How To Improve WordPress Site Health Score?

How to improve site health in WordPress
Site health status on WordPress

If you are using the latest WordPress version, you will notice that there's a new option for Site Health. If you are seeing words such as Need Improvement or Critical, you know that you need to take action because your WordPress site needs help. So, how to improve WordPress site health and get to Good or Great?

In the next 5 minutes, we are going to show you how you can improve WordPress site health status.

Step 1: Pinpoint WordPress issues

The first step in improving WordPress site health status is by discovering the problems you are potentially experiencing.

Here's how it is done.

Head over to WordPress dashboard » Tools » Site Health » Status.

Ways To Improve WordPress Site Health
Use the recommended improvements to improve WordPress site health

Click on the Status tab and you will see a list of recommendations to improve your WordPress site health. Click on the dropdown button to have a better understanding of the problem.

Most of the recommendations would come with solutions. There are two types of recommendations that you will face—one which you can solve yourself and another would require assistance with your web hosting company.

In the image above, Site Health is saying that one of our site's PHP is not updated to the latest version. Upgrading the PHP version will improve the site's overall performance and stability. Since that particular site is hosted on Kinsta (here's our Kinsta review), we easily changed the PHP version in just a few clicks.

Upgrade PHP version to improve site health
Upgrade PHP version to improve site health

Step 2: Recheck Configurations

This step is rather straightforward. Once you had done the changes required, the system will automatically recheck and ensure that everything is in order. The new health status for your WordPress should be ready within a few minutes.

Bonus: How To Make Full Use Of WordPress Site Health Check?

What is WordPress Site Health score
How to get perfect WordPress site health score?

The Site Health setting comes in four parts:

Take time to learn these four parts because they can make your WordPress better (either load faster or improve security level).

Status. 1-click to learn all the health issues related to your WordPress site. This tab offers you solutions too.

Info. This tab can show you every detail about the configuration of your WordPress website.

Troubleshooting. An inbuilt maintenance mode to help you resolve critical errors. The best part about this feature is that upon enabling maintenance mode, all plugins and themes will be inactive to you (logged-in administrator) and NOT for your website visitors. Therefore, your site will look like normal in the frontend.

Tools. 1-click features to help you check for email delivery, file integrity and plugin compatibility.

How To Create Popup In Oxygen Builder?

How To Create Popup Without Plugin In WordPress
How to create popup without plugin in WordPress?

Our favorite WordPress visual builder is Oxygen Builder. We use it not only for our website but on the websites of our clients too. Just like any other WordPress development agency, we use other WordPress visual builder plugins including Elementor, Beaver Builder and Divi but we can't help ourselves by keep coming back to Oxygen Builder. Today, we are going to show you how to create popup using Oxygen Builder a.k.a how to create a popup without using WordPress plugin.

And if you are wondering about the Oxygen Builder ...

Oxygen Builder is a state-of-the-art WordPress visual builder that allows you to customize (almost unlimited customizations) your entire WordPress website.

What is Oxygen Builder plugin for WordPress?

Oxygen Builder is an intuitive WordPress builder plugin that allows you to customize the design and layout of your WordPress site. While most drag and drop builders only allow you to do that much, Oxygen Builder gives you full access to the entire site. In the hands of a WordPress developer, it is like having an empty canvas with superuser abilities.

Here are some of the advantages of using Oxygen Builder:

  • Drag element edges to set spacing, or drag & drop to re-order
  • Get visual control of every part of your WooCommerce store
  • Create custom website headers visually, including sticky and overlay headers
  • Edit colors in one place with Global Colors. Changes take effect everywhere the color was used.
  • Build with fundamental HTML elements. Write PHP, CSS, and JS live.
  • Flexible builder elements. Dynamic data with repeaters and loops. And more.

While Oxygen Builder is best for WordPress developers, it is also very beginner-friendly. A non-programmer can easily learn, understand and use Oxygen Builder in just a few hours.

You might be interested ...

How to do install a WordPress theme? We recently published a simple WordPress tutorial on how to install a WordPress theme! Check it out 🙂

Guide: How to create popup using Oxygen Builder?

Instead of installing lead popup plugins, Oxygen Builder users can create popup (easily) in just a fraction of the time. The module for creating popup is called Modal.

Modal is a popup or dialog that overlays a page's content and, typically, must be interacted with in some way in order to return to the page.

