WordPress Roundup #3: Resources For WordPress Users

Discover the latest products creating a buzz with WordPress users.

WordPress Roundup: New Resources For WordPress UsersIn addition to providing hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials, we also want to keep you up-to-date with some of the latest resources and add-ons developed to help WordPress users.

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New Resources For WordPress Users

WordPress has an active global community of plugin, theme, and product developers who are always looking for solutions and ways to improve the online experience and results of WordPress users everywhere.

In this WordPress Roundup, we look at a new WordPress security plugin, a revolutionary video animation tool, a WordPress plugin that automatically helps you grow your subscriber list by turning your content into lead magnets, and a plugin that lets you add Amazon products to your WordPress posts and pages.

Below are some of the latest products creating a buzz with WordPress users:

WP Total Audit

WP Total Audit - Find & fix common errors in WordPress

(WP Total Audit – Find & fix common errors in WordPress)

After logging into thousands of WordPress sites while providing help or support for customers, the expert WordPress developers of WP Total Audit noticed the same installation or configuration mistakes being made over and over again, leaving the sites vulnerable to security attacks, plugin conflicts, etc.

Fortunately, these common mistakes are easy to fix and the WP Total Audit plugin provides ‘one-click’ fixes to from your dashboard. Whether you are a WordPress newbie or you have been using WordPress for years, WP Total Audit is a useful and inexpensive plugin that will automatically scan your site for security and performance loopholes and instantly alert you of any issues that need fixing …

WP Total Audit - Find & fix 17 hidden WordPress dangers in seconds!

(WP Total Audit – Find & fix 17 hidden WordPress dangers in seconds!)

WP Total Audit can be used in brand new or established WordPress sites and can be installed alongside other WordPress security plugins for hardened security.

This inexpensive plugin installs in seconds, can be used on all your WordPress sites, offers a 30-day money back guarantee and lifetime updates and support.

Learn more here: WP Total Audit

Viddyoze

Viddyoze Live Action

(Viddyoze Live Action)

With over 400 hours of videos being uploaded every minute to YouTube, it’s becoming more important everyday to create videos that stand out from the crowd.

Viddyoze lets you create beautifully branded and eye-catching professional video intros and logo stings that command attention.

Watch the video demo below to see this amazing software in action …

(Video Animation Showreel – Viddyoze)

Viddyoze Live Action’s video animation engine uses groundbreaking point-and-click automated technology that combines high-quality live video action effects, professional actors and models, and custom 3D digital animation to create beautifully branded eye-catching videos  …

Add your own images and logos to stunning live action effects

(Add your own images and logos to stunning live action effects)

No video production experience is required. Just choose your live-action template, upload your logo and customize text and colors, and click a button to create an HD-quality video. Your video will be fully rendered and ready to use in minutes …

Create amazing video animations using point-and-click. No experience required.

(Create amazing video animations using point-and-click. No experience required.)

Watch the video below for a tour of the video creation process …

(Video Creation Demo – Viddyoze)

Viddyoze Features
  • Watermarks: Add watermarks to videos that only you can remove.
  • Audio: Every Viddyoze Live Action template includes a custom-created audio track to match the video footage.
  • Cloud Service: Viddyoze Live Action is entirely cloud-based, so there is no software to download and no video animation equipment to purchase. You can create your videos anywhere using your smartphone.
  • Designer Template Library: Viddyoze includes dozens of professional video templates suitable for a wide variety of niches and office-based businesses, like restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, beauty salons, tech firms, creative and professional services, etc.
  • Full Training: The member’s area includes full training, including user-friendly set-up videos showing you how to get the most from the system.
  • Easy Customization: Choose the color palette to match your logo and add text to your videos. The software will do the rest.
  • 100% compatibility: Viddyoze Live Action renders all videos in MP4 format, allowing you to use these with other video editors and web platforms.
  • Support: Viddyoze provides access to a dedicated support team 24/7 and is supported by a full-time team of designers, videographers, and developers.
  • Unlimited usage rights: Use the animations as many times in as many videos as you like.
  • Licensing options: Viddyoze offers personal and commercial licensing. Choose the commercial license if you want to create videos for other businesses.

