November 27, 2014

How To Change Your Admin User Name NOW!

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robot I know I’ve been talking about this a lot lately, but none of us want to have our blogs infected by hackers using brute force tactics to get into our files through using the default “Admin” login name. This should be one of the first things you change when you begin your blog.

Source: These are directions Website Defender gives in order to change your Admin name.

  1. Login into your WordPress admin panel using your admin account.
  2. Select the ”users” area from your dashboard panel, and click on “Add New User”.
  3. Fill in the form and choose ”administrator” in the ”Role” drop down menu (remember to enter a strong web password and also check the password strength indicator to confirm that your new password is strong enough).
  4. When finished, click on ”Add New User”.
  5. Log in again using your new WordPress admin username.
  6. Navigate to the ”Users” area.
  7. From the users list check the box of the previous “admin” username and select ”Delete” from the drop-down menu.
  8. Next, you will be asked about the articles posted under the the previous ”admin” username. Select the option “attribute all posts and links to:” and select your new administrator password. When ready click “Confirm Deletion”.
  9. Make sure that the “display name” of your admin user is different from the username, especially if the admin user posts any blog articles. If the actual username is used also as ”display name” of the writer, a hacker can easily identify the admin username and target the account.

2012 Genealogy Goals

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I’m going to do my best to set some attainable goals for my genealogy for next year and actually try to attain them.

Blogging: I’m going to try to include more Wilkerson genealogy articles on this blog.  I have so many about my own family, but perhaps I can get some of Jim’s family to visit and join in some conversations.  I hope to share some family pictures too.  Maybe there are some the family has that they would like to share also?

Family Trees: I need to go through and merge duplicate people.  As someone else said, “that may take me all year”. :)

DAR goal: I’d like to get going and send in my documentation to my DAR Chapter at Ozark Springs, MO to get Richard Osgathorpe (Osgatharp) recognized for his service during the Revolutionary War. I actually have a copy of his pay vouchers.  I think I stand a very good chance of getting him in the roll of Patriots.

That’s about the gist of my goals. I think those three will be time-consuming enough, don’t you?   What are your genealogy-related goals for next year?

 

Is There Such A Thing As Too Socially Connected? Nope!

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Article first published as Is There Such a Thing as Too Socially Connected? Nope! on Technorati.

Facebook, Twitter and now Google+? Aare we just like dogs chasing our social networking tails?  Obviously, those three are just a very abbreviated example of all the ways to be socially connected, but have you ever considered just how “out there” in the social universe you really are?

In just the last week my friends and I on Facebook have been discussing how we spend so much time on keeping up socially online that we aren’t spending that time doing what would be more productive or valuable.  Have you kept track of how long it takes you to check into Facebook, read the updates from family, friends and business associates? Now, multiply that by all the other sites you check daily, or at least weekly.  We all know they’re referred to as “time wasters”, but are they really?  No matter what, when you submit a written word anywhere online that is a form of “social networking”.

Put Your Online Social Life On Auto Pilot

Can you put any of them on automatic pilot, so to speak?  My niche happens to be in the genealogy world.  Even there I find myself sharing links, promoting other genealogy blogs and tweeting with hashtags like #genealogy #history and most recently #SCGS11 for the Southern CA Genealogical Society 2011 Jamboree in Burbank this month.

Here’s what I do to keep in touch and yet not have to do anymore than hit the submit button.

On my iPentimento | Genealogy and History blog (WordPress self-hosted), when I post a new article it automatically is sent to Twitter which in turn also submits it to Facebook. It was as simple as giving permission to either site to perform that action.  This is built right into the WordPress backend.

Plugins on my blog enable me to add links to my own previous articles, as well as new products, blogs and share reviews.  Here are some of the plugins I use:

AddThis: An oldie, but a goodie because it makes it super easy for your reader to share your content with others. It’s also great to utilize for adding blog juice (SEO) to your site. AddThis

CMF Ads: I’m able to display other blog’s 125 X 125 link ads and they in turn host a link to mine. It’s kind of like a blogroll but with images. (Ben Barden) CMF Ads

CommentLuv: the big daddy of social commenting just launched a new version and it’s now possible to leave comments on CommentLuv enabled sites and no longer worry about getting ‘banned’ when the CL server isn’t able to pick up your feed. As a plus, CommentLuv just this week is now hosted by a new server that’s more efficient than ever. (Andy Bailey) CommentLuv

TwitterLink Comments: Another nifty social plugin by Andy Bailey but it’s purpose is to reward your commentor with a place to add their Twitter name. It’s a plugin to show a link to follow the comment author on twitter if they have entered in their username at least once in the comment form. TwitterLink Comments

Thank Me Later: Automatically sends a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts. Thank Me Later

WordPress PlusOne This: New plugin by Dennis Hernandez it automatically adds Google’s PlusOne button to your posts. WordPress PlusOne This

The point here is that getting your presence out there in the online social world involves a little initial effort to adopt all the ways to initiate it, but once you do, it’s almost automatic.

 

 

 

 

No Catch: You Can Have A Free WordPress Blog



How would you like to have your own WordPress blog for free? All you have to do is create your free blog using your own URL courtesy of Okay blog.  WordPress blogs traditionally get more traffic and have more bells and whistles available in their design.  If you’re wondering, “What’s the catch?” there really isn’t one.  They host the blogs, add you to their blog directory and you can write about anything you like. Maybe you’ve been mulling over a photo blog?  This might be a way to create one!

This might be a great alternative to other free blog platforms in which you can begin your genealogy or hobby blog too.  I noticed on the hosting site the variety of blog topics runs from A to Z.  Maybe you’ve been reluctant to sign up for a WordPress blog because of the cost of self-hosting.  Doing it this way might be a way to take that initial plunge into writing a blog while you ‘learn the ropes’.  Being a blog author isn’t all that difficult, other than choosing a topic and having time to compose your articles.

Depending on how you want to run your blog, it’s also possible to do some advertising on your blog and make a couple bucks in the process.

 

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