You have been striving hard to create your first WordPress for the last couple of weeks, even you had to miss some nights out with your closed ones. And, finally you are done: your WordPress site is now ready to be launched in the online marketplace. However, you must have faced several security issues while creating your WordPress website. It may have been a nightmare having to deal with various difficulties that came across in the development part. But, do you know that you could improve some phases right from the beginning and go live with a secure WordPress website.
Starting from the plugins you choose to the themes you apply; WordPress security is one of the most important considerations you’ll need to take into account while developing the website. In this post, you will find some of the best tips help you boost the security of your upcoming WordPress website:
1. Don’t use “Admin” as your administrator username
“Admin” is the most common WordPress username which is used by the most people. With this commonly-used name, you make it easy for the hackers to access your website’s admin panel. You must prefer using another username which is difficult to guess. If you have already launched your WordPress site, you need to create a new user with the administration privileges. It will make it difficult for the hackers to log-in on your website.
2. Choose the strong passwords
You must choose a complex password for your admin panel. Most people use very common passwords such as “123456”, “12345678”, and “qwerty”. The passwords play a major role when it comes to the security of your WordPress website. Thus, you need to choose a strong password that consists numbers, symbols, and capital letters. Make sure your password is at least 15 characters long.
3. Use two factor authentication for login
Two factor authentication is one of the most powerful ways to secure your WordPress website. Google, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, and other similar services provide you with the opportunity to use an advanced way to log in. There are several plugins available that can help you implement the two-factor authentication such as Rublon which is a popular email-based two-factor authentication plugin. Besides, you can use Clef that uses the camera of your mobile phone.
4. Keep your WordPress environment updated
In order to protect your website from hackers and other online threats, make sure your all files are updated to their latest version. WordPress always comes with security enhancements in its updates, so it’s necessary to update it on a regular basis. With updated files, you may get bug fixes, better compatibility, improved performances, and several new features.
5. Download plugins from known resources
Plugins play a major role in WordPress development that can really help you enhance the functionality of your website. You can find several useful plugins on Mojo Code, Code Canyon, GitHub and WordPress Plugin Directory.
6. Keep your WordPress clean
You must clean your WordPress database by removing useless data such as old themes, unnecessary or deactivated plugins. All these useless stuff may bring some security issues as you haven’t been updated or used them for long.
Always check all these below mentioned things while downloading any plugin:
- Also, check their customer support is free or paid.
- Read user reviews, comments or other opinions about the plugin.
- Don’t forget to take a full back of your web site database before installing any plugin.
7. Prevent directory browsing of your site
When your server is unable to find an index.html or index.php file, it’ll show a page revealing the information of such directory and making significant information about theme, plugins, and so on, easily available to anyone. This information can make your website unsafe to hackers as it reveals the flaws of WordPress plugins. Hence, it’s necessary to disable directory browsing in order to protect your WordPress website.
Security is an important aspect of WordPress development that you must keep under your radar. If you follow all these tips, you will be definitely able to enhance the security of your WordPress website.
Gaurav Mali works as a project coordinator at Baymediasoft – a Custom WordPress development company. Passionate about the technical writing; Gaurav has been involved in the cutting edge landscape of the web and mobile app development for three years.