If you’re looking for a way to create video intros that will help your business stand out from the crowd, grow more sales and get more clients, then you should definitely check out Viddyoze’s live action video intro-maker.

Learn more here: Viddyoze

Post Gopher

Post Gopher WordPress Lead Generation Plugin

(Post Gopher WordPress Lead Generation Plugin)

Post Gopher is an easy “set and forget” tool that passively collects leads, grows your list, boosts user engagement, and helps you get more traffic on autopilot …

Post Gopher handles everything on autopilot

(Post Gopher handles everything on autopilot)

Post Gopher does the following while you focus on creating content:

  1. Automatically converts your posts or pages into PDF “lead magnets”,
  2. Auto-generates lead capture forms that integrate seamlessly with all major autoresponder services,
  3. Sends a customizable email to your new subscribers with the download link to their PDF version of your blog post or article.
  4. Tracks your results with a built-in dashboard that provides details on your most popular posts, conversion rates and when readers return to your blog via the links inside their PDF file.

After the plugin has been activated and configured, Post Gopher displays a fully customizable lead generation banner on your posts and pages …

Add a lead generation 'call to action' banner to your posts

(Add a lead generation ‘call to action’ banner to your posts)

Everything is fully customizable to suit your preferences. From the text and design of your call to action banners, to pop-up form colors, text and fields, and even your PDF templates. You can also specify which posts and pages will display the lead generation banner, where to position it in your content (e.g. top, bottom, top & bottom), and more  …

(Customize your PDFs)

If someone visits your site, decides to download and read your post content later and clicks on the banner, Post Gopher automatically converts your post or page into a downloadable PDF file, adds the user details to your autoresponder and emails them a link to download the PDF containing your post or page content.

Post Gopher integrates directly with your autoresponder, capturing leads and sending out download links to your new subscribers on complete autopilot …

Post Gopher automatically adds new readers to your autoresponder

(Post Gopher automatically adds new readers to your autoresponder)

The plugin includes built-in statistics reporting for tracking views, clicks, opt-in rates, downloads, and return visitors, and analyzing your best performing lead generation content and most popular blog posts …

Built-in stats panel lets you track and analyze results

(Built-in stats panel lets you track and analyze results)

If your website or blog provides lots of high-quality content, this plugin will help you leverage your content creation efforts into growing an engaged list of subscribers, increasing your reach and bringing you more dedicated content readers.

Learn more: Post Gopher

Instant Azon

Instant Azon - Amazon Affiliate Plugin For WordPress

(Instant Azon – Amazon Affiliate Plugin For WordPress)

Recently, we posted a detailed tutorial on how to turn your WordPress site into an Amazon affiliate store.

If you don’t want to turn your entire site into an Amazon store but you would like to display Amazon products inside a specific page or post, or feature products from Amazon in your sidebar, then use a plugin like Instant Azon.

Instant Azon lets you add multiple streams of affiliate income from Amazon to your WordPress site in minutes.

Simply install and configure the plugin settings …

Install and configure Instant Azon settings

(Install and configure Instant Azon settings)

After configuring your settings, the plugin generates a code for your sidebar widget and a shortcode for your web pages …

The plugin generates codes for your sidebar widget and pages

(The plugin generates codes for your sidebar widget and pages)

Copy and paste the code into a Text widget to display Amazon products on your sidebar …

Display Amazon products on your sidebar

(Display Amazon products on your sidebar)

Create a new page (or edit an existing post or page) and paste the shortcode into your content where you would like to display products from Amazon …

Display Amazon products in your posts and pages

(Display Amazon products in your posts and pages)

Save and publish, then preview your content to see a list of Amazon products featured on your page, post, and/or sidebar …

Earn multiple income streams promoting Amazon products on your site

(Earn multiple income streams promoting Amazon products on your site)

The plugin lets you specify product categories, keywords, adjust the number of rows and columns to display inside the product table, customize design elements, and more.

