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Top Common Website Design Mistakes You Should Avoid

It is important to ensure that your website does not contain any of these top Website Design mistakes when you are building a website or engaging the service of a website design company. Having a mistakes on a website can cause the website to lose customers, and that is money out the door.

Website Design Mistakes #1: Spelling Mistakes

This is the number one common error often found on websites and sometimes not so conspicuous or noticed. Nevertheless, it is unprofessional to have words that are spelt incorrectly on your website. It is a sign of laziness and not being meticulous. Often content for your website is produced quickly and may miss the normal spell check that you would do on marketing materials. So after producing the contents for your website carry out the normal spell check and double check for mistakes.

Website Design Mistakes #2: Blurry Images

Images that are not clear or blurry will not pass across the intended message and can be a huge turn-off for some people. Pictures to be used on the website should be taken by professional photographers and given to professional graphics designers for proper editing. Just like with a spelling mistake, using blurry images on a website is a sign of carelessness. This mistake is non-forgivable mistake in my opinion.

Website Design Mistakes #3: Non-Standard Link Colours

The standard text link colour for a website is blue. This is because most web users are used to seeing the colour ‘blue’ as a link to another page, so when you change the link colour to another one you are likely to confuse them and cause them not to click a link. Except you have chosen to use a single colour different from blue (most people use their brand colour) as your text link colour and it is consistent throughout the website. You are making a mistake when you use more than one colour as your text link colour. When trying to navigate a user using text links try to stay with the standard blue.

Website Design Mistakes #4: Complex URL’s

Visitors or users of your site who like a certain page will at times try to remember the page so they can easily navigate back to the page. This is why you should configure your URL to be as short as possible so that it can be easily committed to the memory. URL’s which contain things like www.example.com/?abs9217!89.php  become confusing to the visitor and will distract them from further visits unlike a URL that contains something like www.example.com/about-us

Website Design Mistake #5: Bad Text Layout

This has to do with the organization of your text and images. Newspapers usually break up their paragraphs into short and sharp sentence groups for a reason; you should do the same for your website. By making short and sharp sentence groups you will entertain the reader for longer and achieve your goals of conversion.

Website Design Mistakes #6: Poor Navigation

You website visitors should be able to know where to go to find the information they need. Making your navigation links hard to locate will discourage users and cause them to lose interest in your site. Believe it or not, navigation plays an important role in how long visitors stay on your site and in the long term how you are able to achieve you goals.

Website Design Mistakes #7: Broken links

Bad links that do nothing when clicked or lead to “404” error page can causes misery for your users. Test your site to ensure that all links work and are directing to the right page.

Website Design Mistakes #8: Using Frames

Developers who are often in a hurry to produce work quicker try to cut corners by using frames, which is a great mistake. The effect of this technical mistake is that URL’s will stop working, navigation will be difficult and the page cannot be bookmarked. Using frames slows computer response and tie up system resources. All these result in a negative user experience – visitors will not be pleased – and can dramatically affect your website in the short and long term. Using frames was a cool thing back then but now it isn’t cool anymore.

 

Mistakes happen, but some mistakes are costly. There are many mistakes that are often made with regards to website development and it’s important to avoid these mistakes. These website design mistakes should be avoided in all ways. And if they are present, they should not be overlooked as a trivial thing but should be corrected. Some website design mistakes can spell doom for a website.

Feel free to share your thought and opinions. I appreciate them.

 

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WordPress Security: How is WordPress Website Hacked?

Having your WordPress website hacked is one of the biggest nightmares for any website owner. From one moment to the next, your site is shut down. Traffic plummets and all the energy, effort, time, and money you put into your site is on the brink of being lost entirely.

As much as the developers behind WordPress and the entire WordPress community are working round the clock to make better and more secure versions of WordPress, the hackers are also trying by all means to find new vulnerabilities they can explore. Vulnerability is a weakness that allows attackers to compromise a product, in this case a website.

Getting backed your WordPress Website hacked is hard work, however, not as hard as winning back your audience’s trust or getting your site off spam blacklists.

While getting a WordPress Website hacked is never pleasant, it is much more common than you would think. The security of a website is not a luxury. Every day the attacks on websites are getting more and more sophisticated.

My intention is not to alarm you, but I want to present the situation exactly as it is so you can make plans to improve your website security.

Beside these, WordPress as the most CMS platform is also leading CMS by the number of attacks!

