“Should I use pngs or jpgs for my pictures ?” This is a very important question that should be addressed more often when it comes to uploading images to a website. It is an important question because using the right format could be the key to improving the overall speed of your website.
In this post, I am going to break down exactly what these two image formats are and how best to use them on your website.
PNG stands for Portable Networks Graphics and are high quality images with much better compression than JPGs. This better/fewer compression means that while PNGs have better quality than JPGs they generally come at a bigger size. It’s not uncommon for PNG version of an image to be 3 to 4 times as large as its JPEG version and this will result in them taking just a little longer to load on a web page.
PNGs are best used for line drawings text or icons. I also recommend using a PNG version of your logo if it’s an image because unlike JPEGs, PNGs support transparent backgrounds which means you can easily drop the image to any background color.
PNGs have 3 different formats. The 8-bit format does not support transparency but the 24-bit and 32-bit formats do.
JPEG or JPG
These letters stand for Joint Photographic (Experts) Group. JPGs are images that have been compressed and as a result are lower in quality than their PNG versions but are smaller in size which means they load faster. Their relatively quick load time and the fact that they support over 16 million different colors makes them ideal for use on most images on your WordPress website.
In conclusion, use PNGs only for your logo and JPEGs for the rest of the images on your site. Your page load times will improve as a result.
With cyber crime on the rise and the bad guys getting more and more sophisticated in their attacks and exploits, securing your website against such has never been more critical. In this blog post, we are going to offer you 7 major tips for WordPress security.
Limit Login Attempts
One of the most common attacks is the brute force attack where a hacker attempts multiple times to guess your password by trying combinations of letters and numbers.
The best way to combat against this attack is to limit the number of incorrect login attempts that can be made before the login page is locked down for a specified period of time.
In addition to being able to set the number of login attempts and the lock down time, you can also enable the use of captcha to prevent robots or spammers from login in.
Disable the Default WP Login URL
One of the easiest ways to determine whether a site was built on WordPress is to add ‘/wp-admin‘ at the end of the website’s URL and see if the default WordPress login page shows up.
One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is by using the WP Hide Login plugin which allows you to disable the default WordPress login URL and set your very own custom url for logging in.
Update all Themes and Plugins
This is a very obvious practice to perform diligently but you will be surprised at just how often it is neglected by many WordPress users.
Outdated plugins are the WordPress hacker’s dream as they contain vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
Ensure that all your themes and plugins are updated and don’t forget to update WordPress as well whenever a new version comes out.
Do not use plugins whose last updated date is over a year ago. Find alternatives that are better maintained.
Use a Fake Admin Account
That’s right we recommend that you keep the admin username on your website active but downgrade its role to that of a subscriber.
Well here is the thing …. hackers typically always try to gain access to a website using the admin account first because of the obvious power that comes with it. However before trying to gain control of the admin account, they will try to first confirm that the username exists in the first place. If the admin account does exist, the wanna be hacker is going to spend all his time trying to figure out the password and if by some chance he is successful, he is going to be mightily disappointed when he logs in only to find out that his capabilities are limited to that of a subscriber.
Use Strong Passwords
One of the more obvious tips for WordPress security but yet there are still people who use passwords like ‘swordfish’, ‘1234abcd’, ‘qwerty’ and my favorite password of all time ‘password’. If you are belong to this group then you are begging to have your website hacked.
So how exactly can I create a strong password? – A strong password is made up of at least 8 characters and is a combination of letters (upper & lower), numbers and special symbols like # or @.
Employ the 2 Factor Authentication method
We highly recommend using the Clef plugin to provide an additional layer of security for your WordPress website. With this plugin you can disable the conventional method of login in using a username and password and instead use your smart phone to gain access.
If you want to build tables in WordPress, you can not go wrong using the table press plugin by TobiasBg. With over 500,000+ downloads, there are several reasons why this plugin continues to get rave reviews and is considered widely as one of the very best free plugins ever developed for WordPress.
Some of the key features of this plugin include:
the ability to add a wide variety of data into a table including images and even formulas
shortcodes of the tables produced that can be inserted into widgets, pages and posts.
pagination, sorting and filtering available for site visitors
the ability to import and export tables
There are also several extensions available for the plugin that further enhance its functionality.
For detailed instructions on how to build tables with to use this fantastic plugin, watch our tutorial below from our YouTube channel.