Last but not least, to have a successful WordPress site, you must tighten its security. As WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world, it is also the most hacked. However, there are some things you can do to protect your site from hacking and other malicious activities.
Keeping WordPress Updated
One of the most important factors in having a safe environment is to always update and use the latest version of WordPress, themes, and plugins. Most updates include security tweaks, vulnerability improvements, and prevent them from being exploited in future versions. A common practice among hackers is taking advantage of web pages that are running an older version of WordPress with known vulnerabilities. By default, WordPress updates automatically after the release of a new version, however, it does not always work or the feature may be disabled on some hosts. Usually, when a new version of WordPress arrives, a notification will be shown at the top of your dashboard. You can also update your themes and plugins through the Dashboard-> Updates section.
Use unique usernames and passwords
Admin is the default username set as default in all WordPress installations. This is highly recommended to replace, as it will add an extra layer of security to your login credentials. Imagine a situation when someone knows your password, however, they are not aware of the username. The end result is that the person will still be unable to access your dashboard because they do not know the username. Leaving a value as an admin can make the hacker’s job much easier, so it should always be changed.
When setting a password, be sure to include numbers, capital letters, and special symbols. If you’re having trouble keeping track of all passwords, you can finally store them using tools like Pass. It saves you the hassle of memorizing all the different passwords, letting you go wild on password difficulty.
Backing up WordPress
Creating backups is a crucial task for any website. This will not only increase your security but also provide you with a reliable way to restore your site in case of unexpected errors or issues. You can either back up manually or use auto tometion. The manual process involves including files from the WordPress site and MySQL databases. However, if you make many new posts, change, or manage many different websites, manually downloading everything each time can be a real hassle. In addition, nowadays, most hosting providers provide automated account backups. As an additional security step, you can use WordPress plugins to automate backups monthly, weekly, or daily. They will save you a lot of time and also give you the option of storing backup WordPress files and databases in a remote location like DrDubox. You can use plugins like these:
Draftplus a plugin with the ability to backup WordPress to a remote location and reinstall it.
Backup WordPress is a lightweight backup plugin with motion automation. It allows you to exclude certain folders, schedule execution times, and support for many different languages.
These are some of the basic steps you can take in WordPress strictly. For more security tips and tricks you can refer to our guide on how to protect WordPress.
The latest WordPress tutorials
In this WordPress tutorial, we learned about the history, format of this CMS, and the types of WordPress hosting. The two installation methods were covered with a brief tour of the dashboard, post, plugin, and theme management. To get you started, we’ve also reviewed some of the most important WordPress speeds and optimization techniques, along with some security tips.