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Adam Barndt

Adam Barndt

I am a Social Media Specialist and Journalist living in Milwaukee, WI. I began using WordPress to self publish after college when I found working as a reporter didn't allow me the opportunities to write on my own terms. Since then, I have turned more to the production and development side of the platform, helping companies and individuals establish and control their web presence. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. 1

    Artur

    Hi ,I have big qestion about WordPress. Im intresting how I can make my wordpress more secure ? Is there other way how I can simple LOG IN in to my wordpress site not with using WP_ADMIN or WP_LOGIN , can I make in other way ?? And I whould like to know how I can protect more and make it more safe WP platform. If u have some advice please tell how to make it 🙂

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    1. 1.1
      Adam Barndt

      Adam Barndt

      Hi Artur,

      The consensus seems to be that changing the wp_admin or wp_log in is riskier than it’s worth. It’s possible, but messing with it can cause problems with future upgrades and plugins.

      To make your site more secure out of the gate, the first thing you should do is delete the admin account (being sure to create a new account to use for administrative purposes.)

      The second step is to create a highly secure password. Contrary to popular belief, length beats entropy when it comes to password strength. That is to say, “thequickbrownfoxjumpsoverthelazybrowndog” is a much more secure password than “@ftg7C50%.”

      https://xkcd.com/936/ (Always love an excuse to share an XKCD.)

      Next, set up the plugin “Limit Login Attempts.” This plug in will lock out a user after a predetermined amount of unsuccessful log in attempts, effectively shutting down brute force attacks (the most common way WP sites are hacked. See this tutorial for help setting up the plug in. http://uploadwp.com/securing-your-wordpress-site/

      Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Reply
      1. 1.1.1

        Nils

        There is also a Plugin called "Better WordPress Security", which secures WordPress:

        https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/

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        1. 1.1.1.1
          Adam Barndt

          Adam Barndt

          Thanks Nils! I came across this plugin as well a few months ago. It is very robust and easy to use (even includes the functionality outlined in this article). It's a bit more for the advanced user, but definitely comes recommended. (I did find, however, that the backup functionality does not work if you have an extremely low traffic site, like a live dev site.) Thanks for sharing!

          -Adam

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  2. 2

    Abdulla Al-Taweel

    Hey Adam,

    Quick question, how do I add an image to a tooltip? Im currently using Fusion Theme from Elegant Themes, and I seem to only be able to add text :/

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. 2.1
      Adam Barndt

      Adam Barndt

      Hey Abduall,

      Are you using the proper syntax for inserting an image? (). If so, there’s a good chance the tool tip doesn’t support HTML. I’m a sure there’s a tool tip plug in out there that will allow that, just might take some digging.

      -Adam

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  3. 3

    Paul

    Great article and like the rest of your site really helpful for the amateur WP developer.

    Such a shame that it is $90 to get the ET short codes though, I don’t want any of their other stuff it’s a bit pricey.

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    1. 3.1
      Adam Barndt

      Adam Barndt

      Hey Paul,

      Glad to be of help! I think the short codes come with a basic membership for like $40. I used to hate having to buy things for WordPress, but Elegant Themes is definitely worth the money if you want easy access or have to build multiple sites. Thanks for reading!

      Reply
  4. 4

    Fabian

    Hey Adam, thanks a lot for your Elegant Themes Shortcodes tutorial! Do you have a tutorial about the shortcode for quotes too? That would be very amazing and appreciated! Thanks a lot in advance 🙂

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    1. 4.1

      Teddy Triton

      Hi Fabian,

      Thanks for the positive feedback on our Shortcodes tutorial. We do not currently have one specifically on the Quotes shortcode. We’ll go ahead and add it to our queue of future tutorials so thanks for the suggestion.

      Adam

      Reply
  5. 5

    Susan

    Hi, thanks for the great tutorial. I was wondering how do I add the target attribute to the buttons? I am trying target="_blank" after the link but it is still opening in the same window.

    Thanks =)

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    1. 5.1

      Teddy Triton

      Hi Susan,

      When you click the ET Buttons short code icon in the rich text editor it should give you the option to select the target. Please send me the link to a specific example on your site and I'll take a closer look.

      Thanks,

      Adam

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      1. 5.1.1

        Susan

        Hey Adam,

        Thanks for the reply. I didn't actual go through the rich text editor, I didn't realise that part, lol. I was just trying to type it out, but I see now.

        Thanks very much for your help!!!

        Susan

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  6. 6

    cory shubert

    Hi, is there a place I can understand the flow and use of ET for email subscriptions or signups to a website? I see that the theme installs pages like Email Subscribed, Email Unsubscribed and Subscription Confirmed, and inside them they have custom fields like xyz_em_thanks_page… but I have not found documentation on how to tie all of these together and make them work? Any links/leads/ideas on this part?
    Thank you,
    Cory

    Reply
  7. 7

    PM Falcon

    The solution for missing line breaks noted here didn't work with ET Aggregate theme, but this did (use before EVERY affected line):
    <br class="clearfix">

    Reply
  8. 8

    Dr. Asadi

    Wow!

    Very thanks Adam 🙂

    God bless you xo

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    1. 8.1

      Teddy Triton

      You're welcome Dr. Asadi – Thanks for the positive feedback!

      Reply
  9. 9

    Smutje

    Hey Adam,

    thank´s a lot!! I was really looking for a tutorial like this.
    This gets bookmarked right away.
    Nice work!

    Reply
  10. 10

    Ragsy

    Your tutorials are wonderful.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to make them.

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    1. 10.1

      Teddy Triton

      Thanks for taking time to let us know they helped!

      Reply
  11. 11

    Eddie

    First, thanks for a great tut. I love ET but the how to stuff they have is not so good…

    Second, how can I modify the format of the content in a tutorial box? Every time I add formatted content, the shortcode seems to overwrite it. Thoughts?

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  12. 12

    Trevor K

    Just wondering how I can re size the thumbnails in WordPress Origin theme. Every time I put a new picture in for thumbnails, it just sets it up at all different sizes. Also in different random area's, how can I fix this?

    Thanks
    Trevor K

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  13. 14

    Josh Kutler

    How can I edit the ET_Learn_More css formatting? I want to reduce the box sizes and padding etc, I have looked everywhere but cant seem to see how to do this.

    Thanks
    BR

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  14. 15

    Alberto

    I have a question, as you can edit the font size in the box ET Shortcode? Thanks!

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  15. 16

    Dopwxb

    Thanks for your tutorial!

    Reply

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