WordPress is a popular Content Management System (CMS) and almost all the websites are built with this. The software is an open source allowing developers to create a wide array of plugins, themes and widgets. Since there are lot of themes and plugins available to customize your site according to your wish, we should maintain them also. Thousands of sites are hacked by hackers day by day, so the security of your site is very important.
Here are some tips to protect your website from hacking:
A good WordPress hosting
A good web hosting provides multiple security layers to your site and monitors it always for malware and attacks. Though there are lot of cheap hosting are available in the market, we have to consider its quality even if it is costly. A cheap hosting doesn’t provide a good security. So before buying it from a company, we have to go through their reviews and performance.
Don’t forget to keep your WordPress up to date
Always update your WordPress plugins, versions and themes. This will help to increase your website’s security. When you are updating your WordPress update, you are updating WordPress fixes, bug fixes and security improvements. From your WordPress admin’s dashboard you can directly update your WordPress.
Check out this : dashboard>update
Never use Nulled/Free Premium Theme
We can find free premium/nulled themes from many sites which can be become dangerous for your site. Always choose premium/paid themes that will be professional and have more functionalities which will be useful for your site. Paid themes usually have an activation key to activate it. So it will be secured. In the other hand, null themes can contain many kind of malicious codes and bad links which can harm your WordPress.
Always use a strong password
The most important part of website security is its password. So always use a strong password which is difficult to guess. A simple and plain password can guess by anyone. A plain password like a name or combination of numbers can be easily guessed. So you should use complex passwords which is a combination of alphabets, numbers and special characters.
5. Add a limited login attempts to your site
Usually WordPress permits users to login many times. This will be easier for a hacker to use many password combinations and hack your site by using a method called ‘Brute Force Attacks‘. So make sure that the login to your site is limited. You can use your WordPress’ login limit plugin to do this.
6. Change WordPress admin logging URL
The default WordPress login address is ‘yourdomain.com/wp-login.php‘ and this should be changed for your website’s security. If hackers try to hack your site, they will run a very brute force attack by using different password combinations. Escape from this you should change your login address. You can add security questions also to your site to make it more secured.
7. Disable File Editing
Usually in WordPress, a user can access the theme editor by going Appearance>Editor. This is the inbuilt file editing function of WordPress. The plugin can also be edited by this way by clicking Plugins>Editor. If hackers enter your site, they will inject malicious codes to your themes and plugins, so better you should disable these features for your security.
8. Add Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate
Generally, an E-business site collect sensitive data, for eg., passwords, credit cards etc. SSL is a protocol which provides the encryption. So a site with SSL certificate will get an SEO boost on search results. For an E-commerce site, this certificate is must, because they are dealing with sensitive information. SSL encodes the sensitive data which can’t be decryptable effortlessly. This will make your site more secure.
9. Always hide WP-Config.php and .htaccess file
This is for an extra protection for your site. Usually hackers target these files to destroy your site. So you should hide these files from users for security. First take a back up of both files. Follow the below steps:
Go to your wp-config.php file and add the code <files wp-config.php>
order allow, deny
deny from all
Similarly, add the following code to your .htaccess file, <files .htaccess>
order allow, deny
deny from all
10. Always use a WordPress security plugin
The WordPress security plugin help you to make your website more secured. This plugin monitors your website always, scans for errors, checks for malware and prevent brute force attacks. Thus, the plugin will take care of all your security. You can use many free security plugins available.