Top 5 Essentials of WordPress Website Security you Need to Know

Whether it is the website or any software, its security is a must. No program is 100% secure and that is why we need to employ some measures so that the same is protected from the hackers. In the present time, most of the websites are being designed using WordPress and this has definitely attracted the hackers towards them. Despite adopting various security approaches many websites have been prone to hacking thus becoming a question of worry for the website owners. If you too are facing a similar problem, you have come to the right place.

Importance of Securing Your WordPres Website

WordPress is rapidly growing its foothold and has recently crossed one-fourth of the total global website market share. With such a huge user base, WordPress is constantly under security threats from hackers. WordPress being such a popular CMS is the first choice of business owners all over the world. They use this powerful platform for the development of their company’s website.

A website acts as the face of a company and enables any business owner to create a brand image in the minds of the customers.  A security breach of any form can be dangerous as it would have a negative impact on the rapport of your company in the global market. Your company’s website will leave a first impression on your customers. So, it is of utmost importance to get that first impression right. There is no point having a website that is not secure as it would keep your customer’s information as well as your business at stake.

In order to ensure that your website is fully secured, here are some of the tips that you can follow.

Upgrade your website regularly

 

 

Most of the people tend to compromise with this aspect and this is whether they give hackers the chance to hack their website. So make sure your website is upgraded to the latest version along with the themes as well as the plugins. It is because the newer versions come with better and additional features that can help you to prevent any kind of hacking. Upgrading will also enable you to fix any of the security bugs that are present on the current version.  This is the reason that one should update it at the earliest so that you can keep away from all sorts of problems and ensure your website is fully secured.

Selection of the right plugins

There are numerous types of WordPress plugins that you will come across but not all of them are worth and fully secure. That is why it becomes necessary to choose the best one. If you have installed a weak plugin there are high chances that your website may get prone to hackers. Hackers can also embed codes in it so that the ranking of your website may come down. Thus it will be wise if you can protect your website and choose the plugins which are new as well as strong. This is the only way through which you can protect your website.

Disable directory browsing

This is yet another crucial aspect which can help in ensuring that your website is fully protected. If you enable directory browsing then you are allowing unauthorized users to get hold of your website and you will definitely not want this to happen. So it is important that the same is to be disabled. In order to disable it, all you need to do is to upload an HTML file which is completely blank both in the directory as well as the subdirectory. Together with it, you can use a security plugin too which can add to the security of the website.

Login screen security

Another thing that you can do is to keep your login screen secure. In this way, it will be difficult for the hackers to reach the dashboard and make unauthorized use of the same. That is why you need to keep the login screen protected along with having a secure username and password too. A better approach can be to limit the login number from the single sources thus keep the website protected to a large extent. Make sure you have the captchas as well which to work as a security tool. Using a strong password that is a combination of alpha numerals and symbols will keep the hackers at bay. So making a few changes can help you a lot in making sure that your website is secure in every way.

Prevention is the key

 

Apart from using WordPress security plugins or strong username/password you need to have an updated antivirus installed on your device. This will help you to fight with all kinds of viruses that can have an adverse effect on the website. Also, it will prevent the damage as well which is caused by worms and other infected files. Backup is the next way that you can do to combat the security problems and use it in times of need. Make sure you use the latest version of the themes as they are more secure and can provide better options to fight with the security issues.

These are the 5 ways you can keep your website secure and safeguard. Security is definitely a big concern so rather than compromising with it, you can adopt the above ways which are easy to employ and ensure better results as well. It is all about how you go about as security depends on the approaches that you integrate. Make sure you follow the given tips as these are highly useful and can help you to achieve the purpose too. So why stay behind when you can make your WordPress websites fully secured with the above tips that are so easy to try.

