3 WordPress Tips

WordPress iconHey everyone – just a quick post today as I’m up to my eyeballs in Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers these past weeks (more on this in a future post). But I did want to throw a couple things out there!

WordPress Security

I want to remind everyone of the importance of a secure username and dependable website security. My website has been assaulted by a worrisome number of attempted hacks over the past month – nearly one every day – and nearly all of them from IP addresses based in Ukraine. These people try to login using every imaginable combo of my name/website url, although nearly every horrid hit-hacker begins an attack by trying the username “admin.” I use the free version of the WordPress plugin Wordfence Security, but am now considering upgrading to the paid service. I talked about that plugin and other website essentials in this post. if it can happen to me, it can happen to you. Consider yourselves WARNED!

Custom WordPress Dashboard

My friend and WordPress consultant Barb Drozdowich of Bakerview Consulting recently put together a series of podcasts about WordPress. One of them demonstrates how to customize your dashboard – something I never knew you could do. (See? What do I know?) I watched it and immediately made some changes. You can view Barb’s’s podcast here.

Pop-Up Plugin Extraordinaire








My friend and guest poster Ben Wallace created the best pop-up as a call-to-action to subscribe EVER. He recently took it down, but it was hilarious and perfect and although pop-ups annoy some visitors, I went to Ben’s site multiple times just to see his appear. Ben used the plugin Optin Revolution. I plan to install it one of these days, you just watch.

That’s all I’ve got today! If you’d like more info about WordPress tips, tricks, ideas and options, check out these posts. Here are
40 WordPress Tricks and Hacks, now 30 more, and 26 more. Whew! Now back to cleaning the fridge.

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19 Responses to 3 WordPress Tips

  1. Barb Drozdowich March 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi Molly!
    Hugs my friend! Thanks for mentioning my video – which is quickly morphing into a monster. I keep getting suggestions…I have 5 made so far and probably 3 million suggestions of topics for the future. Will keep me busy and out of trouble! Ben’s post was great! Thanks for sharing that! And I am looking forward to hearing about the Magic Erasers….

    • Molly Greene March 16, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Barb! My pleasure, thanks so much for making your videos. I’d think there would be a never-ending supply of WordPress subjects – and yours are GREAT! Keep it up.

      • cindy March 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

        I love Barb’s work. She’s awesome!

        • Molly Greene March 18, 2015 at 9:17 am #

          Yes, Cindy, Barb is smart and knowledgeable and wonderful to work with!

  2. Anne R. Allen March 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    So sorry to hear about the hackers, Molly! Yikes. Google has let me know a few times that hackers have tried to get into my blog, but so far their free security seems to work.

    I hope you don’t get the popup. I’m 100% against popups that block readers trying to enter a site. It’s a big “go away” mat on your front door. It punishes your regular readers and tells them they don’t matter–like keeping the whole class after school to punish the one kid who farted and didn’t own up.

    We used to sing a song in Girl Scouts when I was a kid. “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, but the other is gold.” With that kind of popup, you’re trading silver for gold.

    • Barb Drozdowich March 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi Anne,
      I agree with you about the pop-ups. I hate them! I know that there are a lot of prominent authors that suggest putting them in place, but like you, I don’t agree. For the authors that I know that have put them in place, I suggest that they keep their eyes on their stats and see if the average length of visit goes down…see if it is scaring people away….

    • Molly Greene March 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Anne, the funny thing is Ben said the pop-up worked really well, but he took it down when he starting seeing repeat traffic take over – didn’t want to annoy regular visitors. For some reason I thought you could “program” pop-ups like that to somehow recognize a repeat visitor and not appear. but I just asked Ben about it and he told me that would be “magic.” And hey, I was in Girl Scouts, too. “I wear a G for generosity … I wear and I for interest, too … I wear a R for real live sportsmanship, I wear an L for loyalty, for loy-al-ty.” Haha!

      • Laura Fredericks March 17, 2015 at 1:05 am #

        Just wanted to chime in to say that the magic exists! We use Intercom (http://intercom.io) on Describli, and it lets us send pop-up messages on the site or emails in response to certain actions. It can also recognize whether that popup has been sent before, whether the user is new or returning, and a whole bunch of other things. It’s not free, but it’s pretty glorious to be able to send a specific note to someone when they write something, or comment on someone else’s post, or when they come back after being gone for a while. Just wanted to let you know that it’s out there 🙂

        • Molly Greene March 17, 2015 at 6:35 am #

          YAAAAAY! Laura, thank you so, so much for taking the time to comment. This is really wonderful news. The stats tell us that pop-ups DO work to help build subscriber lists, but we also know from personal experience that they annoy us when they appear every single time we visit a favorite site. I deeply appreciate the info, thanks for sharing!

  3. Sue Coletta March 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    I had no idea you could change the dashboard. I wonder if it’s the same for WordPress.com sites. Do you know?

    • Molly Greene March 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

      The dashboard looks the same on both platforms, so I bet you can, Sue!

    • Barb Drozdowich March 16, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

      Hi Sue,
      You can – in this way, WordPress.com and WordPress.org are identical.

  4. Sue Coletta March 17, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    Awesome. Thank you both!

  5. Kym Kettler-Paddock March 17, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    Handy tips, as always!!! Thank you!!

  6. Kendra March 18, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    Thanks for a great blog post! I am new to blogging–and WordPress–so the tips are especially useful. I was unaware that WordPress sites could be hacked. Thanks so much for letting me know about this, I’ll make sure I keep changing my password and also look into what security systems I can put in place. I’m sorry to hear that your site was hacked.

    • Molly Greene March 18, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      Hi Kendra, a great username and password are a MUST!

  7. Judy Hudson March 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Perfect timing. I’m just about to start building a new wordpress site. Thanks.

    • Molly Greene March 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      Best of luck with your new website, Judy!