How to write unique contents using WordPress plagiarism checker

If you are writing blog posts and actually copying content from other sites – you’ll not be doing any good (if not bad) to your blog from SEO perspective. The math is simple – if the content is not yours – do not put it in your website.

Now the question is how are you going to get unique contents? Simple – write your content yourself. To make sure your content is not matching that with someone else’s – you may check your content with Plagiarism checker. While there are standalone system for plagiarism check – there is a plugin for WordPress – which does it right from the wordpress editor. Moreover, it is FREE.

free plagiarism checker plugin for wordpress for unique content

However, if you are not working with WordPress and would like to use something like this – here is a link where you can do so: http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

 

Best Free wordpress themes – Part 1: Virtue

best free wordpress theme virtue kadence

WordPress is the most powerful website development tool now a days. Millions of websites are built with WordPress. It is backed by a powerful community which is always in motion to deliver the ease to the user base. This is why it is also the most popular Content Management System for the web developers.

Thousands of themes and plugins help the developer build the site in a very little time. You think of a functionality - and most of the times it is already been prepared to WordPress in the form of either free or paid plugins.

Most of the times the free themes comes with less attractive design and inadequate functionalities. Thanks to Kadencetheme for their free to use VIRTUE theme. It is powered by Redux Framework and comes with Virtue Toolkit - which is very handy for theme settings management. It gives you a control of how you want to design your header, footer and many other design options.

virtue theme options wordpress dashboard

 While you can do most of the things with Virtue free - you can go for the Premium version for some extra layer of facilities. Virtue Premium costs only $45 and you can use the theme in UNLIMITED websites.

 


 

Restrict Search Engines from finding your website

While everybody is busy getting their website more and more exposed to the search engines (SEO) – you might want to restrict search engines to crawl your website.

You may have your own development website or may have your company’s web based HR system – which you don’t want to expose to the world. Search Engines will find your website if you do not restrict them. If you want to restrict the complete website just upload a file named “robot.txt” in the root folder and add the following line in it:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

If you want to restrict a specific part (files in a specific directory) – add the following line:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /yourdirectory

If you want a certain Search Engine to be restrcited – (for example Google): add the following line:

User-agent: googlebot
Disallow: /yourdirectory

Some of the other Search Engine Bots are as follows:

MSN/Bing: bingbot
Yahoo: Yahoo Slurp (Currently using bingbot).
Baidu: Baidu Spider

How to remove Malware from WordPress sites

WordPress has made the web designers’ lives easier. It has reduced the web development time & cost drastically. The CMS is so powerful that more and more people are converting/migrating their sites to WordPress. With ease comes the danger of being compromised. If compromised – your site will not function properly. It may leak your confidential information, give access to spammers and use your hosting account for spamming, give access to hackers who may upload files to run phishing attack.

Let us first know why a wordpress website gets hacked – gets infected to malware.

WordPress website becomes vulnerable due to the following reasons:

1. WordPress is not updated
2. Plugins are not updated
3. The administrator username passwords are too easy.
4. The computer used to administer the wordpress site (Admin area & cPanel/FTP) is itself infected to viruses.
5. Use of nulled / pirated templates or Plugins – in which codes are embedded which gives the hacker the access.
6. Presence of other hacked script/website in the same hosting account.
7. Unsecured Web hosting. (Poorly configured server, easy guessable passwords etc).

How to identify your WordPress website is hacked or have malware in it?

The website will start behaving abnormally. The website may go blank, break or become very slow. The hackers may get access of your web hosting account and may upload their own scripts and start spamming or create phishing pages. Your web hosting account will be exhausted and your hosting company may suspend your account for resource over usage and spamming. These are some of the symptoms your WordPress is being hacked. If you dig deeper and want to be sure – you need to check the files of your WordPress system. You may find unknown folders (Directories) and files. That’s not it!! Many of the php files (Mostly theme & Plugin files) may contain malicious code in those.

How to clean the WordPress website:

1. First and most important step is – make your computer / work station secured. This includes – having a very good antivirus / Internet security system. Get one (Kaspersky, Bitdefender, AVG, Norton … bla bla bla) if you do not have it yet. Make a full system scan and get rid of any threats (viruses, Trojans).

2. Download the WordPress website in your computer (using FTP or Control panel File Manager). To reduce the time – you may Zip (compress) the full site if you have a control panel in your hosting and if it allows compressing.

3. Extract the folder – if you’ve downloaded a zip copy. Keep the zip file as backup and do not delete it – so that you can use it if anything goes wrong when you try to fix the site. Take a backup of your database too. Now, go into the extracted WordPress folder.

4. The next part is cleaning the malicious code. This is a bit tricky part. There may be hundreds of hundreds of files which may contain malicious code (hacker embedded code). Mostly the php files in the Themes and plugins get infected. But php files in other directories may get infected to. I will show you a trick which will help you get rid of these codes within few seconds.

a. You’ll need Adobe’s Dreamweaver tool or something with similar features. You can download Adobe Dreamweaver Trial from this link.

b. Now you need to find a file which contains malicious code. Go to the active theme folder under “wp-content” >> “Themes”.. Then open the index.php file using Dreamweaver. The malicious code should be either at top or at the bottom and should look like this:

malicious code in wordpress php files

Malicious Code

All the infected files should contain the same code. If you carefully look in the picture above you’ll notice that the malicious code starts and ends with “//###==###”. The code can vary from what you see in the above picture – but it will be something like this. You’ll need to remove this chunk of code from all the files.

