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How to Change Pass in WordPress?

In our previous posts, we explained different information about WordPress CMS. We started from its hosting requirements to its installation and security and then its General settings and finished with Discussion Settings. In this post, we’re going to show you how you can change the Admin’s password in WordPress. This is the password you use to login to the WordPress dashboard of your website.

How to change the admin’s password in WP?

There are two ways you can change a password in WordPress. One way is using PHPMyAdmin just like we do for Joomla. The whole process is the same for both Joomla and WordPress. Another way is through the WP dashboard. So, Let’s see how it’s done.

Change pass using PHPmyAdmin

After logging into your hosting control panel, go to the database section and click on PHPmyAdmin and then select the database that you’ve had created and have linked to your WP user. Just like the picture below, on the drop-down menu select wp-user and then click on the edit button.

Change Password using PHPmyAdmin

In the user_pass and the Function, boxes select MD5 and then type in your desired password.

Change pass through the Wp dashboard itself

The second way is through the Wp dashboard itself. However, if you have forgotten your password, the first way is your only option. Because in this option, you need to first log into the WP dashboard so you need your password. But if you are able to log in and just want to change your password, follow these steps.

After logging into the dashboard, go to the user tab from the menu, and just like the picture below generate a new password for the user you want and from them you can log into the user’s dashboard using your new account.

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WordPress Settings (Discussion)

In our latest posts, we have been explaining different parts of WordPress Settings. We said that if you hover on the Settings option on the WP dashboard’s menu, you’ll see lots of options like General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, Permalinks and etc. In this post, we are going to explain about the Discussion Settings.

The Discussion settings are all about comments. Let’s see what we have in this part.

Discussion Settings

When you click on The Discussion option from the menu, you’ll see this page:

Discussion Settings

These are what’s going to happen if you enable each option here:

Default article settings

  • First option: If you link to any blogs in your posts, they’ll be notified if possible.
  • Second option: If other blogs link to your new post, you’ll be notified.
  • Third option: You allow people to post comments on your blog posts.
Other comment settings
  • Anyone who wants to post a comment, has to give their names and Email address.
  • If you enable this option, only registered and logged in users can comment.
  • This option will automatically close the comment section of your new posts after 7 (more or less) days.
  • Every comment can only get 5 (more or less) replies.
Email me Whenever

As obvious by its name, here you’ll choose when you want to be notified by emails.

  • When someone posts a comment.
  • When a comment is waiting to be approved.
Before Comment appears

This section is super easy and you can choose to manually approve every comment or automatically approve a comment if the author has had approved comments before.

Comment Moderation

Here you can set that if a comment includes 2 links, it must wait for moderation. You can change the number of links and also add the links that you don’t want to show up in the comments, here in the white box.

Comment Blacklist

This is one of the most important sections to control the comments. You can add some phrases or words that need to be blocked. So every time a user uses those phrases or words, their comments will be blocked.

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WordPress Settings (Media & Permalinks)

In this series of our posts, we are explaining everything about WordPress, from the installation requirements to WordPress Settings and more. As you know, when you hover on “Settings” on the WP’s dashboard menu, you’ll see a list. This list includes options like General, Writing, Reading , Discussion, Media , Permalinks, and etc. We have already explained General, Wiring and Reading so in this post, we’ll explain Media and Permalinks.

Media Settings

Media Settings

As it’s obvious by its name, this part of WordPress settings are all about your Website’s media (pictures, videos and etc). you can choose to give everything you upload a specific size and choose how you want them to be organized.

  • Thumbnail Size: This sets a default size for all of the Thumbnails.
  • Medium Size: If you choose the pictures to be in the medium size, this is gonna be the size.
  • Large Size: If you choose the pictures to be large, this is gonna be their size.
  • Uploading Files: If you enable this option, you’ll have a more organized Media gallery.

However, WordPress also lets you choose and change these sizes later even at the time of uploading the media. For example, Whenever you upload an image, it gives you an edit option so you can resize the image.

Permalinks

In this section of WordPress Settings, the only part that matters to SEO is the Common Settings. In Common Settings you can choose the format of your permalinks. Permalinks are the URL for every post that you publish on your website. We recommend you to always choose the “Post name” option that is the best one for SEO.

Now you know more about WordPress Settings and some different options you can have for your WP website. In our future posts, we’ll talk more about WordPress.

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WordPress Settings (Writing & Reading Settings)

In our last post, we explained the General settings of WordPress. Now you know that WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that has lots of features to help you have your perfect website. As we said in the last post, when you log in to the dashboard of WordPress and hover on the Settings section on the menu, you’ll see different options like General, Writing, reading and etc. We explained the General setting now we’ll explain the Writing Settings.

The Writing Settings

Here are the things you’ll see in the Writing settings:

Reading settings
  • Default Category: this shows the main categories of the posts that you publish on your website. So, what you choose here will be the default category that will be chosen for your posts if you don’t change them.
  • Default post format: What format and template you want your posts to have.
  • Post via Email: as obvious from the explanation in the photo above, you can choose an email via which you can publish posts on your website. This means that whatever you post directly from that email to your website will be published as a post. So this email must be kept super confidentially.