Learn more: Instant Azon

Tip

If you are looking for a WordPress plugin that will let you build a complete affiliate store with unlimited products from Amazon, then see this tutorial:

How To Build An Amazon Affiliate Store With WordPress

New WordPress Themes

We have added a new post to our WordPress Themes section covering some of the more popular WordPress themes for small businesses from TemplateMonster …

TemplateMonster

(TemplateMonster)

To view the post, go here:

To learn more about great WordPress themes and WordPress theme companies, see the tutorials below:

WordPress Updates

To learn about new WordPress features, improvements, updates, and bug fixes, visit our WordPress Updates section.

We hope that you have found this information useful. If you are looking for a cost-effective way to start or grow your business online, we recommend choosing WordPress and going through our hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials for beginners.

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WordPress Security Plugin – Ultimate Security Checker

In this tutorial, we show you how to install, configure, and use the Ultimate Security Checker plugin for WordPress.

WordPress Security Plugin - Ultimate Security CheckerThis tutorial is part of our tutorial series on WordPress Security. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install, configure, and use the Ultimate Security Checker plugin for WordPress.

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WordPress Security Plugin – Ultimate Security Checker

Ultimate Security Checker

(Ultimate Security Checker)

The Ultimate Security Checker plugin identifies security problems with your WordPress Installation. It scans your blog for hundreds of known threats, then gives you a security “grade” based on how well you have protected yourself.

The plugin is part of a comprehensive WordPress security service provided by UltimateBlogSecurity.com. Both the plugin and the service are designed for WordPress users of all levels.

Ultimate Security Checker

The main features of this plugin includes:

  • One-click installation and activation
  • Automatic security scan of your blog
  • Calculation of a letter grade based on how protected your blog is

Warning

Remember to back up all files and data on your site before installing and configuring this plugin, as the plugin performs a number of modifications to important files on your site.

If you need help setting up this plugin, please ask a professional WordPress service provider for assistance.

To learn how to perform WordPress file and data backups, see the relevant tutorials in the section below:

Plugin Installation

From your WordPress administration area, select Plugins > Add New

BulletProof Security Plugin

Select the Install Plugins > Search tab, then type in “ultimate security” into the search field and click on the Search Plugins button …

Ultimate Security Checker

Activate plugin after uploading, or locate the plugin in the search results area and click Install Now

Ultimate Security Checker

Activate the plugin after installing it …

Ultimate Security Checker

Once the plugin has been activated, you can access the plugin’s settings and options area by selecting Tools > Ultimate Security Checker from your WP dashboard menu …

Ultimate Security Checker

This brings you to the ‘Ultimate Security Checker’ settings screen …

Ultimate Security Checker

Plugin Configuration

The Ultimate Security Checker settings area is divided into the following sections:

  • Run the Tests
  • Files Analysis
  • How to Fix
  • Settings

Let’s go through each of these sections.

Run the Tests Tab

When the plugin is installed, a feature is added to your WP Admin toolbar that lets you check your site’s security …

Ultimate Security Checker

This performs the same checks as clicking on the ‘Run the tests again!’ button in the ‘Run the Tests’ settings tab …

Ultimate Security Checker

The plugin performs the following security checks on your site:

  • Checks for updates
  • Checks your configuration file
  • Code check
  • Files & folders permission check
  • Database check
  • Server configuration check

Your security test results display on the screen …

Ultimate Security Checker

Once the security tests have completed, you will see a ‘security score’ displayed on the Admin toolbar, and a letter ‘grade’ letting you know how well protected your site is …

Ultimate Security Checker

To view the results of your Database check, click on ‘View Report’ …

Ultimate Security Checker

The plugin provides information about any potential security issues that may exist …

Ultimate Security Checker

Click on ‘Back to Test results’ to return to the main settings section …

Ultimate Security Checker

Files Analysis Tab

The next tab shows your site’s files vulnerability scan results …

Ultimate Security Checker

To test your site for suspicious code patterns, click on the ‘Scan my blog files now!’ button …

Ultimate Security Checker

The plugin will begin the scan (this could take a few minutes). It checks the integrity of your WordPress core files and performs tests on the plugins and theme files you have installed on your site to detect possible malicious code inclusions …

Ultimate Security Checker

The results of the scan do not affect your security secure. They are only provided to help you review and analyze any potential issues.

