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Protect Login Page

This is a simple plugin that protects access to your WordPress website’s login page by intercepting the page request and requiring that a PIN number, up to 8 digits, be present in the URL. Without the proper PIN, no login form is displayed, just a simple message. This plugin will make it harder for hackers to get into your website.

Once activated, you will access your login page like this…

http://yourwebsite.com/wp-login.php?PIN=[your PIN goes here]

IMPORTANT – DO NOT use this plugin if you require login access other than the main WordPress login page, such as the WordPress mobile app.

Installation

To install, simply upload the plugin zip file to your WordPress website and activate it. Configure the simple settings in the new menu that will appear in your Settings menu. Explanations of each feature accompany the inputs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I log in once the PIN is set?

A: To log in, just add the PIN value to your WordPress login page URL, like so: http://mysite.com/wp-login.php?PIN=1234

Q: Do I have to add this PIN to the URL each time?

A: Yes, but if you set yourself a bookmark your life will be much easier.

Q: Why did you develop this plugin. Isn’t the login protection itself good enough.

A: Maybe, but I got tired of seeing all of the malicious login attempts in my server logs. I decided to come up with a way to stop this.

Q: What happens if I lose my PIN?

A: If you lose your PIN you will not be able to log into your website. Deactivate the plugin in the database (wp_options.eePLP_STATE = ‘OFF’) or rename the plugin’s folder in your files. You may also contact me for a rescue PIN.

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All About Web Sites, Hosting and Domain Names

If you’re new to the world of websites, here’s the basics of what you need to know about the various pieces that make up the ownership of a website.

The InterWeb

Domain Names

The first, and most important part of the whole web site system is the domain name, such as google.com or cnn.com. This domain name is your on-line identity. It is obtained from an official internet domain name registering company, such as Network Solutions, Register.com, or GoDaddy. You can change your web site, move to different web servers all you want and people can still get to you the same way they always have. This is because the domain name is configured to point to the current web server. Besides your web identity, it also serves as your email identity.

The domain name needs to be legally owned and ultimately controlled by the person or business it is for. It is common to delegate tasks related to the name (like making sure it points to your web server and making sure the renewal fee gets paid) but you, the owner, have the final say in who get these jobs. When Element Engage does a web site for someone just getting an on-line presence, we often obtain the name for them. But make sure the ownership is in the client’s name and that they understand how to take care of it.

Cost is around $15 per year per name. You can find much cheaper prices around, but keep in mind the extreme importance of the domain name. It’s very important that you trust the registering company and have the ability to control the name yourself. Losing control of your domain name means losing control of your web site.

Web Hosting

The second part is the web host. This is the physical computer server on which your web site lives. Basically, the domain name is set to point to this server. It can be located anywhere in the world. The server is always on and always connected to the net. There are different types of servers with different features, but they all serve the same basic purpose of sending out your pages to people who ask for them.

Cost generally depends on the size of your web site, the amount of traffic you get and the features you require. However, cost for very similar services range from one provider to the other quite a bit.

Element Engage utilizes high performance web servers located in reliable data centers within the United States. These servers run Unix, or Linux, operating system with Apache web server software. This type of web server is the most secure, most reliable, and most common available today.

Web Sites

The third part is the web site. This is the group of files that are located on the web server. This is what you see on your screen, so not too much explanation is required. There are mainly two different types of sites; static and dynamic.

Static sites are traditional sites that simply show pages with information on them. There may also be simple animations and forms to fill out. The content on static sites needs to be put in place by someone with a fair amount of technical ability, like a webmaster.

Dynamic sites, like WordPress, are sites where the pages are assembled on the server depending on what the user requests. They are typically used for sites where company staff members frequently change content or for sites that offer interactivity, like blogs and forums, where the visitors themselves can make content appear on the pages. For many dynamic sites, once the webmaster puts the web site into action, changes may be made by delegated people via a Content Management System. This allows a non-technical person to do most of the web site maintenance, thus saving on webmaster costs. Predictably, static sites are cheaper than dynamic sites to implement. But, depending on how often the site will be updated, dynamic sites may be cheaper in the long run.

