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MICHELE BUTCHER

CantSpeakGeek.com
@michele_butcher
I HAVE MY WORDPRESS SITE…
NOW WHAT?
MICHELE BUTCHER
➤ Support Guru for Give
➤ Support Engineer for Yoast
➤ Geek behind Can’t Speak Geek
➤ Beginners and Interm...
WEBSITES ARE NOT
BUILD THEM AND
FORGET THEM!
@michele_butcher
LEARN THE STEPS TO CARE
FOR YOUR SITE ONCE THE
DESIGNER/DEVELOPER TURNS
IT OVER TO YOU.
@michele_butcher
IF YOU ARE WRITING YOUR OWN
CONTENT, BE COMFORTABLE WITH
THE DASHBOARD WHEN YOU MAKE
THE DECISION TO DO IT ALONE.
Ask for ...
THERE ARE SIMPLE STEPS
EVERYONE WITH A
WORDPRESS SITE SHOULD DO.
@michele_butcher@michele_butcher
THE FIRST THING TO
REMEMBER IS THAT IF YOU DO
NOT CLICK SAVE AT THE END, IT
DID NOT HAPPEN.
Save and save often
@michele_b...
EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS
BACKUPS.
@michele_butcher
BACKUP AND BACKUP OFTEN!
➤ Always save to someplace OTHER than your server
➤ Save them to Dropbox, AWS, email, or your loc...
BACKUP PLUGINS I RECOMMEND
➤ Backup Buddy
➤ UpDraftPlus
➤ BackWPUp
@michele_butcher
UPDATES ARE
IMPORTANT!
Update core. Update themes update plugins!
The biggest reasons of updates is typically security or ...
WHEN YOU SEE THE LITTLE RED
CIRCLE BESIDE THE DASHBOARD
BUTTON MEANS YOU HAVE
UPDATES NEEDING TO BE DONE
Always make a bac...
WHEN IT COMES TO UPDATING IF YOU
USE ENVATO PRODUCTS (THEMEFOREST
AND CODECANYON) ALWAYS CHECK
THE BOX IN THE DOWNLOADS TO...
SECURITY IS AN
IMPORTANT PIECE OF
MAINTENANCE.
@michele_butcher
IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO SECURE
ALL THE THINGS BEFORE SOMETHING
HAPPENS!
MANY HAVE YET TO LEARN THIS!
Every single day hack...
HOW DO THEY GET IN?
➤ They guess your login information
➤ Denial of Service Attack (DDoS)
➤ Through a file in a theme, plug...
THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE
STEPS TO KEEP THE HACKERS
OUT OF YOUR WEBSITE.
@michele_butcher
NEVER EVER NEVER USE
“ADMIN” AS A USERNAME OR
“PASSWORD” AS PASSWORD ON
ANY OF THE THINGS. NEVER!!!!
Any questions?
Adm1n ...
ONLY GIVE USERS THE
ACCESS THEY NEED
Just because they want to be an admin does not
mean they should.
Guest bloggers shoul...
IF IT IS A TEMPORARY LOGIN, DELETE THE
USER WHEN THEY ARE DONE DOING ALL OF
THEIR THINGS
If they do have posts, you can co...
SET UP FILE DETECTION
TO MAKE SURE NOTHING
EVER SNEAKS IN.
Many security plugins like iThemes Security and
WordFence will ...
SECURITY PLUGINS I RECOMMEND
➤ iThemes Security (Free and Pro version
➤ Sucuri Firewall
➤ WordFence Security
➤ Jetpack wit...
ONLY KEEP THE PLUGINS
AND THEMES YOU HAVE
ACTIVE ON YOUR SITE.
An uninstalled plugin or theme is not a potential
vulnerabi...
MALWARE SCANNING? DO I NEED IT?
➤ Google Webmaster Tools

➤ Sucuri Scanner (Built in iThemes Security now)

➤ VirusTotal
I...
WHEN YOU DECIDE TO
MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR
SITE THERE ARE SOME
THINGS TO CONSIDER.
@michele_butcher
DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE
WHEN LOOKING AT NEW
THEMES AND PLUGINS. DO
NOT PICK ONE JUST BECAUSE
IT IS SHINY AND PRETTY.
@michel...
DO NOT ADD EVERY THEME YOU THINK IS
PRETTY WHEN YOU DECIDE TO CHANGE A
THEME.

ONLY KEEP THE THEME YOU ARE USING AND
ONE B...
MISCELLANEOUS THINGS
YOUR DESIGNER OR
DEVELOPER MIGHT NOT
HAVE TOLD YOU…
@michele_butcher
SEO…
SEO Plugins can aid in your ranking on search engines
➤ Yoast SEO
➤ All in One SEO
@michele_butcher
DON'T EVER LET YOUR
SITE GET TOO LONELY.
No one knows your website better than you do.
Check on the front end just as much...
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
TAKE TO THE WEB
There are many resources you have at your fingertips that can
help you do more with y...
THERE IS MORE THAN
JUST WORDPRESS
SPECIFIC MAINTENANCE
YOU SHOULD DO.
@michele_butcher
ALWAYS USE COMPLEX
PASSWORDS ON ALL
LOGINS.
@michele_butcher
NEVER USE THE SAME
PASSWORD ON ALL
LOGINS.
THIS IS JUST BAD
PRACTICES!
@michele_butcher
NEVER EMAIL PASSWORDS! 

