Anyone that’s watched Holmes on Holmes knows that 2 houses that appear like identical quality on the outside, can have VERY different stories inside. In both houses and websites, it’s the things that you DON’T see that can make a big difference to how trouble-free – or troublesome – the finished product ends up being. Here’s some of the stuff I take care of BEHIND the scenes, with the goal of making your life as easy and worry free as possible in managing your website.
I use a module called Wordfence to keep an active eye on malicious attempts to compromise the site. It does ``live`` checking of user visits, and file changes, and raises red flags (or blocks when needed) to minimize the chance that hackers can break in.
I also create a custom login url, so that the ``standard`` one used by WordPress is off limits.
Hide Email Addresses from Spambots
Email harvesters scour the web looking inside the code of webpages, to see if they can find a tag named ``mailto`` that means there's an email address to grab and sell to spammers. There are several WordPress plugins available that obfuscate email addresses in the raw code, but still makes them visible to the user's eye. Many web developers don't do this - the result, is more, and more spam mail in your inbox.
Accidents happen, and sometimes you'll lose website content by accidental deletions, overwrites, tech glitches, etc. I use a module called Updraft Plus that does automatic website backups at regular intervals, and uploads them to either the owner's Google drive, or a free Dropbox account I set up for the website. One thing better than crying over spilt milk is to have a full backup quart in the fridge.
We've all experienced frustrating waits for website pages to load. Many WordPress sites have to build each page on the fly each time a user visits, and that adds extra time. I use a module called WP Fastest Cache that prebuilds the site's pages, speeding up the time it takes for a user to actually view each page. Faster loading times = happier users.
If you have Gmail, you've probably noticed a red and white envelope icon to the left of the word ``Inbox`` displayed in the browser tab. The icon is known as a ``favicon``, and every website can have its own custom one. It helps users see visually at a glance what browser windows they have open, and for who. I make sure your site has its own unique one.