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Don’t Miss these 9 Superb WordPress Plugins of 2020

Don’t Miss these 9 Superb WordPress Plugins of 2020

The WordPress marketplace is an ever-changing arena, with countless developers adding to and improving on plugins which users can install to better manage the operations of their WordPress websites.

As we come closer to the end of 2019, it’s time to look back and take stock of the top performing WordPress plugins of the year and make sure you aren’t missing out on any of the amazing features they can provide.

5 (Really Easy!) Ways to Boost your SEO by using a Glossary

5 (Really Easy!) Ways to Boost your SEO by using a Glossary

The quest for ranking high your WordPress page in Google, Bing and other search engines is hard. It takes facing SEO challenges with the right tools, plugins and extensions. Amidst this battle, though, small bloggers and giant companies alike can rely on the same ally: content. And a sure tool to deliver it is the Glossary powered by Tooltips.

5 Best Expert and Member Directory Plugins for WordPress

5 Best Expert and Member Directory Plugins for WordPress

Expert and member directories are essential for WordPress sites, because they are excellent organization tools. Member directories allow users to build an extensive directory with detailed profiles and information on specific people. A member directory allows people to be organized and categorized for specific niches to better improve each WordPress site.

5 Best Calendar Booking Plugins for WordPress

5 Best Calendar Booking Plugins for WordPress

A calendar is a helpful feature for any WordPress site, but choosing the right calendar is easier said than done. Calendars are important but often overlooked elements of a website, but they are organization tools for online businesses. These Booking calendar plugins all offer a wide variety of interactive features and can meet your website’s calendar needs.

5 Necessary Notification Bar Plugins for WordPress

5 Necessary Notification Bar Plugins for WordPress

It’s a good idea to add notifications to your WordPress site, so it’s easier to organize tasks for users on your site. There are many WordPress Notification Bar plugins available, and some of them have excellent custom features, are user-friendly and reasonably priced. The following list of notification bar plugins are great options for any and all types of websites and businesses.

Top 3 Customer Review WordPress Plugins in 2020

In the age of the Internet, people not only have the ability to buy and sell goods, but they have the ability to review and spread information about online products. Customer reviews are a major part of websites today, since they provide helpful feedback and information to consumers. Customer Review WordPress plugins are essential tools for ecommerce stores to be successful.

How to Create an Appointment Booking System in WordPress

How to Create an Appointment Booking System in WordPress

Anyone who schedules and manages appointments for a business knows how tedious it can be, especially when personnel have limited or irregular availability. Online appointment booking systems significantly reduce the tedious back and forth of setting and confirming appointments.

With a booking calendar, clients or co-workers can schedule appointments and meetings right on your WordPress website. It’s a self-service system that can make life a whole lot easier.

Top WordPress Security Trends for 2020 (Plus Tips on Staying Secure!)

Top WordPress Security Trends for 2020 (Plus Tips on Staying Secure!)

There’s no denying WordPress’ presence on the internet, powering over 455 million websites and accounting for 63.8% of the CMS market. This is great news for the platform and those who use it. It means you’ll always be able to find excellent plugins and a professional developer who knows how to use them – but it also comes with one major downside:

The sheer popularity of WordPress makes it a prime target for hackers.

Why is WordPress Security So Important?

Latest figures show that 40,000 websites are hacked every day, and WordPress is one of the top 3 most commonly targeted CMS.

In Q2 2020, there were reports of hackers targeting vulnerable WordPress sites and it was found that over a million sites had been left exposed after vulnerabilities were found in some popular plugins.

This is not good news for anyone. Whether you run a personal blog or an eCommerce store, a compromised website is the last thing you need. Not only can it be complicated and expensive to fix, it can also dramatically decrease revenue and damage your site’s reputation in the long-term.

So, as hackers come up with new ways to wreak havoc, website owners must find new ways to improve their WordPress security.

Important WordPress Security Trends for 2020

If you want to stay one step ahead, here are some security trends to keep an eye on in 2020.

1. Artificial Intelligence

AI is something that has been on the horizon for years but is really coming into its own. Now more than ever you will find that security plugins for WordPress use AI to further improve the security of your site.

The technology is often used to identify patterns in user behavior in order to detect potential threats. Artificial Intelligence is transforming other areas of WordPress too, but security is one of the biggest.

If you need help harnessing the power of AI, CreativeMinds has a team of Artificial Intelligence specialists!

Book a free consultation with an AI specialist now.

2. Two Factor Authentication

Two factor authentication (2FA) has been around on WordPress for a while but it shows no sign of going away. Essentially, 2FA adds another layer of protection to your website in the form of additional verification when you attempt to log-in.

With 2FA, not only do you have to enter your username and password as normal, but you will be asked for an additional piece of info. This could be a unique code sent to you by call or text, or a predetermined question that only you know the answer to.

