There are often a few questions asked by many new WordPress users.
- How do I keep my WordPress site secure?
- Are there any essential things I can do to prevent security compromises and hackers?
Many of the popular blogs and websites (about 40% of all websites in fact) sites on the internet are created using WordPress. Even The Whitehouse website is built on WordPress these days. So it would be good to know how you can protect your website from being hacked. In this article, we will discuss some essential tips for keeping your website safe and secure.
At its core, a WordPress website is actually built with security in mind. There's a whole team dedicated to the security of WordPress and they work diligently to ensure that any vulnerabilities that do arise in the core script are patched very quickly.
It's always a good idea to make sure that you're keeping your WordPress installation up-to-date with the latest security patches. Additionally, you should consider using some type of firewall on your website which will protect against brute force attacks and try to prevent any malware from being uploaded.
Since WordPress has such a huge community, is open source and free, it's very easy to add themes and plugins to the core script to enhance your website's design and functionality.
It goes without saying that these themes and plugins can also come under attack or become vulnerable to compromise and they should, like the core script be kept up to date regularly.
An important thing to do is to install an SSL certificate on your site. WordPress offers this for free and it's a simple process that can be done from the dashboard.
The installation will only take minutes but you'll need a little technical knowledge or some assistance if you're not familiar with the language of code or how programming works.
Another way to keep your site secure is by using plugins that monitor changes and check permissions, detect vulnerabilities, restrict file access or block certain types of content in the site structure on your webserver.
The most important thing to do is make sure that your WordPress site's software and plugins are up-to-date. You can update all of the plugins on your site by navigating to “Plugins” then selecting “Updates”.
Here you'll be able to see if any updates need to be installed and will have the option of installing them from there. A lot of people think that just because they're not doing anything, their website won't get hacked or compromised but this couldn't be further from the truth – hackers will hack and try and steal your traffic or even your critical data.
If you are unsure about doing this yourself, you can hire a WordPress Consultant to carry out the updates and even manage this on your behalf into the future.
A WordPress site is a great option for creating a website because it's free and simple to use but if you don't know how to keep it secure then anyone can get in!