WordPress Security Essentials: Password and Username Safety

There are simple ways you can help avoid a hacking attempt on your site, such as keeping your version of WordPress up-to-date and using themes and plugins from reputable sources.

But what can you do to fight off brute force?

In the third video in our WordPress Security Essentials series, we look at practical ways to combat username and password cracking.

WordPress Security

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Chat Updates Make WP a Fully-Functional Live Platform

Our developers are always working hard to improve our plugins, and today we’re super excited to announce HUGE updates to our Chat plugin.

Since we last updated you on Chat’s features, the plugin now includes the ability to control where chats appear, full BuddyPress integration, significant front-end display improvements, chat logs displayed on the front-end (helping SEO!), specific bottom corner chat features and some very important under-the-hood improvements.

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Boost time-on-site by auto-loading new posts like qz.com and Medium

Are you finding that despite your considerable efforts to drive traffic to your WordPress site, the bounce rate and time-on-site stubbornly refuse to improve as your visitors read that one page then move on?

Take a leaf out of the books of mega sites qz.com and Medium and get proactive. Don’t wait for the reader to click for a new post, put it right in front of them. Automatically. And give them every reason to stay a little longer.

Let me show you how.

We all want our visitors to spend time with us because we're interesting

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10 Awesome Free WordPress Accordion Plugins

Looking for a nice accordion plugin? Below we’ve listed the top 10 free WordPress accordion plugins on the market today, giving a short overview of each and then rating each on ease of use and appearance.

Accordions are great for a number of different specific design challenges on a WordPress site.

Maybe you’d like to compress a lot of content into a small area. Or maybe you want to give the reader the option of seeing or not seeing certain content, such as movie spoilers or answers to quiz questions.

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WordPress Security Essentials: Say Goodbye to Hackers

It’s not fun having your site hacked. Beefing up your site’s security can seem like a chore, but it’s far easier than dealing with the aftermath of malicious hackers taking down your site.

So how exactly do you secure your WordPress site?

We’ve put together a five-part video series we’re calling WordPress Security Essentials. The series covers everything you need to know, from theme and plugin safety to password best practice, database backups and layered security measures. We’ll be featuring each of the five videos on the WPMU DEV blog this week.

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Free WordPress Themes: The Ultimate Guide

There are so many free WordPress themes out there it can put your head in a tail spin. So in an effort to help you sift through the good and the – let’s face it – crap, we’ve put together this ultimate guide to free WordPress themes.

This post is your one-stop, all-you-can-eat resource for information about free WordPress Themes.

There’s an overwhelming number of free themes available – just search Google. It’s easy enough to just download the first free theme that catches your eye. And why wouldn’t you? They’re free!

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What Makes You Love or Loathe a WordPress Theme?

We enjoyed the results of the blog survey (congrats to the winner by the way, you know who you are!) so much that we figured we’d try to get your feedback again… and give away another annual WPMU DEV account (worth $588) to one lucky respondent :)

And to make things even better, this survey is less than half as long and concerns one thing and one thing only… themes.

themes-chat

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Do Naked WordPress And Web Apps Mean The End For Mobile Themes?

The dominance of theme-driven delivery of WordPress content to readers has been virtually unchallenged over the last ten years.

But Atlantic Media’s Quartz has shown that web apps can not only match but surpass themes in providing a great end-user experience.

In this article, we’ll consider the advantages of delivering WordPress content via a web app, look at how to deliver your site using a web app with a proof-of-concept and ponder whether the days of the traditional WordPress theme are numbered.

Web apps offer plenty of advantages when delivering WordPress content to mobile users

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