The Reading Settings

  • Front Page Display: Here you’ll choose what you want to the front page of your website to be. You can either choose it to be your latest posts or it can be a static page.
  • Blog Pages show at most: choose how many posts you want to be showed er page of your blog page.
  • For each article in a feed, show: here you have two options. If you choose “Full Text”, the whole text of your latest post will appear in the feed. If you choose the “Summary”, you’ll see only a short text from the post in the feed.
  • Search Engine Visibility: This is the most important option! If you enable this option, you are telling the search engines to not index your web pages. This is awful for SEO so we recommend you not to enable this option and let search engines index your pages.

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WordPress Settings (General Settings)

WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that helps you easily customize and manage your website content. In our previous posts, we have explained different things about WordPress. We mentioned talked about the WordPress hosting requirements, the installation process, and some safety hints. In this post, we are going to talk about WordPress settings.

As you know, the WordPress dashboard is accessible at yourdomain.com/wp-admin. There you need to give the username and the pass that you’ve set during the installation process. After logging in you’ll see a menu on your left that has lots of options on it. Scroll down to find the “Settings” option and hover your mouse on it. You’ll see multiple options like General, Writing, Reading, and etc. Let’s see what things you can do in the General tab.

General Settings

Here you have some settings about the general status of your website.

General-Settings
  • Site Title: Write the name of your website here.
  • Tagline: A short description of your website.
  • WordPress address (URL): The URL you use to access your WordPress.
  • Site address: Your website URL
  • Email address: Your WordPress admin’s email so that you can receive emails and notifications when things like having a new member happens.
  • Membership: If you check this box, anyone can become a member of your site. This means that even robots can become a member and they might cause security issues for your website. But you can use captcha and some security plugins to protect the website from robots. If you don’t check the box, you need to approve the people that request to become a member.
  • New User Default Role: This drop-down defines what is a role for each new user that gets added to your website. So they can be admin, writer, subscriber or etc.
  • Timezone: As you know, this option sets the timezone of your website.
  • Default Format: You can choose in what format you want the date to be shown on your website.
  • Time Format: Choose the way you want the time to be shown on your website.

In our next post, we’re going to explain other settings tabs for you.

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What is a Brute Force attack?

In our last post, we explained some ways that could help you have a safer WordPress Website. We mentioned that although WordPress is easy and very flexible to use, it can be a good target for different attacks. One of the most common attacks for all types of websites is the Brute Force attack. So this attack is not just for WordPress and can happen anywhere that needs login. In this post, we are going to explain more about the Brute Force attack.

What is a Brute Force attack?

As we said in the paragraph above, the Brute Force attack is one of the most common attacks that happen in the IT world. This attack happens when a hacker tries to get your login details. The attackers send a large number of usernames and passwords to the login page of a website, webmail or etc to finally find the correct username and password. So by doing this, the attackers try lots and lots of possible passphrases until they get it right.

What is Brute Force attack?

Attackers perform the Brute Force attack in so many different ways. But the most common way is called “Dictionary-based”. For this attack, the attackers have a long list of all common passwords or the old passwords that they’ve found during their previous attacks. Then they try all of those passwords to finally guess the correct passphrase.

How to stay safe from Brute Force Attack?

The answer to this question is simple: A Strong Password

If you want to stay as safe as possible from Brute Force attacks, you need to have a really strong password. To create a strong password, you need to choose lowercase letters, uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers altogether and make it as unpredictable as possible. The password length should always be more than 8 characters and make sure to not use predictable passwords like your birth date, phone number, or etc.

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How to make your WordPress Website Safe?

WordPress is a type of CMS that is commonly used all around the world. WordPress is really easy to use and gives you lots of options to create your desired website. We’ve already explained how you can install WordPress on a host and all of its requirements before. So after setting up your WordPress website, you need to do everything you can to keep it safe. In this post, we are going to show you some basic ways that help you have a safer WordPress site.

As we mentioned above, WordPress has lots of plugins and features to make having a website as easy as possible. However, WordPress can also be a target for attacks like Brute Force attack, DDOS attack, Cross-Site Scripting or XSS and etc. So let’s see how we can make our WordPress site Safer:

Captcha

The first thing you can use is captcha. You can set a Re-Captcha for the login page or the comment section of your website to prevent robots from attacking your website.

Server Security

Even if you do all the needed things for the safety of your website, your website is in danger as long as you don’t have a secured server. This means that you need to take care of the security of the server that is hosting your WordPress website. You can do things like updating OS, PHP version, WebServer and etc to increase your server security.

Firewall

In addition to the firewall, you have on your hosting service, it’s a good idea to have a firewall on your system. This can reduce the possibility of receiving DDOS attacks in the Network layer.

WAF

One of the easiest ways of protecting a WordPress website is by activating WAF. WAF is basically a web-based firewall that checks the traffic for any suspicious data. You can also filter some special traffics based on your preferences. Activating WAF can reduce the possibility of XSS attacks.

