Hardening WordPress: 5 Tips to Protect Your WP Site

Hardening WordPress: 5 Tips to Protect Your WP Site

WordPress is one of the most popular website creation tools out there. Did you know that WordPress runs 34% of the entire internet? Since it’s so popular, hardening WordPress is also important.

Security is the foundation of any website, without it, it could be hacked and taken over. Your information and security could be open to hackers, so it’s important to take measures for protection.

In this article, I will cover 5 tips to protect your site so you don’t have to worry as much!

Read on to discover these 5 tips to secure your site!

 1. Hardening WORDPRESS

Did you know a two-step authentication will increase security on your site? That is a great way to make sure you’re the only person who can log in to your site. The way it works is there will be two different components in order to log in; often a code is texted to your phone.

You can download a plugin through WordPress to add this feature!

2. Updating WORDPRESS

According to WordPress.org, updating your WordPress is important because if a security issue is discovered, then the update will protect you from that vulnerability. Keeping older versions will leave your site open to attacks. An attack to your site can result in malicious content being added within your pages, redirects to third party websites, getting locked out of your site and loss of data to name a few. Goes without saying that keeping backups are important!

If you would like help updating and backing up your WordPress, check out our update and backup service. Includes off-site backups!

3. Use SSL to Encrypt Data

Implementing an SSL certificate is a good move to secure your site. An SSL secures data transfer between the server and user browsers. That essentially makes it extremely difficult for a hacker to break in.

You can purchase one from your hosting company or go to a third-party provider if you prefer.

Would you like help with securing your site? Check out our different WordPress security services. 

4. Set Strong Passwords for Your Database

Does the thought of thinking up a strong enough password overwhelm you? You’ll want the main database’s password to be strong since it gives access to your entire database. Here’s a great feature that’ll generate a strong password for free!

If you’re creating your password manually remember to use a mix of upper case, numbers, lower case, and special characters. Never make your password something easy to figure out!

5. Protect, Against DDoS Attacks

A DDoS attack is actually pretty common, it’s an attack against your server bandwidth. The attacker uses multiple systems and programs to overload your server.

It doesn’t put your site files in danger but it can crash your site for an extended period of time. There are different solutions out there to combat that.

Contact us for more information about securing WordPress.

Next Steps

Hardening WordPress is important so that you can avoid unnecessary hacks into your site. Following these tips will make sure your site is more secure, but of course, there are numerous ways to secure your site.

Check out our blog for more information about topics including site security, marketing, and many more!

Why you should update WordPress and plugins

WordPress is an open-source platform developed by a community of developers. With each new release, they fix bugs, add new features, improve performance and enhance existing features.  If you do not update your WordPress site (and plugins), you are risking your website security and missing out on new features and improvements.  If your website falls victim to a malicious attack, your entire site can get infected and you can lose everything.

Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits.

1. Security

Security is probably, without a doubt, the most important reason to keep your WordPress website updated.

WordPress currently powers about 25% of all websites in the world!  Due to this overwhelming popularity, it’s a popular target for hackers, malicious code distributors, data thieves and people up to no good.

Since WordPress is open source, anyone can study the source code to make improvements, unfortunately evil-doers can also find its weaknesses and exploit them.

Similarly, plugins can also be studied and exploited, or even authored for the very purpose of gaining access to your site and data.

Our WordPress security service scans a vulnerability database for your plugins to alert you of any known issues.

2. New Features

WordPress releases updates on a regular basis, their major updates usually have new features and some changes to the software.  When WordPress 4.0 came out, plugin installation was improved, 4.1 introduced inline image editing, and so forth.

If you search for help online, the help forum contributors usually assume you are using the latest version, so help guides may not match with what you are seeing on your outdated version.

3. More Speed, Scotty!

Developers are constantly looking to make things more efficient and fast, WordPress developers are no different.  With every release of WordPress you can usually expect to have it be running faster and more efficient than before.  They are constantly trying to give more warp speed, captain!

Improved page speed isn’t just something cool, it’s functional as well.  Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ranking is dependent on page speed, if you have a slow site your rankings can be affected.

4. Bug Fixes

Despite programmers’ best efforts, sometimes bugs find a way to slip through the cracks.  This is why there are smaller updates from WordPress known as minor releases, there are the ones with x.x.x, such as 4.9.5 which fixed 28 bugs.

If you are having issues, one piece advice you will often get first is to update WordPress and all plugins to the latest version as that may resolve your issue.

5. Compatibility, or IN-compatibility

Some plugin developers, the better ones, coordinate their own updates with the major releases of WordPress to ensure they are taking advantage of the new features, or to ensure their plugins are still compatible.

When this does not happen, updating your WordPress to the latest version could “break” your existing plugins.  With our Safe Update feature, we are able to recover from a broken site or incompatibility be rolling your site back to a previous backup, taken minutes before the update!

 

Take a look at our WordPress security and update service to learn how we can help you keep your site updated.