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5 ways to improve your WordPress security

With billions of the world's websites using WordPress, how can you ensure your information is truly secure against hackers?

Sophie Porter 01. Dec 2016 4 minutes
hosting and security

Ah, WordPress; the Content Management System (CMS) we all know and love…

Wordpress has been through many incarnations over the last few years - we all have fond memories of when it was great for hosting a simple blog - and, these days, Wordpress has evolved to become a fantastic, and rather powerful, CMS to build websites with. So much so, in fact, that an incredible 20% of the world’s websites are built using WordPress. That’s a lot of websites by anyone’s standards!

And, with billions of websites out there using Wordpress, many of them linked to successful and growing businesses looking to continually increase their online presence, the heat is well and truly on to ensure WordPress is as secure as it possibly can be to house all that sensitive business information.

So, for any of you reading this who are considering using WordPress or, like us, already use Wordpress, here are 5 ways to improve your Wordpress security:

  1. Take the ‘admin’ out! When setting up your username, WordPress always defaults to ‘admin’. For any information hungry hackers out there who know this, ‘admin’ will be their consequent first guess. Make your username secure; make it random, make it unrelated.

  2. Mix up your password: We all get it - that uncontrollable urge when setting a password to make it the same, or a variation of, our other 15; the name of our first love, our favourite child (yes, we all have one. Don’t we?) or even the neighbour’s dog. Whatever is most likely to stick in our memory and never get lost. However, this is terrible for online security. When setting up a password for your WordPress account, choose something with lots of numbers, letters, and symbols.

  3. Avoid the free stuff: Yes, freebies are wonderful, but not when it comes to themes. Not only can they sometimes be a little clumsily put together and look a little rigid or tacky, but they can occasionally be demo versions of paid-for themes that allow sneaky little hackers in through the tiniest window of opportunity without you noticing. Never be afraid to spend a few extra pennies to guarantee the safety of your information.

  4. Use high-rated plug-ins:Plug-ins are great and allow us to do wonderful things to and for our websites, but we should always be wary of any plug-in with a low or non-existent rating, as it could come with a nasty bug or hacker attached to it. Like anything, you should always purchase plug-ins for your website from reputable, reliable sources.

  5. Find a great host: Like a memorable dinner party where the food is great but the host is a drunken mess, letting any Tom, Dick or Harry in for a bit of the grub, if the CMS behind your website is really secure, and the host isn’t, your website is at risk. Pay good money for a good host; trust us, it’ll be worth it in the long run!

What do we think about securing your WordPress website?

Securing your website against pesky hackers is never going to achieve a 100% success rate, whatever you do. But luckily there are many measures you can take, like those listed above, to make your website - your valuable information - as secure and risk-free as possible.

Look at it as the online version of insurance; by securing your CMS, you’re protecting your business, and that can only be a very sensible thing to do…

Talk to us today about your WordPress website and how to improve it.

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