Undeniably, WordPress is the most popular Content Management System that is used by many in running both their websites and their blogs. However, just like every other online tool, one of the greatest threats faced by individuals is on the aspect if security. To help keep you updated, this blog post highlights some top tips you need to know to keep your WordPress website secured.
Probably you’ve spent days building your amazing WordPress website, and it’s ready for launch; it’s time to secure it from bad guys. Though there are many materials online on WordPress website security, this is our way of ensuring you keep your website secure.
First things first!
Download Plugins and Themes from Secured Sources Only
If you’re a WordPress user, you surely would have heard of plugins and themes. These are very vital elements of WordPress website, and there are a lot of places where you can download feature-rich plugins and themes.
However, not all plugins and themes are safe, especially when they’re free. Ensure you check some vital information before installing the element in your website. Some of the things you should check include reviews and comments of the plugin, author’s reputation and if support is provided for the plugin or theme.
Comprehensively, always download plugins and themes from known and secured sources.
Update WordPress, Plugins and Themes Regularly
Always keep your website updated by upgrading to the latest versions of your themes and plugins as soon they’re released. To be safe, ensure you backup your contents before upgrading to most recent versions as any failure in upgrade can be disastrous to your website.
Keep Your WordPress Website Clean
This might be simple and straightforward, but it’ll save you a lot of security breaches if you adhere to it. Remove all unused themes and inactive plugins to keep your website simple and tidy.
Change the “admin” username
Surely, you’ve come across the usual username “admin” that is most popular on WordPress websites. Just like you know it, every other person does, which makes the use of “admin” as a username insecure.
We advise you to set up a new user with a secret username and remember to give the new user admin privileges. Once you’re done with this new step, delete the old admin user to transfer admin authority to the new user.
For precaution, back up your website before doing that. Mistakes do happen.
Use Strong Passwords
As common as it looks, “123456789” “abcde” “qwerty” etc. are still among the most common passwords on the internet. What does this tell you? That people are still using these passwords; which means, it’s the first thing hackers try out when they wish to hack your account.
We advise you to desist from using weak passwords and use strong owns if you wish for your precious WordPress not to be hacked easily. A password like “Hn739ndi^&92$” surely is strong. Don’t you agree?
Regularly Scan for and Remove Malware
It’s rare for search engines to scan or list pages that contain malware. Search engines mark these pages red, and it’s an experience you don’t want to experience as a WordPress admin.
To prevent being blacklisted and at the same time stay safe, regularly check your WordPress site malware status.
Keeping your WordPress website safe is one of the most important ongoing and iterative processes you’ll experience as a WordPress admin. However, be assured that the more steps you take, the harder it becomes for your account to be hacked. Of course, there are many ways you could improve the security of your WordPress sites; these are quick and useful tips to get you started as a beginner.