WordPress is the most famous and most popularly used CMS for blogging. The core of WordPress is very secure but still hackers always attempt to find a loophole in the core to hack it. As WordPress is used by millions of users, so the hackers try to find vulnerabilities in WordPress and exploit them to crack them.
This article focuses on securing your WordPress site against these hackers and all their hacking attempts. It covers some of the most important and fundamental elements of securing your WordPress blog.
There can be hundreds of loopholes for the hackers to breach your security. It is technically not possible for anyone to take care of each and every single loophole. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you will sit idle and wait for the hackers to steal or destroy all your hard work.
1) Ensure that you are using a very secure Host
I personally consider this to be the first and foremost step in WordPress security. If your hosting provider itself is not providing you any security, then you are in real trouble. There have been many cases when hundreds of blogs got hacked in minutes due to poor hosting security.
There can be an another scenario too – suppose you are using a Shared Server and a particular site in your server (which has very weak security measures) gets hacked, then all other sites sharing that same server have ample scope of getting their security compromised.
It is the best option to go for a VPS. But neither everybody needs a VPS nor they can afford one. If your blog doesn’t get huge traffic then probably you will never need a VPS, but ensure that you are using Shared Server of a very reputed web hosting company.
2) Securing the Username and Password of your Blog
Taking a strong password is the tip that you probably have read in almost all security related articles. The password is the key to the lock that opens up your admin panel. So choosing a very strong password is extremely essential.
If your password doesn’t contain alphabets, both capital and small, numbers, special symbols, like !, @, #,$,etc then you are probably not doing it correctly. Make your passwords look as ugly as possible. More ugly it gets, more secured it becomes.
Now, comes the point of securing the username too. Every WordPress blog has an admin username by default. So, if the hackers are sure about your username, then all they need to do is make combinations to find the password.
So, it is always advisable to remove the default username of your blog permanently. So, now the hacker neither knows the username nor the password, they need to guess both of them.
3) Securing the Database and wp-config.php and .htaccess files
These are some of the most technical aspects of WordPress security which needs utmost attention. Database is like the brain of your WordPress blog. It contains every single useful information which is required to run your blog.
By default, the WordPress database comes with “wp-” prefix, so it is very important to change to prefix to something like this “bf432lxz2112fk” which is almost unguessable by the hacker in any way.
The wp-config.php file contains very sensitive data of your WordPress blog, so securing it is very important. All you need to do is change the permissions strictly and move the file one step up from your main folder.
The .HTACCESS file also contains very important data which are required to secure your blog. So, change the permissions of this file so that it becomes unreadable and un-writable by others. Also, do not forget to disable directory browsing, so that hackers do not get any chance to view the directories on your server.
4) Taking complete backups of your blog regularly
Backup is just the next part of security. Securing your WordPress blog is never complete without a proper backup solution. You need to be very serious about taking regular backups of your entire blog.
If some day, your blog gets hacked even after taking all kinds of security measures then it is your backup that is going to save your day. Take regular backups of your Database, XML export and important files like wp-content.
Be prepared for all kinds of situations. It is best advised to use any automated backup plugin like BackupBuddy or BackWPUp to take care of the entire backup business of your blog, so that you can get enough time to write valuable content for your readers.
These are some of the most essential tips that you must follow in order to get your WordPress blog secured to some extent. There can be many other loopholes in the eyes of the hackers, but these are the most basic security elements that need to be taken care at the very first instant.
If you have any other security tip that you want to share it with your fellow bloggers, then you are most welcome to do so in the comment section. Let us help each other to make our WordPress blog more secured.