PUT THEM IN A 

TEXT DOCUMENT OR USE 

A PASSWORD MANAGER 

TO SEND THEM.
@michele_butcher
USE A PASSWORD KEEPER FOR ALL YOUR THINGS
➤ Last Pass
➤ One Password
➤ KeePass
@michele_butcher
IF ANY LOGIN HAS A TWO-
FACTOR AUTHENTICATION
OPTION, USE IT!
Two-Factor all the things
@michele_butcher
USE AN ANTI-VIRUS ON
ANY COMPUTER YOU USE
Use it on all the things.
Yes, even a Mac!
@michele_butcher
BE CONSCIOUS WHEN
USING PUBLIC WIFI
@michele_butcher
USE A VPN FOR WHEN USING PUBLIC WIFI
VPN’s I recommend are
➤ Cloak
➤ Torguard
➤ Site Social
➤ Hide My Ass
@michele_butcher
UPDATE!
UPDATE!
UPDATE!
Update all the things!
@michele_butcher
BACK EVERYTHING UP
AND BACK IT UP OFTEN!
No one wants to lose their information
stored on their computer.
➤ Bitcasa
➤ Caro...
QUESTIONS?
@michele_butcher
THANK YOU!!!
Michele Butcher
CantSpeakGeek.com
@michele_butcher
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So i have a website now what?

