A weekend of web design, or board games?

UK Games Expo

So a couple of us from the YR team are getting out of Milton Keynes and the web design world this weekend to venture over to the UK Games Expo! The UK Games Expo has been going for around 11 years or so now and has developed in to the country’s leading Hobby Games Convention.

Whilst this has no direct relevant to web design, we wholeheartedly believe that doing this kind of thing is a very strong fuel for a creative mind.

Of course we’ll be on the lookout for games designers that need a website, but mostly we’ll just be unleashing our inner nerds and getting fully immersed in all the new stuff coming out…

Malware extraction win

A hacker hit website in need of some TLC

Infographic for malware extraction on website winFollowing a malware injection in to a client website, we were asked to purge the infection from the hit files. This work that saw the restoration of services to the website, as well as total removal of the malware.

 

 

If you have WordPress website then check out David Morgan’s 4 step guide to a safe site here:

4 Step guide to a safer WordPress site!

So today I have a special treat for you. I have decided to share some of my go-to actions for any WordPress site we work with. Why? you might ask. Well it’s because I don’t believe that any website should have to worry about hackers, or being hacked. It can really screw up your busines, as well as your reputation, when your site is hacked. Worst of all, years’ of SEO can be undone in an instant!

So I’ll get straight to it!

    1. Limit the access to the WP-Includes folder
      This folder is normally the first one the hackers go for as it does the most damage. To keep it secure, you’ll need to open up your .htaccess file and drop in the following above the line where it states #Begin WordPress. :

      # Blocking web access to the wp-includes folder
      <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
      RewriteEngine On
      RewriteBase /
      RewriteRule ^wp-admin/includes/ - [F,L]
      RewriteRule !^wp-includes/ - [S=3]
      RewriteRule ^wp-includes/[^/]+\.php$ - [F,L]
      RewriteRule ^wp-includes/js/tinymce/langs/.+\.php - [F,L]
      RewriteRule ^wp-includes/theme-compat/ - [F,L]
      </IfModule>```

      Afterwards, save your changes and re-upload to your server. These lines will redirect anyone who tries to access these important files straight back to the homepage!

    2. Secure your wp-config.php file. This one is quite simple. Drop the following code in the .htaccess file like you did previously. This will prevent anyone messing around with the config file of your website. Here’s the code:
      # Blocking web access to the wp-config.php file
      <files wp-config.php>
      order allow,deny
      deny from all
      </files>
    3. Next up – Secure the .htaccess file itself! As you can tell this file is super important and has a lot of power. So you’re gonna want to keep it safe too, right? Of course. So do to that, open up the .htaccess file again and drop in this code:
      # Securing .htaccess file
      <files ~ "^.*\.([Hh][Tt][Aa])">
      order allow,deny
      deny from all
      satisfy all
      </files>
      

      This will keep the hackers out of this file and stop them from being able to alter our defences.

    4. Finally, we’re going to secure the useful WP Editor. So this tool is great as it lets us make changes to the code without leaving the WordPress site. However, if someone gets in then they can really screw up the whole website in seconds. So here is what you need to do. Open up the wp-config.php file and scroll all the way to the bottom. Then, where it says “That’s all stop editing! Happy blogging.” Drop the code right above this.
      define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true);

And that’s it, you’re all done! Of course you still want to make sure you have a good firewall and anti-virus software on the website and make regular backups, but these steps will make a significant improvement and help you fortify your website that bit more! You can never have too much security 😉

I was having a bit of a Sunday browse when I came across a post showing this absolute gem that has a true 90’s throwback style. It made me smile, but also made me realise how far we have come along in the design world. Take a look at this website called Arngren.

I can’t even work out who their target market is, unless you frequently ride a quad bike whilst performing a laser show, filming the entire thing with a drone? Well if you are that kind of person then they have it all! It hurts my eyes just seeing it, but I’m mainly confused by just how this happened and who thought it would be a good idea?

On the other hand, it could be completely intentional. Remember those ads you would see at the back of a magazine selling spy goggles and the like? Doesn’t this remind you of those?

I do wonder if this is also a digital representation of what happened in the big bang. A bunch of code repeatedly bumped into each other until eventually it exploded into this eCommerce extravaganza.

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