Set Featured Image

Setting up a featured image for a post or page is quick and easy; to do so, locate the featured image box* on your editor page, and select Set Featured Image. When you’ve done so, it will bring up a page from where you will be able to drag-and-drop files, or select them straight off of your hard drive, to select the wanted image.
You can also choose from images that are in your media library, if you already have it added there. 

After you have selected the image, you will have options available to either edit the image or delete it if needed. Once you have finished selecting the right image and editing it to perfection, you can preview your changes or go ahead and publish the page/post with the image viewable to the public.

 

*If you are having difficulties locating this, it should be on the right hand side of the page. You may need to scroll down a bit to find it.

Cyber Security Month – 5 Tips for Better Cyber Security

October is Cyber Security Month, a notion that Hostirian holds very near to our hearts. Cyber Security is at the crux of what we believe in, and sentiments for stronger security are ones we strongly align with. Of course, there are many ways for one to go about ensuring they are secure, and it’s highly recommended that one takes the time to review just how safe they are and how safe they can be – in the meantime, we’ll start with 5 important tips for making sure you are on the right track to being safe and secure online:

  1. USE STRONG PASSWORDS
    I’m sure we’ve all read this one time and time again – told it even more times, yet it can’t be said enough. Password security is pivotal for cyber security, and by far the easiest to manage, but often times the most vulnerable. Remember, your passwords aren’t just meant to be bits of memorabilia for fond memories or a relative’s birthday, they are your protection from letting random people access your data. Make sure you are using a relatively complex password, and if need be are storing it in a secure location in case it has slipped your mind (albeit, having a hint rather than the password outright is far more advisable).
  2. KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED
    This one is as simple as it comes, and should be the easiest to keep track of. Often times, the software companies and teams are finding the vulnerable spots in their apps, and are constantly providing updates when they do to ensure they are putting out a safe product. Don’t overlook these updates!
  3. USE ANTI-MALWARE/ANTI-VIRUS PROTECTION
    Another common bit of advice, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Being safe and cautious won’t do you as much good if you aren’t also making sure you have those slips and cracks covered, and that’s where your anti-malware and anti-virus software come in handy, but which ones should you be using? It’s not as straightforward of an answer as some might make it seem, as some software offer different versions that cover more or different malware than another, so really it comes down to what your needs are. I’ve found that this write-up offers a great breakdown on what each company offers and what their software scans for, and be the perfect starting point for you if you are shopping for anti-malware/anti-virus products.
    To make sure you are fully protected, even when using anti-malware/anti-virus software, we also heavily advise having two security software. Have one to run in the background, and another to have ready for any on-the-spot moments to make sure nothing might have been overlooked or managed to slip its way through. Just remember to disable the one you have running in the background, lest you risk them interfering with one-another.
    Footnote: Make sure you are also using a Firewall and keeping it updated as well. You can never be too safe.
  4. BE WEARY OF ATTACHMENTS AND DOWNLOADS
    This one is going to mostly be related to your email usage, but it is by no means less important. Attachments and downloads are what most people recognize malware as, and they aren’t wrong for doing so. People are getting more creative in the malware they put-out, but email has still remained an effective means for them to do so. When you go to open an attachment, make sure you are aware of the source, the purpose of the attachment, and that you are expecting it. One of the biggest trends of late is spoofing – where someone will send an email under what appears to be another’s email address. This allows them to cover themselves up as, say, someone from your own contacts list, in order to gain your trust in what they are sending you. If you receive a suspicious email from someone you know, check with them to make sure they really did send it before opening.
  5. KEEP ALL IMPORTANT DATA BACKED UP 
    Last, but certainly not least, back. up. your. stuff. Humans are infallible, and sometimes mistakes happen. Maybe it was on your end, maybe it was on the company behind your anti-malware, maybe it was neither…either way you should always be prepared and be ready to get all of your data back up (pun absolutely intended) in case something does end up happening. I’ve said it once here, I’ll say it again: you cannot be too safe. Even if it only happens once, even if it never happens, the investment in making sure all your data is secure for you is definitely greater than the risk of losing it all.

-Trevor Newman

Creating Excerpts in WordPress

If you’ve been using WordPress for some time now, you may have come to notice that, by default, it places the entirety of your posts on the front page. This can, obviously, be an annoyance for visitors on your page, as they would have to scroll through blocks and walls of text just to look through it. To absolve this issue, you can create a Post Excerpt.

In order for post excerpts to work properly on your site, you must first go to Settings and select Reading. By default, ‘Article in a feed’ will be set to Full text – set it to Summary and save. Then, go to the Add New Post page to confirm if you have the excerpt module  enabled or not. If you don’t, just go to Screen Options at the top of the page, and check the box for Excerpt. You should now see the excerpt module below the main body for text.
Within the module, you can write a brief summary about your post, copy/paste a line from the post itself, etc., just put in the info you need and click Update.

If you notice that your full post is still being displayed, don’t fret – this is due to the fact that excerpts are meant to work with your posts in RSS feeds, which are generally used with widgets. Within your post editor, you will have an option (above the main body for text) called the Insert More Tag. Place your cursor at the point you would like your summary to end, and select the tag icon. This will separate that part of the post with a line, displaying which information visitors will be able to preview. Once you have finished, just hit update.

Editing Text in WordPress

Note: The Page and Post text-editor are functionally the same, therefore the information provided here can be applied to editing the text in either-or.

From the dashboard, go to either Pages or Posts and then click on the title of the post/page which you would like to edit (Alternatively, you can hover over the title and select Edit whenever it pops up underneath). Doing so will take us to, obviously, edit the page or post of our choosing, and it is here that we will be able to enter and edit the text.

-Adding text is simple. So simple, in fact, that it works just like every other website or computer document…simply hover your cursor over the empty space and click. Now you can begin typing away.

-To make any of your text bold, highlight the word(s) you would like bolded, and then click the Bold button in the text editor tool bar (the large, capital B).

-To italicize your text, you will perform the same actions as you did when you went to bold, only select Italics button instead (the slanted I).

-You can align your post/page, or even just certain parts of the text, but highlighting the appropriate text and selecting one of the alignment options (align left, align center, or align right).

You should be able to get a solid understanding of what your text will look like within the editor box, but if you would like a better preview just select the Preview Changes button under the Publish box.