In May 2007, a study revealed that 98% of WordPress blogs being run were exploitable because they were running outdated and unsupported versions of the software. In part to mitigate this problem, WordPress made updating the software a much easier, "one click" automated process in version 2.7 (released in December 2008). However, the filesystem security settings required to enable the update process can be an additional risk.
First of all, WordPress is free and open source. This doesn’t only mean that you get it for free (duh), but also that a team of developers from all over the world works constantly on improving it. Also, there’s a crazy amount of plugins available that integrate with the platform. These allow you to add all sorts of functionalities to your website—from image sliders to calendars, news feeds, spam filters and so on. It’s also very easy to use: its interface is simple and intuitive, and the web is full of WP tutorials of all kinds to help you make the most out of it.
AdSense Auto ads (known also as Page Level Ads) is a code that you insert on every page once and it will automatically display AdSense ads on positions chosen by the code. Auto ads use Google’s machine learning to pick the best placements on your pages to show ads. You only need to add one piece of code to all your pages, and let Google take care of the rest.
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Ad Injection is another great plugin through which you can integrate AdSense with your WordPress blog or website on the go. This plugin is not just limited to AdSense but can also help you with integrating ads from other networks too. Not only that, AdSense allows you to control the visibility of ads – you can adjust them by your posts length or age and IP address of the visitor.
Please note: you can use Ad Inserter plugin to automatically insert code (usually in the section – as described above) for Auto ads on every page. However, the exact placement of ads will be done by the ad code, not Ad Inserter! When you enable debugging function Label blocks, AdSense Auto ads (placed by the ad code) will be labeled with a colored bar on the top with a text informing you that the ad was automatically placed by AdSense Auto ads code.
WordPress' plugin architecture allows users to extend the features and functionality of a website or blog. As of March 2017, WordPress has over 55,286 plugins available, each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs. These customizations range from search engine optimization, to client portals used to display private information to logged in users, to content management systems, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars. Not all available plugins are always abreast with the upgrades and as a result they may not function properly or may not function at all. Most plugins are available through WordPress themselves, either via downloading them and installing the files manually via FTP or through the WordPress dashboard. However, many third parties offer plugins through their own websites, many of which are paid packages.