WordPress is today`s one of the most popular free and opensource Content Management System used globally. Matt Mullenweg, developer of WordPress brought WordPress into light in 2003 with joint efforts of Mike Little. A friend of Mullenweg named Christine Selleck Tremoulet suggested the word “WordPress” for this project. WordPress is now managed by the WordPress Foundation. With increased usage and popularity, what also comes along is the notion of security. No website is secure unless it does not exist at all. However, keeping up with the WordPress security guidelines and staying updated with the latest vulnerabilities as they are released can keep us on track to keep our websites secure. So here are some guidelines on how to keep your WordPress site secured.
There are a number of guidelines that we can follow to keep our website secure. In this article we will focus on the beginner guidelines so that anyone who is new to WordPress can make their site secured at basic level. Let us look into these one by one.
10 basic steps to keep your WordPress site secured
1. Keep your device safe
How safe is your device? By device, here we mean computers, laptops, mobiles or whatever device you use to connect to the internet and work. If your device is compromised, so will your local files on it and it might extend up to your accounts/files online such as your WordPress website. So, to make sure your personal device is secure, you follow these steps:
- Set up a reliable computer firewall
- Install reliable antivirus or anti-malware software and scan periodically
- Do not access your WordPress site when you are using free or unsecured internet connection
- When you access files on FTP, use FTPS (File Transfer Protocol Secure) instead
2. Use strong passwords
Do you keep our personal computer password common so that you can easily remember to log in whenever you want? If you do not have to think much about password when you log into your device then obviously the hackers will also not have to think much when cracking them right? So, when you set up passwords, align with the latest strong password policy so that you can secure it from Brute Force or Dictionary attacks at the least.
3. Choose a suitable and reliable hosting service
When choosing a hosting provider, we always should first consider what are our requirements. Focusing on WordPress site, if you solely intend to build WordPress website only then there are a couple of hosting providers that support one click WordPress installation feature with WordPress support too. Here are some reliable hosting services providers that worth considering.
4. Select quality themes
Selecting theme for your WordPress site is like setting up an image of your service or product selling company to its potential customers. If you are willing to pay then there are hundreds of premium themes which are have highly customizable features with normally 1 year free support. However, if you do not wish to pay, you can use free WordPress themes too. They also have customization options but then you need to give credit to its developers. You should be careful not to use nulled or cracked themes which are illegal. They also have high chances of getting your website hacked. However, if you wish to learn, then you can use nulled themes locally for learning purpose. Here are some top websites where you can find WordPress themes.
5. Limit login attempts
It is always better to limit login attempt to any website as there may be chances of Brute Force attacks. The more chances are available, the more vulnerable your website will be. WordPress provides some good plugins like WP Limit Login Attempts and Limit Login Attempts Reloaded. With these plugins or any active plugins with good reviews and continuous support, you can login attempts to 3 or 5 times to secure your website.
To summarize, above are 10 steps one should take to make WordPress site secured at basic level. However, we need to secure our WordPress site to next level diving deep into technical details. I will be releasing how to keep your WordPress site secured Part II soon. Also, I would personally advise you to stay updated with the current vulnerabilities as well as security standards so that we can keep our site and its content secure.