WordPress is by far and away the most widely used content management system (CMS) on the internet. Over 25% of websites use WordPress. By comparison, the next most popular CMS, Joomla, is only used by 2.8% of websites. The ease of use, huge community, and seemingly endless number of available themes and plugins are among the reasons why WordPress is as popular as it is.
Unfortunately, being so popular also means it’s a popular target for hackers. After all, hackers want to cause as much devastation as possible, and what better way than to try and hack the platform that is used by over a quarter of the internet?
There are some easy ways to protect yourself from these hackers, though. Most of the things below take little to know tech savvy at all, and following these practices will make your WordPress website safe from most vulnerabilities.
1. Don’t use the username Admin
This is simple enough, but something plenty of people don’t do. WordPress installations through script installers like Softaculous sometimes will default to the username Admin. You should always change this. One of the most common hacking attempts is done by what’s known as brute force, which essentially is a hacker using an automated script to try thousands of usernames and passwords. If you use the username Admin you’ve already done half of the work for them.
2. Update your plugins, themes, etc.
Another relatively easy way hackers gain access to WordPress accounts is through plugins and themes. As these plugins and themes get older hackers get more time to try and find the vulnerabilities in the software. They use these vulnerabilities to update malware onto WordPress accounts Keeping your WordPress software updated is a simple way of thwarting attacks from the get-go.
3. Take frequent backups
Taking backups of your website is an important habit to commit to, regardless of what platform you’re using to manage it. Backups will save you if something disastrous were to happen. It only takes one mistake to ruin a website, and not having a backup will lose you hours upon hours of hard work.
There are plenty of plugins that can automate WordPress backups for you. BackUpWordPress is a free, simple plugin that you can use to schedule backups whenever you want.
4. Use strong passwords
You’d think this would go without saying, but you’d be surprised at how simple some passwords are. If you have trouble remembering more complex passwords you can download the program KeePass which will allow you to securely store all of your passwords so you can grab them easily when you need them.
5. Choose the right host
It wouldn’t be a blog post without a sales pitch, right? A good hosting company will help you stop hackers from successfully breaking in to your account. WebHostingPad’s Secure WordPress Hosting does just that, and more. While standard, shared hosting accounts are secure, they don’t specifically enhance WordPress security like WebHostingPad does. With this package you get:
- Automatic Malware scanning
- Automatic Malware Quarantine
- Off-site Backups
- Global CDN
Along with these security enhancements you also get placed on a special set of servers that host only WordPress websites. This is because we built these servers to specifically run WordPress as fast as they could. The servers include SSD storage (which are much faster than standard hard drives), performance Cloud Linux, more RAM, and more.
Regardless of what web host you choose or what package you’re on, these are some simple steps you can take to protect your WordPress website. Doing such will greatly reduce your risk of being hacked.
Have any of your own ideas on how to protect a WordPress website? Let us know in the comments!