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WordPress Advantages over Traditional Websites

The Power of WordPress and Why You Should Have Your Website Built On Top of it.

WordPress is a great platform to have a website, a blog, a fun site, a business site and for that matter any type of website. If you can see a website on the web then it can have the underlying WordPress engine to run that website.

Moving your existing site to WordPress is going to take some work but it’s not going to cost a lot in the long term. As a matter of fact you will save money and time in the future.

Here are some of the key attributes that make up WordPress such an engine to use on a website.

  • It is has paved the way for a new evolution of websites.
  • There is a small learning curve that is involved in getting to speed with creating pages and posts on the website.
  • Once the first hurdle is made the rest is easier.
  • It is built with a secure backend. You will need login credentials to login and alter content. It makes it easy to edit the site from anywhere around the world.
  • Security can be increased with added plugins that do a great job at it too.
  • Changes to your site is immediate. You can make an instant change there and than.
  • If you can use word processing software like Microsoft Word then you can create pages and posts just as easily.
  • In the long term you will save money on parts and services – because there really is not much work to be done here.
  • Adding new posts/pages is easy and editing existing ones are just easier. You can do 80% of the work yourself after having the site setup.
  • Your site is consistent throughout and the look and feel of the site is uniform.
  • The menu system can be changed as simple as moving and adding relevant posts and pages to the structure.
  • Do you want to schedule posts or pages for future release – well, you can do that too, and quite simply.

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How To Protect a Web Directory with .htaccess

Protecting a folder or a directory on your website is easier than you may think with htaccess.

FTP Program

It really involves one little file to be uploaded via your FTP program or https://filezilla-project.org/

Creating a .htaccess file

We need to create a dot htaccess file “.htaccess” in the directory we want to protect. The .htaccess file will affect the current folder it is in, and all sub-folders.

This method will work if you know something about your IP.

.htaccess files are a feature of Apache and similar web servers.

Finding Your IP

To findout your IP just go to a search engine and type in “what is my IP” in the search query.

You will find that by clicking anyone of those active listings the sites that provide an IP will return to you the IP you’re connecting with.

Dynamic IPs versus Static

There are some ISP’s (internet service providers) who provide a dynamic IP. This means you are allocated a differnt IP each time your ADSL modem makes a connection with your ISP. With these types of ADSL connections you will eventually need to use your proxy’s IP or enter a broader coverage of IPs that you are likely to receive from your ISP.

For example lets say you IP is shown as 123.123.123.77.

Each time you’re connected you may receive any one of these IP range ie. 123.123.123.1 – 123.123.123.255

In this case we will need this information to create the correct entries within our .htaccess file

Here’s the basic entries that will need to be entered in the .htaccess file, there should be no leading spaces within the htaccess file.

Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from 123.123.123

If on the other hand your IP pool encompassed a wider range

i.e, 123.123.122.1 – 123.123.124.255

Then the entrie to encode would be something like

123.123.122
123.123.123
123.123.124

So your overall .htaccess file would be

Order Deny,Allow
Deny from all
Allow from 123.123.122
Allow from 123.123.123
Allow from 123.123.124

This type of protection will stop any foreign IPs from even getting a peek at the directory even if they know the links.

I use this method to stop any IPs from trying to login to my login forms on my sites. This is a great way with very low overhead on the server to deter would be breakins to the backend of your wordpress sites.

It makes a lot of bots scratch their heads as to why their algorithm does not work.

Cheap and powerful way to secure a directory from external users.