“I have a WordPress Website and I love every bit of it. But it is vulnerable to hackers.” If you have heard WordPress website owners say this, you must have observed that the expression of profound love for WordPress is often followed by a feeling of fear. Well, any website is a resource for business owners to make their endearing – dollars. But, the question is, what did they do to take care of their WordPress website?
Although WordPress is the most amazing and secure platform, it remains vulnerable to certain situations. There are a lot of steps you can take to keep all the threats at bay. Most of these guidelines are easy to follow and you can take care of it in few mins. To secure your website further, you can also make use of some trustworthy WordPress extensions. Now, without further ado, let us know about these steps in detail:
The HTTPS Saga
HTTP, as we all know helps with the data transfer between the browser of the surfer and your website. Which means, whenever someone accesses your website, their browser receives information including content, website code, media etc. Now, although it is a regular process, it can make your website vulnerable to security issues. While your data is in its transmission process, hackers can intercept your data and exploit it.
If your website works on the HTTPS protocol, it keeps your website’s data encrypted even when it is traveling between user’s browser and your server. Giants like Google and WordPress strongly recommend the website users to implement HTTPS protocol. And most of the WordPress website owners of today have implemented it.
It’s just that you might need a TLS/SSL certificate to switch it to HTTPS. Websites like Let’s Encrypt give these certificates for free. Thereafter, you can use HTTPS and launch/relaunch your website.
A Host That You Trust
Let’s assume that the world wide web is just like our Mother earth. And the server that hosts the websites are houses. Now, you would not like to live in a stranger’s house. Rather, you would not trust anybody but your family members. Similarly, websites need a secure hosting platform to thrive. If your server facilities are secure and robust, your website will function well and rank high on the search engines.
Find a host server that offers good support and a service that is exclusive to your platform. Also, a superior quality host keeps updated with the tools and software and keeps potential breaches at bay. Several web hosts provide security features including DDoS protection, SSL/TLS certificates, and web application firewall.
Just remember that any web host you choose should be able to provide you with 24/7 support and should be able to help you whenever there are any issues pertaining to security.
Login Credentials That Rock
We often overlook things and activities that are a part of our daily routine. Login id and password are one of them. If you are a WordPress website owner, you must be using your login id and password every day. But have you been selective about the kind of username or password you have chosen? Well, you must remember that even if you have chosen strong username passwords in the past, choosing one for your WordPress website is different deal altogether.
So, what should you do? Once you create your website and have to choose the username; make sure it is not your regular admin name. Password, of course, needs to be a strong one. Several website owners use four-letter word phrase having an amalgamation of special characters, letters, and numbers as their password.
In case you’re confused, you can seek help from WordPress’ password generator. It provides you with a robust password from its backend. Needless to say, you must keep your credentials in a safe place.
Whenever there is a website hack, developers and owners spend hours together to repair the damage. Moreover, the data loss is irreversible. And hence, prevention is always better than cure; they say. If you do not want such a situation to arise, make sure you follow the above-mentioned pointers. You can also have a word with your WordPress development service providers about ensuring the security of your WordPress website.
We are sure there are many other ways you can think of for protecting your WordPress website. Please feel free to share with us!
The author is the founder & CEO of Biztech IT Consultancy Pvt Ltd, one of the leading WordPress development companies in India. He also runs Biztech blog, where he shares insights from the world of e-commerce and other web-based technologies.