WordPress has been the biggest thing in website building for some time now. You probably don’t need another “how to create a WordPress website” type of guide anymore. But have you found your neat, applicable, eye-pleasing infographic on how to secure a WordPress website yet?

On the WordPress official About website, they claimed:

WordPress is software designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use. We believe great software should work with minimum set up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely. The basic WordPress software is simple and predictable so you can easily get started.

And you know what? They did it; over the 15 years since WordPress started on May 27, 2003, they have managed to be the platform of use for 31% of the whole Internet. In this process, many personal users have been able to create their own websites and reach out to others through this channel. What WordPress did empowered the freedom of publication in the digital era.

Nowadays, everyone can have a website, and enterprises are spoiled for choice when it comes to building a business website for purposes ranging from branding to selling products.

Creating a website is now easy thanks to WordPress. How about securing a WordPress website?

Guides to building a WordPress website are so abundant that it’s unnecessary to read one more of those. Even articles on how to secure a WordPress website can be found all over the Internet. What we bring to the table is a fresh take on this old topic, in a format that is downloadable & memorable – infographic. The next time you build a new website on the WordPress platform, we hope this comprehensive and applicable list will be the first thing pop up in your mind when it comes to security.

(Text-only version can be found below)

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WordPress is the most widely used content management system (CMS) in the world. 31% of all websites on the Internet is created with WordPress. Many popular websites like CNN, MTV News and Sony Music also use WordPress.

Types of WordPress website

  • Blog
  • News
  • Business
  • E-commerce
  • Others

Common security issues

WordPress allows users to change Themes and add Plugins easily to improve the functionality of the website.
However, most attacks on WordPress websites are aimed at these components.

The percentage of vulnerabilities in different WordPress components: 11% in themes, 37% in WordPress core and 52% in plugins

Hackers continuously scan the Internet for websites with common and publicized vulnerabilities to attack. Therefore, websites of small and medium businesses are the most vulnerable.

How to secure a WordPress website

1. Use complex Usernames, Passwords and two-factor authentication.

Usernames, especially those of admin accounts, should not be the default “admin”. Change your passwords frequently and utilize a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Use the Google Authenticator plugin to enable two-factor authentication.

2. Update WordPress, Plugin &,Themes and hide your WordPress version

Backup your data frequently and update WordPress and all your plugins and themes as soon as you get notified. You should also edit your website source code to remove your WordPress version information to avoid being detected by hacker’s scanners.

3. Avoid untrusted sources of plugins and themes

These unofficial themes and plugins frequently allow hackers to attack your WordPress website because they are often outdated and contain unsafe and even malicious codes. You should only install plugins and themes from verified sources like WordPress.org and other well-known providers.

4. Use a web security platform

Web security platforms such as CyStack Platform can solve most common security issues found in WordPress websites, including finding vulnerabilities, detecting and removing malwares, early alerting of website problems, SSL encrypting and setting up a firewall against all malicious behaviors.

References:

https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/secure-your-wordpress-website
https://ithemes.com/2017/01/16/wordpress-security-issues

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