What all is new in WordPress 4.7.4

On 20th April 2017, WordPress released its latest version i.e. v4.7.4. Actually, its a maintenance release which has fixed 47 critical issues that were disclosed in the previous versions of WordPress v4.7.3. This update features a visual editor compatibility fix, which can be directly synced with the upcoming version of the Google Chrome.

With the maintenance release now available at WordPress.org there won’t be any broken thumbnails during the WordPress web development. After updating WordPress core, you won’t be facing any issues while uploading any of the video or audio files. It will be good if you consult a skilled WordPress developer which will help you get through this up-gradation process. The v4.7.4 also features the ability to Shift-click and select multiple checkboxes at once.

Some Key Highlights Of The Update

  • The visual editor will now be compatible with the latest version of Google Chrome.
  • A fix for broken audio-visual thumbnail bug.
  • Enhancements in the REST API making it efficient in data handling.
  • Restores the ability to perform multiple select from a range of checkboxes.

How To Update?

It will be good if you deactivate all the active plugins before initiating the up-gradation process.

Save all the WordPress XML Files on the hard drive. Click on the “Tools” icon and “Export”. Now you have to download the “Export” file. You have to create a “New Folder” on the hard drive where you can store all the extracted files.

Make sure you have to take regular backup of your portal. There are a plethora of plugins available in the WordPress Directory which will assist you in accomplishing this task. You can also schedule backups with the help of these plugins.

Download the copy of your WP Database Backup. This will come in handy in case the server crashes or any other thing goes south. That’s why it’s preferred that you should store the backup file in the cloud.

Now you have to download the theme/child template folders to a local hard drive or cloud. In case you are using the custom theme, then this step is mandatory.

Summing Up

The WordPress v4.7.4 offers 47 maintenance fixes that improve its interface & functioning. You can access the official release notes on WordPress’s site.

An Introductory Guide to WordPress Security

wordpress security by Designs2HtmlVery often, on the internet, we read some old or new scary stories of about any prominent website being hacked or some sensitive database being compromised hits the web and turns everyone freaking out. With the growing popularity of WordPress, it has created a buzz against hackers. The statistics in research shows that 80 million websites are WordPress users and a large portion of them prone to attack.

So if you do not want to register your website among the long list of hacked websites, then you’re probably on the right track. Every website is subject to risk irrespective of being the size of the company. Attacks can happen because your website is vulnerable to attacks and not because a hacker decided to ‘break-into’ your business.

After your website is hacked, besides harming the reputation, you may lose an enormous amount of customers, confidential information, wealth, efforts, time, to bring it back into normal mode. So if you’re seeking for excellent WordPress web development, aim to provide primitive measures to keep it secure. It won’t cost you much, but it saves a lot of time, money and disappointment in the future.

Some Quick methods to protect your WordPress website –

 

1. Keep updating your WordPress Website

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WordPress website needs to be regularly updated. It brings along with it plenty of WordPress security vulnerabilities. Actually, WordPress is no miracle! With every new update, it fetches multiple numbers of additional features and upgrades. It is basically a cheat sheet for hackers everywhere.

If you miss updating your WordPress, those security flaws will ruin your existence. So, in order to avoid the hacking of the website, Install the latest version of the WordPress regularly.

2. Use strong passwords

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A Strong password can be one of the major reason behind to go a long way to protect your WordPress blog. Always remember, a strong password can be comprised of letters, words, numbers, and any other valid characters. But avoid using a single word, letters-only, or numbers-only passwords. Any personal detail or a password based on them can be easy to crack for hackers. Try to make it difficult for hackers to know the patterns.

A simple password can be WordPress123, HelenBrown, etc. A strong password can be like pressmyWORDSand5ecurit!$, W0rD!!Pr3$$123, etc.

3. Change the default admin user names

Finding admin or username is the first practice of the hackers. So avoid using too obvious usernames. Change them to something more difficult for hackers to identify. Apart from this, review your user’s role and make a point to that there is only one administrator to the site. Set others as a ‘contributor.’ Remove the invalid admins or set their role to ‘None’.

4. Check your Server Settings

The server is also one of the primary sources for hackers to attack the website. So to keep yourself cent percent secure, take a proactive approach to your website’s security. Check the server logs daily and find out any unusual behavior. Preferably use a strong password for the administrator account and FTP. You may also enable email notifications into which someone is logged-in to the server, every time.

5. Hide Your Plugins

Plugins are one of the hidden sources from where hackers can inject your website. Put an empty index file into your /wp-content/plugins/ folder. It will protect all of your plugins.

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In the above image, you can see, that the plugins are clearly visible to anyone who navigates to the /wp-content/plugins folder. A hacker’s job will be simplified if s/he gets to see security plugin. Add a blank index.html into the plugins folder. It doesn’t make any difference if your WordPress site has the security system. But up till the hacker doesn’t know, he will be less fascinated to try anything.

6. Prevent hacking via through WP-includes security

WordPress includes the core. It should be used very carefully even after converting it from PSD to HTML. It should not be left accessible to hackers by any means.

So keep a regular check of any bots or hackers from sending unwanted scripts straight to your WordPress. Add this before #BEGIN WordPress in your .htaccess file.

7. Always keep a full backup of your WordPress website

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Backup is one of the first things that can be used to restore your website if hacked. So keep a backup of your WordPress website at regular intervals. There are many plugins which assist the WordPress website owners like VaultPress, Updraft-Plus, WP-DB-Backup, BackupBuddy, etc. These plugins carry an easy restore option. So to ensure that the plugin is backing up, keep a regular check, including all databases and directories.

Bottom Line :

These are just a quick but important factors that can keep your WordPress website secure. As WordPress continues to evolve, so will the hackers and their attempts to penetrate your site and chuck you out. So always stay one step ahead of hackers. These few steps mentioned above will definitely ensure your WordPress website from hacking.