How to Secure a WordPress Website

Open source script can be a great resource for building your website, but many site owners complain that WordPress security is difficult to manage.  Still, attacks on your WordPress site may be more likely because it’s open source, but at the end of the day you need to take responsibility for securing your website.  With that in mind, how do you secure a WordPress website?  The following tips will help you ensure the best possible security.

How to Secure a WordPress Website

Login Page

First and foremost, you need to secure your login page to prevent attacks.  Start by customizing your login page URL rather than using the typical WordPress URL.  After that, you should implement lockdown features for failed logins and also ban users’ IP addresses when they have exceeded a pre-defined number of failed logins.

Next, 2-factor authentication enhances your security.  In addition to providing login details, your user will have to pass another security step – this may be a secret question, code, or a defined set of characters.  Additionally, consider using an email as your user ID rather than a username to reduce the predictability of login credentials.

Finally, improve the strength of your passwords by using a wider variety of characters (uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols) to make them more difficult to hack.  As is the case with all passwords, your login password should be updated regularly.

Dashboard

After securing your login page, you want to secure your dashboard.  Protect your wp-admin directory with a strong password; though this will require entering a password at your login page and then again at the admin page, the extra security is worth the effort.  Also, update your admin username from the standard “admin” that most people leave it set as.

Next, it is always recommended that you use SSL to encrypt your site’s data.  This allows for secure transmission of data between your visitors and your server and makes hacking much more difficult.  Still, you should regularly review your files to make sure there aren’t any changes from plugins or other features.

Database

Securing your database should not be overlooked.  Most WordPress databases have a wp- prefix, but you should consider updating this prefix to a unique code.  Regularly backing up your site will also allow you to recover from any attacks that do happen – you always want to have a working backup of your site.  And finally, passwords for your database should also be strong.  Again, consider a password with a mix of characters and update them regularly.

These are just a few tips for securing your WordPress site.  You can also secure the hosting setup as well as themes and plugins.  If you’re a new WordPress user, this may seem very overwhelming.  Consider consulting a professional web design firm for more support in securing your WordPress site.

 

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