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Most of us are happy and contented using “Wordpress”; the so very popular blogging platform, as, it is fulfilling almost all our blogging requirements, but how long? Only till keep your WordPress blog secured from hackers or the worms of today that affect your blog. Why do I call them worms of today? There’s a reason for this. Where the worms were mischievous: like defacing your site, today, they attack without any prior signs and screw up your sites and even tend to eradicate you from Google list!!

It’s not that I am scaring the hell out of you; it has happened and may happen over
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and over again, if, you do not take precautions.
A stitch in time saves nine!! So, if you do not wish to drench yourself later, here are some tips to secure your blog from such worms and to block the holes that may occur during installation or after installing WordPress.

1. Update the software

There is no as such software system which is completely impervious to bugs and susceptibilities. If you are thinking that something can go wrong with your site, soon you will be facing problems. There are frequent attempts to exploit all kinds of software by people who are experts in doing this, those, whom we call ‘HACKERS”!!A good way to fight them is to keep your software up- to- date.
This lesson was well clear to the WordPress users when in September 2009, a wave of attacks spread across sites which did not use the latest version of the software. I guess you won’t wish that to happen with you. Moreover, when it’s so simple to keep your WordPress site up-to- date, why should you take a risk? The best part is that for the latest versions, you have the option to install automatic updates. You also receive notifications for every new upgrade. Then why keep your blog away from it?
If you aren’t using the latest version of WordPress, get it soon, as; sticking to the old one can invite the hackers with doors open.
2. Password considerations

Your user password keeps a hold of your blogging experience. So, a very important question is how to keep it protected. First of all, you should constantly keep changing your password to something that is out of the reach of one’s mind. What would make your password unique? Try avoiding common phrases and consider using numbers in your password. Having lower and upper case letters will confuse and make it different and the hacker will have to break his mind behind it.
When I ask you to constantly keep changing the password-I mean that change it at least once in six months. Another plus point for you is when you are using a program like ‘1 password for Mac or Windows’. It helps you to store your password secured in the browser and also find out strong and unique passwords, thereby, making it easy for you to change it.
3. Secret keys for WP-Config
The WP –Config PHP file in WordPress is an asset for you, as, it has all the database information which is needed by WordPress to connect its circuit-so to-speak. Not securing this file may lead to insecurity for the name, address, password of the MySQL database that stores all of your user info, blog posts and other valuable content. You may very well imagine now as to why it becomes necessary to use a secret key to prevent others from accessing your account. Now if you ask what a secret key is? It is a password with elements making it difficult to generate enough options to break through your security barriers.
How to install this secret key function: Go to- https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/ and copy the results into this section of your wp-config.php file. And then you are ready to use a secret key for this section of your wp-config.php file.
4. Htaccess File in Check
This I consider as one of the most effective ideas. Once you have started using an htaccess file, you can lockdown your WP-admin directory by IP address. In more simple words, this will make sure that, only the IP addresses you specify, can access your admin dashboard URLs. Meaning, you are putting a ‘No Entry’ board for anyone else to try and hack your WordPress backend. To do this, simply create a file called .htaccess and add the following code to your file, replacing xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx with your IP address:

AuthUserFile /dev/null
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName "Access Control"
AuthType Basic
order deny,allow
deny from all
#IP address to Whitelist
allow from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

Also remember that you can add multiple “allow from” lines. So, make sure that you add any IP addresses you plan on accessing your site from (ie Home, Office, etc). Keep in mind that most ISP use dynamic IPs and so your IP address might change on occasion. In case, you get locked out, just update your .htaccess file or delete it all together.
However, this obviously is not a good tip if you allow open registrations as you need to allow your users access to WP-admin.
5. Know Your File Permissions

Do you leave files or folders with liberal permissions? Now, this brings in chances that the hackers will be able to gain access to your site which obviously will irritate you. It is your WordPress installation method or the default practices from your webhost, on which the permission for files depends and at times may not be apt.
To know and understand as to what permissions are acceptable you can read it on WordPress Codex. You should also know that File and directory permissions can be changed either via an FTP client or within the administrative page from your web host.
6. Avoid using admin account
Using an admin account is like inviting the hackers for a battle and that too when you have no weapons with you. Actually, admin account is the default user account which is created with every WordPress installation. Knowing this; the hackers can, without too much thoughts, launch a dictionary in your site and surmise your password. So play a safe part and change or delete the username of admin account.
Imply them:
Now, when you have so many easy and effective options, will you still be carefree with your WordPress blogs? I don’t think so. Anyways, these are just few ways of securing your blogs from the irritating bugs. You can also make use of certain WordPress plugins like WP Security Scan, Secure WordPress and few other popular ones which provide protection to your blogs. Make use of them and these tips, because, ‘prevention is always better than cure’.
This post was written by Andrew Paul, BDM with WordPressIntegration, company with a team of experts specialized in PSD to WordPress conversion and integration. You can connect with the author @andrewpaul123


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For a designer creativity and inspiration are the most important tools. No human being can work for hours at a time with the same efficiency doing multiple tasks; it is a well known fact that some parts of the day turn out better work whiles others less or in the worst cases efficiency is close to zero.
On the other hand clients don’t have time to wait for you to regain your inspiration…meet the deadline or you won’t receive the money. Because the Universe respects Murphy’s rules a designer or developer will always receive more projects at those exact moments when inspiration and creativi
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ty are down and out. The natural question that arises is: “How to avoid these moments of less inspiration?”


