7 proven steps to protect your wordpress website security

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WordPress is the world’s most popular and used blogging platform. However, no matter how good a particular system might be, there is however chances of vulnerability and that is why the security of the blogging platform is important for its users to be conscious of.

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A good web host like websynthesis offers all this security features; I highly recommend them for the hosting of your website and blog account

The below points highlight seven guidelines on WordPress website security and also blog security that a publisher should engage with:

  • Install WordPress Security Plugins

For the safety of your WordPress blog and website, the following are recommended plugins you need to install:

  • WordFence Security Plugin

The author of this plugin claims that it is the only website security plugin that can verify and repair your core, theme and plugin files.

Based on its star rating of 4.9 out of 5 and 1,084,718 downloads, it is a highly recommended tool to have.

Features include:

  • Includes a firewall to block common security threats like fake Googlebots, malicious scans from hackers and botnets.
  • Scans for many known backdoors that create security holes including C99, R57, RootShell, Crystal Shell, Matamu, Cybershell, W4cking, Sniper, Predator, Jackal, Phantasma, GFS, Dive, Dx
  • Offers Two Factor authentication by sign-in using your password and your cellphone to vastly improve login security.

Wordfence security plugin protects your wordpress account

Ready to download and know more, check: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/

  • Better WP Security Plugin

Going by its 4.8 star ratings out of 5, and a download of about 1,226, 322 statistics; the Better WP security plugin is ranked the most efficient and highly dependable plugin you can use to have better control of your WordPress website.

Among its features are:

  • Rename “admin” account
  • Change the ID on the user with ID 1
  • Change the WordPress database table prefix
  • Change wp-content path
  • Removes login error messages
  • Scan your site to instantly tell where vulnerabilities are and fix them in seconds
  • Scan troublesome bots and other hosts
  •  Turn off file editing from within WordPress admin area
  • Detect bots and other attempts to search for vulnerabilities
  • The plugin can also help you recover lost account, because it helps create and email database backups on a customizable schedule

Better WP Security plugin is a recommended security plugin

Ready, get it: http://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/

Conclusion: based on your preference, just chose one of the plugins above

  • Have an updated and recent wordpress version

The main essence why Matt Mullenweg (founder of wordpress) and his team are constantly updating and releasing updated wordpress version is essentially because of security. An updated wordpress version contains fixes on reported bugs, upgraded secured shells, advancement of user blogging platform etc..

In a nutshell, make sure you always have the latest updated wordpress version.

Matt Mullenweg-cares about website security

  • Remove redundant and unused plugin

Websynthesis web host always warns to remove deleted, inactivated, unused or simply redundant plugin from the dashboard, as it is a major way for hackers, spams and malware to infiltrate into your system.

It causes vulnerability; out of date wordpress plugin can cause your website to break, causing easy access by hackers to your blog.

If you have a plugin that is not active or using, simply deactivate and delete the plugin.

  • Change default username and password of wordpress login Dashboard

By default, after the installation and configuration of your wordpress website or blog, the username is mostly ‘Admin’ and the password is usually a simple one to know.

Immediately, change the username to a name of your choice and also that of the password (chose a long tail username and password).

As a rule, make sure you change your password once every month. The pictures below show you how to carry out the changes.

how to change your wordpress password

  • Update and change control panel password

The control panel password is the password that grant access to your host provider ( e.g. bluehost, WPEngine, Websynthesis e.t.c.).

Infact, this is most important than that of the wordpress dashboard. Make it a point of duty to change the password once in 2-3 month.

Bluehost Login Page

Anybody using bluehost managed web hosting needs to change their passwords once every 2 months

bluehost login page-change the password once every 2 month

Synthesis Web hosting

My preferred managed web hosting provider. They are focused and only hosts a wordpress powered blog with industry acknowledged security and speed.  Thoug expensive, I recommend hosting your blog or website with them if you are really serious about your business.

synthesis login page-change the password once every two month

  • Avoid the use of free wordpress Themes

Generally, a serious minded blogger should not entertain the use of a free wordpress theme.

It is a well known fact that they contain malicious and encrypted codes, and such themes are hardly updated.

Must Read: Six disadvantages of free WordPress themes-why you should not use them

  • Host your website or blog with a reliable web hosting company

As much as having a website that looks beautiful and fascinating, with lots of original quality content; it is much more important to understand where you are keeping such website/blog and your content on the World Wide Web. Having a reliable, efficient and highly secure webhost company should be the topmost priority of your business.

I believe that Excellence is not cheap, so if you are looking for an efficient partner and company that can help with listed factors above, I will simply recommend the following webhosts:

Websynthesis: This is what I am using, and notable websites that values their business are on it. It is not too much to pay 27USD per month for your website. Highly recommended.

WPEngine: WPEngine works similarly like websynthesis, and their price is almost the same. I am not using their services on my blog, but respected leaders in the blogging and online world recommends their service. Give it a try.

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