  1. 1. MICHELE BUTCHER
 CantSpeakGeek.com @michele_butcher I HAVE MY WORDPRESS SITE… NOW WHAT?
  2. 2. MICHELE BUTCHER ➤ Support Guru for Give ➤ Support Engineer for Yoast ➤ Geek behind Can’t Speak Geek ➤ Beginners and Intermediate WordPress Instructor ➤ Lead Organizer for Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup @michele_butcher
  3. 3. WEBSITES ARE NOT BUILD THEM AND FORGET THEM! @michele_butcher
  4. 4. LEARN THE STEPS TO CARE FOR YOUR SITE ONCE THE DESIGNER/DEVELOPER TURNS IT OVER TO YOU. @michele_butcher
  5. 5. IF YOU ARE WRITING YOUR OWN CONTENT, BE COMFORTABLE WITH THE DASHBOARD WHEN YOU MAKE THE DECISION TO DO IT ALONE. Ask for tutorials or search the web to learn before you try to do it alone. @michele_butcher
  6. 6. THERE ARE SIMPLE STEPS EVERYONE WITH A WORDPRESS SITE SHOULD DO. @michele_butcher@michele_butcher
  7. 7. THE FIRST THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT IF YOU DO NOT CLICK SAVE AT THE END, IT DID NOT HAPPEN. Save and save often @michele_butcher
  8. 8. EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS BACKUPS. @michele_butcher
  9. 9. BACKUP AND BACKUP OFTEN! ➤ Always save to someplace OTHER than your server ➤ Save them to Dropbox, AWS, email, or your local machine ➤ Have them scheduled to be made daily or at least weekly @michele_butcher
  10. 10. BACKUP PLUGINS I RECOMMEND ➤ Backup Buddy ➤ UpDraftPlus ➤ BackWPUp @michele_butcher
  11. 11. UPDATES ARE IMPORTANT! Update core. Update themes update plugins! The biggest reasons of updates is typically security or feature related. The biggest source of nearly all hacks is due to lack of updating. @michele_butcher
  12. 12. WHEN YOU SEE THE LITTLE RED CIRCLE BESIDE THE DASHBOARD BUTTON MEANS YOU HAVE UPDATES NEEDING TO BE DONE Always make a backup before you update for safe measures. @michele_butcher
  13. 13. WHEN IT COMES TO UPDATING IF YOU USE ENVATO PRODUCTS (THEMEFOREST AND CODECANYON) ALWAYS CHECK THE BOX IN THE DOWNLOADS TO BE NOTIFIED OF UPDATES. That is the only way you will know if any of their products need to be updated. This is why the RevSlider infection was so widespread. Many did not even know the plugin was built into their theme. @michele_butcher
  14. 14. SECURITY IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF MAINTENANCE. @michele_butcher
  15. 15. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO SECURE ALL THE THINGS BEFORE SOMETHING HAPPENS! MANY HAVE YET TO LEARN THIS! Every single day hackers find new ways to get your information. Todays features are tomorrow’s vulnerabilities. Stop them before they stop you @michele_butcher
  16. 16. HOW DO THEY GET IN? ➤ They guess your login information ➤ Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) ➤ Through a file in a theme, plugin, or anything on your server where they found an exploit ➤ Through your FTP and/or cPanel configuration ➤ They guess your login information @michele_butcher
  17. 17. THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO KEEP THE HACKERS OUT OF YOUR WEBSITE. @michele_butcher
  18. 18. NEVER EVER NEVER USE “ADMIN” AS A USERNAME OR “PASSWORD” AS PASSWORD ON ANY OF THE THINGS. NEVER!!!! Any questions? Adm1n and Pa55w0rd do not count either! @michele_butcher
  19. 19. ONLY GIVE USERS THE ACCESS THEY NEED Just because they want to be an admin does not mean they should. Guest bloggers should rarely every be anything more than a contributor. Sometimes they do not need access to all the things @michele_butcher
  20. 20. IF IT IS A TEMPORARY LOGIN, DELETE THE USER WHEN THEY ARE DONE DOING ALL OF THEIR THINGS If they do have posts, you can convert them to different users or make them a subscriber with limited access. @michele_butcher
  21. 21. SET UP FILE DETECTION TO MAKE SURE NOTHING EVER SNEAKS IN. Many security plugins like iThemes Security and WordFence will alert you when files have been changed @michele_butcher
  22. 22. SECURITY PLUGINS I RECOMMEND ➤ iThemes Security (Free and Pro version ➤ Sucuri Firewall ➤ WordFence Security ➤ Jetpack with Brute Protect and Vault Press @michele_butcher
  23. 23. ONLY KEEP THE PLUGINS AND THEMES YOU HAVE ACTIVE ON YOUR SITE. An uninstalled plugin or theme is not a potential vulnerability. Use the plugins repo favorites option to keep a list of your favorite plugins @michele_butcher
  24. 24. MALWARE SCANNING? DO I NEED IT? ➤ Google Webmaster Tools
 ➤ Sucuri Scanner (Built in iThemes Security now)
 ➤ VirusTotal If you feel your site could be infected, first do a malware scan. There are also plugins that can scan your site manually. @michele_butcher
  25. 25. WHEN YOU DECIDE TO MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR SITE THERE ARE SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER. @michele_butcher
  26. 26. DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE WHEN LOOKING AT NEW THEMES AND PLUGINS. DO NOT PICK ONE JUST BECAUSE IT IS SHINY AND PRETTY. @michele_butcher
  27. 27. DO NOT ADD EVERY THEME YOU THINK IS PRETTY WHEN YOU DECIDE TO CHANGE A THEME.
 ONLY KEEP THE THEME YOU ARE USING AND ONE BACKUP THEME ON YOUR SITE. The more themes that are on a site, the more open chances you have to a vulnerability @michele_butcher
  28. 28. MISCELLANEOUS THINGS YOUR DESIGNER OR DEVELOPER MIGHT NOT HAVE TOLD YOU… @michele_butcher
  29. 29. SEO… SEO Plugins can aid in your ranking on search engines ➤ Yoast SEO ➤ All in One SEO @michele_butcher
  30. 30. DON'T EVER LET YOUR SITE GET TOO LONELY. No one knows your website better than you do. Check on the front end just as much as your backend. @michele_butcher
  31. 31. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS TAKE TO THE WEB There are many resources you have at your fingertips that can help you do more with your website.
 ➤ codex.WordPress.org ➤ WordPress forums for themes, plugins, and core ➤ Twitter ➤ Facebook ➤ Third Party websites @michele_butcher
  32. 32. THERE IS MORE THAN JUST WORDPRESS SPECIFIC MAINTENANCE YOU SHOULD DO. @michele_butcher
  33. 33. ALWAYS USE COMPLEX PASSWORDS ON ALL LOGINS. @michele_butcher
  34. 34. NEVER USE THE SAME PASSWORD ON ALL LOGINS. THIS IS JUST BAD PRACTICES! @michele_butcher
  35. 35. NEVER EMAIL PASSWORDS! 
 PUT THEM IN A 
 TEXT DOCUMENT OR USE 
 A PASSWORD MANAGER 
 TO SEND THEM. @michele_butcher
  36. 36. USE A PASSWORD KEEPER FOR ALL YOUR THINGS ➤ Last Pass ➤ One Password ➤ KeePass @michele_butcher
  37. 37. IF ANY LOGIN HAS A TWO- FACTOR AUTHENTICATION OPTION, USE IT! Two-Factor all the things @michele_butcher
  38. 38. USE AN ANTI-VIRUS ON ANY COMPUTER YOU USE Use it on all the things. Yes, even a Mac! @michele_butcher
  39. 39. BE CONSCIOUS WHEN USING PUBLIC WIFI @michele_butcher
  40. 40. USE A VPN FOR WHEN USING PUBLIC WIFI VPN’s I recommend are ➤ Cloak ➤ Torguard ➤ Site Social ➤ Hide My Ass @michele_butcher
  41. 41. UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! Update all the things! @michele_butcher
  42. 42. BACK EVERYTHING UP AND BACK IT UP OFTEN! No one wants to lose their information stored on their computer. ➤ Bitcasa ➤ Caronbinte ➤ External Hard-drives @michele_butcher
  43. 43. QUESTIONS? @michele_butcher
  44. 44. THANK YOU!!! Michele Butcher CantSpeakGeek.com @michele_butcher Slides can be found at http://mlb.pw/wcmia2016

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