How Your WordPress “Admin” Username can be Exploited by Hackers
Unless things have changed since the last time I set up a new self-hosted WordPress site, WordPress presents you with the username “admin” as default. And even if they’ve stopped doing this, it was the standard since the inception of WordPress back in 2003. That’s 16+ years on WordPress sites that use “admin” as the username.
Here’s an interesting factoid. Out of all the websites in existence, WordPress makes up just over 30% of them. And it encompassed more than 60% of all websites that are built on a contact management system.
Hackers just love the sheer volume of WordPress sites. Do you know what else they love? Users that don’t create a unique username for themselves.
Why Using “Admin” is Unsafe
You might be thinking it’s no big deal. You’re nobody. Who’s going to try to hack your site?
Well, if most hacking attempts on your site were made by a single person looking for a single site to hack into, your lack of concern would—maybe—be warranted. However, that’s not what is happening. For the most part, hacking attempts against your site are made by bots launching brute-force attacks. These bots will either use best guesses for username and password, like admin and 123456, or they will use something like a dictionary attack where the bot literally goes through a dictionary trying to match words to your username. So yes, “admin” is a bad choice, but so is any other recognizable word. Jumble up those letters and numbers.
If you have a security plugin that sends you a notification when it locks someone, or some bot, out of your site because of too many bad login attempts, you’ll generally see all those attempts are using admin as a username.
So, now that we’re clear about not using admin as your username, what kind of measures can you take to secure your site?
WordPress Security Measures
Since I love factoids, here’s another one. According to a cybersecurity report published 2 years ago, organizations increased their online security budgets by 50%.
What does that tell you? Other than a whole lot of people probably didn’t get a raise that year? It’s an indication—a clear message—that none of us can afford to be lax when it comes to online security. Even if you’re that little guy with a hobby site.
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Best Tooltip WordPress Plugins of 2019 (Free and Paid)
Understanding the Tooltip WordPress Plugin:
A tooltip is one of the most important weapons in the arsenal of WordPress website developers. Tooltip plugin is used to create a small pop-up that reacts when you navigate the cursor on it on a website. People wonder about the utilities of Tooltip WordPress plugin. Subsequently, as the name suggests, the Tooltip plugin is used to give a tip to the website visitors. It helps you to highlight the important information on the website.
As a matter of fact, tooltip plugins act as a guide for website visitors. A tooltip helps them to find accurate information about the product or services listed on the website without wasting time. If you are not aware of the perfect use of a tooltip plugin then, don’t worry, as here is the solution for that.
You should optimize your content, title, tags, and archives by adding pop-ups with the use of a Tooltip plugin. It will help you to attract website visitors to the perfect clickable point of your website. Apart from that, more clicks result in more engagement and ultimately help you to generate warm leads and enhance conversions online.
These plugins are not just limited to written content on your website. In fact, you should add pop-ups to the links, audio files and video files on the website.
Here are the best Tooltip WordPress Plugins of 2019:
1. CM Tooltip Glossary WordPress Plugin:
CM Tooltip Glossary WordPress Plugin – Best Tooltip WordPress Plugins of 2019 (Free and Paid)
Creative Mind Solutions has created this wonderful tooltip to enhance your website experience as it allows a website to show the information or meaning about a particular term by adding the link of a page that encompasses the definition of the term used.
When the website visitor moves the mouse to a particular term, subsequently, Tooltip glossary plugin displays the definition of that term. In addition, it also enables the website developer to add unlimited tooltips on the website. Apart from that, this plugin allows the user to add images, audio and video files also.
This plugin already has 12 designed templates ready for your use which you can quickly customize and get your work done. The good part of this plugin is that you get it for free.
Easy Import – Export CSV files of glossary term.
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42 tasty food logos that will make your mouth water
We interact with food logos every day, all day long. We grab a carton of milk from our fridge. We walk down a street passing delis and restaurants. Maybe we run to the grocery store to grab a quick snack. We’re constantly assessing food choices offered to us by brands—and food logos play a big part in making these choices.
