Information Technology

IT Resources

Here are a few resources to help you have a safe, attractive, and effective unit website that meets CAP brand standards and follows CAP regulations.

Questions?

WordPress Resources

Sign up for daily WordPress tips & tricks: WPBeginner.com

Inexpensive wordpress hosting options: wpbeginner.com/section/hosting/

Essential WordPress Site Launch Checklist

Add Leaving .GOV Notice to WP Menu Items

There is not a simple way to add onclick to a WordPress menu, but it can be done with the aid of the JinMenu plugin. Follow the instructions for installing and activating the JinMenu plugin. In Appearance > Menus click on Jin Menus, select your menu and menu item, and paste the following code in the OnClick Javascript Code box:
alert("Note: this link will open a new browser window and leave the CAP.GOV domain"); window.open('destination-url-goes-here', '_blank');

Add Leaving .GOV Notice to links

To add the required “Leaving the CAP.GOV domain” alert to links add the following code in the link anchor tag:
target="_blank" onclick="alert('Note: this link will open a new browser window and leave the CAP.GOV domain')" onkeypress="alert('Note: this link will open a new browser window and leave the CAP.GOV domain')"

Stop Comment Spam

Comment spam is a pervasive waste of time. The WP-Spamshield pluginis a simple and highly effective solution.

Guidelines for Usernames and Passwords

Hackers WILL try to get into your WordPress site. Don’t make it easy for them.!

  • Avoid using Admin or the name of your site as your admin username.
  • Create tough passwords that are at least eight characters long and use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.

HTTP:// vs. HTTPS://

  • Google is now punishing site rankings for sites that aren't secure.
  • Today valid SSL certificates are free or dirt cheap. Get one! Ask your web host if a free SSL certificate is available for your site. If not you can get one for a few dollars at https://namecheap.com.

How to Keep WordPress Secure

  • Keep your WordPress core, themes, and plugins constantly updated. Out of date software is the quickest way to get hacked because updates often fix possible vulnerabilities hackers exploit.
  • Use strong passwords. Guidelines for passwords are in CAPR 110-1 in the middle of page 2.
  • Avoid using Admin or the name of your site as your admin username. Pick an admin username a hacker is not likely to guess.
  • Install the Automatic Plugin Updates plugin
  • Install the Wordfence WordPress plugin and monitor it. There are free and paid versions. The free version may be enough for a unit website. The paid version has advanced features, such as country blocking.