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In the past few years, we’ve seen 100’s of websites hacked, including our own! We don’t claim to be security experts, but we have learned a few things the hard way in our years on the web.

1. Use the default “admin” as the username. Hackers use brute force programs to “guess” your credentials. Leaving your username as “admin’ is the equivalent to giving them 50% of your credentials. Don’t do it.

2. Use an easy to guess password. Hackers literally try every word in the dictionary to guess your credentials when brute forcing your site. Use a combination of letters (upper and lower) numbers, and characters in all passwords, especially your admin passwords.

3. Don’t update your plugins. We’ve seen 100’s of sites hacked and probably the #1 reason they get hacked every time is due to outdated plugins.

4. Don’t update WordPress. Same goes for WordPress itself. WordPress does incremental updates anytime a security bug is found that they patch. Don’t wait on this one.

5. Use “nulled” themes. Using a nulled theme is not only unethical but it can leave your website vulnerable as well.

6. Trust everyone with credentials. Be careful who you allow in your site. If you have someone do work on your site, make sure you vet them properly. Always give people the least amount of access possible.

As a final note, always back up your website. With most hosting companies this is as simple as a 1-click solution, and only takes a few seconds.

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Recently a good friend of ours sent us a message on Facebook asking the question:

“…As you know I love to write and you may have seen my blog. Right now it is on Tumblr but I want to make the next step into buying a domain and maybe getting it hosting. The thing is, I’m not very technically savvy and really don’t need anything complicated. When I went to sign up for hosting I don’t know (and no offense, don’t really care) about gigabytes, megabytes and all that jazz. Either way, I just want something simple. What do I do?”

Our reply:

“Hi Mark, hope you are doing well. I definitely hear where you are coming from. To keep things really simple, since we are a small hosting company, we have the ability to basically ‘do everything for you’ and get you all set up. We definitely don’t mind doing this and are quite happy to help a friend especially if you are hosting with us. I’ll walk you through the full signup process on the phone. After that, we will go in and setup your website. We recommend using WordPress since you are a writer. You can choose from a number of free or paid “themes” that are quite easy to configure. We can also help you with this since we also have web developers and designers in-house.

Once it is all setup, we will give you 2 sets of credentials:

  • 1 set to log in and manage your hosting account / billing
  • 1 set to log into your blog, so you can create content

Once you have that, it is as simple as logging in, hitting “add new post” and writing. Once you are finished you hit publish and your post is live. Simple enough, right?

Of course, we are also available with all of this, we have bloggers on staff that can help you get setup and everything. Thanks again for thinking of us.”