The ones that appeal to us the most and that visually convey their brand identity in the best way possible are usually the ones we, the customers, go back to and stay with. Your logo design is your chance to express your brand identity and to tell potential customers who you are, what you stand for and why they should spend their money on the delicious treat you are offering.
When creating a food logo, it’s not enough to come up with something that catches the eye. Successful food logo designs stand out by appealing to your mind, stomach, purchasing habits, ethical priorities and so much more. Here we’ve collected some tasty-looking food logo ideas to inspire you.
What makes a good food logo?
When designing a food logo, you need to pay close attention to the characteristics and realities of the food industry. For starters, your logo should look tasty and appeal to a craving. Whether your product is an indulgent dessert or a healthy snack, your logo needs to appeal to our taste buds above all else.
Cheese logo by DesideratumOn top of that, your logo also needs to look trustworthy, because at the end of the day people need to trust your brand enough to put what you’ve made in their mouths.
That’s why it’s crucial to go with a logo that looks professional and well thought out. A design that was done without much thought or skill is easy to recognize and would leave a negative impression with potential customers.
Then there’s also the issue of standing out in the crowded food industry. In our day and age, variety is no longer much of an issue when it comes to food brands. As soon as something becomes popular, other brands begin to produce it and new brands sprout up. Standing out is tricky: you need to fit in enough amidst competitors to speak the common language of that product, but be nuanced enough to appeal to customers with your unique selling points.
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The Best Payment Gateway for Your ECommerce Site
There are so many decisions you have to make as a web designer and it can sometimes be a tricky balance trying to put all the right elements into place. When you add the ecommerce piece, it gets even more complicated.
According to this infographic by Subscriptionly.net, consumers have very high expectations for ecommerce websites. But if you design it right, there’s a lot of up money up for grabs:
We’re talking trillions of dollars in sales that ecommerce brings in every year. That’s why the decisions you make for your clients’ websites are so important.
Even as the future of ecommerce platforms introduces more advanced and intelligent ways to sell online, one thing will always remain the same:
The need for a strong, secure, and fast ecommerce payment gateway.
The following isn’t going to be your typical guide to learning about leading ecommerce payment gateways. You know which ones I’m talking about:
For the most part, they all do the same thing and provide just as secure and stable payment processing as one another.
Instead, this guide will show you what kinds of options you have to work with based on the ecommerce platforms you use to build websites.
The Best Payment Gateway for Your eCommerce Platform
Depending on which website builder solution you use, your choice of payment gateway may differ. So, in order to help you find the best ecommerce payment processing solution, I’m going to break this down based on ecommerce platforms and the options you have to choose from within each.
Let’s start by defining which are the leading ecommerce platforms. Based on market share data from BuiltWith, these are the most popular:
Let’s explore the payment gateway options for the three most common ecommerce platforms:
WooCommerce is not a standalone solution like the others as it requires WordPress to function. Because of this, you’re going to have a vast number of third-party payment processor integrations to choose from.
WooCommerce, a plugin integration for WordPress itself, comes with a number of payment options upon setup:
As you can see, there are a number of in-person payment methods WooCommerce allows you to use as well as PayPal.
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Showcase of Retro Logo & Badge Designs
Do you love retro looks? Searching for a bit of inspiration for your next graphic design or website project? 1950s-inspired retro design tends to fluctuate in and out of popularity, but the beautiful vintage-inspired look always returns eventually. Usually with a modern twist.
Retro and vintage style is universally appealing for a variety of reasons. For many, it evokes nostalgia for places, TV shows, and posters seen in childhood. And the colorful style, neat and simplistic look, and clean symmetry is pleasing to the eye. You can still find remnants of this style today in logos and branding from many popular companies.
Ready to get in on the retro resurgence? You’re going to need a little inspiration to give you a boost. These fifteen fantastic badges will send you right back to the fifties, so take note!
