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I’m going to tell you about a free plugin called Image Attributes Pro that you can find in WordPress repository.
This plugin easily allow you to optimize the images you display on your site for SEO purposes.
If you combine this plugin alongside an image compression plugin such as WP Smush not only will you have optimized images using Image Attributes Pro, but your page will load a little faster as well because the image file size is reduced by WP Smush.
Both are good when it comes to SEO…
WP Smush is easy to use and no technical knowledge required. In this post I will focus on Image Attributes Pro and show you how to use it.
After you install and activate Image Attributes Pro on your site, you will want to go to the settings screen as shown below:
You should uncheck the “Set Image Caption for new uploads”. Reason is that if you don’t, any image you upload the cation will appear underneath which most people don’t want.
Click save changes. Now, when it comes to using the plugin…
Before you upload an image to your site, you will want to change the image file name to something containing your keyword.
For example, say you have a picture of Banner Creator on your site, post, or page:
You will want to rename the image with hyphens between words if it’s multiple words.
So an image of Banner Creator you will want to rename the image Banner-Creator before uploading it.
If you have multiple images within a post or page, rename them before uploading with some long tail keywords.
The plugin will automatically remove the hyphens and use the keyword as the title, caption, alt text, and description for that image:
So Image Attributes Pro is basically a 1-click sort of plugin that will save you some time and you will gain some SEO benefits from using it.
This is something I run into a lot when looking at people’s sites…
Someone will deactivate a plugin they were using previously using and it leaves a nasty shortcode behind.
Here’s an example:
We were using a plugin on our other website for showing a social buttons and using a shortcode in or below all of my blog posts to display optin form and social buttons.
When we deactivated and deleted the plugin, it left the shortcode at the bottom of each post –
Obviously, going through each post individually and removing the shortcode left behind would be a huge waste of time.
The easy solution to solving this problem without going post by post deleting shortcodes left behind by plugins is by installing a plugin called Remove Orphan Shortcodes (I know, the name of the plugin sounds a little depressing).
There’s no settings associated with the plugin. Simply install and activate it.
All of the shortcodes left behind by plugins will now be deleted from all of your posts and pages.
Obviously, your site will look much better…
To sum up a little word of advice: shortcodes are great if used properly. It’s hard to imagine creating WordPress websites without them. As with everything – it’s good to not overuse them and have few dozens of plugins with multiple shortcodes. This will most likely decrease the speed of your website and may impact your traffic and page rank.
Most people reading this post will be familiar with Neil Patel. The guy is all over the internet…
Neil Patel is a New York Times best selling author. He is the co-founder of Crazy Egg and Hello Bar and he helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the internet.
On his Quick Sprout blog he does something interesting with a banner that he displays in the sidebar area on his site.
The banner he displays is “sticky” meaning it will follow people down the page as they’re reading a post or scrolling down the homepage.
This is an easy way to get a ton of clicks and draw attention to one of your offers.
In the video below I show you how to set up on your WordPress powered site (using a free plugin):
If you’re having trouble with your banner or optin box disappearing into the bottom area of your site you need to adjust the bottom margin area by adjusting the number in the “Margin Bottom:” box in the settings.
We are currently using this plugin on our site to push more traffic to our Optin form and Hosting offer.
It’s all about getting people to click or take some sort of action when visiting.
That’s how you promote different offers and make money.
We all know, WordPress is the most popular content publishing platform and is being used by millions of websites around the globe. Due to its popularity, hackers are very interested in hacking websites that use WordPress. WordPress itself is very secure and once vulnerability are discovered, they push an update to patch it.
Normally, WordPress based websites are hacked through third-party WordPress plugins and themes. There’re also other factors that can be used to hack WordPress. Here are some of them:
Your website security is very important and you must keep your WordPress installation secured as much as possible. Just imagine what will happen if your website gets hacked; private info of you and your website users/customers will be stolen, and many hours of your work will be missed up with. So you must take care of your WordPress installation security.
In order to make WordPress secure you need to take care of many things. To help you with that we’ve done our research and gathered a list of most used WordPress Security plugins.
Do not rely on a security plugin only to secure WordPress. There are many things to consider in order to make your website secure, here are some things to consider:
Secure your computer.
