Content online is truly consuming the World, one website at a time. Millions of websites go live every day, across the globe. And, if we look at the roots of these websites, we are likely to find that a large chunk of those is built on WordPress. Approximately, 40% of the websites across the web are built using WordPress. This statistic shows the profound popularity of this largest Content Management System. And why not, it has truly made the task of creating a website a lot notch easier.
However, there has been a whole lot of debate doing rounds regarding the security that WordPress has to offer. It is often argued that WordPress lacks in terms of securing the website and even the statistics would prove that WordPress websites are the easiest target of hackers. We wouldn’t fully agree to this because WordPress websites can be secured if the user remains aware of the security measure that WordPress has to offer.
But why is security given such attentiveness and importance? Is securing your website going to help you grow your business? Absolutely.
Here are a few of the varying ways through which you can secure your WordPress website against attacks.
1 Install trusted and licensed plugins.
Poorly coded WordPress plugins make your website vulnerable to hackers. And, with thousands of free plugins available at your disposal, it becomes crucially important to verify the trustworthiness of such plugins. Also, the number of plugins is never an issue as long as the quality of the plugins is ensured.
Hence, before you add another free plugin to your WordPress website, make sure it’s licensed. This would ensure that your Website remains inaccessible to hackers’ corrupted intentions.
2 Avoid pirated/nulled themes.
Built-in themes are coded specifically keeping a website in mind. Besides, it’s difficult to source the themes that are coded adequately by proficient developers. Hence, when you develop themes on the WordPress web, you can ensure the strength and security of your website.
Avoid nulled themes as they may contain malicious codes, that would eventually put the security of your site at stake.
3 Update the upgrades.
It’s important to keep your WordPress website updated. Doing so would fix the bugs with the previous version adequately. Hence,
Did you know that 83% of the hacked blogs are not upgraded?
This makes sense because whenever a new update is out, the author of plugins also releases a bug-fix report. Hence, making it easier for hackers to hack into your non-upgraded site.
Keep your WordPress website, Plugins, PHP, and MySQL code updated to avoid breaches of security.
4 Make SSL certificate your priority.
SSL certificate enables HTTPS encryption for your WordPress website. Hence, establishing a secure connection to transfer data back and forth. In absence of an SSL certificate, HTTP protocol is used in the transfer of data. And, HTTP surely isn’t a secure protocol. Such sites are vulnerable to hacking and hence security remains at stake.
5 Security - firewall & malware
A reliable firewall keeps your WordPress website safe from malicious bots, exploits, viruses, and malware. Moreover, not only would it help you keep out the hackers but would also control the illegitimate traffic source on your website. With a firewall setup, your website would be equipped enough to fight an online attack. Additionally, 24*7 malware scanning on the server-side would enable you to control any kind of brute force attack in a prompt manner.
6 Ensure daily backup
Despite adequate security measures you take, there are possibilities of a security breach. In such cases, the data of your entire website can be at risk. It is therefore important that your site is regularly backed up to avoid any loss of information.
7 Change URL endpoint
“yoursite.com/wp-admin” is the default login address to your WordPress website. Using this default URL leaves you open to brute force attacks and hence making it easier for hackers to crack your admin username and password. By changing the URL endpoint, you take a step towards securing your website.
8 Make use of Captcha.
Any place on your website where the user can input information is vulnerable to attack by bots. Such spaces could be anything like a contact form or a subscription registration. CAPTCHA would ensure that no malicious code could be entered into your site thereby ensuring your site’s safety.
9 Hide image URL.
By default, WordPress saves the image files to its media gallery. The default URL assigned to each image could be used by hackers to hack into your website. Hence, in order to increase the security of your website, ensure that your image URLs are hidden.
Conclusively, security indeed is the prominent aspect to consider while designing a website and at DEEP Technologies, we have helped our clients create secure websites using WordPress. We offer varying security measures to secure a WordPress website. We can help you with all of the ways mentioned above apart from additional security measures that would require the help of specialists.
Connect with us and we shall help you grow your business with a secured website.