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ImunifyAV+ – Strengthen Your Site Security

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Helping create a safer internet is an essential part of cPanel’s mission, and that’s why we began integrating security extensions right into our product. We started by offering Imunify360, a robust and comprehensive security suite, as a featured product in 2018. Then, in 2019, we integrated ImunifyAV into all cPanel & WHM servers. Now, with the release of cPanel & WHM Version 86, we are pleased to include ImunifyAV+ as a product that can be purchased …

New reports for review snippets in Search Console

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A review snippet is a short excerpt of a review or a rating from a website, usually an average of the combined rating scores from many reviewers. This is one of the most used structured data types on the web, used by millions of web sites for many content types such as Book, Movie, Event, Product and more.When Google finds valid reviews or ratings markup, we may show a rich result that includes stars and other summary info. This rich result can appear directly on search results or as part of a Google Knowledge panel, as shown in the screenshots below.Today we are announcing support for review snippets in Google Search Console, including new reports to help you find any issues with your implementation and monitor how this rich result type is improving your performance. You can also use the Rich Results Test to review your existing URLs or debug your markup code before moving it to production.Review snippet Enhancement reportTo help site owners make the most of their reviews, a new review snippet report is now available in Search Console for sites that have implemented reviews or ratings structured data. The report allows you to see errors, warnings, and valid pages for markup implemented on your site.In addition, if you fix an issue, you can use the report to validate it, which will trigger a process where Google recrawls your affected pages. The report is covering all the content types currently supported as review snippets. Learn more about the Rich result status reports.Review snippet appearance in Performance reportThe Search Console Performance report now allows you to see the performance of your review or rating marked-up pages on Google Search and Discover using the new “Review snippet” search appearance filter.This means that you can check the impressions, clicks and CTR results of your review snippet pages and check their performance to understand how they are trending for any of the dimensions available. For example you can filter your data to see which queries, pages, countries and devices are bringing your review snippets traffic.Review snippet in Rich Results Test After adding Review snippets structured data to your pages, you can test them using the Rich Results Test tool. You can test a code snippet or submit a URL of a page. The test shows any errors or suggestions for your structured data.These new tools should make it easier to understand how your marked-up review snippet pages perform on Search and to identify and fix review issues.If you have any questions, check out the Google Webmasters community.Posted by Tomer Hodadi and Yuval Kurtser, Search Console engineering team

New reports for review snippets in Search Console

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A review snippet is a short excerpt of a review or a rating from a website, usually an average of the combined rating scores from many reviewers. This is one of the most used structured data types on the web, used by millions of web sites for many content types such as Book, Movie, Event, Product and more.When Google finds valid reviews or ratings markup, we may show a rich result that includes stars and other summary info. This rich result can appear directly on search results or as part of a Google Knowledge panel, as shown in the screenshots below.Today we are announcing support for review snippets in Google Search Console, including new reports to help you find any issues with your implementation and monitor how this rich result type is improving your performance. You can also use the Rich Results Test to review your existing URLs or debug your markup code before moving it to production.Review snippet Enhancement reportTo help site owners make the most of their reviews, a new review snippet report is now available in Search Console for sites that have implemented reviews or ratings structured data. The report allows you to see errors, warnings, and valid pages for markup implemented on your site.In addition, if you fix an issue, you can use the report to validate it, which will trigger a process where Google recrawls your affected pages. The report is covering all the content types currently supported as review snippets. Learn more about the Rich result status reports.Review snippet appearance in Performance reportThe Search Console Performance report now allows you to see the performance of your review or rating marked-up pages on Google Search and Discover using the new “Review snippet” search appearance filter.This means that you can check the impressions, clicks and CTR results of your review snippet pages and check their performance to understand how they are trending for any of the dimensions available. For example you can filter your data to see which queries, pages, countries and devices are bringing your review snippets traffic.Review snippet in Rich Results Test After adding Review snippets structured data to your pages, you can test them using the Rich Results Test tool. You can test a code snippet or submit a URL of a page. The test shows any errors or suggestions for your structured data.These new tools should make it easier to understand how your marked-up review snippet pages perform on Search and to identify and fix review issues.If you have any questions, check out the Google Webmasters community.Posted by Tomer Hodadi and Yuval Kurtser, Search Console engineering team

How Do Updates Work with Our Managed Hosting Plans?

