When we were covering best blogging platforms for your business, one of the advantages of Wordpress we mentioned wass that it has a big developer community which results in a variety of tools and plugins designed for the platform.
There’s no doubt that WordPress’s content is its most valuable asset. However, there are some steps you can take and some additional plugins you can install that can help you protect and secure that content. In this article we will focus on these steps and plugins and investigate their purposes and benefits.
There are a few principal steps you should regularly perform in order to ensure your site’s security. First of all, make sure to update WordPress along with its plugins whenever a patch has been released. Usually, when a patch is released, the improvements and security holes that it fixes are publicly announced, meaning that attackers will most likely try exploits on these vulnerabilities first, because there are many people who do not update their WordPress regularly.
Since we already stressed the importance of your content in WordPress, make sure you’ve backed it up properly. And not only that, you should also practice recovering from your backups and prepare a recovery procedure, because when you need to recover for real, you will most likely be very stressed and not thinking clearly enough to do it correctly without help.
Common advice for all of your applications is to use strong passwords – including an uppercase letter, lowercase letter, symbol, and a number. You may also consider the ability of WordPress to provide administration over SSL. More information is available here. And don’t forget to erase the default “admin” account. It’s definitely the first account that potential hackers would try. Create another administrative account and use it instead.
After you’ve covered these main steps, you should get to know the following great plugins for WordPress, available for download:
Did I miss your favorite plugin or another securing step for WordPress? Feel free to leave it as a comment. I appreciate it.