Outside Lands 2016 Festival Branding by DKNG
Red Desert Adventure by Sean Heisler
Element Skate Camp by Curtis Jinkins
O’Neill Graphic Design by Curtis Jinkins
Space Shuttle by Aaron James Draplin
Mountain Patches by Andrew Berkemeyer
Outside Lands Patch: Golden Gate Park by DKNG
2 Cents Badge by Shane Harris
Peters Design Co Eagle Badge Revised by Allan Peters
Portland Badgehunting Club by Allan Peters
Broadridge Achievers Club 2019 by Alana Louise
RCB Co. by Benjamin Garner
Cyclist Patch by DKNG
Grand Teton National Park by Danielle Podeszek
Go Atlanta Braves! by Jacob Boyles
Old-School Badge Design
That was fifteen of the greatest retro badges and logos across the web. Bright colors, warm tones, and attention-calling typography are staples of these logos. Also take notice of the focus on simple, clear shapes. You can see where the popularity of minimalism and flat color design has bled into modern vintage style.
With this inspiration, you should now be able to put together your own retro graphic. It might be hard to pick a favorite from one of these drop-dead gorgeous logos and carefully crafted badges. Which ones spoke to you the most?
DeviantArt Has a Redesign in Beta
Wow. DeviantArt; there’s a blast from the past, where I’m concerned. I used to have an account where I posted my amateur web design, photography, and photomanipulation-based art.
I actually remember making art and website mockups on my PC at home, writing the files to a rewritable CD, and taking them to the local Internet café to post them on DA for feedback. It was the site for all artists and designers, at every skill level. And now, it’s getting redesigned.
The site has been pretty much the same for years, with updates generally tweaking the design rather than completely redefining it. But Wix bought the site for $36million back in 2017, and it seems they’ve been working on something very different.
The new redesign has been named “Eclipse”, and the opinion of the community is mixed. It’s intended to be dark, sleek, and aimed at professional creators who’d like to sell their work. While that is certainly one subset of the userbase, a very large and vocal portion of the community is made up of amateurs, hobbyists, and fan artists. These users seem to be less happy.
I’ve listed some of the major changes to the site below, and you can find all the changes on the Eclipse Preview Site.
Obviously, there’s the brand new aesthetic for the site. It’s dark, it’s clean, it’s hyper-modern. While it still has hints of green, green will no longer be the dominant color all over the experience.
The current DA home page
I personally like it well enough, but it’s the sort of design I like. Objections raised by the community include the fact that the new design seems to be breaking a lot of the old customization options. Another seems to be the apparent similarity to the design of DeviantArt competitor ArtStation.
I’d include more screenshots of the actual UI, but I don’t have access to the redesign yet (it’s still in Beta), and actual detailed screenshots are almost non-existent. It’s a little weird, actually…
No 3rd Party Ads
DeviantArt has decided that with some forty-million users, they don’t need 3rd party ads. They’re going to advertise their own products and services, and run ads for a few “trusted partners” in their own ad program. For a site this big, that’s not a bad idea. It could seriously cut down on malware.
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5 Things to Look for in a WordPress Theme
One of the first steps to building a great WordPress website is finding the right theme. Yet, this can also be an incredibly tough choice. Why? Because there are so many themes. And it seems like each one promises the moon, stars and a slice of pizza.
When you think about it, themes carry an incredible amount of responsibility. They not only have to make our content look pretty, they must also make it easy to navigate and consume. Plus, they have to effectively adapt their layout to everything from a small mobile screen all the way to a 60” 4K monitor. And this is just scratching the surface.
In such a crowded marketplace of free and premium themes, how can you choose the right one? While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, there are some general characteristics to look for. Here are a few of the most important ones to consider.
1. The Ability to Turn Off Unused Features
Ideally, a theme should allow you to disable the extras that aren’t being used – whether through a settings panel or via code. This provides you with some measure of control when it comes to what scripts and third-party libraries are loading on your site.
2. Thoughtfully Responsive Layouts
It should almost go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Any theme you decide to install should work on all screen sizes. In this day and age, there’s simply no excuse for anything less.
