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How to Secure Your WordPress Site or Blog.

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How to Secure Your WordPress Site or Blog.

 

WordPress is the most popular application and has been highly used by bloggers. Since WordPress uses MySQL and Php, it is common for hackers to find a vulnerability in WordPress. Here are some tips to Secure your WordPress site.


 

WordPress is probably the best CMS out there for blogging but is used for all types of sites as well. We offer this awesome CMS for many years for client sites. We know well that Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal and similar applications need some regular Basic work to keep them away from hacking attempts.

 

Useful tips to Secure Your WordPress Site or Blog:

 1.  Update WordPress

Keeping your WordPress up to date is the first and basic security tip. This is something that you never want to miss, whenever WordPress is sending an update, it means that they have fixed some bugs, added some features and most importantly added some security features and fixes. You never want to miss out on this.

 Please Update as soon as possible.

 Specially, with one click update, it’s easier to upgrade your site. Make sure, your theme and plugins are compatible with the update or else update them too. If an update has been rolled out and it’s  not a security update, just wait for 10-15 days, before other users stop reporting any bugs.

 

2. Update WordPress Plugins

 As, I mentioned above WordPress releases an update to fix bugs and security holes, and same goes with plugins. Many times, a vulnerable plugin or script used, can cause WordPress hacking. Some plugins are not updated by the programmers they created them, avoid those. Always, use the plugins which are constantly updated and get good support. Being dependent on such plugins, which are not updated from long is a bad idea.

 

 

3. Hide WordPress Version

 The WP version can spark an idea for the hacker to break in, if you are running an older version of WP and everyone can know what version is, you are in great danger.

 Most of the theme designers these days get rid of it for you, but just to make sure, go to your functions.php and add this line.

 <?php remove_action(‘wp_head’, ‘wp_generator’); ?>

 

4.  Use Complex Login Password

 A lot of people use simple passwords like ‘password’, ‘ilovejesus’, ’123123′. That is catastrophic. Please make your passwords complex, add a couple of special characters (%&*#) and keep changing it for every 5 or 6 months. We at giganetwebhosting.com have a special protection for failed login attempts . After a specific number of failed attempts from a particular IP, the IP will be blacklisted. This helps a lot to prevent any Brute-Force attack.

 

5. Check WordPress folders File Permissions

 Go to file manager in your Cpanel we provide you with your hosting account and check the files attributes of your WordPress folder and public_html directory. Its better if its 744 (read only), if you find it to be 777, consider yourself extremely lucky that you haven’t got hacked yet. Make sure, you verify that all file permissions are 744.

 

6. Delete Default Admin User

 This is one of the most crucial tip for people who looking to create a secure WordPress site. Default “admin” username is a target to Brute force attack and it’s a wise idea to change the default admin username to any other. Or when you install WordPress, make sure you use some custom username and not “admin”.

 You can Create a new user with Administrator rights, and give this new administrator a nickname that would be publicly displayed, in-case he/she writes a post. Now logout and then login to the newly created admin and delete the old admin user.

 

7.  Hide The Plugins Directory

 The plugins folder  /wp-content/plugins/ should not be showing the list of folders and files inside them. Just try visiting your plugins folder yoursite.com/wp-content/plugins/, if you see a list of folders and files, you need to hide them.

 To hide these folder, you need to create a new .htaccess file and drop it in your plugins directory.

 

# BEGIN WordPress
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# Prevents directory listing
IndexIgnore *
# END WordPress

 

If you already have a well written .htaccess file in your root directory, adding a separate .htaccess to an individual folder is not going to cause any harm.

 

These where easy steps to secure your Wordpress site or blog that anyone can follow.

 There are also a lot more you can do but you will need tech skills of a web designer and database manipulation. But if you are a programmer or web designer you should know them already and these are beyond this article that targets the average internet user.

 Anyway with our 24/7 support, monitoring and backup at giganetwebhosting.com you will be sure that you have the answer to any problem with your site.

 Happy wordpress hosting.

 

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