October is Cyber Security Month

Yes… it’s a made up observation, but it’s so so relevant and needed these days.

Here is a great podcast from The Daily Charge at CNET with guest speaker Bree Fowler.

Some of the things they discuss include strong passwords, 2FA (2 factor authentication) – which I personally hate, but I use it anyway – and avoiding social media as a universal login.

I know, I know, so boring right?! But imagine getting hacked. Even if you don’t have secure info on your website – well actually – if you’re collecting emails – you do! Big problem!

Let’s prevent a massive headache before it gets to that stage, and follow some really easy methods to stay secure.

  1. Use strong passwords

    If your head is so full of passwords that one more will make it go KABOOOOM! – get a password manager, like NordPass or LastPass. These days I’d be lost without mine.

  2. Don’t reuse passwords

    (I’m guilty of this. I’ve made a conscious effort recently to go in and change those naughty repeated passwords)

  3. Use 2FA (2 factor authentication)

    This is where you get a message to your phone and write in the code it sends you, or use an Authenticator like Google Authenticator. Personally I hate 2FA, but I use it anyway. All my website login accounts have 2FA – I’ll not put a client at risk because I want to be lazy.

  4. Don’t use your social media accounts as a universal login

    I know, I know, it’s sooooo easy. But all those logins are leaving data and trails and who knows where it’s going. Get a password manager and life will become so much easier.

I will be making a short YouTube video soon to make this all a little easier to follow, with some tips and tricks to make it much faster and easier to follow the advice of the security experts.
Until then, enjoy the podcast, and I’ll see you soon!

Stuck in “maintenance mode”?

Good morning world!

A few people have asked me what to do when their WordPress website gets “stuck in maintenance mode”. When you’re new to all this website stuff this can seem like the end of the world. You’re website is broken, you can’t get to your WordPress dashboard. You’ve got potential clients searching RIGHT NOW for your website, and it’s not there! Big panic!!
Stop – you’ve got this. It’s not a big problem. Watch my 2 minute video that shows you how to fix the stuck in maintenance mode error.
You will need access to your server files either via FTP or CPanel, or File Manager with your web hosting provider.
For those who prefer to read … text is below.

Step 1 – Don’t panic

Step 2 – Login to your webhosting (in this example we are using Siteground).

Step 3 – Navigate to your Websites section on the top menu of your SiteGround page.

Step 4 – Find the website that is stuck in maintenance mode from the list, and click on “Site Tools”.

Step 5 – Use the menu on the left, and select SITE, and then File Manager.

Step 6 – In the File Manager, open the folder “public_html”, or the folder where you WordPress files live.

Step 7 – You should see a file called “.maintenance”. Delete this file.

Step 8 – Visit your website and check that it is now working. Congratulations! All fixed.

Don’t forget to log out of your SiteGround account.

Do you use SiteGround? Shared Hosting Update Announcement

Good morning internet world!

For those of you using shared hosting on SiteGround as your hosting provider, there is a pretty cool update that you need to be aware of. If you look after your own domain name (yourbusiness.com for example) – you need to make some changes soon.

  • If you are on my Maintenance Package, you don’t need to worry about this at all. I will make any necessary changes for you.
  • If you’re totally confused by this, and worried that it might have implications for your website – reach out to me – and I’ll help you get it all sorted.

Below is the message from the SiteGround Team:

We have recently completely reworked our DNS service, and have already deployed our new Centralized DNS setup to the majority of our cloud servers. Now is the time to start deploying this service to our shared servers too, so that they can also benefit from the faster domain resolving, enhanced protection against DDoS, improved resilience and redundancy of the service, and easier management of multiple domains.

When will the move to the new DNS take place?

The process of launching the new DNS service on our shared hosting servers will begin on September 23, 2021. We plan to start with smaller batches of servers and to gradually increase the pace, so that all shared servers are moved to the new service within the next few weeks.

What should you do after the migration?

For each of your sites, hosted on a shared hosting server we will additionally inform you when the transfer to the new DNS service is completed. In this post-migration email you will be provided with the new DNS information that you need to update, if you manage your domain name(s) on your own. For domain names, registered through SiteGround you do NOT need to do anything, as we will automatically update their DNS information with the new one.
Best Regards,
The SiteGround Team

About SiteGround

SiteGround is a great hosting provider that I highly recommend for WordPress CMS websites. To find out more, check out the SiteGround hosting packages.

WordPress 5.8.1

WordPress 5.8.1 is now available!
If you are not on one of my maintenance packages, then update to the latest version of WordPress as soon as possible.
Keeping your version of WordPress and your plugins up to date helps prevent your website from being hacked.