Inspiration is an inner state and thus nobody can claim to posses the key to its improvement or the remedy for its lacking. This post is a sum of tips that were successfully tried out by many freelancers, so there is a great probability that they shall work for you too.
1. Have a positive attitude

It sounds as a generic piece of advice, but it’s scientifically demonstrated that it’s true. An optimistic behavior not only avoids less inspirational moments but it builds up a work appetite and this boosts your entire creation process. So don’t be sad!
2. Schedule your activity

It is not only beneficial for your inspiration, but it is recommended for your career and entire evolution to have a super-well organized way of work. Maybe it sounds a little bit too harsh, but it is quite impossible to become a successful freelancer if you aren’t disciplined. Beginners usually don’t have a good schedule, but perseveration is the road to perfection.
On the other hand, we are living in a perpetual changing world and it is impossible to only follow your schedule: what are you to do, reject a new project because you scheduled to read a design related book at that moment? Of course, NOT! Try to be flexible, which is also very important, but don’t forget your schedule.
3. Diversify your work and projects

A sure fact that really hurts inspiration is working on grisly projects or projects which are given by very unpleasant clients. Unfortunately the bills are paid by accomplishing all the tasks and projects finished, so it’s difficult, from a financial standpoint to give some up and only do those we like.
A solution is to diversify your daily activities – try to combine what you like with what is required. I believe all freelancers have faced “semi-hated” clients or difficult projects, but they handled these and received their payment, so apply rule number one, be optimistic!
4. Read blogs, magazines and articles related to your domain

A documented and updated freelancer who is up to date with the latest novelties in his domain has more chances of being hired by well paying clients. Inspiration and experience are interconnected, so never forget to read as much as you can. The Internet is full of blogs that present quality articles, tutorials or rounds-up (as a personal opinion, I believe there are too many blogs related to web design, developing or freelancing). The best opportunity to read and enjoy them is when simply you fell that the energy and inspiration level tend to zero out, this could be considered as an active break. The rounds up on the Internet are covering a large spectrum of fields so it is hard not to find your inspiration while looking at these.
5. Avoid routine by taking small and regular breaks

Even though we don’t like it, we aren’t some sort of perpetual mobile (neither superior will power machines). We are humans and none of us can work efficiently for long periods of time; it’s quite normal that after a few hours of constant work to need a walk or everything that implies a departure from the office. I personally tried a similar system which works best for me: I work for maximum 2 hours and after this time, I take an active break of 10-20 minutes and read my latest emails or some rounds up or articles; in this way I avoid monotony and routine, which are the worst enemies of inspiration. Please don’t consider it as a piece of advice from a lazy person, but breaks are as important as the work periods.
6. Establish deadlines and check points

Efficiency can be regarded as a characteristic value of inspiration, it is more than obvious that higher efficiency requires a superior inspiration, so it is easily deduced that someone who quantifies his efficiency could also determine the ”level of inspiration”. A good method to evaluate ones efficiency is to establish small deadlines or check points, usually one or two per day. This way by respecting these ones has the feeling of fruition and why not, happiness; moreover it is very good to be able to measure your daily work and progress, it really helps in making an objective opinion about your personal evolution.
7.Try to do small changes every day in your work room or office

A minor change in the design of my working room has a powerful influence on my state and improves my inspiration, even new wallpapers could bring me new ideas or an optimistic feeling. It would probably be even better to change my office furniture daily or weekly, but, as all people, I am conditioned by financial situation and can’t do this. What we should keep in mind is the fact that any changes in the design of a work place have, in most cases, a positive influence.
Forget about your PC!

There comes a time when all these tips don’t work, when everything you do it is hell…everything is boring and nobody understands you. Nope, you aren’t crazy! It is the time when your body and brain ask for some release or a much longer vacation… you should definitely take it! It is better to let all your clients know you are not available and that’s that, no more details. Shut down the PC and forget about your phone…you should take your family and go wherever else…farther is better.
It would be great if all of these tips worked for everyone who needs them. I will be grateful if someone shares other tips that really help in avoiding less inspirational moment and don’t worry if you are passing through such an unpleasant situation, it is normal, what is abnormal is to not fight against it.


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