Creating a Secure Website on WordPress in 7 Steps

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Set the timer on your smartphone for 60 seconds. Wait for those 60 seconds to pass. Done?

In that short amount of time, a whopping 1,000 new websites debuted on the Internet.

Even more astonishing? Fully 24% of websites are hosted through WordPress.

If you are thinking of starting a website on WordPress — or you already have one and you want it to succeed — the first order of business is to make sure you have a secure website. We’ll tell you how.

7 Steps for Creating a Secure Website on WordPress

1. Protect with Passwords

You’re not still using your pet’s name or your anniversary as a password, right? Right?

Good. So what are you using? It may seem elementary, but choosing a password that’s hard to crack — a random combination of numbers, letters both uppercase and lowercase, and symbols — is crucial for protecting your website.

Try a password generator for truly impenetrable passwords.

2. Your Username Should Be Unique

When you start your WordPress website, you’ll automatically get a “default” username. Delete that right away. These default names are easy for hackers to target. When both your username and password are unique, hackers will have a much harder time getting into your site.

3. Let Plugins Help

There are scads of WordPress plugins, but the most important ones of all help protect your site. A security plugin will conduct security scans and prevent bot traffic on your site.

4. Speaking of Plugins…

Both plugins and themes can enrich your website, make it more attractive, and help you conduct business. However, they can represent weak spots in your site.

Make sure that any theme or plugin you choose comes from reliable developers. Read reviews and note when the theme or plugin was last updated. If it seems old or outdated, move on.

5. Stay Up to Date with WordPress Itself

The older the version of WP you’re using, the more vulnerable you may be. Since WordPress 3.7, core updates happen automatically. Yet you still need to manually update with every new major release.

6. Backup, Backup, Backup

Remember the dark ages, before auto-save was a thing? Remember that sinking feeling of losing an important term paper because you didn’t save it properly?

Imagine if that were to happen to your entire website.

It’s an unlikely scenario, but wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?

Again, there are plugins that can help with this task by backing up your secure website at regular intervals. These plugins will usually perform other security measures, as well, like checking for malware.

7. Choose A Managed Hosting Plan

A managed hosting plan offers several security assurances: firewalls and configurations to prevent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks; automatic updates of WordPress and any plugins you might have; and support in the event of a security breach.

Developing a secure website, whether it’s your own personal cooking blog or a B2B commerce site, is an exciting venture. It’s also complicated, so make checklists and carefully tick off each box.

If you’re already feeling unsure, however, remember that there are experts in website development and maintenance that can lend a hand.