Copy malicious code in wordpress php files

Copy Malicious Code

c. You have to use the Find & Replace function in Dreamweaver. Copy the malicious code (starts and ends with “//###==###” in this case). Now press “CTRL + F” and the Find & Replace option should appear.

d. Paste the malicious code in the “Find” box and keep the “Replace:” Box empty. Now you have to choose “Folder..” option from the drop down menu “Find in” and “Source Code” option from the drop down menu “Search:”.

search and replace malicious code in wordpress php files

Find and Replace malicious code with empty box

Now you have to choose the search Destination Folder:

search and replace malicious code in wordpress php files in destination folder

Selecting the folder in which it will search for malicious code.

Choose the root directory of wordpress site from your local machine. Now press the “Replace All” as shown in the “Find and Replace malicious code with empty box” image. This will wipe off the malicious code from all the files. Now you need to save all the files from “File”>> “Save All” option. You are done with Malicious code removal!! Congrats…

5. The next step is cleaning all the hacker uploaded folders. Your basic wordpress website should have 3 folders in the root folder. wp-admin, wp-content and wp-inlcude. You might have a look at other folders in the root directory and consider removing those if you are sure those doesn’t belong to your website. You can replace all the files and folders from a fresh copy of WordPress except the wp-content folder and wp-config.php files. Remember, If at any stage the website breaks – you have the zip file (mentioned in step 3) as backup.

6. Now you’ll have to prepare your hosting account for re-uploading the cleaned website.
a. The first thing you need to do is – delete all the files of your wordpress site from your hosting account.
b. Change the password of your hosting accounts and change the password of any other FTP accounts in that hosting account.
c. Upload the cleaned WordPress files.

7. After re-uploading the site if it runs properly do the following:
a. Update the wordpress to the latest version.
b. Remove any unnecessary plugin. If you are unsure about which ones are unused – you may skip this step.
c. Update all the plugins & Templates.
d. Change WordPress username and password to a complex one. Do not keep “admin” your username.

8. You need install some third party plugin to harden the site security. For example, you may consider installing ALL IN ONE WP SECURITY & FIREWALL. It will require me to write another similar post to describe the features and performance of this plugin – For now, let me assure you that this is one plugin which will make your website very secure.

all in one wp security and firewall for wordpress protection

It will show you, protect your site and will keep your sites and plugins updated automatically. It can also change the admin directory of your wordpress site changing the admin login link– which will reduce the Admin login attack in your site. There may be other similar plugins with same functionalities. You need to implement this kind of plugins to make and keep your site secured.

9. Take help from professional WordPress malware solution provider: You can take help from professionals who provide WordPress malware removal solutions. WPMalwares is such a provider. These guys are wordpress security specialists and can solve your problem at a very low price. You can save your time for something more important and leave your headache to these guys. They will fix your site and will provide you free support for one year. Moreover, they will add extra layers of security on your website.

wpmalwares.com WordPress Malware removal

For details – please visit:  WordPress Malware removal

Feel free to comment if you think I have missed any point or if there are better ways to clean and protect wordpress websites. I will include your suggestions in the main post with your name and link.

wp-goodluck!! 🙂

Disable / enable WordPress comments from phpMyAdmin

WordPress comments option is often not needed for our website. It is also true that we often forget to disable the commenting option. As a result – spammers fillup your website with garbage/spam comments to create backlinks of their website. You can always disable the commenting option from the wordpress admin dashboard. But assume you are a web hosting provider and you found one of your client’s WordPress site is quickly filling up with spam comments. You may not have wordpress admin password of your client’s website. In this case you can quickly disable comment option by using a small query in phpMyAdmin panel.

You need to follow the following steps:

1. Go to the phpMyAdmin panel from your hosting control panel.

2. Locate the wordpress database in the drop down list in the left panel and click on it.

3. Now click on the “SQL” tab in the navigation panel in the right page.

4. Within the “Run SQL Query” box, paste the following code:

UPDATE wp_posts p SET comment_status = ‘closed’, ping_status = ‘closed’ WHERE comment_status = ‘open’;

(Replace “wp_post” with the appropriate prefix of the wordpress table)
If successful, you should have disabled the ability to comment on your posts across your entire blog. To re-enable the commenting run the following SQL query the same way you ran the comment disable query:

UPDATE wp_posts p SET comment_status = ‘open’, ping_status = ‘open’ WHERE comment_status = ‘closed’;

(Replace “wp_post” with the appropriate prefix of the wordpress table)

Delete all pending spam / comments of WordPress from phpMyAdmin

We do not really need wordpress comments option for websites most of the times. After developing a website in WordPress we often forget to disable comments. And that is what attracts the spammers. Spammers fill out comments option with bots and tries to create backlinks from your website. These garbage comments also increases the database size and creates pressure on the server. The comments option in WordPress doesn’t allow us to delete more than 20 comments at a time. If your website has been bombed with spams – it may have thousands of them before you realize those are there. So it becomes a hectic job deleting 20 such comments from the WordPress dashboard.

In such circumstances – you may delete all of those spam comments from the phpMyAdmin panel or using MySQL queries in database tools. Here is how you may delete such spam comments from the phpMyAdmin:

1. Go to the phpMyAdmin panel (Most of the hosting platforms offer it).

2. Click on the database in the left panel (you may have other databases there)

3. Click on the “wp_comments” table in the left panel or in the main page in right. (Assuming database table prefix is “wp”. replace “wp” to whatever else you have set as database prefix).

4. Now in the right side page – click on the “SQL” tab at the top.

5. Now run the following query:

DELETE FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_approved = 0

(replace “wp” with the table prefix you have in your wordpress database)

The above query will delete any comment which you haven’t approved.