Every webmaster has to deal with various issues of website security at some point when managing their online businesses. This is regardless of the size of their sites. You might be enjoying all the benefits of a successful website but have you ever thought about the security of your site?
For this post, we take a look at three recommended ways in which you can secure your website. Remember that, just like your home which you have to lock when leaving, your website also requires you to take appropriate action to ensure it remains secure. So, how do you ensure that it’s well secured?
Use strong passwords
When it comes to creating passwords, the essence is for you to set up strong passwords that are difficult to be predict yet easy for you to remember. As a rule of thumb, it’s important to mix various characters when creating your passwords such as upper case, lower case, symbols, and numbers.
Besides, you will need to have long passwords preferably with more than eight characters. This tip may sound like an obvious one, but it cannot be overemphasized. If anything, coming up with a password that’s strong enough yet memorable might not be the easiest thing to do.
A while back WordPress used to rely majorly on an algorithm to rate passwords used by users as either Weak, Medium, or Strong.
However, since the introduction of its version 4.3 in 2015, WordPress now creates strong passwords on your behalf which we think is brilliant. This, therefore, means that you don’t need to think much about creating a secure password yourself and should thus leave the job to the software.
Of course, we reckon that this may come with its fair of challenges such as a possibility to forget the assigned passwords. Fortunately, there are numerous tools you can use today to assist you in remembering passwords such as Keeper and 1Password.
Regularly update your WordPress and all tools involved
You possibly by now understand that WordPress is an open-source code. As such, anyone is free to contribute towards its development while also taking part in improving its functionalities and expanding its foundations. As you can expect, any source code is bound to have lots of regular updates and improvements as users try to improve it regularly.
For example, when a user discovers a particular bug in a WordPress code, developers are often quick to formulate a fix for the bug. All updates then go through a rapid testing before they are eventually deployed.
At this point, you will get a notification from WordPress regarding the new update which in most cases tends to be as simple as clicking a button. To complete the update process, you will need to follow the steps below;
- Log on to your WordPress and go the Dashboard.
- While here, you should be able to see Home and Update options.
- Click on Updates.
If there’s any update, whether for WordPress, themes, or plugins, then you should be able to find all the details here and if you need to, run the updates.
Carry out backups
While updates are meant to improve your WordPress or enhance its security, it is not uncommon to find out that some of the updates have gone sideways or turned out awful. This is the reason you need to have a backup in place so that you can easily go back to previous versions should you want to.
A majority of web hosting providers offer a provision to conduct and run backups for your site through the cPanel. However, some do not, and thus you need to carry out the process manually by copying files and database from your end.
Fortunately, the process of updating should not always be difficult especially with all the tools available today.
For example, you may consider using BackupBuddy or VaultPress which are both paid plugins that can effectively handle the backup process for you.
Bonus Security Tips
While the three methods outlined above can comfortably help you secure your WordPress, there are many more ways to assist you on the same.
For example, you can use a CDN, set up a brute force protection, or enable a two-factor authentication.
However, what matters the most are the basics as discussed earlier in this post i.e. update WordPress regularly, use strong passwords, and backup your website. If only you can observe these three simple rules, then you can enjoy a considerable level of security.
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