So now you’ve installed WordPress, the first thing to do is to make your WordPress site secure. If you’re a beginner then you might have no clue about this. Even if you know about WordPress already, there might be a little chance that you have been ignoring certain important things about WordPress that makes it secure. So in this post, I will point out the best tips and practices that helps to improve WordPress security.
1. Use Reliable and Best Hosting Provider
Always use popular and reliable Web Hosting service providers. Make sure there will be live support availability. If there isn’t one, then ditch that hosting company. A few examples of reliable Web Hosting providers are Bluehost, Hostgator, Namecheap, Godaddy etc..; My recommendation for you would be Bluehost and Namecheap, since they both have a good name, no bad reviews so far and a relaible live support 24*7.
2. Always Keep Updated
Always update your themes, plugins and WordPress Core Files , whenever an update is available. These updates includes important security patches and other critical stuff that helps in protecting your site from vulnerabilities.
3. Never use the Admin Username
Never use ‘Admin’ as your Username for your WordPress site login. Using username as ‘Admin’ only makes it easier for an attacker to hack your site easily. If you are already using Admin as your username then create a new user and make him Administrator. Actually you can set the username while installing the WordPress on your hosting.
4. Use Strong Passwords
Always use Strong passwords which includes numbers, symbols, and a mixture of Upper and Lower case letters. And also always use 10+ words password. Never include your personal details in your password.
5. Secure login Screen
Every morning i get a mail stating that “Too many login attempts, i.p blocked.” This is actually a hacking attempt on FactsnFakes. But no worries to me, because FactsnFakes is all secured. Anyway using plugins like Wordfence and Limit login attempts, your site’s login will be safe and secure. Limit login attempts is a direct plugin that only protects your site’s login. Whereas Wordfence is a complete security solution for your site. Another simple way is to install Really simple captcha plugin, that adds an added captcha for your login form.
7. Disable User Registration
If you’re a sole writer for your site, then it’s better to disable user registration. Otherwise there will be so many spam registrations [We’ve had almost 100 spam registrations in just 2 days]. Even if you allow Guest posting, it’s better to get in touch with those guest writers and create their login credentials yourself. This looks like over reaction, but believe me this will free you from many headaches. You can disable user registration from Settings => General on your WordPress Dashboard.
8. Avoid Free Themes and 3rd Party Plugins
I’ve been telling this to every blogger i meet. Never use free themes for your site. Use premium themes which helps in improving your site’s presence over the internet. Mythemeshop offers premium wordpress themes for a low price, using our Mythemeshop Coupon Code. Now coming to plugins, never install plugins from 3rd party sources other than the Official WordPress Repository.
9. Always Keep Backup
I always recommend you to backup your WordPress site once in a while. In case of any unexpected situations, these backups might help you a lot. Your hosting provider offers backup solution for you, everyone does. So always keep backup.
10. Install WordPress Security Plugins
The security plugins scans the entire WordPress installation for unwanted stuff like Malware, Virus etc..; So you can sleep well without worrying about things like those. To know more about WordPress Security Plugins, check our article about Top 5 WordPress Security Plugins.
Bonus Tips : Even if you have followed all the above tips, one main thing to always follow is to keep your computer or the device, through which you’re accessing WordPress, free from Virus, malware, Bad stuff etc..;
Theses are the important things to do to secure your WordPress site from being hacked. In our upcoming posts we will post about advanced measures to protect your site from attacks. That’s all for now. If you think that we have missed anything important then please let us know. We will update asap. Don’t forget to share this. Thank you 🙂