But this also goes beyond just being responsive and fitting content onto mobile screens. A theme should also make it easy for users to navigate on touch-enabled devices. So often, we see menus just thrown behind a hamburger icon without much thought to ease-of-use. Hamburgers are fine, but they should allow for easy access to multi-layered navigation and even multiple menus.
In addition, important site functions such as shopping carts shouldn’t be hidden on smaller viewports. Users need to be able to access these features without having to search for them.
3. Doesn’t Require Plugins
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Top techniques for creating engaging videos
Want to keep your viewers engaged with your videos? You’ve got less than 8 seconds to hook ‘em before they click to another screen.
So how can you keep your viewers’ attention?
Put on your ceremonial robe and enter the circle, we’re about to initiate you into the secrets of hooking viewers and keeping them on the edge of their seats. Read on to learn how you can make your videos more engaging and keep you audience watching.
Discover the magic of hooking viewers with your videos! Illustration by OrangeCrushThese are the key aspects you need to pay attention to if you want to make an engaging video:
Filming and editing
In medias res
Sounds like Latin to you? It is. It means starting “in the middle of things.” Don’t start with a drawn-out intro or bumper, cut to the chase, then show your intro or bumper. Begin with the intense drama or the completed result, then go back and tell them how you got there.
Start with a hook
All you need is the right hook. Design by miremi_design.Deliver your hook in the beginning of your video. Viewers are used to clicking through mediocre content until they find what they’re looking for, so let them know they’re in the right place so they can stop searching.
Tell them what you’re going to do in the video and what they can expect from watching it.
You can say it directly, or do it in a problem/solution type story where you present a problem or pain-point you know your customer has, then present them with not just a solution, but the best solution—your product or service!
Make it shareable
The cute puppy we mentioned earlier who’s falling asleep, a hilarious comedy bit, a person jumping across an abyss—what do all of these have in common? They’re shareable. That’s because they’re cute, funny, entertaining or shocking.
Make the question “Would I share this with my friends?” your mantra when coming up with video ideas. Think of the things you look for in videos you share. Keep those elements in mind when create your own video content.
Make people curious about what you have to say. Blind psychic logo design by austinminded Research and find a tidbit of information you know would be of value to your viewer. Then present the information in an entertaining way. By sparking curiosity you’ll make your audience want to learn more and keep watching what you have to say.
3 Essential Design Trends, April 2019
Sometimes design trends take a little while to emerge and sneak up on you, others seem to pop out of the blue all at once. The latter is true of each of our web design trends this month.
Animated image frames, gold metallics and obvious grids seem to be everywhere (and we are guessing you might be taking notice). Here’s what’s trending in design this month.
Animated Image Frame Distortion
The verdict on this trend is still out. Do you love it or hate it?
For a lack of better description, we’ll call this one animated image frame distortion. You’ll know it when you see it for sure. Image frames shift and shape when the mouse gets close to the element.
Some images maintain their positions in the frame with no distortion to the original image while other tend to shape shift with the frame.
The shape movements are pretty cool and the animation is attention grabbing. But are you weirded out when the image in the frame gets distorted? (Personally, I have always been a fan of maintaining the integrity of a photo and tend to like the frame distortion but not on the image.)
Faze Models uses this technique as a focal point with little else on the homepage. The image frame and image distort with hover action, moving from left to right and back. The movement also changes the color of the background, which is pretty nifty.
Jorik, another fashion-based site, uses animation on the image frame from every angle. The photo inside does not change and it almost looks like a 3D layer on top of the background. The best parts of this animation is that it works anywhere on the screen and when your mouse leaves the browser, everything snaps back to the original position.
Baunfire uses animation to tilt image frames as a cue that there’s a click action therein. The technique is more than something designed to grab user attention; it’s designed to help users better understand the functionality of the website and interact with it.
You can never go wrong with gold.
It’s classic and strong and creates a sense of importance and luxury.
Maybe that’s why gold is one of the most popular colors in design right now. (Even though it can be exceptionally difficult to use.)
Each of the examples below has mastered how to use gold elements and accents in projects to represent their brands in entirely different ways.
Chateau Margaux matches its gold-branded wine labels to the...