In this post, I will share with you some tips, which will help to secure your WordPress site.
As we all know that, WordPress is one of the most used CMS, and that’s why there is a high risk of WordPress sites being hacked because most of the time hackers target large crowds.
However, WordPress core software is very secure, and it is regularly audited by hundreds of developers, but you have to understand that nothing is 100% secure, you have to regularly increase the security level and this is the actual security.
Secure Your WordPress Site:
1. Choose Fast and Secure Hosting Company.
The easiest way to secure your WordPress site is to choose the best secure hosting that provides multiple layers of security to protect their servers (such as continuously monitor their network for malicious activity, keep their server software and hardware up to date) and provides also fast customer support with a knowledgeable technical staff.
2. Don’t Use Nulled WordPress Themes and Plugins.
Using nulled themes and plugins increases the chances of your WordPress website getting hacked, and it does not matter how much secure your server is. Because nulled themes and plugins may contain malicious code.
3. Always Use the Latest Version of PHP, WordPress, Plugins, and Themes.
WordPress is written in the PHP programming language, so PHP is the backbone of WordPress sites, and that’s why using the latest version of PHP is very important.
As well as using the latest version of PHP, you should use the latest version of WordPress CMS, themes, and plugins. And before updating anything, you should always take a backup of your site.
4. Use Strong Username and Password.
Do not use an easy WordPress username and password that is easy to guess, such as – admin, password123, and that kind of.
5. Change Your WordPress Login URL.
Change your WordPress Dashboard login URL, so that no one can find the dashboard login URL for trying login attempts on your site.
6. Use WordPress Security Plugin.
There are lots of free security plugins available for WordPress, but I suggest you use iThemes, this is one of the most popular security plugins.
With the help of the iThemes, you can disable File Editor, disable PHP execution in the uploads folder, disable directory listings, reduce comment spam, and more.
7. Brute-force Attack.
Brute-force is a kind of attack, where automated scripts or tools make attempts to hack your website. So if you want to prevent this kind of attack –
You can add the limitation of login attempts to your WordPress Dashboard, add captcha on the login page, Disable XML-RPC if you are not using the WordPress App, Trackbacks/pingbacks, and JetPack plugin.
8. Move Your WordPress Site to SSL/HTTPS.
Always use HTTPS, it encrypts the communication between the server and the client, and it is also helpful for SEO and trust-building.
9. DDoS Protection for your WordPress site.
A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a targeted server. So if you want to avoid DDoS attack –
You can use one of the most popular 3rd party security services Cloudflare (Free as well as has premium plans). If you are running a business site, then you should go with premium plans.
10. Backup your WordPress site on a regular basis.
No one knows when a site gets hacked or crashes, so take backup of your WordPress site on a regular basis.
If your hosting service does not provide a backup feature which indicates that your hosting service is very poor, you can use the UpdraftPlus, one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins.
11. Don’t go with the default wp prefix.
When you are installing WordPress, don’t use the default
wp_ prefix, change into it something else, such as
_us659_sitename, etc, it is totally up to you.
But if you have installed WordPress through the auto-installer provided by your hosting provider, then don’t worry your auto-installer does not use the default wp prefix.
But if you have installed WordPress with the default prefix, then you can change it, there are lots of tutorial on the internet, you can google it but, this is very risky task for beginners.
12. Some additional tips to secure your WordPress site.
When you are logged in your WP dashboard, don’t open unnecessary or doubtful link in the same browser, and as well as disable the extensions.