Here's how you can create a popup in Oxygen Builder using Modal element below.

Here's how you add Modal to your existing WordPress setup. Add a Modal to your design from +Add » Helpers » Modal.

How to configure and style the modal element in Oxygen Builder?

There are several ways you can configure and style the modal element to create popup in Oxygen Builder.

1. In-editor behavior

This setting determines how the Modal is previewed in the builder.

2. Trigger

This setting determines the condition that causes the Modal to appear.

You can also specify the frequency with which the Modal should be shown to a given user with the After Modal is Shown dropdown.

3. Content Styles

The Content Styles area allows you to set the Modal's child element layout, horizontal item alignment, vertical item alignment, text color, and background color.

4. Modal Styles

5. Closing

This setting allows you to determine the closing behavior of a Modal.

Do you know that Oxygen Builder is one of the fastest WordPress visual builder in the market? >> Learn more on how to speed up your WordPress site now! <<

Conclusion

The Modal element in Oxygen Builder is very sweet. It allows us (website developers) to do quite a lot of things, especially in customization of the popup in your WordPress site.

Looking for an easier option to create a popup in Oxygen Builder? Thrive Leads and OptinMonster are two great alternatives to Oxygen Builder's Modal element. These plugins are beginner-friendly and help you to create interactive popups in just a few clicks.

Perfect Blog Post Template: 12 Steps To Create The Best Blog Post Layout

Perfect Blog Post Template
What does a perfect blog post template looks like?

Looking for the best blog post template for 2020? This post is all about crafting the perfect WordPress blog post using a proven (tested) template. But before that, what is a blog post template?

A blog post template is a mad-libs style, fill-in-the-blanks template that guides you through the creation of a blog post that addresses a topic particular to your industry.

By using a blog post template, it makes it easier to craft multiple blog posts on WordPress CMS in a shorter period. Plus, it helps to create some level of standards and similarities within your blog posts. This is extremely important especially when you are publishing blog posts for a company blog.

WP Maven uses a custom blog post template that enables us to publish WordPress posts every day without fail.

How does the best blog post template look like?

There are many different versions when it comes to finding the best blog post template. We build our blog post template from scratch and based on our needs.

At the end of this article, you can 1-click download our blog post template for your own usage. We recommend you to use our blog post template and tweak it based on your needs.

These are the exact steps we had in our blog post template.

1

Keyword

Our blog post writing process starts with determining the keywords. We start by working on a seed keyword and list down 3 to 5 secondary keywords.

2

Competitor Research

The second step involves checking through the top 10 results on Google. Jot down the number of words per post, keywords the competitors are using and the title idea. Working on Private or Incognito mode on your browser is important.

3

Introduction

This is where the real writing process starts. We craft our introduction under 150 words. Include in the primary keyword and question/stat to give some level of relevancy to your blog post and resonating with your readers.

4

Table of Content

Right after the introduction, use a table of content widget to provide some quick snippet and links to other sections in your blog post. We use the table of content widget from Ultimate Blocks and if you use WordPress visual builders plugins such as Thrive Architect or Elementor, there are TOC widgets included in them (so no additional downloads needed).

5

Content Body

The content body can be as long as 600 words or 3,000 words. It can also be in a wide range of paragraph count. There are no specific or best practices here, so you don't have to wander far and wide for the information.

6

Summary/Closing

Summary and closing are important factors to get your website visitors to take action. We love to use a shorter summary/closing to wrap up the article.

7

Summary/Closing

Summary and closing are important factors to get your website visitors to take action. We love to use a shorter summary/closing to wrap up the article. Here, we will input in some call-to-actions (CTA).

8

Images

Our blog post template also includes using the right images that resonate with the reader and blog topic. Using these images will ensure that your site is not just a 'wall-of-text' which can be boring for many readers. Remember to optimize images to ensure that images served are of the right size. Here are 6 of the best WordPress image optimizer plugins.

9

Grammar Checking

One of most important steps in our blog post template is checking for grammatical errors. Our inhouse content writers can produce high-quality content in a short time and mistakes happen. Checking for grammar is an important step before publishing your blog post. A good and cheap alternative for proofreading is to use Grammarly.

10

Link Building

In this stage, we focus on creating internal and external link building. Internal link building is done by linking to relevant posts within our blog and external link building is done by trying to get mentions on other authority blogs.

