It’s estimated the one in four websites currently use WordPress, and with this in mind it’s important for site owners to properly secure their website. As this content management system is so popular it makes it a tempting target for hackers, due in part to providing hackers with a large target area and just one focus due to the range of sites using a particular WordPress plug-in. Here are a few simple tips for securing WordPress.
Regular back-ups of your site are very important as, should your site be compromised, you can easily restore it. It’s a good idea to back up your website at least once a week and should be a part of your routine. WordPress offer a simple ‘export’ and ‘import’ feature making it easy for you to keep your site information up to date. If you don’t trust yourself to back up your website manually, there are plugins such as BackUpWordPress and Backup Buddy that can perform automatic backups.
Pick Your Hosting Wisely
Hosting can be a tricky choice. Some don’t offer much in the way of security or advice whereas others will give you custom firewalls. Host Geek has been providing web hosting since 2005 so we have built up a highly experienced support team that will get you started fast in a language you understand. It’s important that your hosting is kept with a provider who is based in your country as if not it can impact your Google ranking as well.
Keep Themes and Plugins Updated
It has been estimated that 29 percent of hacks get in via your choice of WordPress theme whereas a further 22 percent find their way via a plugin. With this in mind you want to make sure you’re using the most up to date software and plugins to ensure that any security issues have been dealt with by the devs.
Bolster Your Security With Plugins
There are a few choice security plugins that can help really increase the security of your WordPress website. Some of our favourites include Login Lockdown – which prevents brute force attacks and the number of login attempts you can make from an IP address – and SiteLock which comes stocked with an extensive library of malware threats which it can deal with.
Implementing these few tips will give you a lot less to worry about when it comes to securing WordPress.