How to Fix Tab

This section displays information on how to fix a number of potential security issues …

Ultimate Security Checker

If you find any issues, you can refer to this section, or go through our WordPress Security Tutorials.

Settings Tab

This section lets you specify some settings for the plugin, including when to remind you to re-scan your site …

Ultimate Security Checker

Useful Info

Note: As stated earlier, Ultimate Security Checker provides both a plugin and a service.

Essentially, the plugin scans your site for security issues and provides you with results of its scan. You then have to manually correct any issues found, or upgrade to the paid service provided by UltimateBlogSecurity.com to automatically get these issues and vulnerabilities fixed.

To subscribe to the service, click on the ‘Fix issues now ‘ button …

Ultimate Security Checker

You will then be taken to a website where you can subscribe to the service and get your issues automatically repaired …

Ultimate Security Checker

Practical Tip

If you plan to use this plugin with no other security plugins installed, we recommend occasionally reinstalling a new copy of the plugin before running a new scan. This is because if your site is hacked, the plugin could be hacked too, and present you with fake results.

Congratulations! Now you know how to install and use the Ultimate Security Checker plugin.

To download this plugin, visit the site below:

Ultimate Security Checker Plugin

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WordPress Security Plugin – BulletProof Security

In this tutorial, we show you how to install, configure, and use the BulletProof Security plugin for WordPress.

WordPress Security Plugin - BulletProof SecurityThis tutorial is part of our tutorial series on WordPress Security. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install, configure, and use the BulletProof Security plugin for WordPress.

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WordPress Security Plugin – BulletProof Security

BulletProof Security

BulletProof Security WordPress Plugin

(BulletProof Security WordPress Plugin)

Plugin URL

https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bulletproof-security

Plugin Description

BulletProof Security is designed to be a fast, simple and one-click security plugin that adds .htaccess website security protection for your WordPress site.

Some of the main features of this plugin include:

  • Activate .htaccess website security and .htaccess website ‘under maintenance’ modes from within your WordPress Dashboard – No FTP or Web Hosting Control Panel access required.
  • One-click security solution that creates, copies, renames, moves or writes to the provided BulletProof Security .htaccess master files.
  • Protects both your root website folder and wp-admin folder with .htaccess website security protection, as well as providing additional website security protection.
  • Protects your WordPress site against XSS, RFI, CRLF, CSRF, Base64, Code Injection and SQL Injection hacking attempts.
  • Performs one-click essential operations (like create, copy, rename, move, write, etc.) to protect files such as wp-config.php, bb-config.php, php.ini, php5.ini, install.php and readme.html with .htaccess security protection.
  • Allows you to activate .htaccess website security and .htaccess website “under maintenance modes” from within your WordPress Dashboard with no FTP required.
  • Protects both your root website folder and wp-admin folder.
  • One-click Website Maintenance Mode (HTTP 503) for the front and back end. Maintenance Mode also allows you to create and activate your custom “Under Maintenance” web page using various templates provided.
  • Performs additional website security checks (e.g: DB errors off, file and folder permissions check, System Info: PHP, MySQL, OS, Server, Memory Usage, etc.)
  • Automatic .htaccess file updating on upgrade installation and new .htaccess security filters automatically added during the upgrade.
  • Security Status Page – Displays website security status information.

Best of all, you don’t need to know or understand anything about .htaccess website security files in order to use the BulletProof Security plugin. The plugin provides “AutoMagic” buttons that let you set everything up with nothing to configure or set up.