11

Optimization

Apart from doing image optimization, we also perform SEO optimization using WordPress plugins (check out our highly recommended WordPress SEO plugins for beginners). We use Rank Math and in order to rank well on Google, we ensure that we optimize everything—from number of words to usage of primary and secondary keywords, and from keyword density to adding images with focus keyword as alt-text.

12

Recheck & Publish

Lastly, recheck everything including the categories, tags, meta tags, title tag and URL string before hitting the publish button. You can take an additional step by submitting the URL on Google Search Console for faster indexation.

The Perfect Blog Post Template (Infographic)

At WP Maven, we believe that a blog post template is more important than just filling up the blanks. It is, in fact, a complete checklist to help content writers or even yourself (if you are a solopreneur) to publish great content consistently and shaving off precious time in guessing "what's next".

If you are a visual person, here's an infographic and checklist that you can use.

Perfect Blog Post Template Infographic
The perfect blog post template infographic

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Summary

Using the right blog post template is going to help you a lot especially in creating blog posts in WordPress on a specific schedule. At the same time, the perfect blog post is going to remove all the guessing work and inconsistency when it comes to content marketing.

Are you using a blog post template for your WordPress site? Leave a comment and tell us more about it!

The Easiest Way to Reorder Pages in WordPress

How To Reoder Pages In WordPress
How to change the order of pages in WordPress?

How do you change the order of the pages in WordPress? The order of “Pages” in WordPress is especially important because in many themes, WordPress Pages are used by default as the top menu items. While you do not need to use Pages as your menu items, there are many WordPress websites that use this method. Rearranging/reorder the WordPress pages is also important especially when you want to display a menu of Pages in your sidebar.

Carry on reading the below to learn how you can change the order of the pages in WordPress.

How To Change The Order Of Pages In WordPress?

In order to change the order of your WordPress pages, you need to head over to the Pages tab. This can be done by logging into your WordPress dashboard » Pages.

How To Change Pages Order In WordPress

Next, head over to your to the Page that you want to edit, and click Quick Edit.

How To Quickly Edit Your WordPress Pages

There are two scenarios right here.

By default, all Pages are set at the “highest” level of 0. (Or the “lowest” level if you like. The lower numbers appear first.) Because all Pages are set to 0, the order is determined alphabetically.

So, you will either find the Pages sorted out with the highest-lowest level or alphabetically.

Take a look at the image below to understand further.

How To Reorder WordPress Pages

To change the order of the pages in WordPress, you need to change the order of the pages (change the level). It is also important to remember that because all Pages are set to 0 by default unless you change their order number, those pages will retain their top positions.

This is how you change the order of your WordPress pages.

Changing WordPress Page Order

Once you hit the save or update button, head over to the front page to check out the new layout.

If you had changed the order of the pages in WordPress correctly, the new pages will be updated instantly.

Easiest Way To Change Pages Order In WordPress

Summary: How do I reorder pages in WordPress?

The above method is by far the easiest way to reorder pages in WordPress. We hope you find this tutorial on how to change the order of pages in WordPress useful.

If you have any questions, feel free to use the comment form below to share your thought.

WordPress Favicon: Introduction And Common Troubleshooting Guide

What is WordPress favicon?

What Is A WordPress Favicon
WordPress favicon

According to WordPress.org, a favicon (short for “favourite icon”) is an icon associated with a particular website or web page. It is generally intended to be used when you bookmark a web page. You can use a favicon with any WordPress site on a web server that allows access to the root directories.

In this article, you will find information about WordPress favicon including uploading and common troubleshooting guides. Take a look at the table of content below.

How to upload Favicon to WordPress?

The easiest way to upload Favicon to WordPress is by heading to Appearance » Customize » Site Identity » Site Icon.

Here's how it looks like.

How To Upload Favicon To WordPress Website
How to upload Favicon to WordPress?

if you have an existing Favicon, click on Change Image to upload a new Favicon image. If not, select Add New or Upload.

What is the best size for WordPress favicon?

The minimum size for WordPress favicon is 512 × 512 pixels. You can opt for a bigger image if you want, but the above setting is already sufficient for most browsers.

How to create a WordPress favicon for free?

Creating a favicon for WordPress is easy and this process usually takes a few minutes at most. Use any third-party image creation tool (we use Canva) and create an image dimension of 512 x 512 pixels.

