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Quick Tip Friday: Remove admin As A Login

Remove-Admin-Login-From-Wordpress

Today’s tip is for WordPress users in particular but also a good reminder for those that use blogger that logins and passwords are important business matters.

The reason you would do this is to make it harder for someone to hack your site using the combination of your login and password. If you’re still using “admin,” which is the default login, you’ve done half the job *for* the hacker.

First up, backup your blog. That’s a good idea anyway. But it’s a really good idea before you make big changes.

Next, you’ll need to create a new username for yourself and assign an administrator role. Then you’ll need to actually delete the “admin” username making sure to assign all the posts you’ve done to your new username.

Here are a Step-By-Step Instructions.

If you’re not sure about this process, contact your host support to see if they can help walk you through the process.

If you’re not a WordPress user, be sure that your username and password are not an easy password to guess. Here are some tips on how to pick a strong password.


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Quick Tip Friday: Install Google Analytics

How To Install Google Analytics

Already have Google Analytics installed? Pat yourself on the back and skip down to our advanced tip to find out even more about your visitors.

Statistics are a bloggers best friend. They can be used to get insight about the visitors that are currently coming to your site and they can also be used to help make decisions on next steps if you are looking to increase traffic.

If you are beginning to engage with brands that want to work with bloggers, you’ve likely been asked for statistics about your site traffic. Unique Visitors per month (UVM)? Or maybe page views? Many will ask for those statistics that are reports from Google Analytics (GA).

If you don’t have Google Analytics, the first great piece of news is that it’s free! It’s an online tool offered by Google, and it measures your traffic based on a little snippet of code that you put on your site.

It’s not just beneficial for working with brands though, you can find out a lot of information about your audience in Google Analytics which provides perfect research for planning content that will keep your readers engaged.

Now, let’s get to work.

Step 1: Visit the Google Analytics web page.

Follow directions for creating an account. You’ll need to link to a Google account (it will walk you through creating one if you don’t have one.)

Once your account has been created, you’ll add your site information.

Google gives you a tracking ID that begins with a UA. They will also provide you with some code. At this point, you can do one of two things.

Option 1: The code needs to be on every page of you site including any new page that is created moving forward. Some themes make this easy by offering up an custom field for you to input your tracking ID (the UA number). Check out your theme if you are using wordpress. Or your options if you are using blogger or another platform. If it’s offered, use that. You can also sometimes include this code in a header or footer code.

Option 2: You can also use a plugin to achieve this on WordPress. Something like Google Analytics by Yoast. Plugins can slow down your site and need to be kept updated, so if you can insert the code in your theme, that’s the way to go first.

You’ll be on your way to knowing more about your blog in no time! Have any tips for great ways to use stats to improve your blog? Leave them in the comments!

Advanced Tip: Already have Google Analytics installed and running? Check out this post about how to use it to dig deeper into the behaviors of your visitors.


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Quick Tip Friday: Change The Copyright Date On Your Blog

How to Change Your Copyright Date on WordPress Blog Footer

We’re starting a new series for 2015! Every Friday, we will put up a tip that is meant to be something that will improve your blog and be accomplished fairly quickly.

Our first tip takes care of business and celebrates the new year!

Change the copyright date on your blog.

If you are blogging on WordPress, how you change the copyright text is typically dependent on your theme. A lot of copyrights are included in the footer of a page (although they can also be found in sidebars). Here are instructions for changing the footer a few popular themes:
How to Change Footer in Thesis Theme
How to Change Footer in Genesis Theme
How to Change Footer in Headway Theme
How to Change Footer in Woothemes

There are also several plugins available for WordPress that can help manage your footer and/or sidebars. If you use Blogger, changing the text will vary by template.

And how do you get the cute little © symbol in the first place? First, if it’s already there you can just leave it and change only the year. If you want to add the symbol, use this code for the symbol: ©.

Here is one suggestion from WordPress.com on text to include in your copyright notice. The post also has some other good strategies for protecting your content.

© [Full Name] and [Blog Name], [Current Year or Year Range]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Your Name] and [Your Blog Name] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Here is another great post with suggestions on wording to use for a Copyright notice.

This is also a good time to think about other places you might be using a year that needs to be updated. Do you watermark your photos with the current year?

What other new year tasks are on your to-do list for your blog? Share yours in the comments below.

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Meet Our Members: Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies

Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies
Let’s meet Danielle Driscoll from Finding Silver Pennies.

Where do you live?
South Shore of Massachusetts

What do you write about?
I write about my passion for painting furniture, DIY (on a budget), my family and coastal living on the south shore.

How long have you been blogging?
Three and a bit years. I started my blog on August 3, 2011.

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
Many of the blogs are design and DIY blogs.