Why is 2FA important? Well, attacking passwords is a common hacking method because of its relative ease. No matter how rigorous you are with passwords it’s always best to have additional security.

WordPress registration form requiring a Google Authenticator code

3. Holistic Security

Industry expert Jason Cohen advocates a more holistic approach to WordPress security, stating that it is ‘not something that can be solved with individual solutions alone.’

He goes on to say that every piece of the security puzzle is integral including 2FA, security plugins, network-level protection, WAFs, DDoS blockers, and hosting platforms. Without all of these things together, there will be critical holes in your website’s protection.

4. Advanced Firewall Protection and Blocking Suspicious IPs

A firewall is essential when it comes to keeping your website secure. There are two main types of firewall available: DNS level and application level. However, there has been a swing towards DNS level protection as the alternative can still leave you open to malware attacks.

This kind of advanced firewall protection is becoming more prevalent, and we predict that we’ll see further security improvements in the near future.

Plugins such as Sucuri and All-in-One WP Security offer WordPress users comprehensive firewall protection, amongst other security measures.

On the other hand, plugins such as Search Improvement console and 404 Improvement Console help by automatically blocking IPs that repeatedly perform suspicious actions.

Overall, a great pre-emptive approach to security.

How to Keep Your Website Safe

If you’re unsure where to start with WordPress security, here are our top tips for making sure everything is secure.

1. Choose Strong Passwords (And Change Them Regularly)

This advice is as old as the internet, but it still rings true. At the very base level, you need to make sure you choose strong and unique passwords for everything that requires them.

Make sure to include a mix of lower and uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters for maximum security – it’s the very least you can do to protect yourself and others.

2. Use Reputable Plugins

There are thousands of great WordPress plugins available to expand the functionality of your WordPress site.

But before you download, it’s essential to ensure it’s from a reputable vendor and the developers offer updates and support to maintain safety. Doing basic checks such as number of installs, customer reviews, and whether the vendor is contactable will help you to determine whether a plugin is safe to install.

3. Keep Everything Updated

There are three main components to any WordPress site: the WordPress core, your theme, and any plugins that you use. All three of these need to be kept updated in order to maintain your website’s security.

Themes and plugins can become obsolete, making them vulnerable to hackers, so it’s important that you audit what you use regularly and check for any updates or alternative tools.

The Future of WordPress Security

It’s an unfortunate reality that WordPress is vulnerable to malware and hackers. On the upside, however, those using their skills and knowledge for good ensure that security measures are always evolving.

It’s always interesting to see how trends change and security companies improve their services in the ever-changing landscape of WordPress.

When it comes to maintaining the security of your WordPress website, the tried and true approaches we’ve talked about here, alongside other tools and protections, are vitally important to keep both you and your website users safe.

Essential WordPress Plugins Every Website Should Have

Essential WordPress Plugins Every Website Should Have

There are a hundred thousand free and premium WordPress plugins available for users online for a wide variety of reasons. These plugins can help improve functionality, security, organization, purchasing, design, seo and more. While there are many to choose from, there is a small list of truly essential WordPress plugins that every website should have.

How CreativeMinds Approaches Speeding Up & Optimizing a WordPress Website [Case Study]

How CreativeMinds Approaches Speeding Up & Optimizing a WordPress Website [Case Study]

Website speed is important. It not only matters for user experience, it matters for SEO. A slow website is a signal to Google that your site is not good. This can result in lower search rankings.

As part of our Performance and Speed Optimization Analysis Service, customers contact us with their website speed issues and ask for our help.

Recently, we received a message from someone who wanted to optimize their page load time from 5 seconds to 3 seconds or less. The website in question has about 2,500 sessions and 6,000 page views per day.

Top Plugins To Display Documentation on WordPress

Top Plugins To Display Documentation on WordPress

Documentation is a great way for users to better understand your content. Most documentation plugins exist to help users with customer support for various products or services quickly. This documentation can be through videos, lists or other media, and eliminates the need for contacting support personnel.

5 Fantastic WordPress Footnotes Plugins

5 Fantastic WordPress Footnotes Plugins

Footnotes are references or notes at the bottom of a page which help clarify the text on the page. The WordPress footnotes plugins on this list are great options for business professionals or WordPress users to easily and effectively add footnotes to their WordPress site. Footnotes are a quick and easy way to add footnotes to content and allow people to reference information in an orderly manner.

5 Plugins to Easily Add SSL and HTTPS in WordPress

5 Plugins to Easily Add SSL and HTTPS in WordPress

Ever wondered how to move your website URLs from HTTP to HTTPS?

Websites that display HTTPS have what is called an SSL certificate. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encrypts website information between a server and browser. This is what creates a HTTPS in the URL instead of HTTP.  This is a signal for visitors that a website page is secure.