How to Secure Your WordPress Website

How to Secure Your WordPress Website

WordPress is the most well known Content Management System (CMS) powering over 30% of sites. The unintended outcome of this tremendous popularity is that hackers are starting to explicitly target WordPress websites regardless of what type of content your site provides, you are not an exemption. So, in the event that you don’t play it safe, you could get hacked. Thus, you have to check your site security regularly and that’s where the role of great WordPress development services comes into play.

Here are some of the things you can do to keep your WordPress website development secure:

Use Two-factor Authentication (2FA)

Using Google Authenticator plugin, two factor authentication (2FA, MFA) can easily be added to any WordPress website  login page ensuring no unauthorized access to your website. 

Use Strong Passwords

You can install Force Strong Passwords plugin on your site, to ensure that whatever passwords your website users are using are secure. This prevents intruders from gaining access to your website user accounts by brute force attacks.

Keep Everything Updated

WordPress gets updated now and then with bug fixes and vital security patches. So, it’s highly important to regularly update WordPress along with themes and plugins that are used on your site.

Install Wordfence Security Plugin

You can also install a comprehensive security plugin like Wordfence to monitor changes to your website’s files, add malware scanner and endpoint firewall that gets updated frequently with latest firewall rules, malicious IP addresses and malware signatures protecting your website 24×7. 

This plugin also provides an option to add 2FA, so if you don’t want to install a separate plugin for this, then you can just install Wordfence.

Disallow File Editing

By default, any user with admin access to your WordPress dashboard can edit any plugin and theme files that are installed.  So, by disabling file editing, you can ensure that even if a hacker obtains admin access to your WordPress dashboard, they can’t do much damage.

Add the following code to wp-config.php file to disable file editing:

define('DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true);

Don’t Use Nulled Themes or Plugins

It’s no doubt, WordPress premium themes provide more customizable options and looks more professional than free themes and this is why they cost money. However, there are few sites that provide nulled or cracked versions of themes via illegal means. While this may save you money, but, these hacked versions of a premium theme can also contain malicious code which could destroy your website. This is also applicable in case of premium plugins.

Thus, it’s much better to not use any hacked version of a premium theme or plugin in your website.

Protect wp-config.php File

The wp-config.php is the most important file in your site’s root directory as it contains crucial information about your WordPress installation. Thus, it’s of utmost importance that we protect this file from hackers from accessing it. This can be done by simply moving wp-config.php file to a higher level than your root directory. Since the configuration file settings are set to the highest on the priority list, WordPress can still see it.

Conclusion

By following the above mentioned tips WordPress website development services can keep the wordpress website development secure and keep hackers away.

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