In this blog, I have mentioned how to secure your WordPress website.
WordPress is the most popular blogging CMS that exists on this planet. Nope, that’s not my verdict, that’s what some of the recent studies have proved. Wellbeing specific, WordPress powers more than 25% of the total websites of the world! You know what that means, right? A huge number!
So if WordPress is so damn popular, it’s only natural for WordPress security vulnerabilities to exist, right? I mean when you have a huge fort, you’ve got more entry points to secure, don’t you? So yeah you just should know to know how to secure WordPress Website.
Now, the one question arises is, how? Right? I mean just because you have a WordPress website doesn’t mean you’re a professional coder/programmer too, right? It’s not like you can just change some code on your site and increase the defense lines by 10x?
Well, the good news is, you don’t need to! So hey enough with the chit-chats, let’s get down to Business! This post is about securing your WordPress websites, but from what? Yeah, that’s exactly where I’m gonna start this post off.
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Types of WordPress Vulnerabilities:-
Now well it’s not just a “hack” that’s a vulnerability. There are tons of other vulnerabilities that exist too, and that’s exactly what I’m planning to get you familiar with.
This is a threat that took the world by storms. What this simply did is, it allowed hackers to register as guest/authors or any other role on your website (except Admins!). Well just because they weren’t admins didn’t matter shit for them, with just the Guest or Contributor access, they caused havoc around websites.
This one came around a year back, well as the name suggests, they found out the Blog admin URL, and then did whatever it is they do, and in around 10-15minutes had the power to reset the WordPress passwords to whatever they liked.
And then, you can forget your site for good.
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Of course, Denial of Service attacks can’t be ignored when talking about WordPress vulnerabilities. What hackers do is, send more requests to your server than the server can handle, and as a result, the server crashes.
It’s not a “vulnerability” exactly, it’s more of a universal feature, I mean just about any site could be targeted with it, so we just have to make sure ours is strong enough to take the shocks!
These were just a “bite” of the WordPress vulnerability slice. There are 1000+ small and large (large as in more dangerous) WordPress vulnerabilities, now I can’t name all of them can I?
So now that you’re familiar with the attacks, let’s get down to the defense part.
How to Secure WordPress WebSite:-
Okay so hey the above section explains that there’s a dire need for you to secure your WordPress Website, right? So let me answer the “how”!
#1 WordPress Installation Folder.
Make 200% sure that you aren’t using the default WordPress installation folder. Which is generally at www.yoursite.com/wp-admin
Now, this is something that’s known by everyone, hence it is an extremely easy target for whatever kind of attack there is. Be it scripts, software, or whatever. It’s like you’re laying out it on a plate for them “Hey, Here’s my WordPress installation, please attack it”.
So yeah keep the installation folder something else, something random. Say www.yoursite.com/fasddsa works just fine, (as long as you can remember it!).
#2:- Two Step-Verification:-
“Passwords, are the most vulnerable part of your online protection”- I forgot who said this!
Pretty ironical huh? I mean we trust passwords with protecting our data, but yeah with all those advancements into this whole internet thing, I’d say that statement is more than just correct.
So yeah establish Two-step verification is something you just can’t ignore.
Two-Step verification is just one extra layer of security to your account. Let’s say it might be adding a device, like a smartphone to receive some kind of password! Or maybe it could be scanning a QR code (depends on the plugin).
How to set it up?
The only plugin I can think of now is “Clef”!
Well yeah, just download it and install it on your WordPress! You’d understand pretty easily what it is and what it does! It increases your security level, simple as that.
#3 Pay a Bit, or Pay a LOT!
Didn’t get it?
I’ve seen quite a lot of you guys looking out for Free themes and plugins! Well, guess what.
The guys who null the themes don’t just do it cause it’s their hobby. A lot of times nulled themes and plugins are loaded with Malware and scripts which can literally ruin your blog in the long run.
So well yeah, you can just try paying for the themes or plugins. They don’t cost a lot anyway! Or else, you might end up paying quite a sum of money to the web dev’s to restore your site back to its health once it’s been compromised.
#4:- Managed Servers:-
It’s not that the normal ones are bad, it’s that if “security” is seriously what you’re taking seriously then managed servers are a good option.
Now they’ll make sure that your site’s CMS is totally up to date! Additionally, they’ve physical, real firewall back-ends to make sure no matter how bad you’re hit by DDoS, you won’t be coming down. Or well, any other kind of attack.
Those are not even “all” the things you get with a Managed server. It included automatic backup and a hell of a lot of other things.
So bottom line? Managed servers are better, definitely a bit more costly, but worth the money.
#5:- Hide your WordPress Version:-
Okay so for some reason you might have skipped updating your WordPress the last time, right?
Guess what, the “last” version is always vulnerable to something, and hence the newer version comes around. So yeah it’s not wise to leave it out in the open.
So the one thing you can do about it is, hide your WordPress Version! But probably, updating your WordPress is the best option.
Your WordPress Version is shown publicly at two places, the readme.html file, and the Page Meta header.
- As far as the readme file is concerned, just rename it to something random. Something like 131dsadas. Well, you won’t be needing it anyway, and renaming it hides it from the prying eyes.
- And with the Page header Meta, you just have to add the following piece of code to your theme’s function.php file:-
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#6:- Secure WordPress Plugin (s):-
Okay as the last resort, you can try using security plugins to build up the defenses. Now, there are quite a number of plugins out there that claim to protect your WordPress website.
But I’d just go out on a limb and name some I’ve either worked with or am confident with the reputation:-
- BulletProof security.
- Wp Security
And there’s a big list out there you can find from Google, but something tells me you won’t need to. Just search for any of the above, compare them, and then install them!
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Final Words:- How To Secure Your WordPress Website?
So yeah guys that were all I had on how to secure a WordPress host in order to have a secure WordPress Website. You can either employ one of the tactics, or all of them.
And in fact, these are just some of the simplest tactics, being honest there are 100’s of other things you could do to secure a WordPress website, but then again that would just complicate things.
If you got questions, make use of the comment box! Or well just hit the share button maybe?