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The post How Do Updates Work with Our Managed Hosting Plans? appeared first on HostGator Blog. This article is part of HostGator’s Web Pros Series. In this series, we feature articles from our team of experts here at HostGator. Our Product Managers, Linux Administrators, Marketers, and Tech Support engineers share their best tips for getting the most out of your website. Unless you build and host websites for a living, you may not realize how many elements go into even a simple website—and they almost all need to be updated at some point. For brand-new site owners, seeing everything on your site’s control panel can feel a bit intimidating, especially if you have a non-technical background.  In particular, you may have questions about which software updates your managed (or semi-managed) hosting plan takes care of for you, and which are your responsibility. In this post, we’ll explain who handles what, so you can focus on what you need to do and let us take care of the rest. Who Keeps My Website’s Server Software Up to Date? That depends on the type of hosting package you have with us. We have different types of hosting packages, but by and large they break down into managed and what we call semi-managed. Most of our customers are on managed hosting plans, including our  shared packagesreseller packagescloud packagesoptimized WordPress packages For these managed hosting environments, HostGator will ensure that all the software running on the server is kept up to date. To keep things updated, we work with our vendors. The two primary ones are cPanel and our operating system, CentOS.  For our semi-managed VPS and dedicated server customers, we schedule routine updates for cPanel, the operating system and the underlying software. So those updates go through automatically. In the case of a major security vulnerability, we may go in and push patches when they’re necessary, or we’ll reach out to the customer with the information they need.  We strongly encourage our semi-managed server customers to make sure that they have update settings that meet their needs. For example, if your site generates high revenue and uptime is critical to that, we generally recommend choosing a long-term support tier that offers regular but less frequent updates. On the other hand, if you’re a semi-managed customer who’s interested in having new features as soon as they come out, there are shorter release tiers that you can choose.  What Happens When There’s a Vulnerability That Needs to Be Fixed? Sometimes, a software vulnerability is discovered and has to be repaired before bad actors take advantage of it. For example, maybe someone finds a security gap in the version of the PHP scripting language we’re running. We’re going to fix that vulnerability to keep our customers’ sites safe, but we want to do it in a way that doesn’t risk breaking their websites. To do that, we work with our vendors to backport the update that fixes the vulnerability.  What is backporting? A super-simple answer  Here’s an example of how backporting works. Let’s say we’re running version 7.1 of PHP, the scripting language I mentioned. News comes out that someone’s discovered a vulnerability in 7.1, but it’s fixed in version 7.2. We wait to upgrade customers to the new version until we’re very sure that everything will be stable, but we want them to be secure right away. So in the meantime, we take the small section of code that fixes the vulnerability in version 7.2 and apply it to version 7.1. That way, we know our customers’ server software is secure without the risk of breakage from a full update. When Does HostGator Install New Versions of Server software? When new versions of software come out, we normally install them on the server and make them available. But we don’t change the server configuration to make the websites use the new versions by default unless and until we’re confident the update won’t break things. How Will I Know When There’s been an Update to my Site’s Server Software? When there are major updates, we email our customers to let them know, especially if we think there’s a lot of value for them in updating to the new software. For example, maybe the update is much faster than the current version. In cases like that, we’ll let our users know there’s a new version available, why they might want to switch, and how to move over to it through cPanel.  For small updates that aren’t going to make a major difference, we leave our customers alone. And the reason for that is that notifying customers about every small update would mean an overwhelming number of messages.  You can think of the servers that run your website as a big office complex. There are always little changes being made to the wiring or to the plumbing to fix small problems or add new features, but the people who work there don’t want to hear about every little update and repair.  On our servers, there may be frequent small updates to MySQL, which is our database software. Or maybe there’s a change to our operating system that affects the efficiency of how RAM is managed. There are a lot of those types of updates coming in from our vendors all the time.  Behind the scenes, while our customers are focusing on their businesses, we work a lot with cPanel and our in-house technical operations team to review all those updates. We test every single update before we push them out to the servers. Our goal is to keep the server software up to date and make sure that patches are compatible so that things run smoothly and are secure for our customers.  What Updates Do I Need to Handle? While we manage and update the server-level software, each customer gets to decide when they update their website software. That includes updating WordPress, themes, and plugins for their sites.  The reason is because every website is different, and we don’t want to break anything on our customers’ sites by pushing automatic software updates. The only time we’ll push that kind of update is: 1. When we learn about high-risk vulnerabilities in WordPress or some other website software.  and 2. When we can make the update safely, without breaking sites.  For all other updates, it’s the customer’s choice when to do them. However, just like our server software is constantly getting small updates that improve security and function, website software is always getting updates, too.  Because there can be a steady stream of site software updates to make, we strongly encourage allowing automatic updates. We enable that by default for WordPress, and you can set up most plugins to auto-update as well.  How Can I Make Sure I’m Choosing the Best WordPress Plugins? When you’re choosing plugins for your site, check the last time they were updated. A recent update is a good indication that the plugin is being maintained, which means if any security vulnerabilities are discovered, you’ll probably get an update that fixes the problem.  Last updated three months ago? You can expect future updates. Last updated four years ago? You can’t count on new updates. On the other hand, if the plugin hasn’t been updated in two years, it’s probably not going to get updated again. In that case, you might want to look for an alternative plugin to keep your site secure.  Want to learn more about keeping your website in great shape? Check out Sean’s Web Pros Series post on best practices for site maintenance and security.  Find the post on the HostGator Blog

