WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) used by millions of people around the world. While it is a great platform for managing and publishing content, it is also a popular target for hackers.
Tips to help make your site more secure
Use a strong password combined with two-factor authentication
One of the most important things you can do to secure your WordPress site is to use a strong password. This means using a password that is long and includes a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. You should also not use the same password for multiple sites. It is also crucial to turn on two-factor authentication or 2FA when possible in combination with a strong password. (Advanced Suggested User Setup: Use a strong password, turn on 2FA, and set your admin area to be accessed by permitted IP addresses only.)
Keep your WordPress installation up to date
WordPress is constantly being updated with new features and security enhancements. It is important to make sure you keep your installation up to date in order to protect your site from potential security vulnerabilities. (I cannot stress this part enough! Not just WordPress but all of your devices. If you’re going to embrace tech then remember that updates are not options but mandatory!)
Use a security plugin
There are a number of security plugins available for WordPress that can help to protect your site from hackers. Some of the most popular plugins include Wordfence and Sucuri.
Use a secure hosting provider
If you are not hosting your WordPress site yourself, it is essential to choose a hosting provider that is reputable and has a strong security posture. Some of the best hosting providers for WordPress include WP Engine and Flywheel. If you prefer a dedicated server option then check out Hivelocity.
Restrict access to your admin dashboard
It is a good idea to restrict access to your WordPress dashboard to only those who need access. This can be done by using a plugin like Controlled Admin Access. This will help to keep your admin dashboard safe from unauthorized access. (Advanced Suggested: If on Linux edit your htaccess file to permit selected ips and block all others from accessing your admin area.)
Use a backup plugin
It is important to have a backup of your WordPress site in case of a security breach or other incident. There are a number of backup plugins available, such as BackupBuddy and UpdraftPlus.
Following these tips will help make your WordPress site more secure and help protect it from hackers.
Jason Randle is an entrepreneur, voiceover, techie, and creator.