Practical Tip

BulletProof Security also has a PRO version that offers significant additional security features, including:

  • 1-Click Setup Wizard: Fast, Simple, One-Click Installation
  • AutoRestore: Automatic File Restore
  • Quarantine: Automatic File Quarantine
  • Real-time File Monitor: Email & Dashboard Alerts
  • Plugin Firewall (True IP Firewall): Protects the WP Plugins Folder, IP Address Updated in Real Time
  • Uploads Anti-Exploit Guard (UAEG): Protects the WP Uploads Folder
  • Login Security & Monitoring: Advanced Login Security & Monitoring
  • JTC Anti-Spam / Anti-Hacker: Hacker Protection, Spammer Protection, DoS/DDoS Attack Protection, Brute Force Login Attack Protection, User-Friendly CAPTCHA
  • .htaccess Website Security: Firewalls
  • Custom php.ini Website Security
  • F-Lock – Read Only File Locking
  • Security Logging
  • HTTP Error Logging
  • PHP Error Logging
  • Email Alerts
  • Versatile Set of Pro-Tools
  • and more …

To learn more about the PRO features of this plugin, visit the site below:

Info

Remember to back up all files and data on your site before installing and configuring this plugin, as the plugin performs a number of modifications to important files on your site.

If you need help setting up this plugin, please ask a professional WordPress service provider for assistance.

To learn how to perform WordPress file and data backups, see the tutorials in the module below:

Plugin Installation

From your WordPress administration area, select Plugins > Add New

BulletProof Security Plugin

Select the Install Plugins > Search tab, then type in “bulletproof” into the search field and click on the Search Plugins button …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Activate plugin after uploading, or locate the plugin in the search results area and click Install Now

BulletProof Security Plugin

Activate the plugin after installing it …

BulletProof Security Plugin

When the BulletProof Security plugin is first activated, a warning message displays at the top of your admin screen …

BulletProof Security Plugin

See the ‘Plugin Configuration’ section below to learn how to complete the steps indicated in the warning message and configure your .htaccess file in security mode.

Once the plugin has been activated, click on Settings

BulletProof Security Plugin

You can also access the plugin’s settings and options area by selecting BPS Security from your WP dashboard menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Plugin Configuration

The BulletProof Security configuration and settings area is divided into the following sections:

  • htaccess Core
  • Login Security
  • Security Log
  • Maintenance Mode
  • System Info

Note: We’ll go over each of these sections briefly below, as the developers of BulletProof Security plugin already provide video tutorials on their site covering installation and setup, and a users forum where you can get help, support and further instructions on using some of the plugin’s more advanced features.

htaccess Core

Select ‘BPS Security > htaccess Core‘ from your WP-admin menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

This section allows you to configure .htaccess file security options for your site …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Basically, BulletProof Security will take your default .htaccess file, which looks like this …

BulletProof Security Plugin

And modify the information by automatically adding security commands and instructions to your files like this …

BulletProof Security Plugin

This section includes a number of tabs …

BulletProof Security Plugin

We strongly recommend clicking on the ‘Read Me’ buttons before performing any kind of operation with this plugin …

BulletProof Security Plugin

The plugin modifies important files on your site and the ‘Read Me’ sections contain important information and additional instructions for getting help …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Security Modes Tab

If you have already backed up your site, then use the recommended options for your installation and click on ‘Create secure.htaccess file’ in the ‘Security Modes’ tab …

BulletProof Security Plugin

A message will pop up letting you know that clicking the ‘OK’ button will create the secure.htaccess file for your site, but it will not activate the file (this will be done in the next step below).

Click ‘OK’ to proceed …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Your security root master .htaccess file will be created …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Useful Information

We recommend making a backup of your WordPress .htaccess file at this point, especially if you have made any prior modifications to your .htaccess file. As .htaccess is a file located on your server, making backups of your WordPress database won’t back this file up (because it’s not in your database).

To backup your htaccess file, you will need to FTP into your server and download the file to your hard drive.

Backup your .htaccess file

(Backup your .htaccess file)

The next step is to activate BulletProof mode for your root folder by selecting the ‘Root Folder BulletProof Mode’ radio button in the ‘Activate Security Modes’ section and clicking the ‘Activate’ button …

BulletProof Security Plugin

A message will appear asking you to confirm if you have created the master .htaccess files using the ‘AutoMagic’ buttons, and if you have taken steps to back up your existing .htaccess files (this is especially important if you have made any custom modifications to your .htaccess file). The message will also remind you that you will overwrite your existing root .htaccess file by clicking the OK button.

