5 Security Tips to Keep Your WordPress Website Safe

WordPress is one of the most secure CMS options out there. But since it is so popular, WordPress is also a target for hackers, which is why you have to figure out a way to keep your website safe.

Here you have some quick tips that will help you enhance the security of your WordPress website fast and easy.

01

Update your WordPress installation and its plugins

Ideally, you want to have your WordPress installation up to date at all times. WordPress always receives security updates and bug fixes. These will help you keep your website safe from attacks. The same thing happens with plugins. Some plugins have security flaws, which is why you have to install every update that comes in. While there, you might also want to update your theme too. Themes can also have security flaws, which is why you should always keep your theme up to date if you can.

02

Change the name of your admin user

Usually most WordPress users stick with the default admin username. That can be a security issue, mainly because hackers will automatically try that name with common passwords. Using a different login, along with a complicated password helps prevent this. A strong password should not use common phrases, and the longer it is the better.

The admin user is the key to your website. Keep it safe!

03

Install security plugins

You should consider installing some security plugins as well. Some of these plugins will help against spam, others will do file scanning, malware/blacklist monitoring and so on. You will also find firewall plugins, brute force attack protection plugins and active security monitoring.

In general, we recommend using iThemes Security; even the free version provides protection against many common attacks.

04

Create a website backup

You never know when an attack might come, so the best thing that you can do is to try and create a backup as often as possible. A good backup will help you immensely, and it will give a great sense of value without that much of a hassle. You will also have your data even if hackers access it.

We recommend using a database back up plug in like Updraft Plus.

05

Use SSL

SSL is great because it prevents people from intercepting data as it is transfered between yours and your visitor’s browsers, and your own server. Thankfully, most hosts offer SSL, and we are more than happy to help you setting this up.

Keeping your WordPress website safe isn’t difficult, but it is something you need to be aware of. If you want someone else to manage this for you, check out our support plans.