Many website owners don’t pay much attention to the needed security of their WordPress websites. They only realize the importance of WordPress security once their website or blog gets hacked. Those who have a WordPress website know that WordPress is on the list of many easy-to-use and popular content management systems (CMS) you can find over the internet. But, at the same time, they also need to understand that the WordPress platform is also on the top target of spammers and hackers.
According to recent technological surveys, 5 out of 10 hacked sites are based on WordPress. But it doesn’t mean that WordPress is not a secure platform. In fact, it is most secure than several other web development platforms. To make sure that your WordPress site is safe all time, it’s important for your to update it to the latest version. Proper maintenance and security enablers make it tough for hackers to attack your website.
Hackers don’t like to waste their time by attacking unpopular platforms. Hence their major target is WordPress websites since almost 60% of active websites are built on WordPress platforms.
Even though your website is having very low traffic but the risk is still the same. In fact, many hackers try to hack into a small or unpopular website, not for the reason of deleting files or stealing any data. Their main purpose is to use the host web server for sending spam emails. Once they hack your website, they will try to install a special software program or malware that will be used for sending a load of spam emails. The hackers do it in a manner that the website owner never notices that someone is using your server without your permission.
However, there is no need to be afraid. We are presenting some important tips that will help you shield your WordPress website from spam and attacks.
Never use premium plugins that are available for free
Many of the time online business owners run their businesses with a tight budget, which forces them to look for ways to save money. We understand that it’s not easy to run a website on a short budget. However, it is not a good idea to download your desired premium plugins from any website that are available for free. All you have to do is to visit the plugin’s official website whenever you need to re-install that plugin.
Premium plugins that are available for free on several third-party websites may contain malicious software like Malware. Therefore, you should always buy premium plugins from the official website or from authorized sources like codecanyon.
Protect all-important files using .htaccess
Mostly experienced WordPress users always know the use of the .htaccess file and have easy access to it. Making certain changes to the file can lead to a great impact on the security of the WordPress website.
In case you have not yet known about .htaccess and never worked with the file, then it would be best to learn about it. Basically, the .htacess file deals with the webserver configuration. Additionally, the file contains specific rules for your webserver to handle files for your website.
This file is used to create easy-to-use URLs for every web page present on the site. Apart from this, it is also used to make the necessary changes related to security on your website.
As given below there are a few things the file will allow you to do for your WordPress website in terms of security:
- Block suspicious IP addresses
- Disable browsing directory
- Allow authorized IP addresses to gain access to wp-admin
- Block blackhat bots
Hide Website Author Usernames
It is not a good practice to use WordPress defaults as they are. The main reason we ask you not to use WordPress defaults is that every WP username is the same for administrators by default for each website built using WordPress. Usually, the default username for a WordPress website is ‘admin’. So, you have to change it. If you do not change it, it will be easier for hackers to access your website as they already know about the username of the site in advance.
If your website is having multiple authors but none of them are administrators, then it’s good because if any author account is hacked, the hacker will not have complete access to the site. However, if you are having a small WordPress website where only one administrator account is present. And you are using the same name as an author. Then you must change the name of the account now and never use the username as an Author name. Because it can be visible on the post pages. For every author name try to give a different username not relevant to the author name.
If possible hide the WP login page
Although it’s not enough to just hide the WP-login page because it can be retrieved. Because of several elements present on the WordPress website it will not prevent hackers from gaining access to them. But at least it will make it harder for them to hack your website. Hiding your Wp-login page for your site can be done in a few seconds if you use the right plugin.
Another method is to move or rename your WordPress login page, it will make it very difficult for hackers to have any unauthorized access. In fact, hackers use different kinds of methods to attack, having a hidden login page, the hacker has to go through several attempts, making it tough to hack the site.
You can choose from many plugins that can make this task easier for you. But we recommend WPS Hide Login for the purpose of hiding the login page.
Always host a website using a trusted hosting company
Statistically, 4 out of 10 websites get easily hacked because they are more vulnerable just because of compromised hosting. Therefore, it’s best to select the hosting with a maximum security level. Before getting any hosting, check out the list of the feature of a good hosting provider:
- Automated Malware scanning and finding suspicious files
- Automatic theme update
- Powerful Firewall Protection
- Optimized properly for WordPress site
Supports the latest version of MySQL and PHP
There are some more tips to choose the perfect hosting service for your website. You never want to invest too much in hosting when there is limited traffic on your website. Find a hosting provider that is easily scalable and charges only for the services you use. It’s best if you have a plan where the hosting provider offers limited visitors but have maximum security enables.
Try to add anti-spam plugins which give extra protection to your website. If you want a completely secured WordPress website, Digital Legates can help you. Via our WordPress website design services, you can get a powerful yet customer-engaging website that is fully protected with premium features.