5 Reasons Your Facebook Ads Manager Account Could Get Shut Down

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Want to make sure your Facebook ads account isn’t shut down? Are you sure you’re not violating Facebook’s ad policies? In this article, you’ll discover common reasons why Facebook ads accounts are suspended and learn how Facebook’s tools can help you better monitor your account’s status. #1: Repeated Declined Payments If you consistently have payment […] The post 5 Reasons Your Facebook Ads Manager Account Could Get Shut Down appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

UX Design Principles: The Cornerstone of Every Successful Mobile App

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If someone time travels from the past to 2020, he would be awestruck with 180-degree evolution in the mobile UX design process.  They might feel amazed with Voice-based UX or would go overwhelmed with the scope of Artificial Intelligence in the domain. But, there’s one thing that they will find the same.  Any guesses what is it?  It’s nothing but the UX design principles.  Over the years, various functionalities, technologies, and tools have been replaced or at the verge of extinction. But, the basic UX design principles have remained just the same as before. Now knowing this, if you are someone who is planning to step into the UX domain this year, it is no wonder that getting acquainted with these principles is vital. So, keeping the same into consideration, we will be covering the same below. 8 Principles To Guide You in Mobile App UX Design Clutter-free Interface Every application comes with a primary goal. The one where they target a particular pain point of end-users and provide a solution for the same. But, because of the increasing competition, designers often introduce many other features and functionalities into their plan. However, at times the app designers introduce multiple functionalities into the same app screen. This confuses the end-users, resulting in more clicks on the secondary (less important feature) compared to the primary one. To combat this situation, the best way is to make a clutter-free interface. Meaning, introduce a limited number of actionable things in a single screen. A clear view of which you can take from the image shared below. Image Source 2. Personalization We all love things that give us a personalized and special feel. There’s no denying it. The same psychology applies in the case of UX design too. When you design a user experience that enables users to perform an action in a quick and effortless manner, they fall in love with your application. On the contrary, if it is cumbersome they exit the platform and share negative feedback. So, personalizing the user experience is yet another major to take note of. This implies, exploring how to integrate different technologies and techniques such as Predictive Analysis, Machine Learning, and Geolocation into your app design process.  Let us see an example: Image Source As you can see in the screenshot of the Netflix app above, it informs and encourages users to continue their app interaction right from where they left. Or better say, continue watching the series they left in between. Besides, the application using the power of Machine learning understands the type of content users prefer and shows similar content. This way, it enhances their experience with the app, as well as, improves the app KPIs. 3. Don’t Rush For Registration You would encounter many mobile apps that straightaway ask for registration, without giving users a chance to explore the application. Does that leave a good impression of the app in the users mind?  Personally, I immediately leave such applications.  