Category Archives: Getting Started

Securing your WordPress Admin Accounts

On its own, WordPress is a very secure platform.  However, when you start introducing third party software and people into the system, this can change.  Today we are going to go over some good policies that every site administrator should put into place.

Don’t Give Away Your Username

Obviously if someone knows your username that you use to log in to your site, all they have left is to guess your password.  It used to be that WordPress automatically assigned the ‘admin’ username to the administrator when a site was created.  If for any reason your username is set to ‘admin’ you will want to change it.

WordPress won’t allow you to change your username after the fact, so you will have to follow these steps to fix it:

  1. Log into your administrator account.
  2. Create a new administrator account with a secure username.
  3. Log in using the new administrator account.
  4. Delete your old administrator account.
  5. When asked what to do with the content created by the old user, assign everything to the new user.

 Changine your display name in WordPress profile settings

Beyond just avoiding using ‘admin’ as your username, you will need to prevent WordPress from displaying your username on the front of the site.  By default, your username is displayed on the front end of the site for all the posts that you have authored.  This is done because the username is required during user creation and not all users have assigned another name to appear on the site.  Thankfully, WordPress allows you to display the name of your choice on the front end of the site.  The image above illustrates the last step in this process:

  1. Log in to your administrator account.
  2. In the menu on the left, go to ‘Users’ -> ‘Your Profile’.
  3. Enter in a nickname that is different from your username.
  4. In the ‘Display name publicly as’ dropdown, select your nickname.

If you don’t mind displaying your real name on the site, you can always display that as well.  Keep in mind that if your username was being displayed on the site before, you will want to follow the aforementioned steps for changing the username for your admin account.

Use Secure Passwords

All too often people use insecure passwords because they are easy to type or easy to remember.  Here are a few pointers on secure passwords:

  1. Never use obvious or easy to guess passwords.  ‘Password’ or your pet’s name should definitely be marked of the list.  Also, don’t use the name of your spouse, parts of your address or other personal information like your birthdate.
  2. Don’t use a password across multiple accounts.  If someone were to gain access to your password for one account it would compromise all of your other accounts.  When I use the word ‘accounts’ here, I mean any website where you might have a username and password.
  3. Make your password long enough. The shorter your password is, the more likely a hacker will be able to crack it.  As a password gets longer, it becomes exponentially more difficult to crack.  Eight characters should be the minimum here.
  4. Mix up your characters. Don’t just use all letters or numbers, or even all upper or lowercase for that matter.
  5. Actually change your password occasionally.

Creating a Photo Gallery in WordPress

Many people get confused when trying to create a photo gallery in WordPress. It isn’t obvious at first glance how to utilize this built-in feature. Let me walk you step-by-step through how to create a photo gallery by uploading images from your computer or by using images already in your media library.  Just in case you need a little more help, you can follow along with the video! Continue reading Creating a Photo Gallery in WordPress

Add New Page Screen in WordPress

Adding Pages to a WordPress Site

WordPress is a popular solution for managing website’s nowadays.  The reason it is so popular is because of the simplicity with which you can add or manage the content on your site.

Using WordPress for the first time can be a bit confusing, but once you get the hang of things, I guarantee you will love it!  One of the first tasks you will need to learn to perform is how to add a page to your site.  Here is a great video from WordPress.tv on how to add pages:

Adding Pages to Your WordPress Website

  • Log in to administrative back-end of your WordPress site.  Typically, you can reach the login by typing in your normal website address and adding /wp-admin on the end.
  • Next, click on ‘Pages’ in the navigation menu on the left-hand side.  If you have pages already, they will appear on this page.
  • To add a page, click on the ‘Add New’ button in the ‘Pages’ sub-menu or at the top of the page that just loaded.
  • Now, you should be on the ‘Add New Page’ screen.   The first box you will need to fill in is the title.  Below the title field is a text editor where you can put the content you want to appear on your page.

Add New Page Screen in WordPress

  • On the right-hand side, you will see some options.  If you want to add this as a sub-page of another page, you can do so in the ‘Page Attributes’ box.
  • Once you are ready to publish your page, just click on the blue ‘Publish’ button in the ‘Publish’ box at the top right of the page.
  • Once the page has been published, you will see a notification at the top of the page with a link to view your page on the main site.

So that is it in a nutshell.  It is pretty simple, but feel free to ask any questions in the comments.