This is a Guest Contribution from Kerin Miller, a WordPress Expert.  The Author Bio is given below:  

Thanks Kerin for this wonderful contribution to the pages of #Philipscom 

Author bio: Kerin Miller is a WordPress expert and part-time blogger. She works for Stellen Infotech which is known for building secure and user-friendly WordPress websites. If you need to hire a dedicated WordPress developer, then contact her through Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

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by Philip Verghese 'Ariel'

A Multilingual Freelance Writer, Editor, Blogger, Roundup Expert, Translator, Internet Marketer And A Social Campaigner. Manages different sites in English as well as in Malayalam. Born And Brought Up In Kerala. Now Based At Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Can Reach At: philipscom55(@)Gmail [.] Com twitter: @PVAriel Skype Philva6

20 comments

  1. Hey Kerin,

    WordPress is no doubt gaining high popularity with time and it become most popular CMS worldwide due to flexibility and well organized features. Due to this reason it requires effective security to protect from spy eyes.

    Yes, owner of website is highly responsible to keep login screen secure for authentic security of WordPress. Prevention is always better than cure – we should always need to take effective steps for better security and you have nicely eleborated. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips regarding Wp security.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  2. I think the most important security one need to take is by changing the default WordPress login URL. I am telling this from my personal experience and one of my website was hit by some hackers and I got notice from my hosting provider saying that over usage of resources. After analysis it was discovered that there were many login attempts tried by some bots.

  3. Hello Kerin,

    This is a wonderful post.
    Thanks for sharing the info regarding securing WordPress website.
    I am currently using Wordfence for this purpose. They, in fact, provide a wonderful service.
    Their premium option is having more features.
    The tips shared in this post is really worth following.
    Keep sharing
    Pankaj

  4. Great article in securing a WordPress website. WordPress is no doubt is very much popular platform. Same is true, it has become popular hackers target.

    By doing one or more of this list. You are far from getting hacked.

    Choosing the right and secure web host can help a lot. You can also enable two-factor authentication for added security measures.

    Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Rodney,
      Thanks for your maiden visit on our page.
      I appreciate your time and the input you shared in this regard.
      Yes, Security is an important thing we all should seriously look for.
      Yes, a good hosting platform can really help you in such situation.
      I have had a bad experience in this regard with my previous hosting platform.
      Presently we are using A2Hosting
      Keep visiting
      Keep sharing
      Regards
      Philip

  5. This is an informative article for word-press users. These days WordPress is very much popular among bloggers. Its easy to use features are really wonderful. At the same time its security is another vital thing to take care of. Yes, we need to know some security aspects to while using the WordPress. Thanks for sharing this informative post.
    Regards
    Ashley Judd

    1. Hi Ashley,
      It is indeed a joy to see you on these pages for the first tie.
      I appreciate your time here. Thanks for your valuable thoughts in this regard shared.
      Keep visiting
      Keep sharing
      Best Regards
      Philip

  6. You have 2 share plugins on the left side of the page… you should choose just one and move it to the right side because it blocks the article.

    1. Hi Will.
      Thanks for your kind visit and the timely alert.
      I just removed the one share button.
      Have a good time of sharing and caring.
      Best Regards
      ~ Philip

  7. All we know that WordPress is one of the best blogging platform. Along with popularity we have to take care about the security of the blog.

    Personally I am using wordfence security plugin for securing wordpress blog. Thanks for sharing this essential tips to secure wordpress site.

    ~Swapnil Kharche

  8. Thanks Philip for this important post. Security online is key because no one wants intruders within their space. One of my sites was hacked about 8 months ago and before I could figure out where the real problem was, I lost time and ranking. I am yet to fully recover my ranking. Nowadays, I don’t take the security issue lightly

  9. Hi Kerin,

    Website security is very important to save yourself from online attacks. We should use themes, plugins from reliable sources only. There are several sources where you get cracked versions of premium contents. It’s free but may not be free as hackers might be injected malicious codes in core files to hack your site at a later time. So stay away from such premium cracked contents.

    Informative post. Thank you very much for the writing.

  10. Hi,
    The way number of WordPress users are increasing so also is WordPress security issues becoming so much concern lately.
    I was a victim of hack sometimes ago when all my traffic were redirected to another website. And redeeming the lost was a great task which I had to use some online companies such as sucuri and the likes to help resolve the issue. However, I came to realized that the mistakes were from my end due to carelessness and not reading much on WordPress security measure. Needless say that this post cover more of what I should have taken into consideration back then.

  11. hello
    All we know that WordPress is one of the best blogging platform. Along with popularity we have to take care about the security of the blog.i am personally using this site it is really amazing to use.

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