Monthly Archives: October 2016

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A Few Simple Tricks to Protect Your WordPress Sites

A Few Simple Tricks to Protect Your WordPress Sites

Here are a few very simple tricks to protect your WordPress site(s) in view of the recent massive brute-force global attacks.

Limit the access to the wp-admin directory by IP address:

If you are the only person who needs to log into your admin area and if you have a static IP address, you can deny access to the wp-admin folder to everyone but yourself via an .htaccess file.

Create a file called .htaccess using a plain text editor or simply edit the existing one (if any) and add:
# Block access to wp-admin.
order deny,allow
allow from (x.x.x.x)
deny from all

Here (x.x.x.x) is your IP address. You can add multiple IP addresses by adding the line: allow from x.x.x.x in accordance with the number of IPs you wish to whitelist.

Limit the access to the wp-login.php file by IP address:

You can also limit the access to your wp-login.php file inside your wp-admin/ area via an .htaccess file.

Create a file called .htaccess or simply edit the existing one (if any) in the /wp-admin folder and add:

Order allow,deny
Allow from (x.x.x.x)
Deny from all

Here (x.x.x.x) is your IP address. You can add multiple IP addresses by adding the line: allow from x.x.x.x in accordance with the number of IPs you wish to whitelist.

If you don’t know your IP you can either type into Google What is my IP address? or visit http://whatismyipaddress.com

Update your robots.txt file:

Add the following lines in your robots.txt file or create a file named robots.txt with the following content:
User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin
Disallow: /wp-login.php
Disallow: /administrator

This will essentially block search engines from indexing these URLs, as brute-force attackers generate lists of such URLs (intitle: Log In and inurl: wp-login) namely with the help of the major search engines.

This method is more of a long-term prevention, as it will take a few months for the search engines to update this information, but it should make brute-force attempts disappear for good.

Westgate WEBS


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International Internet Day

International Internet Day

International Internet Day is celebrated worldwide, every year on 29th of October. Since the year 2005 the International Internet Day has been famously celebrated to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology. This was the event of the sending of the first message, first electronic message which was transferred from one computer to another in 1969. This was situated in California, in the USA. Today the International Internet Day is also an on-line project germinating from the society, of the society and for the society. The International Internet Day project is open to everyone and anyone just as access to the internet is open and free for everyone. The International Internet Day thus celebrates this grand democratic fervor which in essential is linked to this idea of liberation, where everyone is afforded an equal opportunity and an equal advantage to share of services, which connect the world to each other.

Gleaning back at the history of the event would inform us that the journey to this era of easy communication wasn’t exactly as simple as surfing up information on Google. For starters it the present scenario has been preceded by years of attempts including failed attempts to render digital data visible to everyone, instead of using teleprinters and other devices. At the time when history was being made, Internet was known as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). This was the year of 1969 when Charley Kline, a student programmer at the UCLA transmitted the first ever message on 29th of October in 1969. This event was to follow only few months after the first man landed on the moon. Great things were happening in the world, and this was one of it. Charley Kline, working under the supervision of Professor Leonard Kleinrock, transmitted a message from the computer housed at the UCLA to a computer positioned at the Stanford Research Institute’s computer. The two computers, one at the UCLA was the SDS Sigma 7 Host computer and the receiver was the SDS 940 Host at the Stanford Research Institute. Interestingly enough the message was a text message comprising the word ‘login’. But as it would transpire only the letter L and O could be transmitted across, because following the initial transmission the system collapsed and the transmission crashed.

The Internet is a worldwide, publicly accessible series of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching, using standard IP (Internet Protocol). Now Internet has become one of the most important part of our life. Most of us cannot think of spending one day without internet. Internet has made our lives much easy.


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25 Tips To Go From 25 To 25,000 Followers On Twitter

Want to increase your followers on Twitter? Reaching the 25,000 mark isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible either.
from justunfollow.com

Applicable for businesses and individuals alike, here are 25 things you should do to get from 25 followers (every new user manages to collect these many) to 25,000 (quite a feat!):

1. Fill out your profile: This is the first and one of the most important steps towards your 25k goal. Fill out your profile – add your photo and bio. People like to follow real, credible people and an egg as your profile pic is not going to win you brownie points with anyone.