There are different plugins to perform different type of security tasks. If you know your requirements then it becomes easy for you to pick the right plugin for securing your WordPress website. Otherwise you can pick the generic plugin that can perform most of the tasks.
Don’t install all the plugins mentioned in this article as installing unnecessary plugins will slow down the performance of your WordPress website.
For the comparison purpose, we will look at the following things apart from the main features of the plugins.
Here is a list of the best WordPress Security Plugins that you can use to add an extra layer of security to your website.
Sucuri is a well-known authority in the industry of WordPress and Website Security, their WordPress Security plugin is a scanning and monitoring tool for WordPress. This free WordPress Security plugin has 4 main features: Security activity auditing, Remote Malware Scanner, File integrity monitoring, and Overall WordPress Security Hardening.
This free security plugin is meant for experienced users and developers as it requires understanding of codes and files within WordPress. Also remember to use this plugin with another WP security plugin like WordFence or iThemes Security in order to have the best security level.
All In One WordPress Security & Firewall plugin is one of the most preferred WordPress Security plugins for beginners. Thanks to its user-friendly interface that makes configuring its security options easy. This free security plugin for WordPress will improve your site security a lot by adding a powerful firewall that prevents malicious scripts from changing your WordPress code. The firewall will also block fake Google bots from crawling your website, and can prevent hot-linking of your website images.
In addition to the firewall, the plugin has powerful security features like login lockdown to prevent an IP address from guessing your password by continuously making failed login attempts “Brute Force Attack”. It also has a very useful tool that help you create strong password for your account.
WordFence is the most downloaded WordPress Security plugin with 1+ million active installs to date. It is a full-featured, powerful, and constantly updated security plugin for WordPress. This plugin provides protection from hacking, malware, malicious traffic and more features that make WordFence one of the most powerful free WordPress security plugins.
WordFence also has premium API key that adds extra features like country blocking, scheduled scans, premium support and 2-factor authentication that allows you to sign-in to WordPress using password and your cellphone. The premium plan also checks if your website IP is being used to spamvertize.
This WordPress security plugin from the known WordPress themes and plugins developer iThemes. This free security plugin for WordPress gives user more than 30 ways to protect his WordPress site. Both beginners and experienced WP users can use this plugin. On one hand, it comes with 1-click installation for easy setup of the plugin, on the other hand, its advanced security options can be easily configured from dashboard.
iThemes Security protects WordPress sites by fixing common security vulnerabilities, helps users choose strong passwords, stop automated attacks, and more security features. There is a security checklist in the plugin dashboard for easier maintenance.
SecuPress is a newer security plugin on the market (originally released as freemium in 2016), but it’s definitely one that’s growing rapidly. It’s actually developed by Julio Potier, one of the original co-founders of WP Media, who you might recognize, as they develop WP Rocket and Imagify. There is both a free version and premium version which includes a lot of additional features.
If you want a security plugin that has a great UI and easy to use interface, SecuPress is definitely the plugin to go with. The free version features anti-brute force login, blocked IPs, and a firewall. It also includes protection of your security keys as well as blocks visits from bad bots (which you usually have to pay for in other security plugins).
If you want even more features, their premium versions starts at $59 a year per site and includes additional features such as alerts and notifications, two-factor authentication, GeoIP blocking, PHP malware scans, and PDF reports.
The BulletProof Security plugin has both free and premium versions. The paid option sells for a one-time payment of $69.95 and is actively developed, updated, and probably contains more features than most of the other security plugins on the market. They provide a 30-day money back guarantee, and you receive features for quarantines, email alerting, anti-spam, auto-restore, and more.
I’d suggest you try out the free plugin first, since it offers the following tools:
It’s not the most user-friendly WordPress security plugin, but it does the job for advanced developers who want to take advantage of unique settings and features like the anti-exploit guard and the online Base64 decoder. It also has a setup wizard auto-fix feature to help make it a little easier.
Most people who use WordPress are familiar with Jetpack, and it’s mainly because the plugin has so many features, but it’s also because the plugin is made by the people from WordPress.com. Jetpack is filled with modules to strengthen your social media, site speed, and spam protection. There are so many features in Jetpack that it’s definitely worth exploring.
