How to Secure WordPress Website from Hacker
WordPress is the biggest Content Management System of all time, powering more than 30% of all websites. Many people use WordPress as their CMS because it is easier to get and set up a website using WordPress.
Its user interface tends to have a comforting warmth for non-specialists and novices. Startups, in the beginning, can not afford to have a website that costs them hundreds of dollars and is directed towards content management systems like WordPress to help them through. But people who use WordPress are often seen complaining about its security.
Being an open-source content management system, it attracts many attackers of different types to experiment with their skills or test the patience of the website owner. The website owner, happening to be a startup owner, can get frustrated or go through articles like this to help him through the situation. Let’s see how we can achieve a certain level of security in WordPress.
The first and foremost thing to do is, choose a good hosting company. A hosting provider who provides more layer of security is undoubtedly better than the one who provides lesser. It may cost a couple of bucks more, but it’s definitely worth it as it saves you the time and effort of implementing those layers of security manually.
Cheaper hosting services do attract us all, but it is to be understood that they do and will cost us more with time because either we will have to implement all those layers manually, or worse, our website gets hacked. So simply put, choose wisely.
The second most important thing you must never do; getting a nulled theme for your website. Premium themes may cost you some amount and will definitely provide you and your users with a better user interface, but you can question yourself, why should I get a pain theme and not a nulled one?
Well, because premium themes not only come with good user interfaces, but they are supposed to pass a couple of tests and checks before they’re made available in the market. At the same time, nulled themes are the hacked versions of premium themes and are not tested at any criteria. Most of the time, those nulled themes contain malware, and soon as you set the website up using that theme, you’ll get to know why they’re illegal and unethical to use.
WordPress comes with many useful plugins that help you maintain your website and integrate new functionality easily. Some plugins enhance the security of your WordPress website. A security plugin takes care of your site security, scans for malware, and monitors your site 24/7 to check what is happening on your site regularly.
Take a look at the ratings and reviews of some of the best plugins and choose which ones to use on your website. These plugins also help protect the website and add up extra security layers, which help prevent attacks. Securi.net is one of those plugins. They offer countless services, including file integrity monitoring, activity auditing, remote malware scanning, etc.
People on the administrative side of the WordPress website tend to use a weaker password for ease of use and help them remember, which often can cost them good fortune. Some passwords are easy to guess and easier to break. So, if you are using a password that is easier to guess, you must immediately change it. Use rather complex passwords, including special characters, capital letters,s, and numbers with the former two.
If you may have noticed, there is a file editor in the Appearance section of the admin dashboard of your website, which allows you to edit your theme’s code and inject your own code directly into it. It would help if you disabled it before going into production. If an attacker gains access to your dashboard, they can inject malicious code into your website using that theme editor option.
Malicious code can be so invisible a thing that you won’t notice until it’s too late. You can disable the code editor by editing the ‘config.php’ file in the WordPress directory. Set ‘DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT’ to true, and that’s it.
Installing an SSL certificate is the basic need for any website these days because if your SSL certificate is not valid, your website is listed as insecure in most browsers. It does serve a purpose in enhancing the security of a website. Earlier, SSL was required only on websites that involved payment transaction methods, but now it is considered a crucial need for every website.
SL certificate ensures that the website’s data and the user are not being transferred in plain text. It rather encrypts the data to maintain the security of both the website and the user. For the WordPress administrator to login to the dashboard, they’re required to provide their credentials on a wp-login page which is redirected to by the wp-admin URL. Wp-admin is the default URL for users with administrative privileges to log in to their respective dashboards.
Since this approach is the same for all WordPress users, attackers can perform password cracking attacks on your WordPress login page to access the dashboard. To avoid such a situation, you must change your default login URL to something only known to your organization. There are other ways to handle this as well.
For example, you can add a two-factor authentication plugin to your website or add a security question to the login page. These are advanced security features and can enhance your website’s security to a level high enough to be not breached by an ordinary hacker.
No technology is ever completely safe or unsafe; it’s the practices that make it so. However, we must always make sure that we are using the best practices towards securing our systems from hackers out there. Spending some money for the betterment and safety of your business is far better than spending a lot on gaining its access back from the hacker.