Essential Steps to Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure

Many new WordPress users often ask a few questions.

  • How do I keep my WordPress site secure?
  • Can I do any essential things to prevent security compromises and hackers?

Many of the popular blogs and websites (about 40% of all websites in fact) sites on the internet are created using WordPress. Even The Whitehouse website is built on WordPress these days. So it would be good to know how to protect your website from being hacked. This article will discuss some essential tips for keeping your website safe and secure.

At its core, a WordPress website is built with security in mind. A whole team is dedicated to the security of WordPress, and they work diligently to ensure that any vulnerabilities that arise in the core script are patched very quickly.

It’s always a good idea to make sure that you’re keeping your WordPress installation up-to-date with the latest security patches. Additionally, you should consider using some type of firewall on your website to protect against brute force attacks and prevent any malware from being uploaded.

Since WordPress has such a vast community and is open source and free, it’s easy to add themes and plugins to the core script to enhance your website’s design and functionality.

These themes and plugins can also come under attack or become vulnerable to compromise, and they should, like the core script, be kept up to date regularly.

An important thing to do is to install an SSL certificate on your site. WordPress offers this for free, a simple process that can be done from the dashboard.

The installation will only take minutes, but you’ll need a little technical knowledge or some assistance if you’re not familiar with the language of code or how programming works.

Another way to keep your site secure is by using plugins that monitor changes and check permissions, detect vulnerabilities, restrict file access or block certain types of content in the site structure on your web server.

The most important thing to do is ensure that your WordPress site’s software and plugins are up-to-date. You can update all of the plugins on your site by navigating to “Plugins” and then selecting “Updates”.

Here you’ll be able to see if any updates need to be installed and can install them from there. Many people think that just because they’re not doing anything, their website won’t get hacked or compromised, but this couldn’t be further from the truth – hackers will hack and try to steal your traffic or even your critical data.

If you are unsure about doing this yourself, you can hire a WordPress Consultant to carry out the updates and even manage this on your behalf into the future.

A WordPress site is an excellent option for creating a website because it’s free and straightforward to use, but if you don’t know how to keep it secure, anyone can get in!

Gordon Sheppard

Gordon helps owners of small businesses and entrepreneurs in the service industries run a more effective business website. He can help your business improve sales, increase profits, and gain efficiency by providing a results-driven, consultative approach. With a career spanning over 30 years in technical support, marketing and service delivery, Gordon understands business owners' pressures to position themselves ahead of their competition in the service industry sector.