4 Ways to Keep Your WordPress Website Safe
So, you have optimised your WordPress, having it running smoothly- but what next? The perfect next step is ensuring you and your customers details are safe by protecting your WordPress website. These simple tips and tricks will ensure not only your websites success, but that it is safe as well! Vikas Rana, from SEO Services Brisbane says security is of vital importance to the success of your website. “By putting simple measures in place, you are ensuring the safety of you and your potential customers. This is what is most important”, he says.
Up time Monitoring
Up time monitoring is an important aspect of keeping your finger on your website’s pulse. You will obviously want to be the first one to know if your website goes down, rather than your potential customers. It would be a terrible look if they gave up and left. There are a great deal of different up time monitors available, but look for one that offers keyword monitoring, as this is an additional layer of protection.
Install a security plugin
Installing a WordPress security plugin be extremely helpful in brute-force prevention, malware scanning and an additional firewall more tuned to common WordPress attacks. A very popular WordPress security plugin that also happens to be free, is WordFence. WordFence offers all the aforementioned features along with a few added extras. All these features are fairly consistent among the leading security plugins, which also includes Sucuri and iThemes Security.
Install an SSL certificate
An SSL certificate is something that you can purchase and install on your website. By doing this, it will cause all your data between you and your visitors to become encrypted and therefore unreadable by anyone who might be trying to hijack the data in-between. You don’t want to be giving away customer’s personal information, or even worse their credit card details. Having an SSL certificate will also give your website a green padlock next to the URL in the address bar. This will give your customer a sense of trust that your website is secure, and their information is handled correctly.
Strong WordPress Username and Passwords
This may sound incredibly simple, and it definitely is. The first step is never set your WordPress website username as admin. It is obviously the most common username, and will be easy for hackers and bots. Create something unique, yet still relative to your business.