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WordPress “MUST HAVE” Plugins.

Wordfence Security - "Wordfence Security - Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan".

WPS Hide Login - "Protect your website by changing the login URL and preventing access to wp-login.php page and wp-admin directory while not logged-in".

Webcraftic Clearfy - "Disables unused WordPress features, improves performance and increases SEO rankings, using Clearfy, which makes WordPress very easy".

Remove Dashboard Access - "Removes Dashboard access for certain users based on capability".

WP Smush - "Reduce image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO using the free WPMU DEV WordPress Smush API".

WP Super Cache - "Very fast caching plugin for WordPress".

WP-Sweep - "WP-Sweep allows you to clean up unused, orphaned and duplicated data in your WordPress".

Page Builder by SiteOrigin - "A drag and drop, responsive page builder that simplifies building your website".

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget - "Adds a new 'Visual Editor' widget type based on the native WordPress TinyMCE editor".

Shortcodes Ultimate - "A comprehensive collection of visual components for WordPress".

Menu Icons - "Spice up your navigation menus with pretty icons, easily".

Menu Item Visibility Control - "Control the display logic of individual menu items".

Crayon Syntax Highlighter - "Supports multiple languages, themes, highlighting from a URL, local file or post text".

Yoast SEO - "The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more".

wpDiscuz - "Better comment system. WordPress post comments and discussion plugin. Allows your visitors discuss, vote for comments and share".

WP Mail SMTP - "Reconfigures the wp_mail() function to use SMTP instead of mail() and creates an options page to manage the settings".

Jetpack by - "Bring the power of the cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a account to use the powerful features normally only available to users".

Cloudflare - "Cloudflare speeds up and protects your WordPress site".


Linux Terminal on Windows 10

If like me you prefer Microsoft Windows GUI and extensive product support over Linux, but you prefer the Linux terminal command line utilities (such as ssh, git, whois, etc) over Windows PowerShell. Then you’re in luck, because now you can have the best of both worlds.  All thanks to the Microsoft Subsystem for Linux.

Here’s what you need to do to install Linux terminal on Windows 10:

  1.  Right mouse click your start menu and select the option: Windows PowerShell (Admin)
  2.  Type or copy and paste the following line in to the PoweShell terminal.
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux [ then ENTER ]
  3.  Open the Microsoft Store app and search for your preferred Linux distro (Ubuntu, OpenSUSE or Kali Linux)
  4.  Click the Get button and when the download is complete click the launch button.

It’s that simple. No need to have dual boot or VirtualBox if all you need Linux for is the command line tools.


Linux User Management 101

This is a short introduction to user management on Linux.

If you’ve got any suggestions or feedback for this article, let me know in the comments.
E&OE*. Use these commands at your own risk**!

The best way to learn anything on Linux, is by doing.

So if you are worried about breaking something, then install Linux on a usb drive and boot from that for testing. Continue reading

Tor Project - Hidden Service

Create a Tor Website on Ubuntu

This article will show you how to create a Tor Hidden Service website on Ubuntu Linux.

This is in no way an exhaustive set up procedure and we highly encourage you to read Tor best practices. With that said though, if you follow the instructions below, by the end of this article you will have yourself a fully working Hidden Service website on the Tor network. Continue reading