Plugins and Themes

Lots of plugins and themes can be interesting to have on your WordPress website. These can make customization easier and also some plugins like “all in one wp security” can help you have a safer website. However, plugins can also be a way for hackers to get into your website. So make sure to always update your plugins and scan them before installation. You should also delete any unwanted plugins that you are no longer using on your WordPress website.

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WordPress Installation on Linux Host (Part2)

This is part 2 of our last post. In our last post, we started walking you through the installation process of WordPress. So to start the WordPress installation process from the beginning, please read part1 first:

Now we have fully finished the preparation steps before starting the WordPress installation. So we are ready to transfer the WordPress files to our host. Let’s see how we can do that:

Step3: Transfering WordPress to Host

In this step of WordPress installation, We have two ways to do it:

  1. FTP: Setup an FTP software like Filezilla if you don’t have one and then Connect to the server using the information that the service provider gave you. Now move or copy and paste the WordPress file to the Public_html or www file. The transfer duration depends on your Internet speed.
  2. File Manager: Go to cPanel’s File Manager from the Home page.
cPanel-file-manager

Go to the Public_html or the www file and click on upload. on the new window, click on browse and choose the WordPress zip file (zip or gz.tar), and then you wait till the upload is finished.

Upload-and-extract-file

Go back to the file manager and right-click on the zip file to extract it. And then after extracting, delete the zip file.

Attention! If you continue the installation now, you’re going to have to access your website at this link: http://yourdomain.com/wordpress

So, If you want to omit the WordPress from the end of that link, you have to move all the files that are in the WordPress folder to public_html. To do this, select all files in the WordPress folder and click on move. In the new window, clear the WordPress from the end of the path and click on “Move files”. Now all of those files are in the root.

Step4: Start the WordPress Installation

Type in www.yourdomain.com on your browser, and you’ll see a page like the one in the picture below. (If you’ve uploaded the WordPress files in a path other than Public_html, you need to add the folder’s name at the end of your address. For example www.yourdomain.com/wordpress)

You need to enter the needed database information. These are the exact information that you used at step2 to create the database.

The installation begins here and remember! DO NOT use admin as your username and make sure to have a very strong password.

When the WordPress installation is done, you’ll be redirected to a page that shows your username with a message that says the installation is finished.

From now on, you can access your WordPress dashboard at www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin

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WordPress installation on Linux Host (Part1)

When you want to start a website, a good domain and a host are probably the first things you’re going to need. There are lots of names and options that you’re going to see at the time of buying a host. These words are Linux host, Windows host, Dedicated, VPS, Shared Hosting, and etc. At the time of buying your host, you must know and consider what type of website you’re going to run. For example, Does it have lots of visitors? are you going to use CMS or not? If yes, you should know what are the basic requirements for the CMS you are using. In our last post, we explained the requirements for hosting a WordPress site. In this post, we are going to walk you through WordPress installation on your Linux host (cPanel).

WordPress Installation

Step1: Download WordPress

Download the latest version of WordPress and put it somewhere like on your desktop so you can find it easily.

Step2: Create a database for WordPress installation

Login to your cPanel via one of these two links:

www.yourdomain.com:2082 or www.yourdomain.com/cpanel

Now from the databases section, choose “MySQL Databases”.

You need to choose a name for your database and this name could be anything but better to be meaningful. Click on “create database” to continue.

Here you need to add a user for your database. To do that, from the MySQL section go to “Add a New User”. Choose a username and a strong password to create the user.

Now you need to make a relation between the database and the user. Go to “Add user to database” and select the database and the user. Click on the “Add” button. You’ll see a new window on which you need to check the ” ALL PRIVILEGES” box and click on the “Make Changes” button.

Everything is ready for transferring the WordPress file to the server. In our next post, we are going to show you how you can transfer the file to your server, and then we’ll start the installation.

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WordPress Hosting Requirements

In our last post, we explained about CMS and different types of it. One of the most famous types of CMS is WordPress. Every website and CMS have their own requirements to get installed on hosts. In this post, we are going to show you what are the requirements for WordPress.

Choosing a good hosting service is a big deal for your website. Having a good hosting service is majorly going to have an effect on the website’s SEO and its success. There are different options to choose from when you want to host a WordPress website. You can have shared hosting, a VPS, a dedicated server or etc. However, there are two questions you need to ask yourself before choosing a service:

  • What are the system requirements for my WordPress website?
  • Which hosting service does my website actually needs?

What are the system requirements for my WordPress website?

The first two and the most important things that a WordPress website needs are:

  1. PHP version 5/2/4 or higher
  2. MySQL version 5 or higher

This is because WordPress is based on PHP and MySQL database. Because of the popularity that this sCMS has all o ver the world, most hosting services have a one-click option to install WordPress. The default language after the installation is English and if you need any other languages you need to install it separately.

Which hosting service does my website actually needs?

According to what we mentioned in posts about shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers, you need to choose the service that has enough resources. You should also check the accesses you are going to need for your website. This is because some services like shared hosting have limited access comparing to VPS and dedicated. Another thing to consider is the number of visitors your website has. This will help you know how much resources you are going to need. Our support team at AiroServer.com can always help you choose the best hosting service.

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