Either type of site can be very effective in getting your message across to the visitor. Dynamic sites are generally more search engine friendly, faster and more reliable. However, even though dynamic sites allow a world of opportunity, they require continual watching and software version updates to remain stable and secure.

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From Point A to Point B

A Google MapDon’t you hate when the map is wrong? You’re already running behind and now the building that the map says is there is nowhere to be found. How can that be? The Internet never lies! Well people on the Internet do, but not the maps. They are not people.

Ah, but they are. And people are prone to mistakes. Continue reading From Point A to Point B

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What to Do When Your Webmail Gets Hacked

My email has been hackedThis week I’ve been helping out a friend who had his Yahoo email account hacked. They managed to get into his account and proceeded to start sending garbage to all of his contacts. It didn’t take long for these contacts to start complaining. Hey, why are you sending me this crap?. Getting hacked is not a pleasant experience. The feeling of being violated and helpless to do anything about it is no fun.

I’m seeing this more and more with other services like Gmail and Hotmail (now Outlook.com) too, so I wrote up some tips to help you out. If you find your webmail has been hacked, here are the steps to take as soon as possible: Continue reading What to Do When Your Webmail Gets Hacked

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10 Tips for a Happy Life with Email

10 Tips for a Happy Life with EmailEmail remains the most popular Internet communication method. Even as we witness the evolution of the Net on what seems like a weekly basis, email remains very much unchanged in its technology and importance in our everyday computing lives. Conversations may be taking place entirely within Facebook or Twitter these days, but still it is your email that defines who you are in the cloud. Everyone needs to have an email. Its more important than having a credit card. Without an email address, your are nobody.

The future of email of email appears to hold little change. Although spam filtering and identity verification continues to evolve, the basics of email will stay as they are for the foreseeable future. This means that there is no better time than now to get your own email house in order so you can use it to its full potential and spend your precious time on the things that need doing in your life and business.

Here are 10 tips for a happy life with email: Continue reading 10 Tips for a Happy Life with Email

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Let’s Get Over the WWW Thing

No WWWOkay, enough already. The WWW in Internet addresses is not needed, so why do some companies insist on perpetuating this waste of typing time? We all know by now that it’s called the World Wide Web. Maybe the makers of W keys are hoping for more business. More likely we are just stuck in the WWW rut and are having a hard time getting out of it. Here are some of the reasons:

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Email Marketing in the Social Media Age

With all the attention on social media marketing for your business these days, I started wondering if email marketing is becoming a thing of the past. Web users have evolved to accept that much of the email that comes through is spam or a waste of their time. But if done well, email marketing is still easily one of the most effective ways to communicate with your existing and prospective customers. To email market effectively in these times of social media explosion, increasing privacy issues and customer trust hurdles, one needs to be very careful about how they go about it. Here are some essential tips for effective email marketing today. Continue reading Email Marketing in the Social Media Age

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How to Make Your Website Social Media Friendly

In my last post I talked about the importance of making your website social media friendly. Now it’s time to tell you exactly how to do it. In essence, what we are trying to do is make it easy for site visitors to be able to share your pages into the social media realm, for when your enthusiastic friend adds your site to their social stream, their friends will surely take notice.

Fortunately, it’s very easy to add this functionality to almost any website. There are two great and free services that make this a snap: AddThis and Add To Any. I personally like to use the AddThis button. You’ll see one to the left of this post in the blog. Hover over the button and a menu will pop up with a plethora of sharing options, plus many more with an extra click. All the visitor has to do to share your web page is to click on the social media venue of their choice. Go ahead and give it a try. It even has email to a friend and page print capability. Continue reading How to Make Your Website Social Media Friendly

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Why Your Website Needs to Be Social Media Friendly

Facebook Like ButtonFacebook just introduced a new set of social plug-ins designed to increase the integration of your website with Facebook users and their friends. Is this a good thing? Some may argue that Facebook is getting a little too powerful and throwing their weight around a bit much by asking site owners to add FB connectivity to their websites, even if it is a little Like button. I can see the point in this, why would anyone want to add someone else’s branding to their site? The answer? Only if you have much to gain by doing so. And in this case you do.

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