WordPress Resources at SiteGround

WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites:

Expert WordPress Hosting

SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. We take care of WordPress sites security with unique server-level customizations, WP auto-updates, and daily backups. We make them faster by regularly upgrading our hardware, offering free CDN with Railgun and developing our SuperCacher that speeds sites up to 100 times! And last but not least, we provide real WordPress help 24/7! Learn more about SiteGround WordPress hosting

WordPress tutorial and knowledgebase articles

WordPress is considered an easy to work with software. Yet, if you are a beginner you might need some help, or you might be looking for tweaks that do not come naturally even to more advanced users. SiteGround WordPress tutorial includes installation and theme change instructions, management of WordPress plugins, manual upgrade and backup creation, and more. If you are looking for a more rare setup or modification, you may visit SiteGround Knowledgebase.

Free WordPress themes

SiteGround experts not only develop various solutions for WordPress sites, but also create unique designs that you could download for free. SiteGround WordPress themes are easy to customize for the particular use of the webmaster.

Importance of Website Maintenance

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Make Your Mark Web Design Website Maintenance IconWe get asked a lot why our number one recommendation for our clients after a website is built is monthly website maintenance packages.  If your website fails to load for example, the entire website usually shuts down and causes 404 errors, much to the dismay and aggravation to the website owner and your customers.  When keeping your website up-to-date on not only your backend, but also your content, you keep your customers happy.   Your website is an advertising medium for your business that has the potential of capturing the attention of a large number of customers.  Social media is not the only way people find your business.

Businesses tend to have the idea that once a website is built, it’s an engine that just continues to run on its own.  FALSE!  Just like a car engine, websites need constant updating and new content added to keep your customers interested in your brand.

Remember to keep all contact information updated.  You have the potential to lose a lot of business if a customer cannot contact you due to a wrong number, change of address, or an invalid contact form.

Update content to be fresh and inviting.  Customers get bored very easily.  Seeing the same old blogs and homepage articles week after week causes your website bounce rate to increase.  If you feature articles on your website, replace the articles weekly, or at the very least, every two weeks with new ones. As major search engines crawl websites looking for new content, updating your website content increases your website’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  Make Your Mark Web Design recommends a Content Maintenance Package to prevent a website from going stale, while also building credibility and establishing loyalty with your audience.

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Search engines like websites that change regularly and regard the ones with the most recent content as most relevant to web surfers. A lot of value is placed on websites with fresh and unique content. Neglect your website and it will fall down in the search engine rankings.

Updating plugins and themes will keep your website not only secure, but prevents it from breaking down.  I hate when I look at a webpage and see error codes or a jumbled page.  When a plugin breaks it makes your website look amateur and disorganized.  At Make Your Mark Web Design, we update plugins daily using our Backend Monthly Maintenance package.  When a plugin or theme is broken, a hacker can find the smallest vulnerability in your web code and cause your website to lead to their websites.Make Your Mark Web Design Website Maintenance Icon

Make Your Mark Web Design can help you get fresh content ideas and get your website up-to-date! Contact us Today!

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Hacking and Security

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 With today’s hackers finding more and more ways to attack your website, the question most of our clients ask is “How do we secure our website?” Finding the right plugins to secure your website and prevent hacking is a constant battle and is the first step in securing your website.

Here at Make Your Mark Web Design we use two security plugins that not only monitor and email you with hacking attempts, but they also block the IP addresses and harden down your website; Sucuri Security and Wordfence Security. Wordfence sends a monthly report of all the hacking attempts, the names they used to try and get in, and the country they’re attempting to hack from. Sucuri Security checks your website for malware as often as every three hours. They will also keep you updated on what plugins need updating and any file changes that were made. This is a great tool if you want to keep track of all the files being updated on their own.

One of the major keys to protecting your website is to update your plugins and themes. We check and update our plugins and themes on our clients websites daily. We go as far as to research new plugins to remove the old ones. Why do we remove old plugins? Simple….outdated plugins can give hackers access to your website.

If you think you have nothing on your website worth hacking, think again. You have stored information all over your website. They not only can steal your information, but also take your website completely over. Backing up your website often will help get your website back on track faster.

In a lot of cases when your website is attacked, if you have no backup copy you will have to start from scratch. One way to prevent hackers is to not use ADMIN in your usernames. Hackers will research your business using search engines, then take for instance your first name and add ADMIN to the end of it and attempt to guess your password repeatedly.

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Another way is to have what is called a “bot” do this. One way to trick the bot is to have a captcha on your WordPress login screen. Bots are not able to read these captchas correctly, thus preventing them from hacking your website.

 Having a great password will also protect you. Try not to use anything that has to do with your name, personal information, or your business. To remember all these really great passwords, we suggest using a password keeper like 1 Password. It has been the easiest tool to keep all our passwords in order.

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