WordPress Website Homepage Permantly Redirected a/b Testing
WordPress websites can be configured in many different ways. One of the most popular ways to structure a wordpress website is by using a homepage “permalink structure” of “/”, “/about”, “/blog”, “/contact”, etc. When someone visits a wordpress website with a homepage link that ends in “/”, the browser automatically redirects the page to the root directory.
However, when you’re using this type of permalink structure, you’re opening yourself up for an attack called the “homepage redirect attack.”
A home page redirect attack happens when an attacker guesses the URL of a website’s homepage and uses it to redirect a large amount of traffic to malicious websites.
To protect your website from being hacked, you should always use a different permalink structure for your homepage rather than using the default. There are several different methods that you can use to achieve this, but one of the simplest ways is to use a random home page generator. With a home page redirect attack, you lose all control over the content that is displayed on your site because the hacker can dictate the content that is served.
Why Should You Bother With This Type of Testing?
Depending on your site’s specific needs, you might not want to use a random home page generator for your homepage. However, for the majority of websites, this type of testing will provide you with a safe and convenient way to test different home page permutations without worrying about your site getting hacked.
When you use a random home page generator to create your homepage’s content, you’re giving the tool full control over the content that is displayed on your site. Once the homepage is built, you can test it by simply replacing the existing content with different content.
Since the purpose of a random home page is to create an open-ended setting for testing, you should always leave the permalink field of the configuration blank. This way, whenever someone visits the page, they will be automatically redirected to a different page. If you do decide to fill in the field with a permanent redirect, the tool will generate a URL that looks like this “http://example.com/custom-permalink/”.
This type of URL can be easily tracked by search engines, and it can also be detected by most security software as malicious. Therefore, it’s best to avoid using this type of URL whenever possible.
How It Works
There are different ways that you can configure a random home page. You can pick the language in which the page will be rendered, the structure of the page (for example, whether or not to use a header, footer, or both), and the layout of the content (for example, two columns or three).
Once you’ve picked the options that you want, click on the “generate” button and you’ll be presented with a fresh new homepage that you can try out.
To create a random home page, you need to begin by entering a name for the page in the “Title” field. This name will be the address that people will use to find your content (for example, the home page of a travel blog might be called “Italy” since that is where the blog is set in).
After you’ve named your page, you can pick the template that you want for the content of the page. There are a few pre-made templates that come with the tool, but you can also choose from a list of popular ones. When you’ve chosen your template, you can begin entering the content for your page in the “Edit HTML” field.
On the subject of the content, you should always use a text editor that supports HTML or WordPress natively. Using an HTML editor that doesn’t support WordPress functionality can cause you a lot of headaches down the line. If you’re using Atom, an IDE, or Sublime Text, you can utilize the code snippets that are available to help you get started right away.
When you’ve entered all of the content for your page, you can click on the “Preview” button to see how it looks in real-time. Once you’re happy with the way that it looks, you can click on the “Publish” button to save your work and show it to the world.
If you decide that you don’t want to keep the homepage as it is, you can click on the “Preview” button again to see how changing the permalink structure will affect the page’s SEO. To test a different structure, simply replace the existing content with different content and click on the “Preview” button to see how it looks. Changing the permalink structure is as easy as clicking on the “Settings” cog in the top-right corner of the screen.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to create a random home page securely, check out the following resources: