The Ultimate WordPress Security Guide – Step by Step
If you pay attention to the media, you’ll hear about sites getting hacked all the time. Usually, it seems to happen to large organizations, like banks, e-commerce companies, and government departments.
As a humble website owner, you may think you’re safe. After all, you’re not a huge target. Why would anyone try to hack your site. The truth is that sites of all sizes get hacked every day.
The media only reports on hacks against big organizations because these stories are considered more shocking. Attacks against large companies and governments are certainly worrying, but they’re in the minority. Most hacked sites belong to small companies and individuals.
Large companies have security teams that work around the clock to keep them safe. Small operators rarely think about security. They make a more tempting target to hackers.
The article is divided into two parts. First, we look at how you can harden your WordPress installation. The second part shows you how to harden your server to increase WordPress security.
If you are serious about your website, then you need to pay attention to the WordPress security best practices. In this guide, we will share all the top WordPress security tips to help you protect your website against hackers and malware.
While WordPress core software is very secure, and it’s audited regularly by hundreds of developers, there is a lot that can be done to keep your site secure.
At WP Beginner, we believe that security is not just about risk elimination. It’s also about risk reduction. As a website owner, there’s a lot that you can do to improve your WordPress security (even if you’re not tech savvy).
We have a number of actionable steps that you can take to protect your website against security vulnerabilities. To make it easy, we have created a table of content to help you easily navigate through our ultimate WordPress security guide
Why Website Security is Important:
A hacked WordPress site can cause serious damage to your business revenue and reputation. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software, and can even distribute malware to your users. Worst, you may find yourself paying ransomware to hackers just to regain access to your website.
In March 2016, Google reported that more than 50 million website users have been warned about a website they’re visiting may contain malware or steal information. Furthermore, Google blacklists around 20,000 websites for malware and around 50,000 for phishing each week. If your website is a business, then you need to pay extra attention to your WordPress security.
Similar to how it’s the business owners responsibility to protect their physical store building, as an online business owner it is your responsibility to protect your business website.
Strong Passwords and User Permissions:
The most common WordPress hacking attempts use stolen passwords. You can make that difficult by using stronger passwords that are unique for your website. Not just for WordPress admin area, but also for FTP accounts, database, WordPress hosting account, and your custom email addresses which use your site’s domain name.
Many beginners don’t like using strong passwords because they’re hard to remember. The good thing is that you don’t need to remember passwords anymore. You can use a password manager. See our guide on how to manage WordPress passwords.
Another way to reduce the risk is to not give anyone access to your WordPress admin account unless you absolutely have to. If you have a large team or guest authors, then make sure. That you understand user roles and capabilities in WordPress before you add new user accounts and authors to your WordPress site.
Simple Security Steps:
Of course, downgrading your site to static HTML is not for everyone. Fortunately, it is possible to make your site more secure. There are lots of small (and large) changes you can make to improve your site’s security. Let’s start with the simplest.
Just because these steps are simple, don’t think they’re not effective. Remember, the majority of hackers are opportunistic – they don’t have a personal grudge against you. They’re just willing to attack any easy target. If you can make yourself a less easy target, you can reduce your exposure dramatically.
Security is a multi-layered discipline. It’s quite similar to building a castle to defend against a marauding barbarian army. You build multiple walls and watch towers. You fill pits with spikes. You prepare boiling oil to drop on your heads.