WordPress is definitely the most preferred content management system used by millions of users. Many businesses use WordPress to develop their websites too, which are content-intense. But did you know that as much as 70% of them are vulnerable to intrusions and compromise your security? That’s an alarming percentage considering the popularity of WordPress among businesses. More than often, the culprits are the themes and plug-ins used on the WordPress site. This can be contained if you get a little more cautious while adding the themes and plug-ins on your WordPress site. Here are some points to consider for a less vulnerable WordPress site for your business:
Freebies, unless coming from WordPress itself, can be dangerous! Nothing comes free, and if it does, it is definitely at the cost of your site’s security.
Check the authenticity of the plug-in or theme developer/provider
Check the versions and always go for the latest version
Keep your version of plug-ins and theme up to date. Choose to update automatically so that whenever an update is available, it will be automatically updated and reflected on your site.
Tweaking the plug-ins is not recommended as it can compromise the security and full functioning unless you are a pro.
User reviews are a great way to decide on the popularity and authenticity of a plug-in or theme
Check the support section of the plug-in or theme you intend to download. Make sure that you see more issues that are resolved or else do not opt for it
Avoid 3rd party plug-ins and themes to be on the safer side
Periodically check and delete the plug-ins not being used
Apart from the plug-ins, to ensure your WordPress site’s security, you can consider implementing the following recommendations to:
File permissions need to be checked and changed. Directories with 777 are a big no. The recommended permissions are 640, 644, 750 or 755.
Avoid using the Admin user. Create your own user and grant permissions to that user. Delete the admin and other obsolete users for your website.
Strong and frequently updated passwords are recommended.
You must hide the author’s username to be more secure.
Periodic Security audits and checking the dashboards will give you a fair idea of the activities on your website. If you do it more frequently, any compromise can be easily detected faster and remedial action can also be taken immediately to avoid further damage.
It is also important to choose a reputed hosting partner. If the host is vulnerable to hacking and intrusions, it will affect your site too.
In short, meticulous choice of plug-ins and their periodic audits are a must to make sure that your WordPress site remains safe and secure.
About the Author: ANAKHA is a Content Writer at Code9 Technologies, a Web design company in Cochin, Kerala. She is well-experienced in Web design and also a passionate about music, reading. She also works on some freelance marketplaces like Walk in Medical clinic Calgary.