Now powering over 30% of the world’s websites, WordPress is the most popular website system out there. And it’s no wonder. WordPress is easy to install, setup, and use. It has thousands of useful plugins that extend its power and functionality. And it has many beautiful themes that allow you to tweak the look of your website while still following classic design principles.
So why bother securing your WordPress site? Because once anything in the digital world becomes this popular, it becomes a big target for attackers. The bad guys know that most WordPress sites are easy to hack because they are not updated. Many sites don’t have a few basic (and easy) security measures in place to stop them.
Getting hacked can also affect your bottom line. A hacked website can cause downtime which can hurt your profits, reputation, and search engine rankings.
In this 4-part series, we’ll cover basic yet powerful ways to secure your WordPress website. You can do this even if you are not tech-savvy and know nothing about security. These methods are free and easy to do. Additionally, they will give you a huge benefit for the little time and effort needed to put them in place.
Basic Security Concepts
Before improving the security of your WordPress website, it’s best to learn some basic security concepts first. Although there are many, let’s start with two. These two concepts will help you understand the reasons for our recommended WordPress security steps.
Security is Ongoing
First, security is an ongoing process, not “set it and forget it.” The bad guys are always looking for new attack techniques and vulnerabilities. They discover new security holes every day, it seems. Luckily, we have good security researchers on our side, too. These white-hat hackers are also searching for vulnerabilities. When they find them and share their discoveries, software can be patched and improved.
The point is, although this series will show you how to secure your WordPress site, you are never “done” with security. You have to update and patch the WordPress core, plugins, and themes (more on that later). And you have to watch your website security status through things like email alerts and logs.
If you have a brick-and-mortar office space or store, you know it’s important to lock the doors and set the alarm every night. It’s the same with your website. You have a responsibility to keep it safe and secure, not only for your business but for your customers. Consider security just another part of doing business.
Defense In Depth
Another basic security concept is defense in depth. There is never one security solution that will solve all problems. It’s better to have many layers of security that add up and complement each other to become a complete solution.
Let’s go back to the office space example. If you combine locked doors, a burglar alarm, and security cameras, you end up with a pretty good physical security system. It’s the same when securing your WordPress website. By combining secure configurations, plugins, and practices, you end up with a more secure WordPress site. The sum is greater than its parts.
But enough security theory. Let’s get down to some real-world actionable steps to help you secure your site. In Part 2, we’ll cover the most important first step in securing and preserving your WordPress website.
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