Why would any user register in vain before knowing what are the features that the app offers and whether it’s all worth it or not? This is why it is again imperative for UX designers to follow the principle of keeping the registration process optional. Image Source When you give some time to the new users to explore your mobile app and get familiar with it, they show more interest in your app. This reduces your app uninstallation rate and increases the chances of user conversion. 4. Avoid Nagging Permissions It’s true that permissions to access user data open a new door to understanding the user and deliver a personalized experience.  But alas, due to the increasing data breach cases (Remember the Facebook Cambridge Analytics and Uber Data Breach case!), users have become conscious. They prevent giving permissions to their camera, photos, contacts, and other items on the device. In such a scenario, an ideal way to keep a balance of the two is to ask for relevant permissions only.  Let’s take another example. VSCO, a photo-editing app asks for camera access only, whenever users wish to click a picture. It does not ask permission for accessing contacts, or other built-in device apps. This gives users an assurance that the rest of the information is secure. Image Source 5. Focus On Users Goals Since desktop and mobile apps are essentially different, the goals that need to be fulfilled are also distinct. For example, what a user wants to do in a desktop app/website is not something they would want to do in a mobile app.  So refrain from making it overwhelming for users to use a mobile app with the functionality of a desktop app. They would prefer selective things, i.e., say a user is using a restaurant app- he/she would want to just view the menu, book a reservation, place an order in advance, or just get directions. All the other information is secondary and can be displayed elsewhere, not on the main screen. 6. Design for Fingers Gone are those days when mouse pointers were the one interacting with applications. Today, with the advent of touch-screen devices, users are interacting with the platforms via their fingers. In a situation like this, it is again imperative to understand that the human finger size varies from person to person. So, designing for different human finger size is the right practice to bring more opportunities for interactions and increasing the app conversion rate. Likewise, investing in hand gestures while creating an app UX design is also an optimal method of getting higher results. Image Source 7. Only Relevant Notifications As a proverb goes, “Too much of anything is bad”, misuse of push notifications can drift your future from higher conversion rate to higher uninstallation rate.  So, the next principle that every novice and experienced UX designer needs to watch out for is to discover how many push notifications are enough. And this way, prevent frustrating the users while getting their motive fulfilled. 8. Effective Offboarding Since you have put so much effort into UX design for the whole process, it is equally important for you to end it on a positive note.  That implies, adding UX elements that impart a positive vibe to the users even when they have performed the requisite action or are deactivating/deleting their account. This will improve the chances of them revisiting your app in the future as well. While there are many other UX design principles like that related to typography, colour, and speed, these are basic ones to consider and practice while crafting an innovative mobility solution.  So, it is advisable to UX mobile designers to refer to different guidebooks, keep experimenting with native elements, participate in varied communities, and ultimately bring out better opportunities. Good Luck with your creative future! .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post UX Design Principles: The Cornerstone of Every Successful Mobile App appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