2. Add a great background: The more creative it is, the better your profile will look and more people will be motivated to follow you.

3. Keep a check on your tweet frequency: Learn to strike a balance between too little and too many.

A good guideline to check whether you are using your tweets judiciously is given by this equation. Don’t send out your tweet in bursts – nobody likes to see their timeline filled with tweets by one person. Anywhere between once a day to a couple of times an hour is fine.

4. Tweet at the best time to tweet: Imagine if you were to keep tweeting when most of your followers are offline – no retweets, no replies.

It’s best to tweet when people will be online to read. Find out your best time to tweet.

5. Always reply to mentions: Twitter is a “social” network. You should be interacting, mentioning, replying and creating conversations. Failing to reply to ‘mentions’ is a sure shot way to get unfollowed.

6. Converse more than you tweet: Tweets originating from your Twitter account are cool, but conversations are cooler.

Interact with others and build relationships. People will recommend you, plus conversations look cool when other users visit your profile.

7. Tweet live whenever possible: Live tweets are killers!

Whenever you are attending a meaningful offline or online event or watching one, send out live tweets from the event and watch your follower count rise.

8. Clean your twitter account occasionally: You may not like unfollowing, but doing that is actually a good policy sometimes.

Unfollow inactive users who haven’t tweeted in forever, those who never interact and those who tweet too much and hog your timeline.

9. Good, original tweets work: Stop retweeting, especially if that is all you do. If you only retweet, you are going to annoy lots of people. Retweet occasionally, tweet oftener.

10. Humor works: Add a dash of humor to your tweets, not always, but occasionally. They get several retweets – more exposure for you.

11. Inspirational tweets work: Though cliche and apparently disliked, there’s no denying that inspirational tweets and quotes are some of the most retweeted tweets.

12. Use hashtags in your tweets: Hashtags are a cool way to get more reach for your tweets. Find popular hashtags and use relevant ones in your tweets.

13. Promote your twitter account: Add your twitter account in your email signature, share it on Facebook and forum, on your business card – essentially spread the word.

14. Take part in twitter chats: Twitter chats are generally used for online events where the participants can interact with each other. Take active part in these.

15. Schedule your tweets: Reach your followers from other time zones by scheduling tweets using apps such as Hootsuite and Buffer.

16. Interact with influencers: Influencers are Twitter users with a lot of clout – a huge fan following, lot of retweets, you get the drift.

Interacting with them will not only improve your Twitter skills, you may one day get lucky enough to get a direct mention from them and several followers consequently.

17. Use trending hashtags to grow: If you can tweet relevant stuff using trending hashtags, more power to you! The better your tweets in conjunction with the hashtag, the more followers you’ll get.

18. Build an authority: All sorts of people use Twitter. There are teenagers, adults, seniors, social media enthusiasts, journalists, lawyers, trekkers, cyclists, just about everybody.

Think of what you are good at – you know a lot about social media? Law? NASCAR? If your tweets convey what you are passionate about, you will build an authority in that field.

19. Don’t be negative: Negative tweets are a huge turn off.

Constant complaining and cribbing is sure to drive your followers away and will repel prospective followers too.

20. Share breaking news: One of the many benefits of Twitter is the almost real time access to breaking news.

Become a breaker of news and you’ll get followers aplenty. Trick: Follow top blogs.

21. Images and memes: Images work on Facebook, they work on Twitter too. Tweets with images tend to get more engagement – retweets and replies.

22. Give something away for free: Everybody likes free stuff. Whether it is a pdf or a discount coupon – give something away in return for follows and you are sure to get them.

23. Don’t do things that will get you unfollows: There are a few reasons why people consistently unfollow other twitter users. Try not to incite unfollows.

24. Use JustUnfollow.com: JustUnfollow let’s you copy relevant users from other accounts (for eg: if you are starting a pizza outlet, you can copy followers from a successful pizza company’s account and these Twitter users may be willing enough to follow you back – since they clearly love pizza – plus they may drop in to your outlet. Total win-win!).

It also lets you unfollow those who unfollow you, follow your new followers and do a host of other things that can help you maintain your Twitter account better. Give it a go.

25. Don’t take it too seriously: After all’s said and done, Twitter is just another social network and followers just a number.

Don’t take it too seriously, be yourself, tweet for fun and the followers will follow.


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We fix compromised WordPress websites

Help with a compromised WordPress website

One of the many calls we get is for help with a compromised WordPress website. Even though WordPress is a very secure content management system, many website owners tend not to be pro-active in taking the security of the site to the next level. First and foremost, by not using Admin as your main username, or using a less-than secure password. If you use your password for more than one login, it is not secure (that statement is a discussion we will be posting shortly.)

The next step in pro-active security is the ability to scan your site for issues, holes and viruses. One plugin that we install on all our client sites is GOTMLS Anti-Malware. GOTMLS Anti-Malware is a WordPress plugin that can be used to scan and remove viruses, threats and other malicious things that may be present in your WordPress website. Some of its important features include a customized scan, complete scan, quick scan, automatic removal of known threats, among many others. You can register the plugin for free at GOTMLS. If you are not into “phone home” scripts, avoid this plugin, as it uses the “phone home” feature to check for updates. [Get it here]

The GOTMLS Anti-Malware plugin can now scan your WordPress Core files and compare them with the installation source code available from wordpress.org. This new integrity check could be very helpful for finding new threats hidden in WP Core file. There may be lots reasons, other than malicious threats, for Core files to differ from the original source, so this is an optional fix that requires you to check the box next to each file you want to restore. If a “Known Threat” is found in these files it will still come up as an automatic fix, but if not, you can now optionally revert any of these modified Core files to the original code.

How did I get hacked in the first place?
First, don’t take the attack personally. Lots of hackers routinely run automated scripts that crawl the internet looking for easy targets. Your site probably got hacked because you are, unknowingly, an easy target. This might be because you are running an older version of WordPress, or have installed a Plugin or Theme with a backdoor or known security vulnerability. However, the most common type of infection I see is cross-contamination. This can happen when your site is on a shared server with other exploitable sites that got infected. In most shared hosting environments, it’s possible for hackers to use one infected site to infect other sites on the same server, sometimes even if the sites are on different accounts.

How can I stop this from happening again?
There is no sure way to protect your site from every kind of hack attempt. That said, don’t be an easy target. Some basic security steps should include: hardening your password, keeping all your sites up-to-date, and running regular scans with Anti-Malware software – like GOTMLS.NET

Why should I register the GOTMLS Anti-Malware WordPress plugin?
First, it’s only a donation to the programmer of $29, and if you register on GOTMLS.NET you will have access to download definitions of New Threats and added features – like automatic removal of “Known Threats,” and patches for specific security issues (like old versions of timthumb and brute-force attacks on wp-login.php.) Otherwise, as this plugin only scans for “Potential Threats” on your site, it would then be up to you to identify the good from the bad, and remove them accordingly (or hire someone like Westgate WEBS to take care of it for you!)

Would you like us to install the GOTMLS Anti-Malware WordPress plugin for you, configure it and run your first scan?  We would be glad to! [Click Here]


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SliderRevolution Whiteboard

Slider Revolution

One of the questions we get asked the most tends to be about sliders. You know that fancy top screen that scrolls beautiful images with information and links that keep visitors visually entertained, while providing important information and links? Well, that is what a slider should do.

After years of working with the many hundreds of professional sliders, we found that Slider Revolution is perhaps the ONLY choice for not only sliders, but also a massive amount of site content that can not be matched.

When it comes to sliders, 90% of the free versions just fall short, or will not have all the features you are looking for.  Slider Revolution, at only $19, is not only the best buy, but so feature packed that you will be amazed at what you can do. The newest version includes the famous White Board feature, which everyone loves, and visitors will watch and find impressive. There are companies out there that offer White Board Graphic services for $100s of dollars! This is included!

We have given this WordPress Plugin a 5 Star Review and continue to use it on many of our client sites. If you are looking for a great responsive slider that wont break the bank, this is the one we recommend.

