In my blogging experience I have seem many newbies asking questions about securing their wordpress blog from hacks and attacks. So I am going to explain 5 simple tricks to secure your wordpress setup. Just make sure that you implement these suggestions to be safe all time.
Limit Backend Logins
The biggest attacks are made on wordpress’s login section, because if a user has weak password then it will be easy to crack down and hack his website. Thus it is always suggested to keep your login section safe from continuous tries. You can install plugins to limit login attempts or restrict logins on your home’s IP address. My recommended plugin is Login LockDown which works all the time for me.
Use a Strong Password
The world is the full of users who still uses passwords like 123456, abcd1234 and simple dictionary words. Even for a new hacker it is easy to hack down such logins by brute force attack. Better keep a strong password with combination of small and upper case words, numbers and symbols.
Don’t Use Admin Username
More than 80% of users who make their first blog on self hosted wordpress platform set username admin. This is biggest issue as hackers try admin username as his first round. So if you made this mistake you can simply change wordpress username from phpmyadmin. If you not familiar with this simple create another admin user then login to that account and delete old admin user (this way you need to setup your account details again).
Keep Things Updated in Secure Way
WordPress is best blogging platform that mostly works on themes and plugins, so updating them to latest version is mandatory step. You need to update things for latest security patches and always try to keep things short and simple. Use good theme which is coded properly and only use plugins with good rating.
Some Good WordPress Themes to Start with…
- Divi (Multi-Purpose Theme) by Elegant Themes
- Genesis Framework (All Child Themes)
- Schema, SociallyViral by MyThemeShop
Back up on Regular Interval
Back up regularly because no once can predict what and when things can go wrong. I personally faced many downtime with small hosting companies and just because of backups I was able to switch to another host easily. Better idea would be use a perfect hosting company who has better uptime.
So these are 5 simple tricks to secure your wordpress blog. I hope you will like it and take my notes into the consideration. So good luck and happy blogging.