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JustHost.com – Web Host Review

If you’re anything like me, a webmaster with numerous sites on numerous different web hosts then you’ve run into all sorts of different types of companies out there who can fulfill your web hosting needs.

Generally what I’ve found is that most web hosts will try to tack on a bunch of extra service fees once you’re setup with them, and we all know once you’re in and setup with a web host that moving is the last thing on your mind. Generally having a profitable website is the goal, not hosting issues.

Here are a few things I really like about JustHost.com - one click installs of Joomla and WordPress and tons of free addons included with a low cost hosting account. Also you get a whack load of free advertising credits.

For a low cost host, the almost $100 in free advertising credits with Miva, Google, and Yahoo made it worth my time to go and sign up.

The setup was quick and easy, and I had a site setup in minutes. Now of course there is design and content work to take care of but at the end of the day I’ve just saved myself a fortune in time by giving JustHost.com a shot.

You should check them out as well!

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WordPress Security Plugins

When you use WordPress for a corporate or business website, security always comes up as an issue and for good reason. In what has turned into an ongoing series on WordPress Security I'm going to review a few very useful plugins which will add an additional layer of security to your WordPress or WordPress MU site.

In addition to this article, you might find the two other posts in this series useful:

Blocking Spam with WordPress

Recovering from a WordPress Injection (You are labeled an Attack Site)

So here is the added list of extremely useful WordPress plugins, all of them work well with both WordPress and WordPress MU (on my sites at least):

  1. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/restrict-login-by-ip/ - Restricts WordPress admin login by IP address. This is extremely useful since you will likely not want just anyone having access to the authentication login.
  2. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/limit-login-attempts/ - limit login attempts and records IP address.'Nuff said.
  3. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-file-monitor/ - monitors WP file changes and notifies by email upon a change.
  4. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-security-scan/ - scans the server for known security issues - this is a definite old standby and should be added to your WordPress site
  5. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/invisible-defender/ - provides protection against SpamBots
  6. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/audit-trail/ - tracks changes to the site by user. I find this to be less of a security issue but it is extremely useful if you've got numerous authors on your blog. At the very least you know who to smack around if they make changes to your site. 🙂

Now keep in mind that these will not ensure that you will never have a security issue on your blog or website. But as the saying goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (Benjamin Franklin was a pretty smart guy so I'm going with it).

I hope you've found these plugins useful. Let me know if you've got any additional plugins or techniques you use to secure your sites and ensure smooth sailing!

Cheers,

Dan Nedelko

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