.ONLINE: The Perfect Destination for Your Business

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Launched in August 2015, .ONLINE quickly became a powerful domain extension. So powerful, that it was the first domain extension to make 38000+ domains in 24 hours of launch (source: Radix). The term ‘online’ is universally used and understood. It has become synonymous with ‘Internet’. ‘Online games’, ‘Online shopping’, ‘Online dating’ are commonly and widely used terms today. Some popular premium domains with .ONLINE in use are: www.bandwidth.online, www.headlines.com etc. Why .ONLINE? It is universally understood: The term ‘online’ is understood in 24+ languages It is intuitive: It addresses the core reason of why you need to ‘get online’. It fits all websites: No matter what you’re need is, .ONLINE fits all businesses, individuals, and organisations that want to be online. Who is .ONLINE for? .ONLINE is for: Companies Organisations Individuals Bloggers Start-ups .ONLINE has seen a steady rise in registrations since its launch. Below is the total registrations since 2015. The ResellerClub Advantage  With ResellerClub, you can get this $30.99 TLD for just $6.99 for a limited time period. Get .ONLINE and resell to make huge profits! .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post .ONLINE: The Perfect Destination for Your Business appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

Facebook Messenger Changes Bot Policies: What It Means for Marketers

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore changes to business tools for Facebook Messenger with Kelly Noble Mirabella and YouTube’s Q4 2019 earnings reports […] The post Facebook Messenger Changes Bot Policies: What It Means for Marketers appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

3 Ways to Create a Local PHP Development Environment

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For many users just starting out in web development, one of the greatest challenges is not learning the code itself but simply seeing your results in the browser. The problem is, you need to first set up a proper PHP development environment in order to get your code to run in the browser. If you use PHP Composer, no worries, it’s available in all InMotion Hosting accounts. PHP Is a Server-side Scripting Language As you’re just starting out in coding for the web, you are probably already aware that the web code you write locally must be run in a web browser. Continue reading 3 Ways to Create a Local PHP Development Environment at InMotion Hosting Blog.

Slow Speeds Can Ruin Your Site–UltraStack Can Help

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You may not know much about your cache. And really, you don’t want to know about your cache. When it comes to your website, caching should be a set-it-and-forget-it operation. A cache is typically defined as an inaccessible storage location.  In this sense, “inaccessible” is quite true; you will never need to access your web cache, but it will work independently if set up correctly. No one who visits your site will know whether or not they are looking at a cached page; they will only be enjoying a faster user experience. Continue reading Slow Speeds Can Ruin Your Site–UltraStack Can Help at InMotion Hosting Blog.

