WordPress Security Measures That You Can’t Miss!

Get peace of mind by fully securing your installation of WordPress with these “need to know” tips and tricks! This guide literally includes *everything* you’ll need to fully secure your WordPress blog or website.

WordPress Security Tips On This Page:
  1. Rename “Admin” to Something Else
  2. Change your Default WordPress Database Prefix
  3. Be Fully Upgraded At All Times
  4. Use Robots.txt to Disallow Access
  5. Use .htaccess to Protect WordPress
  6. Create A Separate .htaccess File for WP-Admin
  7. Drop A Blank HTML File Into Your Plugin Folder
  8. Password Protect WP-Admin on the Server Side
  9. Remove All “WordPress” References
  10. Beware of CHMOD 777

The 15 Best WordPress Plugins to Use in 2011

WordPress provide thousands of plugins each day. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish on your blog, there is probably a WordPress plugin that will allow you to do it.

This list is the 15 most incredible WordPress plugins. Only the 15 best WordPress plugins have made it while anything less than amazing has been kicked to the street. Only 5 plugins survived last year’s listing to be returned this year.The following plugins are posted in the order and I recommend them.   Continue reading

Widgets For Your Blog

MyBlogLog’s Recent Readers – this widget can easily be called a hit amongst blog owners; its popularity even managed to convince Yahoo into buying MyBlogLog. The widget lets you see the avatars of recent visitors to your blog, provided they’re also members of MyBlogLog.
Mashable – get the latest social networking news from this very site.
Flickr Flash Photo Stream Badge – display images from your Flickr profile with a handy Flash photo stream.
Preview Anywhere – see a live preview of outgoing links in a small popup which activates on mouseover. Some find this annoying, while others might find it useful.
Twitter Badge – if your life is so interesting that everyone must know what you’re up to all the time, then a Twitter badge is the ideal counterpart to your blog. It’ll proudly displays your recent tweets.
Digg News – display the latest Digg links on your blog. Themeable and fully customizable.
FEEDJIT – real time traffic data directly in your blog’s sidebar.
LineBuzz – inline comments for your blog. Very handy for blogs with frequent lively discussions.
Flixn – display a stream directly from your webcam, so your blog visitors can always see what you’re up to.
3Jam – lets your visitors send messages to your mobile phone, without them knowing your phone number.
Jaxtr – with Jaxtr, your visitors can actually call you to your mobile phone; again, your number stays private.
LinkedInABox – show off your LinkedIn profile. Perfect for personal blogs.
Box Widget – enable visitors to use box.net’s online storage directly on your web site.
Price of gas – displaying gas prices on your blog might seem unnecessary to some, but it’s cool if you have a traffic/travel related blog.
iBegin Weather Widget – Display weather information in your sidebar. Just like with Price of Gas, works great with travel-related blogs.
ClockLink – display time in various time zones with these nifty Flash clocks.
Film Loops – display the latest loops from your FilmLoops account.
Daily Painters – display paintings from famous painters on your blog.
WhoLinked – show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site. Works with all major blog platforms.
Criteo AutoRoll – displays links to blogs similar to your blog.
Bitty Browser – embed a cute, fully functional mini web browser to your blog.
Leafletter – create a mini website and embed it into your blog.
WikiSeek – search Wikipedia with this simple widget.
FeedCount – show off the number of visitors to your blog with this handy little button.
Technorati Link Count – display the number of links your website has from one of the biggest blog authorities – Technorati.
MyPageRank – another good way to show how “big” your blog is is to show off your Google PageRank.
CheckPageRank – in addition to showing your PageRank, this widget also shows your Alexa ranking.
BlinkxIt – embed a link to related videos directly into your website.
Skype button – display your Skype online/offline status on your blog.
RockYou Horoscope – not something I would personally use, but some people are into horoscope. Hell, most people are into horoscope. Anyway, this widget shows horoscope (doh!) and does it in a nicely designed colorful box.
del.icio.us Tagometer – display how many times have del.icio.us users saved your page.
del.icio.us Linkrolls – this badge shows your latest bookmarks from del.icio.us.
Timelines – need to create a timeline? Seek no further. This widget makes it really easy.
PollDaddy – PollDaddy lets you create beautiful polls in no time, and display them at your blog.
Vizu – another poll-making widget, compatible with all major blog platforms.
AnswerTips – display definitions from Answers.com for various terms on your blog. The definitions are shown in bubbles which are activated on doubleclick.
AnswerBoxes – give your visitors a chance to enter a term themselves, and get a definition from Answers.com
Now Playing – if you got to share your current playlist contents with the world, Sigamp will do the trick. Works with most popular music players, including Foobar, Winamp, iTunes and others.
BuzzBoost – display headlines from your RSS feed on any website.
LibraryThing – show off the latest books you’ve been reading.
Plaxo Address Book – let your most faithful visitors access their address books direclty from your site.
AuctionAds – a widget that displays auctioned items on eBay, and gives you a percentage of the price paid when sometimes buys an item.
aStore – similar to AuctionAds, only for Amazon. Create a mini-store on your site and receive profit when someone buys an item through your store.
Plazes – show your current location on a Plazes map.
Stockalicious – track your portfolio with this widget, and share it with others. Let everyone know how much money you’ve lost.
Yahoo! For Good – create a charity badge and ask for donations for a worthy cause.
Giftspace – your friends never know what to buy you for birthday? Let them know what you really want with this nifty widget.
MixMap – see where are the visitors to your MySpace profile from on a map.
Google Map Widget – display a searchable Google Map on your website.
Google Video Search – add a video search form and selected videos to your web site.
Odeo player – display an Odeo player for and podcast right there in your sidebar.

