also be compliance requirements, such as PCI DSS or ISO 27001, and may vary from one country to the other.
Restoring WordPress from a Backup
WordPress is a very simple web application. It is made up of a number of PHP files and a database, typically a MySQL database. The files are the actual web application and the database is where all the information such as users, blog posts, pages and other data is stored. The WordPress setup is so […]
How to Remove the Google Malware Warning
Once you clean up the malware infection from your hacked WordPress website or blog you have to apply for a Google malware review to have the Google malware warning removed. Read this post for more information on how to apply for a Google malware review.
All You Need To Know On the WordPress Unique Authentication Keys and Salts
WordPress security keys are used to encrypt the WordPress login details stored in user’s cookies once they login to WordPress. By configuring the WordPress security keys you also improve the security of your WordPress. This article explains what are the WordPress security keys and how you can configure them in the wp-config.php file.
Must Have WordPress Database Tools for Administrators
In this WordPress Webmaster Tip we recommend two automated tools (BigDump and Search Replace DB) that will make your WordPress Admin life easier.
Has my WordPress site been hacked? How to check
Every year, hundreds of thousands of WordPress blogs and websites are hacked. This leads to the question, how do I know if my WordPress site is hacked? How do I tell if my WordPress site is hacked? Sometimes it is very easy to tell, especially if a website is defaced. But most of the time, […]
Checking the Password Strength of WordPress Users with WPScan
With WPScan WordPress Security Scanner you can launch a security check to ensure that all your users are using strong WordPress passwords. In this WordPress security tutorial we demonstrate how to use WPScan to launch a brute force security check against a WordPress user account.
The Complete htaccess File for WordPress
If you host your own WordPress most probably you have heard about .htaccess files and all the things you can do with .htaccess files to secure WordPress. If you are not familiar with .htaccess files in relation to WordPress you can go through our definite guide to htaccess and WordPress, where you can find all the information you need about .htaccess files and their usage in WordPress.
Configure Custom Error Pages on Apache with htaccess
Having user friendly custom error pages for your website is perhaps as important as having good content. In this article we show you how to easily implement custom error pages for your WordPress website or blog with .htaccess files.
How and Why to Use The Windows Hosts File
The Windows hosts file can be used to redirect requests from your computer to a website to another IP rather than the original IP or domain. In other words, if I want to run a test copy of the website www.wpwhitesecurity.com on my laptop, I configure a lightweight web server on my computer and simply add an entry in the Windows Host File to point www.wpwhitesecurity.com to 127.0.0.1 (localhost).
Finding the absolute path of a directory on a website (using PHP)
A WordPress website is made up from a number of files, organized in a number of sub directories. These files and sub directories are saved in a directory on a web server. This is the root directory of your site, also known as the document root.
WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
If you are thinking of starting your own blog, the first question that comes to mind is if you should have a hosted blog with WordPress.com, or if you should host your own blog by downloading the WordPress software from WordPress.org.