Why wouldn’t you try to secure your website if it’s your livelihood? When you purchase a new iPhone, you wouldn’t want to have it password free, right? You’d have either a fingerprint scanner or face ID in place. The point is, you’ll integrate some sort of security system to prevent someone from hacking you.
The same applies to your website! As much as I love WordPress, it’s not perfect. Sure it’s easy to customize with plugins, themes, etc. However, with so many possibilities, it also opens up to vulnerabilities.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to have thousands of blog posts, an actual eCommerce store, just to have everything taken away from you thanks to a hacker that doesn’t like you. That’s why WordPress is constantly pushing out updates to help secure your website.
I’m a firm believer in not depending on anyone to help you. Don’t only person dependable on taking care of your business is yourself. That’s why I’m going to provide you with 5 WordPress security tips you need to implement right now (well, some of these are general tips, not just for WordPress). Without further ado, let’s get started!
#1. Always Have A Backup
After surveying a few bloggers in my community. I have concluded that many bloggers don’t have backups to their website. In my opinion, daily backups are crucial just in case I need to restore my blog to the latest version, so I don’t lose too much progress.
The biggest benefits of having a backup of your website are how quickly and easily it is to restore your website if it gets deleted or hacked. Sometimes it’s not because you got hacked or your website got deleted. Something minor like a blog post that got deleted by accident can use a quick restore.
Personally, I use a tool called VaultPress.com. It comes with the Jetpack Personal Plan ($39.00/year). It creates a backup on a daily basis, so I can go to bed each night with peace of mind.
As a matter of fact, yesterday I messed up my entire website when trying to integrate a new design. If it wasn’t for VaultPress, I would have to spend the entire day fixing it. Let’s not forget that I’ll only be back to square one once the website is restored to its original state.
With VaultPress, I was able to restore it very quickly, so I could start over again to finish up the new design for Smart Affiliate Hub. Remember, always have a backup plan!
#2. Secure Web Hosting
When choosing a provider to host your website, it is important that you choose one that is secure. Most hosting providers have their own set of security measures in place to ensure that hackers can’t hack into their servers.
Again, like I mentioned above. You can’t depend on anyone, but yourself. Even with a secure web hosting provider, I still recommend backing up your website on your own.
If you signed up with a web hosting provider who is not secure, you’re going to have lots of problems down the road. It’s also very annoying to switch hosting providers! I know this first hand when I switched from Wealthy Affiliate to Hostgator.
Right now, I am hosting my blog on Hostgator and I am very satisfied with the performance (using their cloud host). Wealthy Affiliate is a great option for those who want to learn how to make money online, but it does cost $49.00/month.
If you can’t afford to spend $49.00/month, you can always opt in for Hostgator and pay far less. I will even provide you with my own free WordPress installation service to get you started.
#3. Use A Strong Password
Alright, let’s go back to the basics to securing anything; a strong password. I remember getting hacked in a game called, RuneScape because I used a password that was easy to guess. Nowadays, RuneScape requires you to create a strong password during registration.
The same applies to WordPress! Many people make the mistake of using a password that’s easy to guess. I’m not sure if it’s still the same, but back in the days, people would use brute force to crack passwords using a database of commonly used passwords. That’s why I have passwords that you would never find in the dictionary.
In terms of securing your website with a strong password. I recommend mixing it up with symbols, numbers, upper and lower case letters, etc. Here’s a good example of a weak password: Cowboy123 and here’s an example of a strong password: CkD14?x47d97.
#4. Limited Logins
Besides having a strong password, you should also limit the allowance of login attempts. This is because if a hacker tries to brute force their way into your website, they will only get 5 attempts. During this time, you will also get a report notifying you of the attempts, so you can block their IP address.
This reduces the likelihood of them breaking through and it might also discourage them from trying to continue. After all, there are 100s of thousands of blogs out there… why try to hack someone who obviously cares about the security of their website, right? You can install a plugin called Limit Attempts by BestWebSoft.
#5. Keep Your Plugins and Theme Up-To-Date
I always check my WordPress dashboard on a daily basis, not just to ensure that I have new content for my readers, but also to ensure that my theme and plugins are up-to-date.
WordPress pushes updates on a regular basis to fix bugs and potential security issues. That’s why you need to keep your plugins and themes up-to-date. In fact, I get updates on a daily basis since most of my plugins are paid versions, so the developers are constantly updating them.
Is this 100% guaranteed? Absolutely not. Even big corporations like Apple, Microsoft, etc have been hacked in the past. However, if you don’t try to secure your website, you’re basically leaving one door open for hackers to enter.
Whereas if you apply these security measures, the hackers will have to go through different vault doors before they can actually get to your website.
That concludes this article and if you have not already applied these security measures. You need to go and do it now! If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns. Please leave a message down below and I will try my best to help you out!