Top 8 Ways To Make Your WordPress Site More Secure

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Now A Days Security Is A Major Thing For All Aspects, Even If Your Site Is More Secure Than Your Competitor Site, Google Will Value You The Most, Your Customers Will Trust You More.

Today I Had Covered The Eight Really Important Steps Which In Case If You Don’t Follow, Will Make You Less Secure Online.

And If You Follow These Steps You’ll Get More Security.

More Security Means More Value And More Trust.

More Security Will Give You Extra Bunch Of Traffic As Well.

Here Are Those Eight Ways,

1. Change The Admin Username

During your WordPress installation, you should never choose “admin” as the username for your main administrator account. Such an easy-to-guess username is approachable for hackers. All they need to figure out is the password, then your entire site gets into the wrong hands.

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I can’t tell you how many times I have scrolled through my website logs and found login attempts with username “admin”.

The iThemes Security plugin can stop such attempts by immediately banning any IP address that attempts to log in with that username.

2. Monitor Your Files


If you want some added WordPress security, monitor the changes to your website’s files via plugins like Wordfence, or again, iThemes Security.

3. Change The WordPress Database Table Prefix


If you have ever installed WordPress then you are familiar with the wp- table prefix that is used by the WordPress database. I recommend you change it to something unique.

Using the default prefix makes your site database prone to SQL injection attacks. Such attacks can be prevented by changing wp- to some other term. For instance, you can make it mywp- or wpnew-.

If you have already installed your WordPress website with the default prefix, then you can use a few plugins to change it. Plugins like WP-DBManager or iThemes Security can help you do the job with just a click of a button. (Make sure you back up your site before doing anything to the database).

4. Make Backups Regularly To Secure Your WordPress Website


No matter how secure your WordPress website is, there is always room for improvements. But at the end of the day, keeping an off-site backup somewhere is perhaps the best antidote no matter what happens.

If you have a backup, you can restore your WordPress website to a working state any time you want. There are some plugins that can help you in this respect. For instance, there are all of these.

If you are looking for a premium solution then I recommend VaultPress by Automattic, which is great. I have it set up so it creates backups every week. And should anything bad ever happen, I can easily restore the site with just one click.

I know some larger websites run backups every hour, but for most organizations that is complete overkill. Not to mention, you would need to ensure that most of those backups are being deleted after a new one is made since each backup file takes up space on your drive. That said, I’d recommend weekly or monthly backups for most organizations.

On top of the backups, VaultPress also checks my site for malware and alerts me if anything shady is going on.

5. Set Strong Passwords For Your Database


A strong password for the main database user is a must since this password is the one WordPress uses to access the database.

As always, use uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters for the password. Passphrases are excellent as well. I once again recommend LastPass for random password generation and storing. A free, and quick, tool for making strong passwords is the Secure Password Generator.

6. Monitor Your Audit Logs


When you’re running WordPress multisite or handling a multi-author website, it’s essential to understand what type of user activity is going on. Your writers and contributors might be changing passwords, but there are other things you might not want to happen. For instance, theme and widget changes are obviously only reserved for the admins. When you check the audit log you’re able to make sure that your admins and contributors are not trying to change something on your site without approval.

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The WP Security Audit Log plugin provides a full list for this activity, along with email notifications and reports. At its simplest, the audit log could help you see that a writer is having trouble logging in. But the plugin might also reveal malicious activity from one of your users.

7. Protect The wp-config.php File


The wp-config.php file holds crucial information about your WordPress installation, and it’s the most important file in your site’s root directory. Protecting it means securing the core of your WordPress blog.

This tactic makes things difficult for hackers to breach the security of your site since the wp-config.php file becomes inaccessible to them.

As a bonus, the protection process is really easy. Just take your wp-config.php file and move it to a higher level than your root directory.

Now, the question is, if you store it elsewhere, how does the server access it? In the current WordPress architecture, the configuration file settings are set to the highest on the priority list. So, even if it is stored one folder above the root directory, WordPress can still see it.

8. Disallow File Editing


If a user has admin access to your WordPress dashboard they can edit any files that are part of your WordPress installation. This includes all plugins and themes.

If you disallow file editing, no one will be able to modify any of the files – even if a hacker obtains admin access to your WordPress dashboard.

To make this work, add the following to the wp-config.php file (at the very end):

define(‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’, true);

Conclusion

In Short, If You Follow These 8 Steps Which Are (Change The Admin Username, Monitor Your Files, Change The WordPress Database Table Prefix, Make Backups Regularly To Secure Your WordPress Website, Set Strong Passwords For Your Database, Monitor Your Audit Logs, Protect The wp-config.php File, Disallow File Editing), So You Will Get The Better Security For Your WordPress Website.

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