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Cara Menampilkan Widget Flash Islami Alhabib di WordPress

Bagaimana caranya?

Setakat ini, saya belum jumpa cara luntuk menampilkan widget flash islami pada sidebar. Misalnya, dengan terus copy-paste kode embed pada widget Text wordpress. Cuma dengan cara dibawah ini sahaja iaitu:-

  1. Gunakan kemudahan post-to-blog dari gigya untuk secara automatik menghantar post baru pada blog wordpress anda.

  2. Lihat dan Edit post baru tersebut, dapatkan kod yang tertulis dan pindahkan kod ini ke widget Text untuk sidebar.

Untuk keterangan lebih terperinci, silakan ikut langkah-langkah dibawah


1. Pada setiap halaman widget islami ada tombol BLOG ME!. Klik butang ini untuk mendapatkan kod embed atau pilihan untuk membuat post automatik ke blog anda.


2. Klik pada butang WordPress yang berada dibawah di antara butang ke website yang lain


3. Kotak dialog login akan muncul yang meminta anda memasukkan kod akses ke blog anda. Nama dan kata kunci anda tidak akan disimpan. Keduanya hanya digunakan untuk menghantar post secara automatik ke blog anda. Jangan lupa menuliskan alamat blog WordPress anda dengan benar. Klik submit or post.


4. Tunggu beberapa ketika dan akan keluar dialog Message Posted.


5. Tutup kotak dialog tersebut dan layari halaman blog anda kemudian log-in ke blog anda untuk melihat post tersebut.


6. Lihat bahagian Posts di Dashboard anda yang satu pos baru berjudul widget islami yang anda pilih. Edit post ini untuk melihat kod yang telah dikirimkan


7.Anda akan melihat kod seperti gambar di sebelah copy (Contrl + C) untuk di paste ke dalam widget anda.


8. Pergi ke (Appearance) dan klik Widgets.


9. Dari Widget yang tersedia, pilih Text dan klik Add (Tambahkan). Sebuah Widget Text akan ditambahkan ke Sidebar anda pada sisi kanan.


10. Setelah Text terbuka, pastekan kode yang elah anda salin tadi, sama ada klik-kanan Paste atau Ctrl-V. Kode akan tertulis seperti gmabar di sebelah.


11. Klik Save Changes (Simpan Perubahan). Kini lihat hasilnya dengan mengunjungi blog anda.

Itulah langkah-langkah yang harus anda lakukan untuk menampilkan widget islami kesukaan anda pada blog WordPress. Kini blog anda boleh menampilkan aneka pilihan jam islami, kalender islami, maupun widget islami lainnya.

Semoga berjaya.

Blog is for everyone

Sharing your life experience with friends, family and random strangers online has become an extremely simple process, and all it takes is an internet connection and a blog. Would you like share your ideas with the world but don’t know where to start? We’ll point you in the right direction to found your very own blog, and showcase your story with the world.

What is a “blog?

The term Blog is short for “web log.” While the word has evolved from a list of all the websites someone visits into a more personal and intimate form of writing, the main purpose of a blog hasn’t changed: To share an idea with the world in a reverse chronologically dated fashion.

