15 Aug 2016

Ways To Speed Up WordPress Websites

This article is about Ways To Speed Up WordPress Websites, as wordpress is a great and famous platform so people are making tons of websites on it. But this CMS has a weak point too which is its slow speed, without taking proper steps while making your website on wordpress it will end up in a mess and ultimately you will loose your precious traffic due to this issue. So there are several ways to improve and speed up your wordpress websites such as:

1. Choose a Good Theme:
Always choose good themes for your website and never use nulled themes for your website as it has many loopholes in it. There are several tools available where you can test the theme speed before choosing it for your website. Such as google developer speed testing or (https://tools.pingdom.com) read more

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04 Jun 2016

How to stop hacking attempts on xmlrpc.php in WordPress Blogs?

While Monitoring my server i noticed bulk traffic to xmlrpc.php files in my hosted websites. As this is a shared server, so there are over 40 wordpress installations in it. And that day i have noticed a continuous attack on 8 websites, a single request on xmlrpc.php took average 200MB to 250MB of memory and these requests were continuous 10 to 20 per second on each website. Which results in system instability and caused my server out of memory then eventually crashed.

Now a days hackers started using xmlrpc.php instead of wp-login.php to execute their brute force attacks and the problem is, since wordpress version 3.5 we can’t disable the use of xmlrpc.php at least not from wordpress settings. But there are few ways, lets discuss them one by one.

1. Deleting xmlrpc.php
This is not recommended as after every wordpress update this file will be replaced so its not the smartest way to deal with.

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12 Aug 2015

Improve your WordPress Security (Revised Techniques)

On average, 30,000 new websites are hacked each day. WordPress sites can be an easy target for attacks because of themes, plugins vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software.

Most WordPress admins don’t even know they’re vulnerable, but XoftMade Web Solutions is here to help you and guide you not to be a next victim. We have arranged a revised security updates for your WordPress website, follow them on urgent basis and be safe.
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20 Nov 2014

How to Enable unicode utf-8 characters in wordpress blog title

Unicode and WordPress

Sometime back… I was trying to put unicode characters(utf-8) in the title of a blog from wp-admin > settings > general. After saving it became like ?????????.

 

All pages had utf-8 in their meta tags so the issue was somewhere else. A working solution was found :

1. Go to phpmyadmin and select the database of this blog
2. Select table wp_options and then click operations. In table options box change collation to utf8_unicode_ci which is the last option.
3. Also change the collation of individual columns e.g.option_value to utf8_unicode_ci

Changing the table and column collation property made the thing work right.

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20 Nov 2014

How to Display last modified date of posts in wordpress

There is a blue spot at the end of this post which mentions the “Updated” date. It is the date on which this particular post last modified or updated. Since I keep most of the old posts from time to time, thought it would be a good idea to display the date in the post well.Add the following code at the end of the current theme functions.php update.

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function add_post_content($content)
{
    return $content . '<div class="updated_on">Last Updated On : ' . get_the_modified_time('jS F Y') .'</div>';
}
add_filter('the_content', 'add_post_content' , 9);

The function get_the_modified_time gets the modified time of the current post in any given format. The same is added to the post content using the ‘add_filter’ api function.

The add_filter takes a second parameter called priority. Default is 10, giving anything lesser will mean a higher priority. So we specify 9 to make it higher in priority. Higher priority is needed since many plugins also modify the contents of the post so this function must be able to execute before any other code gets in.

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