Some security tools are included with Jetpack as well, making it an appealing plugin for those who want to save money and rely on a reputable solution. For instance, the Protect module is free and it blocks suspicious activity from happening. Brute force attack protection and whitelisting is also supported by the basic security functionality from Jetpack.
That said, the paid versions of Jetpack are more powerful when it comes to security. For instance, the $99 per year plan includes malware scanning, scheduled website backups, and restoration if anything goes wrong. Furthermore, the $299 per year plan offers on-demand malware scans and real-time backups for the ultimate protection.
It’s important not to forget VaultPress, since it works similar to plugins like iThemes Security Pro and Sucuri Scanner. You need to pay in order to get any type of protection, but the plans start at only $39 per year, making it one of the more affordable premium security plugins. The website states that this plan is more for small businesses and bloggers, but you also have the option to upgrade to a more powerful plan for either $99 per year or $299 per year.
The daily and real-time backups are the bread and butter of the operation, with a beautiful calendar view for specifying when you’d like to complete your backups. You can also complete site restores with a quick click of the mouse. What’s more is that the restore files are logged in the dashboard, and several of them are stored so that you can choose which one you want. The best part of VaultPress in regards to backups is that they are incremental. This is great for performance.
The primary security tools monitor suspicious activity on your website, with tabs for viewing your history and seeing which threats have been dealt with or ignored. You can also check out stats and manage your entire security detail from the convenience of a clean dashboard.
As the name suggests, WP Antivirus Site Protection WordPress plugin in meant to protect your site against viruses, and malware. This free security plugin for WordPress scans all your WordPress installation files to detect malware, worms, spyware, backdoors, hidden links, rootkits, adware, Trojan horses, fraud tools and removes them.
This plugin scans your site files using Siteguarding.com API against the daily-updated virus database. When the plugin detects any threat it displays it in the WordPress Admin dashboard and will also send an email to you if you want.
The scanner can detect a number of malware types:
Antivirus site protection also provides you with alerts and notifications in the admin panel and by email. The feature list includes almost everything you would want in a security plugin:
The Google Authenticator plugin adds a second layer of security to your login module, which is rather important since the majority of hacking attempts happen with the login. In addition to your regular password, this plugin either sends a push notification to your phone or some other form of authentication such as using a QR code or asking a security question.
This way, your login becomes far less penetrable since the second layer is most likely something that only you know or have on your person (like your phone).
This WordPress security plugin doesn’t require any payment, and the interface is easy enough to understand. Besides choosing the type of authentication, another cool feature lets you specify which type of user role should have to go through the authentication. So, you can allow admins to get in easier, but you might ask that authors or other users go through the two-factor process.
The only problem is that the two-factor authentication makes it rather difficult to log in to your backend with a mobile device.
There are so many plugins for WordPress security. Below are some more security plugins which are being used by users and have given positive reviews. Problem with these plugins are that they have not been updated at least for past 9 months at the time of writing this review.
WP fail2ban delivers one feature, but it’s a rather important one: protection from brute force attacks. The plugin takes a different approach which many see as more effective than what you get from some of the security suite plugins listed above. WP fail2ban documents all login attempts, regardless of their nature or successfulness, to the syslog using LOG_AUTH. You have the option to implement a soft or hard ban, which is different from the more traditional approach of only choosing one.
There’s not much to know in terms of configuration for the WP fail2ban plugin. In fact, all you have to do is install it and let it do its magic. In addition, the brute force security plugin is completely free so you don’t have to worry about spending any money. This plugin is truly a standout, since the users consistently report that it works flawlessly.
Acunetix will perform the basic security checks and help you secure your website against brute force attacks. You can change the permissions on files and change the default messages that user see on wrong password attempts.
I read the good reviews when I was researching about the best WordPress security plugins.
But I did not felt like installing the plugin on my website when I saw that the plugin has not been updated for past 3 years.
Yet, Acunetix WP Security offers the basic level of protection for the websites.
Now that we’ve walked through the best WordPress security plugins, take a look at our main recommendations below. This makes it easier for you to select one or two plugins without having to test every single one out. Remember, that depending on what your WordPress host already offers, security plugins may not be needed.
These suggestions hone in on certain situations where you might choose one security plugin over another.
Of course, we can’t cover all the plugins out there. These are simply those we recommend based on our experience and customer reviews. If there is one you think should be included in this list, let us know below in the comments.