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How to change kk Star Ratings

There is a popular and useful WordPress plugin called kk Star Ratings that allow visitors to the website leave feedback in form of star rating. The usage of this plugin bring some benefit to the webmaster. First of all, the click rate in search result may be slightly higher because Google (perhaps other searach engines too) display star rating icons which encourage people to click. The second benefit is the feedback the website owner gets from visitors. If the rating is low, it is clearly a sign that there is something wrong with the post. If this happens, the editor should re-write the post and make it more valuable.

Tampering with these ratings is not a great idea and my intention is not to write instructions how to cheat 🙂 It is more how to protect your website against fake ratings posted by a hater or a competitor.

I have recently had exactly such a case. The ratings of one of articles on of my site smartpolak.co.uk were suddenly suspiciously low. I have checked Google Analytics and it turned out that while usually there are around 15-20 visits per day, there are some days with more 200 visits. During these days the ratings went really low. I know that the percentage of visitors that actually leave these rating is very low, probably around 1% if not less, so when suddenly I got 200 ratings in one day, I knew that something was wrong 😮

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How to insert content at the beginning or end of a WordPress post

I am trying to optimise Adsense earnings of my WordPress website Smartroman.co.uk by inserting ads at the beginning and end of the post. If you want to do something similar, insert an advertisement, image, or additional paragraphs to the beginning or end of the post, you may use following trick.

Basically, you need to use so called filters and add a php code to one of your WordPress Theme files. The code needs to be inserted into functions.php file that is located in Website-root/wp-content/themes/name-of-your-theme/. First download this file using FTP client. I think it is a good idea to copy it into two locations of your computer. If something goes not according to the plan and your WordPress website breaks down, you will be able to easily restore it using the original file 🙂

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WordPress admin login, how to make it more secure

Today we will discuss security of WordPress site. I am not an expert on the topic but I know a few little tips how to make a WordPress site more secure and I want to share this knowledge.

The WordPress is the most popular platform on the web and because of that the security threat is real. I have four WordPress websites and recently implemented some measures to lower the risk of hacking.

The three bits of information needed to log on as an administrator and take over the control over WordPress site is url address of WordPress login page, admin name and password (of course it is also possible to hack via FTP or database).

I think we should guard these three vital pieces of information but in many cases the hacker may already know two out of three key elements.

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