The year in review: WP Loop’s most read articles of 2016

Depending on where you are right now, the new year might have already started. If not, we hope you’re having a great a time remembering all the good things that you went through this year and celebrating the beginning of the new year which will hopefully be even better.

Some smart people say that it is good to reflect on the current year before you embrace the new one. So, we listened and scrutinized all the articles we have published in 2016.

If you have followed WP Loop, you will get a chance to reread the popular posts about WordPress that we published. If you are just joining us, this is a great chance to see what others have liked the most. So, without any further ado, we bring you our best articles of 2016.

1. How to hack into a WordPress website, the complete guide

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How to hack into WordPress

The most read article on WP Loop in 2016 was the one that shows you how to hack into a WordPress site. From this article, you can learn how to regain access to your website even if you lose the account. Although the described methods can help you hack into someone’s site, please be careful about what you will do with the info we gave you.

2. Hacked, dangerous & vulnerable WordPress plugins

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List of hacked, dangerous & vulnerable WordPress plugins

There are tens of thousands plugins in the official WordPress repository and thousands more to be found in different marketplaces. Because of that, it is hard to find the best one, but it also gets harder to find the secure ones. Find out which plugins are hacked, dangerous and vulnerable before you install them on your site.

3. Map all Pokemon Go in your city with WordPress

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Map all Pokemon in your city with WordPress

Remember the time when Pokemon Go amazed players all over the world? Maybe the game isn’t as popular as it was a few months ago, but it’s still occupying many players’ lives. If you’re playing the game, learn how to quickly put all Pokemon on the map of your city with Google Maps Widget.

4. WordPress Security Scanner

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WordPress Security Scanner

Although it might sound like an overstatement, the truth is that more than 60,000 WordPress sites get hacked every day. Before your site becomes just another one controlled by a hacker, use this free online scanner which will help you make your WordPress website more secure.

5. Best loading screen plugins for your WordPress website

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Best loading screen plugins for your WordPress website

When you have a site which takes some time to load, it might be a good idea to implement a loading screen. There are some fantastic plugins which will automatically generate loading screens for your site. Check them out and make your WP website even more visually appealing.

6. Speed up site by properly added Google Maps – wipe 70 req & 2MB

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Speed up your website when implementing Google Maps

If you are showing off a location on Google Maps, there are techniques which can help you speed things up. Instead of having about 70 server requests and transferring more than 2MB data each time the map loads on your site, you can make everything simpler and faster. Let us show you how.

7. 10 signs your WordPress site is hacked

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These 10 signs will tell you that your WordPress site is hacked

Sometimes, hackers won’t leave a message and proudly warn you that your site is under their control. If you’re suspecting that you might have been hacked, check out these ten signs which tell you that you should scan your site for malware and bad guys.

8. 1 simple change will speed up your site by 20%

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Speed up WordPress site by upgrading to PHP7

Did you know that you can speed up your website by 20% in just one minute? This isn’t just a figure of speech – you just need to upgrade to PHP7. Don’t worry; even if you’re not familiar with PHP or setting up servers, you can still do it by yourself. See how to do the upgrade and enjoy a faster site!

9. Last chance before you get penalized by Google – switch to HTTPS

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Don't get penalized by Google and siwitch to HTTPS

In January, Google will update its popular browser and make drastic changes. Once the Chrome v56 rolls out, it will mark sites that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure if they use HTTP. Learn more about the change and switch to HTTPS before it’s too late.

10. How to create a backdoor in WordPress

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How to open backdoor to your WordPress

Want to create a backdoor to a WordPress site? You can, and it is actually easier than you might think. Learn how to build a secret link to a WordPress site which will allow you to create a new user with admin privileges.

11. How to get Widget ID in WordPress

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How to get Widget ID in WordPress

When customizing WordPress themes and plugins, you will need to know how to get the ID of specific widgets. Learn how to find that ID so that you can target each and every widget on your WordPress site.

12. The Ultimate cPanel guide for WordPress beginners

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Ultimate cPanel guide for WordPress beginners

Beginners are usually afraid of changing things in cPanel. While you should be careful when modifying stuff on the server, with this cPanel guide you will be able to move around cPanel and control your WordPress site on a whole new level.

13. How to limit WordPress title length

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How to limit WordPress title length

Are your authors writing long titles even after you specifically asked them not to? Before lengthy titles affect your SEO, limit the length of each title with a simple code which you can copy and paste from this article. It was easy, wasn’t it?

14. Set-and-forget WordPress security tips for a safer site

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WordPress Security tips

Security of a site is vital, and you can work on it on a daily basis. But there are some things which you can change and not worry about them ever again. Learn more about WordPress security and make your site a safer place.

15. 8 best WordPress AdSense themes for high CTR

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Adsense ready WordPress themes

If you are just starting a new WordPress site and you plan on implementing AdSense, you should take a look at some of the best AdSense ready themes. The themes are optimized for showing Google ads and will help you display them in numerous locations.


We hope that you liked the articles from this list and that you will continue to follow WP Loop in the new year as well. Now that we are done with 2016, we are going to focus on the new year and get you fresh articles about WordPress and everything about it.

What interests you the most about WordPress? What would you like to read about on WP Loop in 2017?

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