WordPress is now the most popular web content management platform. Even WordPress has been updating day by day and adding new interesting, useful features for WordPress users. But for WordPress security we need to follow some rules so that our site can be secured.
Ive gathered 10 important tips for WordPress security.
The security of our site is very important for use. Thats why we need to know how to protect our WordPress site from unexpected malware, hacking or something like that.
So here are 10 important tips for WordPress security.
1. Must use a secured Web Host.
If you choose inexpensive hosting which doesnt secured, it can really affect your WordPress site. Thats why its really important to choose a strong hosting.
Before buying any hosting for your WordPress site. Make sure that the host youre choosing is a better hosting for your WordPress site.
Many people recommend buying WordPress hosting. But I wont recommend you to do that because if you buy a WordPress hosting then it cant be a good choice for you. You wont be able to configure the hosting as you want exactly. Thats why try not to use so-called WordPress hosting.
2. Dont and dont skip WordPress updates any time.
If youre a WordPress user, dont skip any major or minor updates of WordPress. That can be caused of WordPress security issues. WordPress updates automatically if any minor updates come. But when any major update comes then it wont be updated automatically. Youll need to do that manually.
WordPress developer team really work hard to find out WordPress security issue and they fix them properly so that our WordPress site can be secured. So in every WordPress update they fix something in WordPress core file or add new feature. Such as in new update 5.0, we will get new feature. And itll be a major update of WordPress.
3. Dont skip WordPress Plugin Updates.
If youre using WordPress plugin then you need to make sure that all of the plugins youre using are up to date or not. Because WordPress Plugin is more dangerous than WordPress itself. A badly coded WordPress plugin can be caused of WordPress security issue.
So if youre using any third party WordPress plugin, keep up to date all of it. Dont forget to update it.
4. Change your WordPress login page.
As we know that, we can access any kinds of WordPress site by a slug ( /wp-admin ) as well as ( wp-login.php ). So if anyone can access through the URL it could be enough to hack your WordPress site.
5. Dont use a weak password.
If youre new WordPress user then you most common mistake would be not choosing a strong password for WordPress security. So you need to keep in mind that when you choose a password, try to choose a better one so that hackers cant easily crack your password.
If you choose a weak password, then your WordPress site can be hacked in a matter of minute. So try to choose a strong password. You can use the special character such as (#)$%@ etc. And also keep a capital letter and a number of course.
So Ive given an example here ( Web@#$%extent090 ). You can use LastPass to generate a secure password and manage it for you.
6. Use plugin for limiting login attempts.
For WordPress security, it really needs to add a plugin to limit login attempts. There are some free effective plugins for that. So I really want to thank them to make these kinds of WordPress plugin. You can use WP Limit Login Attempts or Limit Login Attempts Reloaded for that.
So these plugins will limit your login attempts and this will prevent your site from unexpected login attempts.
7. Use a WordPress security plugin.
WordPress itself is secured. But you can extend the security system by installing a freemium plugin called. iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security). It has a Free version and Premium version. But the Free version is good enough for making your site more secure. Its easy to customize and simple.
So what you need is to install the plugin and configure it.
8. Use Two-Step Verification.
To increase WordPress security, you can enable Two-Step Verification on your WordPress site. There a few useful plugins for that.
Two-Step verification means a user requires to confirm their identity two times. That means if you even provide valid access details, itll ask more identity such as : it can send you a message to your phone with a code, or it can be a third party app ( such as : google authenticator ) .
You can use freemium plugin for that. Name is : miniOrange 2 Factor Authentication . In the free version of this plugin, youll get the feature to enable two-step verification system. So you dont need purchase premium version or any premium script for that.
9. Take a regular backup.
70,000 websites are purged by google in every week, because of malware existence in their site. So its really important to make a regular backup for your site. But it becomes difficult when it comes to make a regular backup for your WordPress security.
So Im going to give you a permanent solution for that. You can use a freemium plugin for that which is called UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin . Its really a cool plugin for making a regular backup of your WordPress site.
You can integrate Google Drive with it. So if you take a backup itll go directly to your drive. And there is an awesome feature that I like. You can schedule a time to create backup automatically.
10. Use a strong username.
We dont usually take care about the username. But it really important to choose a strong username. Dont use any common word on username such as : admin or author etc.
Always use a strong username combination with the letter and special character.
11. Bonus :
Dont use any plugin from untrustworthy. So try to use the plugin from a trustworthy site. Because its really important for WordPress security.
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