If you need help installing it, or setting it up, remember that this is what we do! Give us a call today and let’s get started. Just let us know you want to have Slider Revolution on your site, and we will include it in your development plan for free!

WestgateWEBS and WestgateHosting

Some of the hundreds of great features in Slider Revolution:

Front Page Designer
Slider Revolution is not only for “Sliders”. You can now build a beautiful one-page web presence with absolutely no coding knowledge required. To get you started fast, we included a ton of pre-made examples that come with all assets included!

Create Beautiful One-Page Websites
Lots of Examples included
Works Great on any Device (Desktop, Tablet, Mobile)
No Coding Knowledge necessary!

Drag & Drop Visual Slider Building
Building sliders has never been easier! Even though Slider Revolution is sporting an impressive number of options, even beginners will manage to create beautiful presentations with our new, more intuitive workflow.

Text, Image, Video, Shortcode, HTML Content Layers
Complete Graphical User Interface
Custom Slide Content for different Devices
Full Control over Styles, Animations, Transitions

Fully Responsive Solution
We make sure that Slider Revolution looks great and is intuitive to use on every device, be it desktop computers, tablets or smartphones.

Works on Desktops, Notebooks, Tablets & Smartphones
Optimised for Android & Apple Devices
Custom Slide Content for different Devices
Fallback Options for Mobile Devices

True Multi-Media Content
We want Slider Revolution to integrate into your website as seamlessly as possible. Why not show any content with it? Visit

Regular Image Display with Bulk Upload
HTML5, YouTube & Vimeo Video Support
Popular Social Media Content Stream
WordPress Post & Custom Posts

Navigation Designer
You get tons of navigation styles for bullets, arrows, tabs & thumbnails with Revolution Slider. The kicker is that you can now easily modify or create your own sets of navigation elements!

Arrows, Bullet, Tab, Thumbnail Navigation
Lots of “Ready to Use” Styles included
Markup and Style Builder with Preview
Export your own Navigation Sets!

We take Security Seriously!
Our Slider Revolution WordPress Plugin was audited by professional researchers at morxploit.com to make sure that it’s no threat to the security of your WordPress website.

100% Secure WordPress Plugin
New Update Notifications via the Backend
Constantly Maintained ThemePunch Quality

Optimized Performance
Good looks aren’t everything, so we made sure that Slider Revolution also loads lightning fast!

Loaded core file size automatically scales with used features
Intelligent Lazy Loading options
SEO Optimization
Monitor and optimize all aspects of your sliders
Advanced Debugging Options

Plugin Version / CompatibilityPlugin Version / Compatibility

Version 5.3.0 StarPath release Date 20.10.2016
Wordpress 4.x Ready
jQuery 1.7.x – jQuery 1.10.x and jQuery 2.+ Compatible

Visit Theme Forest and Search for Slider Revolution ( and to see some of the fantastic add-ons) to get this amazing plugin for your WordPress site today! You will not be disappointed!


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Googleswitchingtoamobile firstindexsoon

Google switching to a mobile-first index soon

Googler Gary Illyes just announced that Google is switching from a desktop focused index to a mobile-first index. That’s rather big news, because Google always favored the desktop version of sites for ranking, even on mobile. This move puts mobile front and center. However, it’s not entirely unexpected. Mobile search is growing so fast that this move was almost inevitable. Site owners must ensure their mobile site presents the correct content at all times.

There will still be a desktop index, but Illyes stressed that this index will not be as fresh as the mobile index. So Google is not eliminating the desktop index, but the mobile one will be the primary and freshest index.

On April 21st 2015 Google turned on mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal, now with the mobile index ranking it is important to consider which style of a mobile site you implement, whether it is an m.example.com site or a responsive which is essentially the same as desktop, just designed so it scales appropriately on a smart phone or tablet.

Now, please remember that this is not yet in effect. It’s a warning, and it should make you aware of the fact that you should put all of your efforts into making your mobile pages as good as possible.

If you would like to talk to us about getting your site ready for this change, please contact us 3pm-8pm Monday-Friday for a free consultation and review of your website. Don’t have a website yet? That is what we do! Let us build web & mobile friendly website that will fit your budget. https://WestgateWEBS.com