Maintenance Monday: Brute force attacks, Local SEO, and FREE WordPress courses

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This month we look at topics like Brute force attacks, Local SEO, and FREE WordPress courses.

If you have any questions or need help integrating any of these resources, please contact me.

Security

We are constantly reminded of the need to keep WordPress secure. This article is targeted at securing your site against brute force attacks. It covers the important basics like choosing robust login credentials, but also suggests hiding the login page – a handy little secret!

The recent XSS security vulnerability has been extremely pervasive. Here’s a reminder from Sucuri to update old plains and keep them updated.

And if you do not have a regular WordPress maintenance plan and you are curious about the risk of security breaches, you can scan your site to check for malware and threats. This article covers online scanning tools and plugins as well as a nice tip for manually scanning your site.

Performance

Google is now giving higher ranking in its search results to websites that are optimized for mobile devices. Here’s a brief summary of the change and some suggestions for making your website mobile-friendly (Google-compliant, that is!).

Speaking of being found in Google searches, if your small business is trying to attract more local customers to your website, you should consider some local SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies, like the ones suggested in this article.

How often do you upgrade your website? This article gives some compelling reasons to freshen things up. For example, has your target market changed enough that your existing website does not serve that segment as well as it could?

Education

Just getting started with WordPress? Here’s a review of 10 FREE courses.

What’s the difference between WordPress Categories and Tags? Do you have to use them? As this article points out, the answer is Yes. And no.

Are you a small business that needs to offer a professional online help desk to your WordPress website? Here’s a recent review of some of the options available.

That’s all for this month. If you have tried any of these tips, or if you have anything to add, please use the Comments section below.

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