SECURITY TIPS FOR WORDPRESS

Apr 28, 2016   Allumez   Web Development

The first tip is to cut back on plugin use. We should delete the plugins & the themes we’re not using. But it is worth noting that we should make an effort to limit the total no. of plugins we install in the first place.

To keep the site secure, we need to be scrupulous in the criteria that we use to select the plugins. It isn’t just about the security, either. It is about the site speed & the performance also.

The second tip is to not download the premium plugins for free. It is a bad idea overall to try to download the premium plugins from anywhere other than where they are officially for sale. The illegal versions of the premium plugins usually have a malicious code. It is lame to download the pirated plugins anyway, but if we need more of a deterrent than that, the totally legitimate plugins are often corrupted with the malware by the time they hit the illegal download websites which means what was once a great premium plugin with an excellent code is now a hacker’s direct line into our site’s backend.

Skip the illegal downloads & the torrents. We can surely consider the automatic core updates.Though minor updates install automatically, major ones still need an approval. But updating our site may not be enough, especially if we do not make site maintenance a regular habit.

In such cases, the more automated you can make the tasks, the better it is. We can insert a bit of code into our wp-config.php file to configure our site to install the major core updates automatically. The other tip is to eliminate the plugin & the theme editor. If we are a kind of developer who routinely makes changes & tweaks to plugins & the themes then we may need to disregard the section. But if we do not use the built-in plugin and theme editor in the WordPress dashboard on a regular basis, we are better off disabling it altogether.

So we can remove the editor by inserting the other bit of code into the wp-config.php file. The next step is to eliminate the PHP error reporting. Beefing up the site’s backend security has a lot to do with closing of the holes and the weak spots. If a plugin or a theme does not work properly, it may cause an error message. This is very helpful when troubleshooting these error messages often include the server path. The hackers will only require to view the error reports to get the full server path, which means that we will be handing them every nook and cranny of our website on a silver platter.

The other way is to protect our most pertinent files by using .htaccess. The other way is to hide the author usernames. If the WordPress defaults are left intact, it is really easy to find out the author’s username for our site and since more often than not the main author of a site is also the administrator, it’s also easy to find out the admin’s username.

The other way is to obscure the login page. Sometimes the hackers can gain access to our site due to security vulnerabilities on our computer. The best way to combat with this is to keep our computer up-to-date. When the software patches are released, we should install them.


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