WordPress is a great open source platform, and is highly recommendable for your business website. But if you fail to take the right security measures, you might be giving some nuisance makers a chance to create disturbance in your website. This really does not mean that WordPress is not secured. It is! It’s just that you need to take the security measures like you would want to do with any other CMS that you will use. (If you are wondering what all CMS Solutions options you have, just grab a look at our recent release – 5 Best CMS Solutions for your Business Website).
We do have some really reliable and free WordPress themes, but do not trust any sources other than the original themes provided by wordpress.org. Do not plan to use any free theme downloaded from any other sources. But there are lot of paid themes as well as plugins which will still put your website to a risk, if you do not secure it enough. So, what major steps can you take to ensure the security of your WordPress website? Well, here are some pointers considering which you can easily protect your WordPress website and relax.
1. Update Your WordPress Platform and Plugins
Are you still working on an older version of WordPress? If so, then you are inviting hackers to exploit your security. Upgrade your website to newest version and let hackers stay away from your website. And its not difficult too! You only need to follow easy instructions in the wp-admin dashboard to upgrade your WordPress. Before upgrading WordPress, just double check your plugins too, when were they last upgraded and if they are compatible to the latest WordPress version. You might need to disable your plugins before upgrading your WordPress. You can enable them again once the upgrade is done. At the same time, ensure that all plugins too are upgraded as and when you see a notification to upgrade on your dashboard. It’s as simple as 1-2-3!
2. Create Stronger Password
Don’t allow hackers to identify your password at any cost. Create as strong password as you can! Make use of special characters, numbers, lowercase letters, uppercase letters, and generate a password that nobody can even think of. Have you been using the same password for other websites as well? If so, do not repeat this mistake again. Along with all this precautions, you must change your password on frequently.
3. Do Not Create “Admin” User
WordPress is such a beautiful and secured platform that it allows you to create an admin user with a name other than “Admin”, knowing that everyone trying to enter your dashboard will try to use combinations of password with username as “admin”. Make it more difficult to crack your username/password combination by using username of admin control, something different, but ofcourse not very easy to guess.
4. Use Security Plugins
There are many easy to use plugins available, meant only to make your WordPress website more secured. You will be able to control brute force attacks, disable IPs to login to site, disable even countries or cities to access your website. You can view history of usage of your website and restrict access. You can keep failed admin access number limited to 3 to 5.
5. Advanced Robots.txt uploaded
Yes, Robots.txt file is not only used for inviting Google to your website, but is also used to keep Google bot away from certain sections. You should upgrade your robots.txt to disable few sections which you would not want to be displayed in Google searches of your website, like wp-admin, media files, mysql access files, etc. Ofcourse, feel free to ask us for an assistance, as this might differ case to case.
6. Clean Up Your Website on Regular Basis
Is your website loaded with old cached files and disabled plugins? You are at higher risk! Having old themes, files and plugins does not allow security professionals to protect the website efficiently. So, remove them, and make sure to clean the website regularly. This will not only make your website faster, but will prevent it from any kind of attacks that might harm your website.
It is always better to be safe than sorry! And all this does not take hours. Just a few clicks and you are done.
Mamsys works effectively towards the process of securing WordPress websites, and the experts at Mamsys make sure to keep your website secured in all possible.