Here are a few I love:

Miss Mustard Seed

Craftberry Bush

Chronicles of Home

What inspired you to start a blog?
I was inspired by a few blogs I read and also wanted a creative outlet to express myself. My crafts, furniture painting and DIY has grown out of the desire to write and share my experiences.

Favorite blog post that you have written?

I enjoyed writing this one on Scituate -http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2014/10/scituate-stroll.html

My fall home tour is also a favorite – http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2014/10/coastal-fall-home-tour-2014.html

Our dog Poppy was sprayed by a skunk last March. It was so horrible, the smell and the whole ordeal, horrible. We did our sunroom over due to this incident. We’ve loved every minute out there: http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2014/07/sunroom-reveal.html

How many kids?
Two

How old are they?
John is 8 and Conor is 5.

Why did you join Boston Parent Bloggers?
I joined Boston Parent Bloggers to meet some local bloggers and make connections. I really love the world of blogging and how generous and helpful most bloggers are.

Any favorite tips, tools, or plugins?
I LOVE Instagram and Pinterest. I started on blogger and am now on WordPress which I love. PicMonkey is great for free editing and I’ve just started using Lightroom over the summer which has made a huge difference.

Braun No Touch Forehead Thermometer and Henrietta’s Table

Earlier this month, a group of Boston Parent Bloggers were invited to attend a luncheon at Henrietta’s Table to learn about the new line of Braun no touch thermometers. Bloggers were also treated to a cooking lesson by Peter Davis, Henrietta’s Table’s famed chef.

Visit the links below to find out more about the each blogger’s experience at the event.

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer - Mom's Lifesavers

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer – Mom’s Lifesavers

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer
Cooking Comfort Foods at Henrietta's Table - 30 Something Mother Runner

Cooking Comfort Foods at Henrietta’s Table – 30 Something Mother Runner

Last Thursday I had the chance to head up to Boston to cook some comfort foods with Chef Peter Davis at Henrietta’s Table and to learn more about Braun…
Preparing for Cold & Flu Season with Braun Thermometers & Henrietta’s Table

Preparing for Cold & Flu Season with Braun Thermometers & Henrietta’s Table |kimworld

Recently, I was invited by Braun Thermometers to a comfort food cooking class at the amazing Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, MA.
Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer | New Hampshire Kids

Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer | New Hampshire Kids

I recently attended a wonderful event hosted by Braun Thermometers at the beautiful Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, MA. The event included a cooking demo from Chef Peter Davis (more to come…
Taking Temperatures with a No Touch Forehead Thermometer | Capability : Mom

Taking Temperatures with a No Touch Forehead Thermometer | Capability : Mom

When your children are sick, it’s not just about managing their symptoms and getting them well, it’s also dealing with, um, shall we say, heightened preferences – everyone is a little more particular when they’re under the weather. Some kids resist taking spit back up medicine, and taking temperatures, while critical, is another not fun sick-time activity. How to make it easy on everyone is something the engineers at Braun have figured out which is good, as we could all use the help. As a disclosure of my ineptitude at any given time, there are three thermometers in our house – the “good one” and two back up which are possibly either mildly or wildly inaccurate (why don’t I just throw them away? Maybe is the next great clean out I will).

Big Apple Circus Giveaways

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Big Apple Circus – Luminocity is coming to Boston’s City Hall Plaza March 25 – May 11, 2014. Many Boston Parent Bloggers are giving away tickets for the March 29th performance at 4:30 PM. Visit each of the posts to enter and maximize your chances to win!

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog in the “Link Title” area.

A Christmas Story, The Musical Giveaways

A Christmas Story in Boston

A Christmas Story, The Musical is coming to Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre November 20-December 8, 2013. Many Boston Parent Bloggers are giving away Family Four Packs of tickets for the November 20th performance at 7:30 PM. Visit each of the posts to enter and maximize your chances to win!

To purchase tickets with a 15% discount, use this link and the code LEGLAMP.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of June 9, 2013

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from the member sites of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, take a few moments to read a post or two. You never know when you might find a brand new blogger to follow.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of May 26, 2013

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from the member sites of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, take a few moments to read a post or two. You never know when you might find a brand new blogger to follow.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.

Boston Parent Bloggers Member Giveaways: Week of May 19, 2013

Enter to Win With a Boston Parent BloggerCheck out this week’s giveaways from the member sites of the Boston Parent Bloggers. While you’re there, take a few moments to read a post or two. You never know when you might find a brand new blogger to follow.

[These contests are not affiliated with Boston Parent Bloggers. Rules of entry and deadlines are determined by the individual blogs.]

*Bloggers: You must be a current member of the Boston Parent Bloggers to post. Non-member submissions will be removed. Please submit the name of your blog and a few words to describe your giveaway in the “Link Title” area.