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How To Secure Your WordPress Site In Simple Steps

WordPress is unarguably the best content management system today. It offers lots of customization benefits and is easy to use. However, it has some shortfalls. Since WordPress is an open source script, it is quite susceptible to all manners of attacks. Although this assertion is largely untrue, it is very important for a site owner to secure their website. Despite being susceptible to attacks, a secured WordPress website cannot be easily hacked.

Below are a few simple tricks every web development company can adopt to secure their WordPress website:

1. Use 2-factor authentication

In addition to the usual ‘username and password’ login details, you can request that visitors provide another information. Which could be to provide answers to a secret question, insert a secret code, add a set of characters, etc. The Google Authenticator plugin can help in this situation.

The beautiful thing is that you can decide what the additional component would be.

2. Set up the site’s lockdown feature to ban users

The first step a Web development company can take towards securing their WordPress site from hackers is to set up a lockdown feature, which will look into failed login attempts. The site will lock and notify them anytime someone attempts to log in to the site repeatedly with the wrong passwords. The iTheme Security plugin is most suitable in this respect. It helps you specify the number of failed login attempts your site can accommodate before it locks down or even goes as far as banning the IP address of the hacker.

3. Rename your site login URL

To change the login URL is an easy thing to do.

Hackers will attempt to force their way into your site when they know the direct URL of your login page. They would use their database of guessed passwords and username to access your site.

You can access the WordPress login page by default via either wp-login.php or the wp-admin that is added to your site’s main URL.

Renaming the Login URL in a bid to deny unauthorized person access to your login page can get rid of over 99% of direct brute force attacks.

Only persons with the exact URL can access the login page.

With the iThemes Security plugin, you can change your login URLS.

4. Use email as your login detail

Instead of using ‘username’ to login, we suggest that you use ‘e-mail address.’ The reason is that while usernames are easily predicted, email IDs are not. Moreover, WordPress users all have unique emails. Thus, it is safer to log in with email IDs than usernames.

5. Change all your passwords

Another way to secure your website is to improve and regularly change your password. Use a unique password. Improve its strength by adding special characters upper and lower cases, numeric keys, etc. to the password. Change the password regularly especially when you suspect that the site has been compromised.

6. Remove the WordPress version number

It is easier for hackers to launch a tailor-made attack on your site if they know the version of WordPress you use. Sadly, this information is viewable from your site’s source view. You need to conceal your version number from them. You can use the iThemes Security plugin to get the job done.

7. Encrypt your data using Secure Socket Layer

Using an SSL certificate is the best way to secure your website’s admin panel. The SSL certificate ensures the security of data transferred between user browsers and the server. This makes it difficult for hackers to breach the connection and gain access to your data.

You can either purchase SSL certificates for WordPress websites or get them from your hosting firm.

SSL certificates are very important for your website’s rankings. Sites with SSL always rank higher on Google compared to those without it.

8. Add user accounts with precision

Web sites with multi-author blogs are more vulnerable to security attacks because many people are accessing the admin panel.

To secure the site and the passwords of the users, you can use plugins like ‘Force Strong Password.’ This is just a precautionary measure to secure your site.

9. Update your site’s themes and plugins often

The WordPress package is updated very frequently by its developers to any fix bugs that could develop. These updates also come with vital security patches.

It is a known fact that many web development companies are not bothered about updating their themes and plugins. Such lackadaisical attitude makes their website prone to attacks in the form of bugs from hackers. It is therefore pertinent that you regularly update plugins, themes and other additional WordPress tools for your website.

10. Change the admin username

Never choose ‘admin’ as the username for your main administrator account during the WordPress installation. This username is very easy for hackers to guess. The only thing left is to decipher your password, and they are free to do whatever they desire on your site.

On our website log, we have seen instances where people have tried to log in to our site with “admin.”

One plugin that can cleverly put an end to such attempts is the iThemes Security plugin. It will ban all IP addresses that attempt to use the “admin” to log in.

11. Back up your site often

Every top web development company knows that their website cannot be too secured. Hackers will keep making attempts to by-pass the security of your website. And you need to always be on your toes. It is always safer to have an off-site backup of your website files, tools and data so that you have something to fall back on in case of a security breach. With a backup, your website can be restored to normal at any time. You can use a premium solution like ‘VaultPress’ to back up your website in about 30 minutes. You can restore the site with just one click. In addition to helping you backup your site, it will check your site for malware, and notify you of any threats.

12. Do not allow file editing

A user with admin access to your dashboard can edit your plugins, themes, and files that are part of your WordPress installation.

However, if file editing is disallowed and hackers gain admin access to your WordPress dashboard, they will not be able to edit any file. To disallow file edit, add ‘true’ to the ‘Disallow file edit’ option at the end of the wp-config.php file.

In Conclusion

The security and safety of your WordPress website are paramount and the process involved is continuous. Everything we have mentioned here is definitely a step in the right direction and they will protect your website against hackers.

Author Bio:

Harnil Oza is a CEO of Hyperlink Infosystem, a mobile app development company based in India & USA having a team of best Indian app developers who deliver best mobile solutions mainly on Android and iOS platform. He regularly contributes his knowledge on the leading blogging sites.

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