WordPress Security — 8 Points to Improve Your Website Security
In this post, we will learn how to increase our wordpress security and how to protect it from hackers and attackers.
WordPress is a satisfactory decision as a platform for people and programmers equally desire for comfort and ease of use to develop, edit and manage a blog.

Why WordPress Security?

Because of its user friendly admin platform, users can create the required changes instantly. Apart from, the popularity of the WordPress CMS is exactly what can make it an ideal preference for most of the web owners.
The reality is that the demand of the platform has created it a standard objective for hackers. Nevertheless, getting your blog hacked can spoil your industry rank and user’s trust. So, it becomes crucial for you to follow best methods or follow trends to harden the protection of your blog.

Listed here are 7 of the major points that you should follow to protect your WordPress set up from vulnerabilities and attacks

1. Choose Strong Password and Username

This is the main, and sadly, the most ignored point that increases the possibility of brute force attack on a WordPress blog. Many website owners ignore to fix the default “admin” username for a WP blog.
Be aware of, any risky user might try to ruin a blog by applying the regular username. Therefore, make sure you should save the username as hard thing that simply cannot be imagined by hackers.

Additionally, you should take advantage of strong passwords to prevent hackers from cracking into the blog. You should carry out the tips when generating a password for your blog, which takes applying a minimum of 8 characters consisting of a lower-case letter, uppercase letter, symbols, etc.

Strong Password Example

» Uppercase Letters
» At least 15 characters
» Numbers
» lowercase letters
» Symbols, such as `! ” ? $ ? % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { [ } ] :
» Try: Hard Password Generator

Don't Choose

» Admin
» Your name
» Birth Date
» Keyboard pattern Such as: abcdefghi or 123456789
» Dictionary Word
» Cell Phone Number

2. Change WordPress Login URL

Everyone knows what the URL to login into wordpress website is. We can login with either /wp-login.php or by typing /wp-admin

Why it is recommended to change WordPress login URL?
There are 3 main reasons:
[1] Anyone can easily get idea about WordPress website.
[2] If I know you are using WordPress website, I will definitely try to open your login URL.
[3] If I know your login URL, I will try to login to your website. If your password is weak, your website will be easily hacked.

So, I prefer you change the WordPress login URL to something else such as http://www.yourwebsite.com/secure-login or http://www.yourwebsite.com/login-secure

How to easily change the WordPress login URL?
We can easily change the WordPress login URL with iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) plugin. You can find the detailed setup guide on ManageWP website.

3. Update WordPress Regularly

When I see any updates of WordPress or any plugin, I instantly apply all the updates, because it brings new function and also fix all the previous security issues. If you update your WordPress your blog becomes more secure and safe. Plugins are also an important Job of your WordPress Security. So, regularly update plugins too.

4. Choose the Trustworthy Theme to Avoid Hacking Attack

It’s possible to get confused with the quantity of free and paid WP themes available on the web but, faulty theme choice imposes a greater risk of creating your blog at risk of security affects.

Particularly, free templates are likely to include defective script that is definitely seriously to blame for creating the blog at risk of hacking affects.

Listed Below are the Trustworthy Theme Providers

5. Avoid Installing Too Many Plugins

WordPress plugins gives you more features and functionality of your blog but according to my experience installing more and more plugins will slow down your site and some of plugins are a reason for causing virus or attack. Hackers always target those plugins to get access of your blog.
So I must say avoid using plugins which is less useful.

See Also: 17 Free Must have WordPress Plugins

6. Choose Reliable and Trustworthy Hosting

If your website is hosted on any local or non-reliable hosting company then it could be a reason of getting hacked or virus infection.

Personally, I suggest you join Siteground. My blog is also hosted on it. It is one of the reliable and trustworthy and most importantly fast.

What I like in SiteGround is their super fast support. I get replies to technical tickets in maximum 10 minutes. They have included firewall and other security scanners in their any hosting package. Choose one according to your traffic and usage.

7. Use Security Plugins

Security Plugin is a necessary factor in every WordPress blog. There are many plugins that are available free in plugin store.

I have Wordfence plugin on my blog. I suggest you to download Wordfence plugin. This security plugin helps to avoid virus attack, the number of login attempt, automatic login, and Robot login. Even you can set your desired setting in Wordfence Such as Number of login attempt and block option. It is a free plugin, but PRO Version is also available, it provides more features such as country Blocking and much more

8. Create Backup of Your Blog On a regular basis

While updating your blog theme or plugins, you may incidentally break your blog. So, using a backup will help recover your blog to its earlier form right away. So, it is strongly recommended that you need to create a backup of your blog and its stuff routinely.

Taking a backup can help maintain your blog safe against any unidentified hazard. For example, let’s think your blog is hacked, and also all your articles is damaged. In that case, uploading your backup will benefit you reload your erased articles. I suggest you to choose a highly experienced WordPress developer to do this task.

See Also: Step by step guide to take backup of your website

QUESTION: In your opinion, what do you suggest to improve WordPress security? Comment below, I like suggestions 😀

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