WordPress is one of three easy-to-use content management systems that enables users to establish a feature-rich, customizable, and secure website for free. Along with Drupal and Joomla, WordPress allows users to edit the website without having to deal with the underlying codes.

True enough, WordPress has improved over the years. WordPress has not been left behind in features that meet the requirements of modern-day websites. However, the popularity of WordPress also puts it in the attention of hackers and other cyber offenders. Security threats must not hinder users from maximizing the potentials of WordPress as a tried-and-tested content management system.

If you will only follow our 10 must-know tips to a secure WordPress site, we assure you that you will be able to keep your site more protected, and less likely to fall for security threats.

Tip Number 1: Update your WordPress regularly

Updates should not be ignored. When you are notified of updates on your WordPress dashboard, make it a point to undergo the update at first sight. Ignoring updates will pose you to risks. Hackers would be able to infiltrate outdated WordPress easier.

Updates are made to add features and resolve issues that were found. An updated WordPress definitely be better than the previous version. With this, you should really treat updates seriously. Have a better and more secure site by updating your WordPress regularly!

Tip Number 2: Perform Security Audits

An audit of your site’s security features must be done on a regular basis. You must check usage logs and activities. Be on the lookout for suspicious IP addresses, too!

Also, ensure that the computers that are used to access our WordPress are also updated. As they say, you are only as good as your gear. So keep your computers updated for a more secure WordPress site.

Tip Number 3: Do a check on your Themes and Plugins

One of the highlights of WordPress is that it is easily customizable with the thousands of themes and plugins. To ensure that your themes and plugins do not contribute to the vulnerability of your WordPress site, ensure that you only use plugins and themes listed directly on WordPress for these plugins and themes are verified and approved.

Avoid using premium themes and plugins that are offered for free as these are more likely to be baiting you so that hackers can infiltrate your site. As a general rule, keep plugins and themes at the minimum so that you will not be exposed to more vulnerabilities. The less you have, the better. A lighter WordPress site will be simpler, and would load faster for a more responsive user experience.

Tip Number 4: Atop all plugins should be security plugins

Security plugins must be prioritized. The right security plugins will help deter threats to your WordPress site. Just make sure that these are approved security plugins.

We recommend having a security plugin that restricts multiple login attempts to prevent guessing of the password.

If you’re looking for security plugins, here are some of our recommended plugins that you can use. These plugins are recently updated and compatible with the most recent version of WordPress:

Tip Number 5: Limit access to your WordPress site

Limit access to your WordPress site
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As a best practice, limit the number of people who will have access to your WordPress site. There will be more chances for hackers to infiltrate your site if you have a lot of users who have access. To be extra safe, give access only for those people who are really in need of it.

Also, ensure that all computers with access to your WordPress site are connected to a secured network. Accessing your site on a public network poses a huge threat to your security.

Tip Number 6: Strong user names and passwords equal strong security

An account with a unique username a strong password is difficult to infiltrate. WordPress has a password strength meter which can suggest how much security your password offers. If all the accounts that have access to your WordPress site have strong user names and passwords, hackers won’t find it easy to do their bad deeds to your site.

Tip Number 7: Mask Login Pages

Login pages usually end with /wp-admin/ or /wp-login.php. Hackers know this, too, and they would target this given the chance. It is best to hide them using available plugins that hide the login page of a WordPress site.

Tip Number 8: Check your file permission settings

File permission settings can affect your WordPress site security. WordPress recommends 644 or 650 settings for files, and 755 and 750 for directories. WordPress also warns users against providing for a 777 permission for this will allow hackers to take control of your WordPress site.

Tip Number 9: Backup your WordPress site

Backup your WordPress site
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Should the worst happen to your WordPress site, you can go back online with a backup. That is why it is recommended that you backup your site. This is especially important for sites that need to be up and running at all times.

Tip Number 10: Avail an SSL certificate

A WordPress site with an SSL certificate is definitely more secure than that without it. SSL certificates provide secure connections between web servers and web browsers. SSL certificates are secured enough to be used for credit card transactions, especially in eCommerce websites.

For a more secure WordPress site, SSL certificates can truly help.

Our tips can truly help have a secure WordPress site. Follow them and cyber criminals will not be able to infiltrate your site that easily. Onwards to a more secure WordPress site!

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