With WordPress being automatically installed on our WordPress Hosting packages, we though we should give you some important steps in how to secure WordPress.

Is WordPress Vulnerable?

There are a few factors that make WordPress vulnerable to attack, but the main reason it is vulnerable is due to its enormous popularity across the web.

Every day WordPress is installed hundreds of times and the differences in server environments is unfathomable. Here at FreshSites we manage that server software and keep it up to date with the latest security fixes, but the underlying code, including any plugin code can be liable to be hacked, due to its popularity.

You may wonder what hackers might do when they find a website that they can breach, and in reality they can do anything their imagination creates, but mainly:

  • Executing code
  • Creating hidden links to improve SEO
  • Redirecting visitors to other sites which have adverts on to make money
  • Installing a backdoor so if the hole is fixed they can still get in.

But its not just WordPress that suffer from vulnerabilities, all web software is targeted. The one good thing with WordPress is that its open source, so many many developers can find and fix security holes within seconds, release changes and WordPress lets you know there is an update.

10 Steps to Secure Your WordPress Site

  1. Keep your WordPress installation up to date, and make sure you install the new version as soon as the update manager offers it.
  2. Keep your plugins and themes updated in the same way, and if you deactivate any plugins, make sure you remove them.
  3. Never install themes and plguins from an untrusted source, read about a plugin and look for reviews.
  4. Create regular backups of your site, including your database.
  5. Create a new user and give them publisher status, then always use this account to post any news items, never put your admin account name on your blog
  6. Create a unique password for your account including uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. There are many tools to help you do this including https://www.random.org/passwords/
  7. Install a login attempt limiting plugin, such as Limit Login Attempts
  8. Install WordPress File Monitor Plus, so you can be notified of any file changes on your site. This will help you discover any hacks done to files.
  9. Use Better WP Security plugin to lock down your WordPress Hosting.
  10. Make sure your Hosting company keeps server software up to date, like us!

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to securing your WordPress installation. You have to remember there is no such thing as a 100% secure site, there is always something you can do.

One last thing, make sure your computer is virus, malware and spyware free – people can log your password when you type it in so its an important step to make.

And remember, choose a quality UK WordPress host that provide stable, secure web hosting, like us!

What Tips Do You Have?

What have you done to secure WordPress? Had a security breach that lead you to any additional security steps? Let us know in the comments section!