Click ‘OK’ to proceed or ‘Cancel’ to abort …

BulletProof Security Plugin

A message will display on your screen confirming that your site’s root folder protection has been successfully activated, and reminding you that if you have root folder security activated, you will also need to activate wp-admin folder security protection …

BulletProof Security Plugin

To activate wp-admin folder security protection, scroll down the ‘Activate Security Modes’ screen until you come to the ‘Activate Website wp-admin Folder .htaccess Security Mode’ section, then select the ‘wp-admin Folder BulletProof Mode’ radio button and click the ‘Activate’ button …

BulletProof Security Plugin

A message will display on your screen confirming that BulletProff Security wp-admin Folder Protection has been activated and that your wp-admin folder is now protected …

BulletProof Security Plugin

The other security options in the ‘Activate Security Modes’ section are automatically set up when you activate the plugin itself:

Activate Deny All htaccess Folder Protection For The BPS Master htaccess Folder

Activating BulletProof Mode for Deny All htaccess Folder Protection copies and renames the deny-all.htaccess file located in the /plugins/bulletproof-security/admin/htaccess/ folder and renames it to just .htaccess. The Deny All htaccess file blocks everyone, except for you, from accessing and viewing the BPS Master htaccess files.

Activate Deny All htaccess Folder Protection For The BPS Backup Folder

Activating BulletProof Mode for Deny All BPS Backup Folder Protection copies and renames the deny-all.htaccess file located in the /bulletproof-security/admin/htaccess/ folder to the BPS Backup folder /wp-content/bps-backup and renames it to just .htaccess. The Deny All htaccess file blocks everyone, except for you, from accessing and viewing your backed up htaccess files.

If your server does not allow these options to be automatically created and activated, then you will need to manually activate these yourself by selecting the radio buttons and clicking ‘Activate’ …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Security Status

After configuring the plugin’s .htaccess file security modes, click on the Security Status tab to view your security and protection status …

BulletProof Security Plugin

This section shows the status of your activated BulletProof Security .htaccess files, file and folder permissions, additional security measures that the plugin has implemented on your site (you can reset and recheck these), and general security file check results.

We recommend going through the accompanying ‘Read Me’ notes for each of these sections for more information on what the data means and further instructions.

Backup & Restore Tab

Use this section to create and restore backups of your .htaccess files …

BulletProof Security Plugin

The first time you install the plugin, you may see warnings in this section about your .htaccess files …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Select the ‘Backup .htaccess Files’ radio button and click ‘Backup Files’ …

BulletProof Security Plugin

BulletProof Security will create backups of your .htaccess files and notify you that these files now exist and have been backed up successfully …

BulletProof Security Plugin

You can also use this section to restore your last .htaccess file backups.

Notes:

  • The backup can be restored should the .htaccess file become corrupted as a result of a hacking attempt.
  • In cases where you install a plugin that writes to your htaccess files you will want to perform another backup of your htaccess files. Each time you perform a backup you are overwriting older backed up htaccess files.
htaccess File Editor Tab

This section lets you lock/unlock files for editing and modify the content of your htaccess files without having to access these via FTP or your webhosting control panel …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Notes:

  • The File Editor is designed to open all of your .htaccess files simultaneously and allow you to copy and paste from one window (file) to another window (file), but you can only save your edits for one file at a time. Whichever file you currently have opened (the tab that you are currently viewing) when you click the ‘Update File’ button is the file that will be updated / saved.
  • Keeping the .htaccess file locked prevents anyone writing to it. Unlocking it lets you edit the code directly. You can edit the files directly through the plugin edit interface in this section.
Custom Code Tab

This section lets you add custom code to your .htaccess files …

BulletProof Security Plugin

warning

Important: Before adding any custom codes to your .htaccess files, please go through the ‘Read Me’ notes, watch the video tutorials and visit the BulletProof Security Forum. If you don’t know what you are doing, then ask a professional to help you, as entering the wrong information in this section could crash your site!

