One of WordPress’s biggest benefits is plugins, which let you expand your site’s functionality to meet your exact needs. There are no limits to the type or number of plugins you can install and activate — there are currently thousands available in the WordPress repository.
But with this unlimited flexibility comes responsibility, since each plugin introduces its own set of potential issues, from site slowdowns to crashes. With a little knowledge and a little Jetpack, you can resolve the three most common challenges — or prevent them from happening in the first place.
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Jetpack 7.9.1 contains a critical security update. You should update all sites that you administer as soon as possible.
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In today’s digital world, your online presence can end up being the lifeblood of your business. This is why it’s imperative that your site is continuously up and running, and that you mitigate its downtime.
To do so, it’s wise to get started with uptime monitoring to ensure that your website is available and accessible at all times. And Jetpack has a useful uptime monitoring solution for you, and it’s available for free.
Today, we’ll learn why uptime monitoring is crucial for every WordPress website owner, and how using it can even save you money. You’ll come away understanding just how easy it is to get uptime monitoring notifications sent to your email address, as well.
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Looking for a way to add an extra layer of protection to your site security? Two-factor authentication (2FA) might be your best bet. 2FA can be used along with your traditional login credentials to make it even harder for unauthorized users to log into your account (even if they have your password).
Let’s review why enabling 2FA will benefit your site security, and how it can stop hackers in their tracks.
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The AV-TEST Institute estimates that more than 250,000 new forms of malware attacks are created every day. If your site isn’t secured, one of these hundreds of thousands could end up targeting your WordPress website.
Given how common malware is, it’s important to understand exactly what it is and how to stop it from wreaking havoc on your site.
Today, we’ll define malware, discuss the most common types, and explain how to prevent malware with the help of Jetpack.
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If you’re a passionate blogger, small business owner, or develop for WordPress for clients, your site might be your lifeblood. If a hacker were to compromise it in any way, it could be devastating — so much so that The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance reports that an estimated 60% of small businesses go out of business six months after a cyberattack.
This statistic demonstrates that to prevent permanently closing the doors on your site, you should take every possible precaution to ensure website safety and security. Without a proactive approach to security, your website — and your business — could fall victim to a breach.
But with a proactive approach, you can rest assured that your website will stay up and running. In fact, there are a handful of strategies to follow and automated tools to use that address most website security needs.
Let’s examine five of the most common WordPress safety threats that you should look out for, and what you can do to combat them.
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Most businesses benefit from having well-designed websites. But what happens to the small business owner who is working with limited time and resources for managing a website?
Fortunately, the team behind Jetpack recognizes the importance of maintaining the health of your website without having to spend extra money on third-party website maintenance services, or devoting time you don’t have to routine tasks like making backups or monitoring your logins.
Let’s review four of the most useful WordPress maintenance features that Jetpack offers, and how you can use each one to save time.
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One of the best parts of WordPress is its massive ecosystem of plugins. In fact, as of right now, there are more than 50,000 free add-ons available on the WordPress.org plugin repository.
Given how user-friendly plugins are, it’s not uncommon to end up with dozens of them. Each one might be specifically chosen and configured for your needs.But with all the positive aspects of using plugins, there can be some pain points as well. The biggest pain point is probably keeping up with all the updates that become available.
This might lead you to ask questions like: “do I need to run plugin updates?” “How often should my plugins be updated?” Or: “are there any tools that help make plugin updates easier or more efficient?” In short, the answers are: yes, it depends, and you bet!
Read on to learn about the importance of plugin updates, how to update your plugins, and when (and how) to use automatic updates to help manage your site.
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Let’s talk about website security.
You may be thinking, “I use WordPress, one of the most popular platforms available. I’m sure they’ve got me covered.” And you’re right: the WordPress development team is doing a stellar job employing the latest security techniques to keep your site safe.
However, the software behind WordPress is only one piece of the security puzzle. You also need to consider other parts, like the login page, username, and password for your site. Logins are often the most vulnerable piece of a site’s security armor. If you don’t have a secure login, there isn’t much that WordPress developers or security experts can do for you.
Today, we will explore the ways that you can build a secure login for your site, from using a smart password to some of Jetpack’s security features.
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