Never use Admin as a username in WordPress

Never use Admin as a username in WordPress

Seriously, we are surprised that people still do not get this simple change, we’ve been saying it for 10 years, but are constantly amazed at how many sites we are asked to look at, some created by some highly respected developers, still use admin as a login to a WordPress site.

Admin is one of the most commonly used login names in most WordPress Security breaches aiming to login through the main WP-Admin page.

It’s a simple fix, don’t ignore it!

So if you’re reading this and worried about your “admin” user accounts, don’t panic, it’s simple to fix.

One strategy is to manually remove the “admin” account.

  1. Firstly, create a new user with the “Administrator” role. Give it a name unique to you.
  2. Log out of your admin account.
  3. Log in to your new account.
  4. Go to “Users,” and delete the “admin” account.
  5. IMPORTANT: WordPress will ask you what you want to do with Posts and Pages assigned to the “admin” user. Make sure to reassign these to the new account you just created or another user.


Website Security Tip – Scan Your Websites for Vulnerabilities

Website Security Tip – Scan Your Websites for Vulnerabilities

Scan Your Websites for Vulnerabilities

Over 60% of website breaches and attacks involve vulnerabilities for which a patch was available but not applied. This means having software with known vulnerabilities installed on your site gives hackers the blueprints they need to take over your site. We’ve got used to updating our phones, laptops and PC’s with security updates, but we’re not yet in the groove when it comes to website security patches.

Every day, it gets harder and harder to keep track of every disclosed WordPress vulnerability. You have to compare that list to the versions of plugins and themes you have installed on your site… and make sure you’re constantly updating.

There are a number of online tools that you can use to test your site, but far better to be using hosting and security tools that do this for you automatically.

Here at OI-Digital, all of our hosting clients get their site scanned daily at a server level, and for our clients, on a full maintenance plan, we run additional scans at site level.

View our maintenance plans to find out more.

WordPress January Security Updates

WordPress January Security Updates

New WordPress plugin and theme vulnerabilities were found during the second half of January. This post covers the recent WordPress plugin, theme, and core vulnerabilities and what to do if you run one of the vulnerable plugins or themes on your website (If you are on one of our maintenance plans, there’s no need to worry, we’ve got your back, and will have updated any plugins for you)

1. Easy Contact Form Pro – Critical
2. FV Flowplayer Video Player – Medium
3. Simple Job Board – High
4. Easy Media Gallery Pro – Medium
5. Contact Form Submissions – Medium
6. 301 Redirects – Critical
7.WP Shieldon – Medium
8. Contact Form 7 Database Addon – Critical
9. WP24 Domain Check

If you use any of the above plugins, you should really get them patched and updated.

You’ve heard of E-Commerce, You’ve heard of Social Media, but have you heard of Social Commerce?

You’ve heard of E-Commerce, You’ve heard of Social Media, but have you heard of Social Commerce?

Social Commerce is the new buzz word and is based on the simple concept of promoting and selling your products through a social media platform. Social media is a powerful sales platform because it takes advantage of social media tools such as likes, shares, retweets, DM’s, and more. The practice of Social Commerce has been around for several years and it’s getting more popular. In this article, we’ll look at 15 Social Commerce trends to be aware of in 2021.

Here are a few simple ideas to give you some inspiration:

1 – Create a Facebook Shop
Creating a Facebook shop is free. And, since most buyers are on social media, it makes sense to build a shop on those platforms. As more users purchase online, e-commerce shops may have trouble dealing with the increased traffic. Social media not only has the potential buyers in place, but they also have the required infrastructure to sell to them. It doesn’t require a team of designers and programmers to get a shop set up. This will also encourage many people to open a shop who are interested in building an online store but are not interested in starting a website.

2 – Lower Your Prices
Although customers tend to buy more on social media, they spend less. One reason for this is social media isn’t where customers go to make a purchase. Instead, they purchase on social media out of convenience or impulse. Lower prices help entice them into making a purchase they didn’t plan to make.

3 – Lower budget videos
Rather than spending money creating perfect videos and ads,  companies have started to produce content that looks the same quality that an amateur would have made.
Creating lower-budget content is cheaper, of course, but the main advantage is that it is real content created by real people. It looks authentic, relatable, and gives a human touch to your brand.

4 – Live Stream
One of my favorite Social Commerce trends is the use of live streaming. Companies have added live streaming to show new products, step-by-step tutorials, product demonstrations, and roundtable chats to discuss a topic with others in the industry. As more people are working from home and acquiring cameras and microphones for online meetings, live streaming will become even more popular. It doesn’t have to look like a big-budget production. Low-budget video can still look great and it works well. Live streaming allows the audience to get to know the people in the company and allows the company to answer questions live. It’s a more authentic and interactive experience. The video can be accessed at any time, the discussion can continue in the comments, and the video can be shared.

5. User-Generated Content
Users often create reviews of products. Whether the review is written, video, posted on a separate platform, etc., companies can use that content to their benefit by sharing it with their audience. User-generated content builds trust, credibility, and authority for the brand because it’s not created by anyone involved with the company. This encourages others to create content that can be shared, improves relationships between the companies and their customers, and it saves the company money.