Whether you’re intending to run a business website or one that allows you to convey your personal message across a targeted group of people, WordPress has undoubtedly emerged as the number one choice in terms of website development platform. As a simple and easy-to-operated CMS(Content Management System), WordPress has always been the topmost priority of website builders.
Security issues have always been a concern of website owners, and WordPress sites are no exception to this. Although the CMS is equipped with several plug-ins and extensions that ensure hacker-free status of the WP site/blog, it is better to take certain additional precautions to prevent any security issues pertaining to your site.
This post will help make you familiar with six simple steps that can be followed for ensuring complete security of your WordPress website/blog.
6 Steps to Complete WordPress Security
- Avoid Using ‘Admin’ as Your Username
As a WordPress website owner, you might be aware of the fact that by default, the username has been set as ‘admin’. You must ensure to replace this username with a different one that is difficult to discern. Since the majority of hackers know the default username of a WordPress website, it has become easy for them to break into a website by trying out multiple password-username combinations. Once you’re done changing the default username, it is recommended you delete the “admin username,” right away.
- Opt for Hiding Your Directories
By hiding your WordPress website’s directories, you can prevent any unauthorized access to your website or blog. For instance, keeping an empty index.html file in your Plugins directory will allow you to prevent someone mailicious from viewing the directory in their browser. Therefore, all the plugins installed in your site will not be showcased to hackers and they won’t be able to exploit your site’s weakness in any way.
- Create a Complete Backup of Your Website
Since something can happen in a moment’s notice, it is recommended to have a complete backup of your WordPress website/blog. You can choose to perform a daily or weekly backup of your site. Doing this will allow you to recover any lost data, from your site. You can either opt for a manual backup or use a WordPress plug-in like BackWPup, for executing an automatic backup of your website.
- Limit the Login Attempts for Your WordPress Website/Blog
To attempt to stop any brute force attack on your WordPress website, it is recommended to limit the login attempts for your blog. You can choose to download and install the popular WordPress plug-in named, Limit Login Attempts. The best part about this plug-in is that it allows you to limit the count of login attempts both, via normal login and the ones performed using the auto cookies. Once installed in your WordPress website, the Limit Login Attempts plug-in will block an internet address from making continuous attempts after a specific limit on retries has been reached. This will make a brute force attack difficult or even impossible.
- Disallow File Editing for Your WordPress Site
Under an adverse scenario where a hacker is able to gain access to your website’s admin panel, he/she may opt for editing your system files by executing the code in his/her preferable way. In order to avoid such a thing happening to your website, it is advised to disallow file editing for your site. For this, all you need to do is simply add the below code snippet to your WP site’s wp-config.php file:
define( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true );
- Set a Hard-to-Crack Password
Since your password is the prime entry to your website, it is crucial to focus on making it as strong and hard-to-crack as possible. Avoid using a password which consists of a pattern that is easy to crack. (For example, user123, admin234, 5678 etc.) When creating a password, make sure to use special characters like ‘@’, ‘$’, ‘#’ etc. Also, apart from adding words, try to include a few numerals in your password. Once you’ve settled on a specific password, please keep in mind, that changing it within fixed intervals (ideally a few weeks/months or even a year) is also essential.
Hackers are always on the look out for the chance to infect your website with malicious content. Here’s hoping that by following the above mentioned steps, it becomes feasible for you to secure your WP site from any common or unusual hacking attempts.
Have you ever experienced a blog hack? What did you do to overcome it, and what precautions have you since taken?
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Jack Calder is working as senior programmer in Markupcloud Ltd, a reliable company to convert psd to responsive html. Jack has interest in front end development technologies, web design & development.