Design the favicon and remember to add in your brand colours. Once those are done, download the image before uploading to WordPress.

Should I make my favicon with a transparent background?

It depends but at WP Maven, we tend to go for a transparent background because it will look better no matter on what device/browser the visitors are using.

If you are not using a transparent background, we recommend you to have a background colour that is matching with your brand.

How to remove background colours in WordPress favicon?

By default, WordPress does not have background colour removal tool. You need to use third-party tools to remove the background colour from the image.

Some of the best background colour removal tools are:

We use Canva and Remove.bg to remove backgrounds for our WordPress favicon.

Troubleshooting: How to fix WordPress favicon not showing up?

You uploaded a new favicon to WordPress and you hit "save". You waited and the WordPress favicon is not showing up. Why is this happening and how to fix WordPress favicon not showing?

When you followed all the steps and favicon is not showing up, it can be really annoying. So, what went wrong?

Here are some nifty tricks to fix your WordPress favicon not showing up (common causes):

  • Cache not cleared (this is how you clear WordPress properly)
  • CDN is messing up the image delivery
  • You missed one or more steps when uploading the favicon

Fastest troubleshooting tip: Remove the existing WordPress favicon and reupload a new one before pressing the "save" button.

Summary

A WordPress favicon gives some level of branding for your WordPress site. Are you using favicon for your WordPress site?

Tell us in the comments below!

How To Disable Google Analytics Tracking For Administrator In WordPress

How to stop Google Analytics from tracking logged in WordPress users?
How to stop Google Analytics from tracking logged in WordPress users?

Google Analytics is one of the best analytics tools for WordPress websites. But, one of the most common challenges website owners face is getting analytics that includes the 'movements' and 'actions' of the website administrators. In this article, we will share how you can disable Google Analytics tracking for Administrators in WordPress.

Why Should I Disable Analytics Tracking For Administrators?

You don't want to track what your website admins are doing (most of the time). Instead, you want your analytics to be clean and focused heavily on your website visitors, members and other engagement metrics.

The goal is to get the most accurate stats possible for your site. In part, this means ensuring site admins and editors (or any other levels) do not skew their own site stats.

Do you know that it is really complicated to exclude administrators 'actions' on Google Analytics report?

Step By Step To Disable Google Analytics Tracking For Administrators In WordPress

These are simple steps to disable Google Analytics tracking for administrators.

Using Google Analytics Plugins

If you want to exclude administrators or any specific levels from Google Analytics tracking, the easiest way to do so is by installing Google Analytics plugins.

WP Maven uses MonsterInsights (learn more about the plugin here) and it is really easy to configure.

Head over to Plugins » Add New » Search for "MonsterInsights".

Download MonsterInsights Google Analytics Plugin
Search and download MonsterInsights

Next, click Install and Activate the plugin. Once both of these are done, you will be greeted with an easy to use setup wizard.

Setting Up MonsterInsights Google Analytics Plugin for WordPress
MonsterInsights setup wizard

The setup wizard is pretty easy and straightforward. Follow these steps and you will be ready to go in the next few moments.

By default, MonsterInsights disable Google Analytics tracking for administrator level.

If this is the first time you are using MonsterInsights, you will be greeted with a text notification "MonsterInsights had disabled tracking for Administrators."

You can also disable Google Analytics trackings for other user roles in WordPress. Head over to WordPress admin » Insights » Settings » Advanced.

How to exclude Google Analytics tracking using MonsterInsights?
How to exclude Google Analytics tracking using MonsterInsights?

Search for "Exclude These User Roles From Tracking" and select the user roles from the drop-down button. Add the user roles and don't forget to hit the Save Settings.

How To Manually Disable Google Analytics Tracking?

This method is workable (to disable Google Analytics tracking for Administrators) but only for certain scenarios. Here's how it is done correctly.

Here's how you can create an IP address filter:

  1. Follow the instructions to create a new filter for your view.
  2. Leave the Filter Type as Predefined.
  3. Click the Select filter type drop-down menu and select Exclude.
  4. Click the Select source or destination drop-down menu and select traffic from the IP addresses.
  5. Click the Select expression drop-down menu and select the appropriate expression.
  6. Enter the IP address or a regular expression. See the examples below.

