The Best WordPress Security Practices for Your Website in 2020

Author: Tom Cottrill | Date Posted: Mar 11, 2020

There is a reason many sites use WordPress. The flexible interface, ease of use, and availability of web developers who understand the platform are just a few of these reasons. But, we’ve often heard complaints from clients about the security issues that come along with a WordPress site.

There is a common thought that because WordPress is an open-source script it’s vulnerable to attacks. However, we have found that WordPress can be just as, if not more, secure than the other options available to businesses. It’s all about taking the necessary steps to protect your site and make it less vulnerable to potential hackers.

Our Tips for Keeping Your WordPress Website Secure

If you have concerns about the security of your WordPress website, we have some tips and tricks to help you ensure your site remains secure and protected from attacks.

Here are five ways to keep your site secure:

  1. Use Less Plugins
    This should be fairly obvious, but the more plugins you add to your website, the less secure it becomes. As plugins become quickly outdated, they are vulnerable to attacks from hackers. The majority of issues we see with WordPress sites stem from the use of outdated plugins or themes.

  2. Use a Qualified Host
    By choosing a hosting company that provides multiple layers of security, you can rest assured your site will remain secure. It may be tempting to go with the cheapest hosting provider, but you run the risk of leaving your site vulnerable to security breaches. And while there are many options available, we typically recommend WPEngine to our customers.

  3. Sign Up for Monitoring Services
    You can’t constantly be checking your own site for malware or other malicious coding. You need to find a security plugin that continually monitors your site for security issues or malware. At Ignitro, we tend to favor Sucuri.net because of its premium services and thorough site scanning tools.

  4. Change the Login URL
    Something you can do on your own to improve security on your WordPress site is to change the login URL. Make it so it’s difficult to predict. This makes your site a moving target and protects it from attacks.

  5. Update Passwords Regularly
    This should be something you do with all your business logins. Set a monthly reminder on your calendar to change your passwords. This makes it less likely that someone will be able to hack into your account by figuring out your passwords.

WordPress continues to be one of the most popular CMS solutions on the market. And because of this, hackers are taking notice and beginning to specifically target these sites. No site is an exception and the best way you can defend yourself and your business is by taking every precaution we outlined in this blog post.

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