Blogs are meant as a public mouthpiece for a private individual, or group of people. As such, blogs don’t offer much in the way of privacy controls, but instead focus on creating a simple way for someone to get a message out to the Internet. Most blogs are created with the full knowledge of the sharer that the information will be going out into the world for anyone to see. The big advantage of blogs? For the publisher, it’s extremely simple to write a message for mass consumption, and for the reader, no signing up for a service, remembering passwords or otherwise having to cobble together some information.

The downside of all this access? Everything published is available for the entire Internet to see. Users looking to control who can see photos, posts or comments should think about just using other social networking services like Facebook or Flickr, rather than making the jump to a blog. Many of my family members find blogs extremely useful, since they’re able to publicly share pictures and stories with other family members who have internet access, but aren’t up on any social networking sites. Many of my friends, however, opt to share pictures and stories on Facebook, since they can limit exposure of certain elements to different groups of friends. Think about the kind of information you’d like to share when deciding to go with a blog.

Blogging services

Since blogs have exploded, there are many different ways for a newbie to start their first blog. For the most basic user, and the lion’s share of people who haven’t ever blogged before, we recommend a service called Blogger. Like most Google owned services, Blogger is extremely simple and will help you publish your own blog. Simply create an account, add a few details about the blog, pick a theme, and you’re off blogging. Blogger comes with a few predefined templates that let you pick your own look, and Blogger has a simple Page Elements editor which lets users easily add and remove simple sidebar elements and customize limited elements of their blogs.

Blogger’s more advanced options allow for multiple users to work on the same blog, and Blogger goes as far as to publish individual files to a remote server, allowing basic support for a custom domain name. The advanced services are nice touches, however we’d still recommend Blogger as a beginners-only service. Blogger’s strength is in its ease of use and simplicity, not in its advanced customization options.

For a step up from Blogger, there’s WordPress.com. While Blogger is so simple anyone can feel confident with the first time they use the software, WordPress.com adds a modicum of complexity and with it comes extra flexibility. WordPress.com’s service allows users a variety of more advanced options, including many more themes than are available from Blogger, advanced post writing options, better comments management and the ability to password protect individual posts. WordPress.com also has an integrated statistics tracking package, so users can see how many people are visiting their sites.

WordPress.com is a great way for someone to get their feet wet once they’ve figured out the basics of blogging and are looking for some advanced features. WordPress.com allows users to import Blogger posts and comments, so anything you’ve done on one site won’t have to be abandoned. Even though WordPress.com is more advanced than Blogger, the service can still feel limiting since advanced users don’t have access to the nuts and bolts of the service, and have to pay for upgrades like custom design and styling or extended web space.

Blogging software

We always recommend users not upgrade until they feel like they’re being constrained by their current technology solution. Each step in this blogging process, from Blogger to WordPress.com, and now to individual software installations, offers a tradeoff of complexity for features. Both Blogger and WordPress.com offer an extremely simplistic experience to publish a blog, but if you’re the type of user who wants to tinker around with their web presence, there’s nowhere else to turn but to install pieces of software yourself.

WordPress.com users will be happy to know that there’s a more customizable version of WordPress.com that users can install on their own servers. Simply called WordPress, users can download the open-source blogging software package, install it to their own web server and get full control over the software.

The biggest difference between WordPress.com and regular WordPress is the ability to install customized plugins. There is an entire community of developers who develop specialized plugins to help WordPress users extend their blog past a simple text entry system. Plugin developers create tiny pieces of software that help turn WordPress into a podcasting platform, add its own ad-serving engine and all sorts of advanced features. Custom-installed WordPress also allows the user full control over the look and feel of the site, the ability to create custom themes, and access to any of the themes created by the community at the WordPress theme directory.

A custom installation of WordPress isn’t going to be free. Usually WordPress is coupled with a web hosting package, which typically run about $5 per month. (I host my personal blog on Dreamhost.) Many services will automatically configure the “difficult” settings like MySQL databases and the like, leaving the easy settings (name, URL, etc) to the user.

Now you should be up to speed on beginning to intermediate level blogging. Next time, we’ll talk about advanced blogging software like Drupal and Moveable Type, and other services like Tumblr. Do you user WordPress or Blogger? What’s been your experience blogging? Share it with the community in the comments. Happy blogging!