Help & FAQ Tab

This section provides links to help and resources …

BulletProof Security Plugin

The other tabs in this section are used for providing plugin users with additional information and marketing-related information.

Login Security

To access the plugin’s ‘Login Security’ section, select ‘BPS Security > Login Security‘ from your WP-admin menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

This section lets you configure settings that will help to protect your WordPress site from brute-force attacks

BulletProof Security Plugin

You can specify the maximum number of login attempts, lockout times, set alerts and notifications and configure a number of additional login security and monitoring options in this section.

If you make any changes to the settings in this section, remember to click on the ‘Save Options’ buttons and the ‘Submit’ button when finished to update and save your new settings …

BulletProof Security Plugin

For more information on protecting your WordPress site from brute-force attacks, see the tutorial below:

Security Log

To access the plugin’s ‘Security Log’ section, select ‘BPS Security > Security Log‘ from your WP-admin menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

This section lets you view logs of all blocked attempts by hackers, spammers, scrapers, bots, etc., specify settings for sending email alerts, add exceptions, and set the maximum database size for keeping and purging stored log data …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Notes:

  • Beware of using the Security Log error logging feature as the error log will continually fill up and create a very large file, which can cause your server to crash. We recommend using this feature only to diagnose security issues.
  • View the ‘Help & FAQ’ tab and click on the ‘Read Me’ buttons for additional information related to this section of the plugin.
  • Remember to click on the ‘Save Options’ buttons if you make any changes to the settings in this section, and click on the ‘Update File’ button at the bottom of the screen when finished to update and save your new settings.
Maintenance Mode

BulletProof Security views “maintenance mode” web pages as part of WordPress security, as these can be compromised by hackers and give access to the WP-admin area if not properly secured.

For this reason, BulletProof Security incorporates a complete Maintenance Mode feature within the plugin itself.

To access the plugin’s ‘Maintenance Mode’ section, select ‘BPS Security > Maintenance Mode‘ from your WP-admin menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

The BulletProof Maintenance Mode feature:

  • Includes various background and center images (text box image),
  • Allows you to embed image files and YouTube videos,
  • Offers ‘FrontEnd’ Maintenance Mode, ‘BackEnd’ Maintenance Mode or both FrontEnd & BackEnd Maintenance Modes,
  • Is fast and simple to use so that you can switch in and out of Maintenance mode quickly and easily.

BulletProof Security Plugin

For instructions on how to set up a maintenance mode page using the BulletProof Maintenance Mode feature, see ‘Plugin Usage’ section below.

System Info

To access the plugin’s ‘System Info’ section, select ‘BPS Security > System Info‘ from your WP-admin menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

This section provides detailed information about your system, SQL database, and PHP server, and lets you check your website headers …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Note: System info data can be used to analyze security risks.

Plugin Usage

Once the BulletProof Security plugin has been installed and configured, there is really nothing else to do as far as securing and protecting your site is concerned. The plugin will block attempts by hackers and notify you of these as specified in the plugin settings and options.

One of the features of this plugin that is worth learning how to use is the BulletProof Maintenance Mode feature.

Maintenance Mode

To set ‘Maintenance Mode’ for your website on and off, select ‘BPS Security > Maintenance Mode‘ from your WP-admin menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

If you want to display a countdown timer letting your visitors know how long your site is going to be down for, then tick the ‘Enable Countdown Timer’ checkbox, and specify a maintenance mode duration (in minutes), in the ‘Maintenance Mode Time’ and ‘Header Retry-After’ fields as shown in the screenshot below …

BulletProof Security Plugin

You can also choose a color for your countdown timer from the ‘Countdown Timer text Color’ drop-down menu …

BulletProof Security Plugin

Next, decide whether you want to enable FrontEnd maintenance, BackEnd maintenance, or both FrontEnd and BackEnd maintenance modes …

BulletProof Security Plugin

  • FrontEnd Maintenance Mode means that your website Maintenance Mode page displays to website visitors instead of your website.
  • BackEnd Maintenance Mode refers to allowing access to the WordPress Administration area (back-end).