How to Make Your WordPress Site Secure from Hackers

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The post How to Make Your WordPress Site Secure from Hackers appeared first on HostGator Blog. A lot of website owners don’t think about keeping their WordPress sites secure until it’s too late. The best time to do something about a hack is before one takes place. Luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to your WordPress site to elevate your levels of security. Taking a proactive approach to website security is one of the best things you can do for your website and your sanity. No one wants to wake up in the morning, only to find that their sites have been compromised. Below we’re going to show you seven different ways that you can make your WordPress site more secure from hackers, including installing some of the best WordPress security plugins out there today.  Just How Secure is WordPress? In general, WordPress is a pretty secure platform. The biggest reason it gets a bad rap is that site owners aren’t following website security best practices. As it currently stands, WordPress does lead as the most commonly hacked website platform. However, this data is skewed a bit, because WordPress is also one of the most popular website building platforms out there–it currently powers over 30% of the web! Here are some of the most common ways that WordPress sites are hacked: Failing to update the WordPress core or plugins consistentlyUsing nulled plugins or themes (i.e., illegally obtained software)Having poor user admin practicesUsing a low-quality theme or plugin As you can see, a lot of these security risks can be managed just by keeping your site and plugins up to date and only downloading themes and plugins from reputable sources.  With the vast nature of WordPress, security holes do exist. The thousands of different themes and plugin combinations are near impossible to test. But, by implementing the WordPress site security tips below, you’ll significantly elevate your levels of site security across the board.  7 Ways to Keep Your WordPress Site Secure There are a ton of different factors that go into keeping your WordPress site secure. Just running a clean installation of WordPress isn’t enough. Below you’ll find seven WordPress security tips that you can implement today to strengthen the security of your site: 1. Use Strong Passwords A lot of websites are hacked because hackers will use password generation tools to brute force attack the admin area. If you’re using a weak password or a password that you use other places online, then you’re significantly increasing your risks of suffering from a brute force attack. One simple fix to keep this from happening is to use a strong password. When you’re setting up your WordPress site, there are a few different places you’ll need to create a password: admin access, when creating WordPress databases, and when connecting to your website via FTP. Creating a strong password is one thing, but remembering that password can be even more challenging. One great way around this is to use a password manager. A password manager is a secure and encrypted tool that stores your website passwords. Then whenever you need to input a password for a particular site or application, the tool will input the password for you. There are a variety of password managers out there, but here are a few worth checking out: LastPassDashlaneKeeper Security 2. Keep Your Core, Themes, and Plugins Up to Date A straightforward way to keep your site secure is keeping everything up to date; this includes your WordPress core, your theme, and the plugins you’re using. At the core, WordPress is incredibly secure and has a team of expert developers who are continuously working to patch security holes and improve the platform. Like most software, updates and patches are released after security risks are discovered. So, if you’re running an older version of the software, you’re basically leaving your back door open.  Installing too many plugins can also make your site more vulnerable to hackers. Plugins can add a ton of useful functionality and features to your WordPress website, but this comes with the added risk of potentially installing a poorly coded (and therefore vulnerable) plugin. Whenever you install a plugin, you should take additional time to vet the quality of the plugin and the team behind it. You also need to update plugins whenever an update is released. You might not know if an update has been released, so it’s essential to log in to your dashboard regularly to look for updates.  A poorly coded theme can also leave your site open to security backdoors. Installing a theme from a quality source can decrease your chances of your theme becoming hacked, but you also need to keep your themes updated and running the latest version.  3. Restrict Site Access and User Roles WordPress allows you to create multiple different user accounts. This can be helpful if you have a team running your site, or you’d like your writers to upload articles directly into WordPress. However, the more logins and passwords you have floating around, the higher the chances of a single user having a weak password—or their account becoming compromised in other ways. When you’re creating new user roles for your WordPress site, you should only give them access to the parts of your website, they need to do the job effectively. For example, you could provide a writer access to the posts section, but not the plugins, themes, or site settings areas. It’s also helpful to enable two-factor authentication across your site. This is a process using an app or plugin that verifies the identity of the user who’s logging into the website.  4. Enable a Website Firewall A WordPress firewall will essentially create a forcefield around your site. Think of it as a failsafe for if you forget to update your site for several months. In some cases, you might not be able to update individual plugins due to a specific software configuration.  