WordPress currently has over 60 million active websites around the world. The sheer volume of WordPress websites and the availability of source code make it one of the biggest targets for hackers as well. Fortunately, some common sense and a little effort can make your WordPress site very secure.
Don’t let your WordPress website break down when you need it!
- Password Selection. Always choose a good password, combining letters, numbers and special characters. Don’t pick something easy to remember or guess. This is the simplest, most effective way to protect your WP website.
- Backups. You should always back up everything on your WordPress website regularly. Your web hosting company may include this in their services, but these backups are often for emergencies only. Running regular WP backups with a plugin or service can help you very rapidly repair any problems or downtime.
- Web Hosting. Selecting a reputable and solid Web host is a vital decision. Amateur Web hosting companies will sometimes overcrowd servers, let server software get out of date, or let other users get away with running broken, infected or outdated code. Using a solid Web host that responds quickly to your problems can make or break your business in a time of need.
- Delete Unused Plugins. Outdated plugins are one of the biggest sources of vulnerabilities on WordPress websites. Always remove completely any unused plugins.
- Updates. Always keep WordPress up to date, including any plugins you are using. Letting updates slip can leave your site wide open to attack.
- Log in with a secure connection. Using SSL to access your website is a bit slower, but it will encrypt your login and prevent anyone from sniffing your password.
Following these simple steps can make a tremendous impact on the security of your website. It’s important to keep up to date with your website and be prepared for any problems if they do arise.
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