Just starting out with WordPress? Well you've come to the right place. We've created a video and a simple guide to show you how to login to your WordPress website.

Steps to Login to Your WordPress Website:

The first step is to open up a new browser tab/window. Then you will need to put in your website URL - this will change dependent on what your domain name (website URL) is.

The second step is to put the suffix of either:

At the end of the URL. Now let's put that altogether:

https://example.com/wp-admin

https://example.com/wp-login.php

If you need any other WordPress customisation or web design services, please feel free to get in contact with our team today and see how we can help!

HTTPS has become the new talk of the town but what does it actually mean? HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure which translates to a website being secure to access through a browser. Extra levels of protection (encryption) have been added to the website to stop hackers viewing your information if you are connected to a public WiFi for instance.

How do I know if a website is HTTPS?

Luckily, that's an easy one. If you can see a green padlock next to URL address in your browser, this means that the website has HTTPS enabled. Here is an example to show you what we mean.

Green padlock showing HTTPS is enabled on rushax.com

Let's say for example you purchase an item online through an e-Commerce website and the website has a green padlock (HTTPS) beside it. Whilst you're entering in your credentials for your bank account details, or your username and password to the website, this information is encrypted. Subsequently meaning that only you and the web server that you are connecting to can see that information.

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layers and often gets confused as being the same as HTTPS. HTTPS refers to the protocol when a computer connects to a website, wheras a secure socket layer creates the secure link between the server and the client.

Benefits of HTTPS:

If you own a website and are considering installing SSL / HTTPS onto your site, here’s three reasons why you need to right away!

1. Security

Being a webmaster, security should be #1 on your priority list as you should try to protect yourself and your visitors information whilst they access and use your website. This point should be emphasised ten times over if you run an e-Commerce site without having an SSL installed.

2. SEO Benefits

Search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo! take into account over 200+ factors when it comes to determining a website's position in the search engine results. One of these happens to be whether the site is secure with HTTPS enabled.

Google have recently announced and released new updates to their browser (Google Chrome) which show an ‘unsecured connection’ every time a user connects to a website that is not HTTPS. Google’s ambition is to try and encourage all webmasters to upgrade their websites to HTTPS in an attempt to benefit all internet users and try to make the web as secure as possible.   

3. User Trust

By getting HTTPS for your website, you’re also inviting your website visitors to feel more comfortable whilst they submit their personal information to your website.

But what if my website isn’t an e-Commerce site?

We hear you loud and clear, but ask yourself this. Does your site have any kind of form on your site? This could be a generic contact form or even a search form. If the answer is yes, your users information is still being submitted and could potentially fall into the wrong hands.

HTTPS Infographic

If you are still thinking about enabling HTTPS on your website, bear in mind that it may not be a simple case of just installing it. You’ll also have to update all of the content on your website as it may still use the depreceated ‘http://’ links which will still make your site unsecure.

Benefits of HTTPS
Benefits of HTTPS on your website

Rushax offers a comprehensive HTTPS installation service by not only installing the HTTPS certificate for you, we will also update all the content throughout your website to ensure that every web-page on your website is safe and secure for all your website visitors.

There is a lot of talk and fuss about websites now being 'responsive' but what does this mean and what are some of the benefits to a responsive website.

What is a Responsive Website?

A responsive website allows users on all types of devices to view and use your website on any type of device including smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.

Responsive Website vs Non-Responsive Website

Non-responsive vs Responsive Website for a mobile device.

We've put together a quick guide on some 3 major tips that no-one is using which is causing page speed loading times to really slack.

 

1) No Thanks Emoji's!

The Issue:

Although the sound of adding emojis to your website might sound attractive, the reality of emoji's being used is especially minimal! By default, WordPress brings in a JavaScript file and some inline CSS on every page that is loaded by through WordPress. Below shows a picture of the CSS that is brought in from the core WordPress default.

Emoji CSS

The Solution:

Upload to your functions.php file in the theme you are using. This can usually be accessed by going to Appearance > Editor in your theme or alternatively can be accessed through FTP/SFTP or your cPanel through File Manager.

/**
* Disable the emoji's
*/
function disable_emojis() {
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'print_emoji_detection_script', 7 );
remove_action( 'admin_print_scripts', 'print_emoji_detection_script' );
remove_action( 'wp_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles' );
remove_action( 'admin_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles' ); 
remove_filter( 'the_content_feed', 'wp_staticize_emoji' );
remove_filter( 'comment_text_rss', 'wp_staticize_emoji' ); 
remove_filter( 'wp_mail', 'wp_staticize_emoji_for_email' );
add_filter( 'tiny_mce_plugins', 'disable_emojis_tinymce' );
add_filter( 'wp_resource_hints', 'disable_emojis_remove_dns_prefetch', 10, 2 );
}
add_action( 'init', 'disable_emojis' );

/**
* Filter function used to remove the tinymce emoji plugin.
* 
* @param array $plugins 
* @return array Difference betwen the two arrays
*/
function disable_emojis_tinymce( $plugins ) {
if ( is_array( $plugins ) ) {
return array_diff( $plugins, array( 'wpemoji' ) );
} else {
return array();
}
}

/**
* Remove emoji CDN hostname from DNS prefetching hints.
*
* @param array $urls URLs to print for resource hints.
* @param string $relation_type The relation type the URLs are printed for.
* @return array Difference betwen the two arrays.
*/
function disable_emojis_remove_dns_prefetch( $urls, $relation_type ) {
if ( 'dns-prefetch' == $relation_type ) {
/** This filter is documented in wp-includes/formatting.php */
$emoji_svg_url = apply_filters( 'emoji_svg_url', 'https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2/svg/' );

$urls = array_diff( $urls, array( $emoji_svg_url ) );
}

return $urls;
}

Code from https://kinsta.com/knowledgebase/disable-emojis-wordpress/

2) Remove Images Where Possible

The Issue: Images Used When Not Needed/Essential

Too many times you see websites using images where it isn't essential at all, and there are a lot better options out that, that either people simply don't know about or aren't sure on how to implement and its easy!

Here's a list of just 3 common types of images used where they're not necessarily needed but I'm sure you can think of more:

The Solution

Social media icons can easily be added by doing 2 steps.

 <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="https://bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.0.3/css/font-awesome.css">