In these situations, a website firewall will keep your site secure, even when specific plugins or themes aren’t running the latest software version. One common version of a firewall is known as a website application firewall. This acts like a filtering mechanism that all your website traffic passes through before reaching your site. It will filter out bad traffic or even hacking attempts and only let the good traffic reach your site. As a benefit, this can also help to keep your site online when you’re experiencing a traffic surge, or are undergoing a DDoS attack on your website.  Here are the biggest benefits of running a WordPress firewall: Hackers and bots are automatically blacklisted, so they’ll never reach your siteMalware infections, DDoS attacks, and SQL injections will all be preventedBrute force attacks will be a thing of the pastYour site could run faster and perform betterYou’ll sleep better knowing your website is protected 24/7 Below we’ll highlight some great WordPress plugins that also have built-in firewall protection.  Even configuring your site to work with a CDN like Cloudflare will help to protect your site from DDoS attacks, because your website’s traffic will be routed through their network of servers instead of directly going to your website.  If you’re currently hosting your site here at HostGator, you’ll be able to integrate your site with Cloudflare directly from your website control panel.  5. Have a System for Site Backups Website backups won’t help to keep your site more secure, but they can help you if your website does get taken offline during an attack. With a backup system in place, you can ensure that you’ll always have an operational site that you can restore from. Having a backup is always helpful when you’re experiencing any issues with your site. If you’ve been hacked, or your site is malfunctioning for some reason, you can always restore your site to a previous version. Some hosts will include bundled backups with your hosting plan. But, there are a number of WordPress backup plugins that can help you with backups as well. It can also be helpful to create multiple website backups and store them in different locations. Here are some popular backup plugins worth exploring: UpdraftPlusBlogVaultBackupBuddy A WordPress backup plugin can help you from losing all of your hard work. Plus, you’ll always have a backup plan if your site ever does experience a hack.  6. Limit Login Attempts The login screen on WordPress is especially vulnerable. Having a strong password will help a lot in ensuring a hacker won’t gain access to your site via a brute force attempt. But, if you want to harden the security even further, then you should consider limiting the number of times a user can input their password before locking them out. For example, you can limit the number of login attempts to 4 times. So, after the fourth attempt, you’ll receive a notification of that user and their IP addresses. You can even ban specific IP addresses if it becomes a persistent issue. One of the best plugins for this is aptly named Limit Login Attempts Reloaded.  Best of all, this plugin is entirely free and currently trusted by over one million other WordPress site. Just install the plugin, configure the settings, and your WordPress login screen will be much more secure.  7. Install a WordPress Security Plugin A lot of WordPress security plugins will have most of the features highlighted above. WordPress security plugins are great, because you just have to install the plugin, configure it, and your site will now be secure from most risks lurking online.  A lot of WordPress security plugins will have features like: Malware scanningBuilt-in firewall protectionLogin screen protectionLetting you know what plugins and themes are out of dateDDos and protection from other online attacksAnti-spam protection for a clean comments section Here are a few WordPress security plugins worth installing: WordFenceMalCareiThemes Security ProVaultPressBulletProof Security Most of the security plugins highlighted above have free versions available, but if you’re serious about securing your site, then upgrading to the premium version is a worthwhile investment.  You can always start with a free version of the plugin and upgrade to premium once you’ve been able to explore all the features and see how well it protects your site.  The Importance of a Secure Host With everything above your WordPress site should be incredibly secure. But, beyond securing your actual website you’ll want to host it with a secure hosting provider. Your hosting provider needs to value security and have your site hosted on a server that’s up to the latest security standards. Some solid features to look for in a secure hosting company include: Multiple methods of keeping your server secure, including redundant backups, on-site security and backup generatorsServers that are running the latest server hardware and softwareCertifications that show the facility has been vetted by third-party security providers No matter if you’re choosing a shared hosting, VPS, cloud, or dedicated server, the security standards should be the same. In Closing: Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure Hopefully, you have a better understanding of the steps you can take to elevate the security of your WordPress site and make it hacker-proof. It’s important to implement the security tips above sooner rather than later. You never know when an attack might occur, and you want to be protected and prepared. The easiest course of action is to install one of the WordPress security plugins mentioned earlier in this post. Think of it as your one stop shop for WordPress security. This will add a firewall to your site, lockdown your login screen, include a regular malware scanner, protect you from malware and DDoS attacks, and more. Finally, even by working through every tip in this post, it will all be for naught if you don’t have a secure hosting environment. Your host will act as the foundation for your website’s security. So, make sure you invest in a hosting company who values the security of your hosting environment and website.   Find the post on the HostGator Blog