This method of disabling Google Analytics tracking is best for administrators who are using fixed IP addresses. If you have a dynamic IP address, this method is not useful/effective.

Conclusion

Both the above methods are effective in disable Google Analytics tracking for administrators in WordPress. If you are looking for a quick and easy solution, installing the free MonsterInsights plugin for WordPress is the best way to go with (and we recommend this too)!

How To Change Permalink In WordPress?

How To Change A WordPress Permalink
What is a permalink and how to change permalink in WordPress?

How do you change the permalink in WordPress? If you are an absolute WordPress beginner, this WordPress tutorial is exactly what you need. In this article, you will find simple steps to change your WordPress permalink to be SEO friendly.

The process of choosing the right permalink is extremely important for those who are just starting a WordPress blog.

IMPORTANT: It is not recommended to change the permalink for a live WordPress site with live articles. Changing the permalink will alter all the existing URL's and will lead to multiple 404 errors. If you want to change the permalink, it is best to use a redirection plugin to ensure that redirection is done correctly.

These are the exact and only correct steps you need to take in order to change the WordPress permalinks permanently.

Step 1: Login to your WordPress backend

Login to WordPress to change permalinks
Login to WordPress to change permalinks

To change permalink in WordPress, you can need to do so through your WordPress admin.

Related read: Does your WordPress admin takes a long time to load? >> Try these tips to speed up your WordPress backend. <<

How To Change Permalink In WordPress Settings
How to change permalinks in WordPress?

The next step is to go to Settings » Permalinks. Clicking on Permalinks will help you configure how the permalink works for your WordPress site.

Change Permalink URL In WordPress
Change Permalink URL in WordPress

The above are the different permalink types you can choose from. By default, permalinks for all WordPress sites are set to Plain https://wpmaven.net/?p=123.

If you want to change the WordPress permalink to https://wpmaven.net/sample-blog-post-name/, you need to select Post name. This option is the best for SEO too.

There are also different permalink options such as:

  • Day and name
  • Month and name
  • Numeric
  • Custom structure

The best permalink for WordPress (one that is often used by most WordPress site owners) is Post Name. It is straightforward and send the right signals to search engines for proper indexation.

Last but not least, we are a strong advocate for Post Name when it comes to WordPress permalink. This option for permalink helps you to have a shorter URL and probably, memorable for your website readers.

Are you using Post Name like we do for your WordPress permalinks? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!

4 Business Ideas To Make Money With WordPress In 2020

How To Make Money With WordPress In 2020
4 proven business ideas to make money with WordPress in 2020

It is still the new year, and we are sure that some of you guys have the ideas to make money with WordPress in 2020. But as easy as it seems, you have no idea where to start.

You did your research on Google, searching for "How to make money with WordPress in 2020" and you saw tons of answers. Make no mistake—some of these money making guides are great but they certainly sound complicated.

Today, we will share with you our personal tips on how to make money with WordPress in 2020—and how you can start making money online with little to no cost at all.

Start An Affiliate Marketing Blog

How To Start An Affiliate Marketing Blog
Start an affiliate marketing blog using WordPress

Starting a WordPress blog for affiliate marketing is an easy way to make money online. The process takes around 2 to 3 months before you can earn your first dollar but after that, it is pretty much on making money on automation with minimum effort.

Do you know that it takes around 2 hours each week to manage an affiliate marketing blog?

Sounds like a great plan? Here's how you can make money with WordPress in 2020 by starting a blog:

Starting an affiliate marketing blog is easy but it takes patience. At times, you won't earn a dollar until months or years. If you are patient enough, this is a great way to make money with WordPress in 2020.

Start A WordPress Agency

How To Start A WordPress Agency
Launch a WordPress agency in 2020

Do you want to make a lot of money with WordPress in 2020? If the answer is yes, starting a WordPress agency might just be the right choice for you.

What is a WordPress agency?

A WordPress agency is often run by a few WordPress developers. They bid for web development projects and they often make money through recurring services such as WordPress website management. You can charge at least $1,000 for a simple website development project and $100 to $500 a month for WordPress management services.

There are many ways to make WordPress agency profitable and for us, recurring sales is the best way to generate recurring income on a monthly basis.

