In my blogging experience, I have seen many newbies asking questions about securing their WordPress blog from hacks and attacks. So I am going to explain 5 simple tricks to secure your WordPress setup. Just make sure that you implement these suggestions to be safe all the time.
How to secure your WordPress website?
- Add security questions to WordPress login
- Add two-factor authentication
- Advanced firewall protection
- Automatically log out idle users
- Back up WordPress regularly
- Block hotlinking
- Change the default WordPress database prefix
- Change the WordPress login page URL
- Create backups regularly
- Disable file editing
- Disable PHP error reporting
- Hide the WordPress version
- Install SSL certificate
- Keep WordPress core files updated
- Keep your site up to date
- Limit Login Attempts
- Manage file permissions
- Password protection
- Remove unused WordPress plugins and themes
- Restrict failed WordPress login attempts
- Update the WordPress version regularly
- Use a quality web host
- Use security plugins
- Use WordPress Monitoring
5 Simple Tricks to Secure Your WordPress Blog
Limit Backend Logins
The biggest attacks are made on WordPress’s login section, because if a user has a weak password then it will be easy to crack down and hack his website. Thus it is always suggested to keep your login section safe from continuous tries. You can install plugins to limit login attempts or restrict logins on your home’s IP address. My recommended plugin is Login LockDown which works all the time for me.
Use a Strong Password
The world is full of users who still use passwords like 123456, abcd1234, and simple dictionary words. Even for a new hacker, it is easy to hack down such logins by brute force attack. Better keep a strong password with a combination of small and upper case words, numbers, and symbols.
Don’t Use Admin Username
More than 80% of users who make their first blog on self-hosted WordPress platform set username admin. This is the biggest issue as hackers try an admin username as their first round. So if you made this mistake you can simply change the WordPress username from PHPMyAdmin. If you are not familiar with this simply create another admin user then login to that account and delete the old admin user (this way you need to setup your account details again).
Keep Things Updated in a Secure Way
WordPress is the best blogging platform that mostly works on themes and plugins, so updating them to the latest version is a mandatory step. You need to update things for the latest security patches and always try to keep things short and simple. Use a good theme that is coded properly and only use plugins with good ratings.
Some Good WordPress Themes to Start with…
- Divi (Multi-Purpose Theme) by Elegant Themes
- Genesis Framework (All Child Themes)
- Schema, SociallyViral by MyThemeShop
Back up on Regular Interval
Back up regularly because no one can predict what and when things can go wrong. I faced many downtime with small hosting companies and just because of backups I was able to switch to another host easily. A better idea would be to use a perfect hosting company that has better uptime.
So these are 5 simple tricks to secure your WordPress blog. I hope you will like it and consider my notes. So good luck and happy blogging.