7 Software Testing Strategies Every Tester Should Know About

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Software as a Service (SaaS) has earned a high reputation in the market owing to which startups are joining the software industry on a wide scale. However, when it comes to developing software and releasing it in the market, having a simple idea is not sufficient. There are a bunch of failed software products in the market. But not all of them are successful in satisfying the target audience. Owing to this, software companies are suffering from hefty losses. In accordance with CISQ reports, the cost of development of poor quality of software in the market amounts to more than $2.84 trillion in the United States. There is deterioration in the quality of the software for a plethora of reasons. One of the top reasons which can contribute to the cost is the failure of the software. The tech start-up industry is rapidly progressing whereas the competition is at its peak. In such a condition, launching a product of top quality is considered to be a start-up survival kit. If a product, launched in the market is filled with bugs, a lot of time is wasted in the marketing of the product and a lot of money is spent from the pocket. Thus, software companies have to push the deadline for fixing the bugs. Such kind of issues are not affordable for start-ups and newbies in the market. Immaculate Software Testing Quality Assurance after the development of the software is useful to the team in detecting a bunch of potential defects which, in turn, helps in avoiding extra loss. Development of detailed software testing plans along with the effective strategies offers a wide array of advantages such as saving resources and time and ensuring the development of a quality product at the same time. Development of strategies for software testing depends on the process which is adopted for software development. At present, the majority of the products are developed with the aid of microservices architecture which is known to be a variant of SOA. In such a scenario, it is recommended to opt for microservices testing strategies that are suitable for the product. Third-party services might slow you down Owing to the innovative technologies such as API integrations, it is possible to hook the website up with a plethora of service of your choice. For instance, you might use a plugin which is helpful in developing a promotional banner or customer analytics. Owing to these services, your website might start malfunctioning or slow down. Though it might not be apparent on the devices, real users with various geographical locations and browsers might get affected. Here is a list of the software testing strategies which helps in ensuring that a perfect and high-end  product is being released in the market: Let’s look at software testing strategies to boost business growth. Aligning the Quality Assurance strategies with the objectives of the business Specific software is releasing in the market while keeping specific achievements in mind. The growth of the business is generally determined through various achievements. It is essential that the business owners ask different questions like the objective of software testing, the effect of the process on the achievement of the goals of the business. It is necessary to communicate such goals to the whole company which are inclusive of QA services, as well as, the software development team. 2. Developing a detailed plan for Quality Assurance and testing processes It is a prerequisite that the QA companies devise unique strategies which are aligned with the objectives of the business. It is possible to execute the strategy effectively if the whole process of testing is documented completely. Documentation is considered to be the key to the maintenance of consistency in quality. Thus, it is possible to divide the plan into four segments, which include a quality management plan, testing strategies, test plan, and test case. 3. Creating an ideal work environment for the software testing team Developing a quality work environment is known to have a positive effect on the attitude of the testers. To ensure a healthy and sound work environment for the team, you require opening communication, expanding the knowledge base, involving Quality assurance team during the product development. 4. Testing for user acceptance Good quality software is developed while keeping the requirements of the potential audience in mind. The quality assurance team should have a prerequisite understanding of the defined user persona for the test and product, on the basis of user types. In this scenario, it is possible to engage the end-users in the last stage of development. It is also necessary to conduct user acceptance during the time. To achieve the same, you require defining a method for the User Acceptance Testing procedure. After this, you need to conduct the testing in a proper and organized way. After this, you require documenting the process. There are a plethora of applications which are known to include user onboarding prior to its entry into the app. In addition to this, it also provides a brief about different functionalities and how to use the app. 5. Measuring the quality of the code Ensuring the quality of code is vital for software testing, there are specific metrics which play a vital role in ensuring the same. The code is free from bugs and errors and is running smoothly. According to the CISQ software quality model, there are certain metrics which are effective in measuring the quality of the code which include security, performance efficiency, rate of delivery, and reliability. In Summation The above-mentioned metrics play a vital role in ensuring that the code is up to the market. As code is considered to be the backbone of the software, it is regarded as one of the most critical testing strategies. There are a plethora of guidelines which play a vital role in ensuring an end product of great quality. .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { width: 100% !important; } The post 7 Software Testing Strategies Every Tester Should Know About appeared first on ResellerClub Blog.

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