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Important: If you plan to enable BackEnd maintenance mode for your site, you must enter your IP address into the ‘Maintenance Mode IP Address Whitelist Text Box’, or you will be locked out of your own site!

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Below the FrontEnd/BackEnd activation options, is the editor section where you can add the Maintenance Mode “message” that you want your visitors to see when maintenance mode is activated.

BulletProof Security Plugin

You can add text, images, styling options and even videos to your Maintenance Mode Text Box. For more details, make sure to click on the link to the plugin’s ‘Maintenance Mode Guide’ …

BulletProof Security Plugin

You can add background and center images, or a background color to your Maintenance Mode message box …

BulletProof Security Plugin

BulletProof Maintenance Mode lets you select your background and box image options from drop-down menus …

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Background image files/options and center images (text box image) are independent of each other, so you can mix and match different background images with different center images (text box image), and even different countdown timer colors …

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After selecting your Maintenance Mode page design options, the next step is to specify some additional options …

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By selecting/deselecting the checkboxes, you can decide whether or not to:

  • Display your visitor’s IP address
  • Display Admin/Login Link (this allows the administrator to log in from the home page)
  • Display a dashboard reminder notice when your site is in Maintenance Mode.

Below are some examples of dashboard reminder notices.

When FrontEnd Maintenance Mode only is turned “on”, this reminder notice displays …

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In the example below, both FrontEnd and BackEnd Maintenance Modes are turned “on” …

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  • Send email reminders when Maintenance Mode countdown timers have completed. This is useful for reminding you, your webmaster, or a staff member assigned to managing your site to turn off Maintenance Mode and reactivate your site to visitors …

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After configuring all of the Maintenance Mode options, click on the ‘Save Options’ button …

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You will be asked to confirm. Click ‘OK’ to proceed …

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A confirmation message informing you that your Maintenance Mode form has been created successfully will display on your screen …

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You can now preview your form by clicking on the ‘Preview’ button …

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Your form will open up in a new browser window …

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Repeat the save and preview process to configure your form options until you are happy with the design for your Maintenance Mode page …

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Once you are happy with your choices, click on the ‘Turn On’ button to activate this feature and put your site in Maintenance Mode …

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A message will display informing you that Maintenance Mode has been turned on for your site …

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Log out of your site and check how your Maintenance Mode page looks …

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The plugin remembers your settings, so you can turn Maintenance Mode on or off anytime you like simply by clicking on the ‘Turn On’ and ‘Turn Off’ buttons …

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Remember to turn Maintenance Mode “off” to make your site visible again to visitors …

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Tip

BulletProof security offers a convenient way to put your WordPress site into maintenance mode by integrating the Maintenance Mode feature with its Security application.

If you find the BulletProof Maintenance Mode options limited, however, there are other options.

To learn more about putting your WordPress site into Maintenance Mode, see the tutorial below:

Uninstalling BulletProof Security

When you configured the BulletProof Security plugin as shown in earlier steps above, you will remember that the plugin modified important .htaccess files on your site.

If you decide to remove the BulletProof Security plugin from your site, you must first restore these files to their original default before deactivating and deleting the plugin.

To restore your original .htaccess files, select ‘BPS Security > htaccess Core‘ from your WP-admin menu …

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Scroll down to the ‘Activate Security Modes’ section, then select the ‘Default Mode WP Default htaccess file’ radio button and click ‘Activate’ …

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The plugin will restore the original htaccess file for your site …

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You are not quite done yet … just one more step!

Next, select ‘Delete wp-admin htaccess File’ radio button and click on ‘Activate’ …

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You should now see messages displayed at the top of your screen informing you that your site is no longer protected by BulletProof Security …

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You can now safely deactivate and/or remove the BulletProof Security plugin from your site.

Congratulations! Now you know how to protect and secure your WordPress site with the BulletProof Security plugin.

For more details, go here}:

BulletProof Security

(Source: BulletProof Security Website)

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