Don't have coding skills but dreaming for the stars? We get it! Don't let coding skills affect your goals. You can easily start a WordPress agency without coding skills (here's how) and you can even sign up for our upcoming free coding course!
Editorial Team @ WP Maven

Monthly WordPress Maintenance

WordPress Maintenance Services
Make money with WordPress maintenance services

If you are looking to make a few hundred dollars a month with WordPress, providing monthly WordPress maintenance service is a nice way to achieve such.

Monthly service maintenance for WordPress includes:

  • Daily, weekly or monthly backups
  • Update WordPress core
  • Update WordPress themes
  • Update WordPress plugins
  • Optimize WordPress database
  • Make WordPress loads faster

On average, this is a nice way to make money with WordPress in 2020 and you can earn around $50 to $500 per month, per site with this method.

Become A WordPress Developer

How To Become A WordPress Developer And Make Money
Make money online by becoming a WordPress developer

If you have coding skills, you can make some money with WordPress by creating themes and plugins. Sites such as Envato allows WordPress developers to promote their work and get some sales.

Not sure where to start with WordPress development?

Start by learning how to code (register for free courses here).

Summary

There are many ways to make money with WordPress in 2020. Freelance WordPress developer, for example, is an excellent choice for many freelancers. They might have a day job and working as a freelancer allows them to have more freedom and time. Plus, the commitment of a freelancer is much lower compared to a full-time job.

Ultimately, we believe that you can make money with WordPress in 2020. All you need to have is planning, patience and a lot of effort (more effort often means more income potential).

7 Steps To Keep WordPress Secure Like Fort Knox

How To Keep WordPress Secure
6 steps to effectively keep WordPress secure

Keeping your WordPress secure is an important step. With the constant vulnerability within WordPress core, themes and plugins, it is always important to keep updated with the latest WordPress security tips. In this post, we will highlight some of the most common WordPress security flaws and more importantly, steps you need to do to ensure that your WordPress site is always safe.

Let's get started with the best tips to keep your WordPress site safe.

1. Reliable Web Hosting

Reliable WordPress Hosting How To Keep WordPress Secure
Keep WordPress secure by using reliable WordPress hosting

We hate to break this to you, but cheap WordPress hosting solutions often don't offer much security features for your beloved site. Therefore, using a reliable WordPress host that you can truly believe is mission-critical.

Looking for a reliable WordPress hosting that cares for your website security? Here are our picks.

2. Avoid Nulled Themes And Plugins

Nulled Cracked WordPress Theme Plugin How To Keep WordPress Secure
Avoid nulled and cracked themes/plugins to keep WordPress secure

There is absolutely no reason why you need to use those nulled WordPress themes and plugins.

Does saving a couple of dollars gives you any benefit in terms of hacking protections? Absolutely not!

If you are just starting a WordPress blog and want to go on money-saving mode, then you should use all-in-one WordPress tools such as Divi. For a single payment of $89 (yearly) or $249 (lifetime), you have access to all the themes and plugins to create beautiful WordPress sites.

Don't go cheap on WordPress themes and plugins. If you are on a budget, we recommend you to use Divi. Check out our Divi Theme review here.

3. Use A WordPress Security Plugin

WordPress Security Plugin How To Keep WordPress Secure
Install a security plugin to keep WordPress secure

Having a WordPress security plugin can severely impact your website loading speed. However, installing a WordPress security plugin is important especially when you are using a shared hosting solution like BlueHost. These security plugins will provide a virtual security wall and if configured correctly, you can keep hackers at bay.

Here's a list of highly recommended WordPress security plugins:

4. Cloudflare

Cloudflare How To Keep WordPress Secure
Cloudflare is a security and CDN tool for WordPress sites

Cloudflare is an awesome security tool for WordPress sites. With Cloudflare, you can easily avoid DDoS attacks and malicious attempts on your site.

Apart from that, Cloudflare is easy to use (you don't have to install a WordPress plugin) and it provides content delivery network (CDN) services.

In other words, your website will load faster and you can serve content much faster to your website audience. Cloudflare is free to use and you can register for an account here.

5. Backup WordPress Site

WordPress Backup Plugin How To Keep WordPress Secure
Keep your WordPress site backup on a daily basis

If you are looking for "how to keep WordPress secure", back up your WordPress site is extremely critical. One of the primary reasons to maintain a backup system is to ensure that your data will be safe, even in situations like hacking attempt and malicious codes found within your database. That means you need to have a full backup of your site in place, and the same goes for your personal data as well.