This is compulsory reading for any WordPress website owner, so take notice! WordPress websites get hacked through

  • Hosting Service provider: The WP White Security informs us that 41% of the hacked websites take place because of the hosting provider. Some host service providers have security loopholes that hackers take opportunities of to hack a website.
  • Out-dated WordPress, Plugins and Themes Version: using out-dated WordPress files, themes and plugins is one of the most used vulnerability that hackers use to get the control of a website. A smart hacker can obtain lots of data by hacking plugins or themes that are not update. Collectively, this account for 51% of hacked WordPress websites. If you have heard about Panama papers, it is believed that behind this huge data loss is a vulnerable version of an extensively used plugin called Revolution Slider as reported by WordFence.
  • Weak Password: Almost 8% of websites are hacked due to weak passwords. Using strong password is a widely spread security tip known by almost everyone, so there should be no excuse for getting hacked this way. Hackers sometimes use sophisticated methods to steal your account credentials but sometimes they use brute-force i.e. they use extremely fast software solution try various combinations of username and password to enter your website. If you use admin as username, then you have made the work pretty easy for hackers.
  • Unsafe Computer: A website is still vulnerable even if the above loopholes have been covered. Another way WordPress Websites are hacked hackers used to break into a website is to infect the computer of the website admin with a virus. Periodically, an admin will check the website and can get hacked by the virus stored on the computer files.

The Golden rule of Website security says that “it is better to prevent than to clear”. It is therefore important to take proactive measures to assure a secure website or blog.

This is the end of the post, read carefully and make necessary adjustments where necessary. If you do then the chances of being hacked are low and you can fully focus on other aspects. Still website security is a dynamic field and you should stay updated all the time.

Useful Tips to Protect and Secure your WordPress Websites and Blogs

Countless websites running on the WordPress platform have been attacked by hackers who use brute force techniques to get into websites and wreak havoc.

Overtime I have learnt to take security seriously. Some of the lessons I learnt were unpleasant but they provided me with the knowledge to be able educate you on the simple steps you can take right now to make you site safer.

Daily I get between 20 to 50 authorized login attempts on this site www.ademike.com alone, from different countries of the world not to talk of other websites I manage. It is perhaps possible that a hacker halfway across the globe is trying to hack into your site at this very moment …

If you are a website or blog owner the safety of you WordPress site should be of utmost priority.  Here is a list of the basic steps to protect your WordPress site (s). Consider this list a checklist, they are in no particular order, so if you come across one, two or more of these that is not part of your current security arsenal, stop reading and go implement it NOW!

  1. Keep up with Updates Always: WordPress updates are released to fix bugs introduce new features and most importantly, to patch security holes. Same thing goes for the various themes and plugins you use on your site. If you are not using a specific plugin or theme, delete it from the system.
  2. Change Username: This is one of the essential security measures for preventing your site from being hacked. If you still use the same default WP username “admin”, you are indirectly helping the hackers. So it is better to change it into a more difficult and memorable username.
  3. Maintain strong passwords: Do not procrastinate on this one. The password you use should be a minimum of 8 characters long having a random mix of numbers and letters (upper and lower case) and should not feature any complete word. It will be safer to change this password every 3 months to make it more difficult for any hacker who has a brute force program running on your website.
  4. Remove WordPress Version: Make life harder for hackers by removing the WordPress version from being displayed to the public. By default most of the themes have the WordPress version which has to be strictly removed. But some of the WordPress developers even display them, helping attackers to exploit the known vulnerabilities on that particular WordPress version.
  5. Hide Plugins: Protect your WordPress Plugins directory by creating an empty index.html file and then upload it to wp-content/plugins/. By this, no one can access your plugins. There is possibility for the Hackers to hack your blog if they discover an out-of-the-date or vulnerable plugin. Another way is creating .htaccess file and upload. Note the new versions of WordPress are having index.php already in different folders like themes, plugins, uploads etc.
  6. Registration: Unless you have a revenue sharing blog or Guest Blogging feature it is good to disable the registering feature in your blog. For this go to General Settings page and turn off the ‘Anyone can register’ option. Or you can restrict the permissions/authorization capacity of anyone registering so they don’t have much control.
  7. Choose a Reliable and Secure Host: often, a good place to start when it comes to website security is your hosting environment. Find a host that put security as one of their priorities because gaining access to your website through the host server is the ultimate backdoor pass. From here the hacker may be able to overcome almost all of your security measure with ease.
  8. Change the Login URL: Download this wps-hide-login plugin which allows you to create custom URLs for logging in, logging out, administration and registration in your WordPress blog, This will prevent malicious bots and hackers from accessing your default wp-login.php file.
  9. Secure Sources: Download WordPress themes and plugins from trusted verified source by checking the identity of the owner and popularity of the theme or plugin, and the site. If a theme or plugin is not being updated regularly and if you a not paying for support, then you should be wary of such themes or plugins.
  10. Regular Data Backup: back-up of your website file and database regularly. Data integrity is critical for backups. Keep this backup safe so that if your site is compromised, you will have something that can help in rebuilding the site and possibly can also aid in determining how the site was compromised.
  11. Treat your website like your room: if you have old themes and plugins you are not using anymore, especially if they are not updated, you basically have to deactivate and delete them. I believe you will not leave dirty or old cloths hanging around in your room for days. So clean up and organize your files like you would your room. It will keep you safe.
  12. Stay Updated: stay on top of what is going on out there. Early detection is the best prevention. Be on the lookout for security issues affecting the web. Don’t think that security issues are only affecting those other sites. They could just as easily be affecting yours. Be vigilant.

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