Last Update November 10, 2020: We improved the overall article.
No matter whether you want to create a business site or one that enables you to convey your personal message to your target audience, WordPress has emerged as the most viable option as the website development platform.
In fact, by providing ease to users in creating and managing their site, WordPress has become the standard CMS (a.k.a content management system) for webmasters.
There’s no disputing the fact that WordPress offers several exciting capabilities for creating a successful website.
Considering the popularity of this CMS platform, it’s only natural that WordPress is open to attack. As a matter of fact, one problem that scares most of the WordPress users is the security of their website.
Even though WordPress comes built-in with many useful security plugins, still, it would be better if you’ll take additional measures to keep your website protected security vulnerabilities (or hacker attempts).
Through this post, I’ll share with you 5 easy-to-follow steps that will help ward off WordPress security threats:
Step 1 – Switch to Latest WordPress Version Upgrade
First and foremost step that you must take to keep your WordPress site secure is to switch your current site to the latest WordPress version.
That’s because the new version release comes with fixes to security patches that were found in the previous version of the WordPress CMS.
Additionally, the upgraded version also comes bundled with improved features that can help in improving your website security.
The most recent WordPress version 4.3 is a great example of providing features to harden security. Well, you might have heard of using a strong password to avoid brute force attack.
With version 4.3, you won’t have to worry about creating hard-to-crack passwords since it comes with a better approach to create passwords.
Using this WP version, you won’t be getting passwords through email, rather you’ll receive a password reset link.
Step 2 – Pick Your WordPress Theme and Plugins Carefully
The second most important step, you need to follow is to pick a WordPress theme and plugins that receive regular updates.
Although it still might not ensure the security of your website, it will definitely address any security vulnerabilities that are found in the theme or plugin and will update them accordingly.
It is recommended that before choosing a plugin,
you must check out their detailed descriptions, as some of them might be monitored by 3rd parties such as “Sucuri” for security.
Of course, installing such plugins will give you peace of mind.
Step 3 – Ensure That Your Website Runs Automatic Update
Wouldn’t it be better if your site is being updated automatically?
You can ensure that your website performs minor, as well as, major updates automatically, by making a few changes to the code. Doing so, will save you from the hassle of having to run WordPress updates manually.
Simply add the following code snippet within your wp-config.php file to enable automatic updates in your site:
define ( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true );
Note: Make sure to keep a backup of your site before making any changes to the code. If something goes wrong, then you can run the backup to restore your website.
Step 4 – Make Sure to Disallow File Editing
In the worst-case scenario, wherein some malicious users (or a hacker) somehow gains access to your site’s admin panel, then they’ll probably edit your website core files by modifying the code.
But, you can prevent such a situation from happening by disallowing file editing. To do so, you just need to implement the below-given code in your website wp-config.php file:
define( ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true );
Step 5 – Disable Directory Browsing
You must avoid users from browsing throughout your directory. That’s because finding out about your site’s directory structures will make it a lot easier for hackers to find any security loopholes in the website; this will enable them to hack your site.
And so, you must disable directory browsing. For this purpose, simply add the following line of code in your .htaccess file (available in your WordPress site’s root directory): Options All -Indexes
The success of your WordPress site does not depend entirely on appealing visuals and superior functionality, you also need to harden the security of the site to ensure the long-term success of the site.
While it’s not possible to ensure 100 percent security of your website, however, following the aforementioned steps will definitely help in keeping your site protected against hacker attacks.