With a backup, you can easily restore the clean site, reduce the downtime and minimizing the loss of revenue.

Here are some of the best backup services for a WordPress site:

6. Control WordPress User Access

Control WordPress User Access How To Keep WordPress Secure
Control the access level of the users on your WordPress site

Last but not least, securing a WordPress site involves knowing/controlling your user's access. If you have a multi-author WordPress site, you need to focus on keeping the WordPress site secure.

This can be done by:

  • Administrators access are only given to a few trusted authors or website owners
  • Other users are given either Editor or Contributor access level
  • Tweak each user access level to ensure that they are only given the needed access to perform daily tasks (without sacrificing your WordPress security)

7. Keep Theme And Plugin Updated

Keep WordPress Updated How To Keep WordPress Secure
Keeping your site updated is important to keep WordPress secured

Keeping themes and plugins updated with the latest version is very important especially in securing your WordPress site.

There will be vulnerabilities from time to time (such as this and this) that we just cannot avoid. By default, we recommend you to check for WordPress updates at least once a month.

If you are managing multiple WordPress sites, you should use free WordPress site management tool such as ManageWP for 1-click update.

Summary: Keep WordPress Secure Right Now

We can't stress this enough but keeping your WordPress site secure is very important. We recommend you to follow these security tips to ensure your WordPress site is free from vulnerabilities.

Want to add WordPress security tips to this post? Tell us in the comments below!

How To Disable Auto Ads On WordPress Homepage?

How to disable auto ads on WordPress homepage?
How to disable auto ads on WordPress homepage?

Most bloggers start a WordPress blog to earn money online. Google Adsense is one of the best ways to help WordPress owners make some money. If you have a decent amount of web traffic, you can easily earn hundreds of dollars (if not thousands).

Google recently launched Auto Ads which allows Google to automatically display the ads throughout the WordPress page. Instead of manually placing the code on your WordPress site, Google does it for you and it is time-saving for most. For beginners, it is easy to use too.

But there is a downside to this feature. You have no control over the ads placement and the ads may display on your homepage.

This is how our founder's website looks like (after disabling auto ads on the WordPress homepage).

Disable auto ads on homepage to create a professional outlook
Disable auto ads on homepage to create a professional outlook

Carry on reading below to learn how you can disable Auto Ads on WordPress homepage.

Guide: How to disable auto ads on WordPress homepage in just 4 steps?

Yes, you are right. It only takes 4 steps to disable Google auto ads on the WordPress homepage. Follow these steps and you should be ready in no time.

Step 1: Head over to Google Adsense

The first step is to log in to your Google Adsense account. If you don't have one, you can create it for free here. Once you have login, head over to Ads » Overview.

Ads Overview How To Disable Auto Ads On WordPress Homepage

Step 2: Search for your site name

Next, search for your site name by entering the (filter) field.

Search for site name to disable auto ads on WordPress homepage

Step 3: Search for your site name

Once you found the designated site name, click on the edit button on the right.

Edit Site How To Disable Auto Ads On WordPress Homepage

For this demo, we are using ReginaldChan.net and you can see that the auto ads feature is turned on and it has 1one page exclusion.

Step 4: Excluding pages

This is the last part for you to disable auto ads on WordPress homepage. As you are adjusting Google Adsense directly, it is important to make sure you recheck on the settings to ensure that everything is done right.

Page Exclusions Google Ads How To Disable Auto Ads On WordPress Homepage

On the bottom right of the page, head over to Page exclusion » Manage.

Manage Page Exclusions How To Disable Auto Ads On WordPress Homepage

Click on Add exclusion and type in the specific page or categories you want to disable Google auto ads.

Specify Page Exclusions How To Disable Auto Ads On WordPress Homepage

Once that is done, you can choose to exclude ads on a single page (specific URL string) or all pages under this section.

Since you are disabling Google auto ads for WordPress homepage, select This page only and press Add. Lastly, click on Apply to site to ensure that the setting is saved properly.

It takes around 15 minutes to 2 hours to have the ads properly served (and excluded).

Summary: How to disable Google auto ads on WordPress homepage?

By now, you should be able to disable auto ads on WordPress homepage successfully. This step is rather easy and we recommend you to recheck all the settings to ensure that you are not affecting your Google Adsense earnings due to the wrong setting.

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