Regarded as one of the most popular blogging platforms, WordPress hasn’t been away from the vigil eye of hackers. Supporting a wide ecosystem of free themes and plugins, this CMS has the caliber of helping you secure your website/blog in an excellent manner. If you too are a WordPress user struggling hard to keep your website secure and away from threats and vulnerabilities then this is a post just for you. Here, I’ve covered details about eight simple steps which if followed in the correct manner can aid you in enhancing the security of your WordPress web portal.

1. Store your website backups offsite

With validated backups for your website, you can rest assured about its 100% hacker-proof status. I’d recommend you storing all the backs for your site offsite by creating a dedicated cloud storage account like the very popular Dropbox. With all the vital data for your site stored on Dropbox, you need not get stressed in case hosting account or files meet an adverse scenario. In addition to this, also make arrangements for scheduling automatic backups to Dropbox as it would save you a lot of headache about performing regular backups.

2. Pick up a strong/hard-to-crack password

Although this is an obvious step, I would like to put special emphasis on it. Ensure that the password for gaining access to your WordPress website’s admin area is unique and hard to guess. Opt for WordPress Password Strength Detector in order to check whether a visitor has guessed your password or not. If someone has, make it a point to change the password immediately.

3. Use secure SSL Login Pages

Secure logins to WordPress admin dashboard are proven means of safeguarding your site against possible security breaches. Check out with your web host where you have a shared SSL or a unique SSL certificate. Upon confirming the same, simply paste the below code in your wo-config.php file:

define(’FORCE_SSL_ADMIN’, true);

Likewise, you can also opt for a WordPress plugin like Admin SSL which will force SSL on all pages for your WordPress website.

4. Refrain from using “admin” as your username

By default, WordPress assigns the username as “admin”. This opens doors to hackers who, being already familiar with the username find it quite convenient to hack the password. Therefore, it is advised to change your username rightaway. You may also choose to create a separate user via the WordPress admin panel, followed by assigning administrator role to this user.

5. Delete all unused themes and plugins for your site

A part of minimizing hacking attempts for your WordPress website is deleting all the unused themes and plugins. All the plugins and themes which byou haven't been using since a very long time can tend to consume a lot of space and compromising the overall performance of the website. Don't run after installing every latest plugin that comes your way. Before installing a new plugin, make it a point to delete the ones which haven't been used lately.

6. Leverage the features of Google Webmaster Tools

GWT(Google Webmaster Tools) is basically a set of tools that offer you detailed insights on your site's overall performance over the World Wide Web. These tools will offer you a detailed report from Google regarding the best times when you need to clean up your site by scanning it from scratch.

7. Backout from installing free themes in your WordPress site

On installing WordPress, you receive a set of free themes for use on your site. These themes are “Ok”. The problem lies in the situation wherein you, as an avid WordPress fan tend to go for every free-to-download theme that's available for WordPress powered blogs and websites. Although you aren't supposed to pay anything for these free themes, you might be indirectly inviting unwanted bugs and security threats for your site.

8. Remove the error message displayed on Login Page

Irrespective of whether a user enters a wrong username or password, an error message on the login page will serve as a handy tool for a hacker to gain access to your website's confidential areas. It is recommended to remove this error message completely. For this, all you need to do is paste the below code in your theme's functions.php file:

add_filter('login_errors',create_function('$a', "return null;"));

Wrapping it up

Now that you're well acquainted with the best techniques of securing your WordPress site against hacking attempts, it's time to put your best foot forward and follow the same for an improved website security.

About Author: Emily Heming is a professional WordPress developer for a leading PSD to WordPress company. She also provides conversion services like HTML to WordPress theme and many more. She has served many companies helping them in developing user-friendly website. So feel free to contact her.

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