Website security is one of the most important maintenance features every company needs to invest in properly. The simple reason being that you do not want any hackers, malware or any other issues infecting your website. An infected site proves to not only be dangerous for you, but also your customers. If your site infects your customers, you lose their trust and in turn lose those customers.
WordPress powers almost 35% of all websites on the internet today. As that number grows, so does the number of hackers, as they have started to target WordPress sites specifically. You must take precautions in order to prevent your website from harm.
We believe some of the best ways to secure your site are:
Good hosting company
A good hosting company tends to provide many layers to ensure your site’s security. You might be tempted to go with a cheaper hosting service in order to save the budget and put the money elsewhere, but trust us when we say that would be a bad idea.
The additional layers of security are automatically added to your website, and additionally a good hosting service will speed up your site. And we all know, nothing is more annoying than a slow website.
Cenisa offers not just security features, but constant security check ups and 24/7 support as needed.
Lockdown features will disable your website and access to it once it has had too many failed login attempts. This is ideal for when a hacker is trying to get into your site; once they have too many failed attempts they get locked out and you are informed of a breech.
This feature can be set directly from your WordPress Dashboard in “Settings”, but if you want to include an extra layer there are plugins available to you, such as Login Lockdown.
Change your login URL
By default your site’s administrative URL is set to “wp-login.php” or “wp-admin”. Since this a very common URL, hackers have it quite easy when they want to find your website. By changing the URL, you are taking away 90% of a hackers chance to find it.
In your settings, you will have the option to change your admin URL. Make it something unique, something only you would be able to access.
Single Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a very beneficial feature that is needed for all websites. If your website asks for sensitive and confidential information, it is mandatory for you to have this installed— without it, the data between you and the user can easily be accessed by a hacker. SSL encrypts information between browsers and servers so that is is harder to understand.
Google also ranks you higher in search results if you have SSL. While you can buy and pay up to $200 a year for SSL, Cenisa offers SSL for free as a basic feature for your site because of how important it is.
Disable file editing options
Once you set up your website, in the dashboard you are able to edit your theme and plugin. When your site is live, disable the option to make these edits. If a hacker gets into your editing features, they can put in subtle codes that can mess up your entire site. Most times you will not notice the change in coding. In the coding, find “wp=config.php” and paste the following
This will disallow anyone to make any changes to the coding.
This one is pretty straightforward. WordPress and any additional features like the theme and plugins, have constant updates. These updates tweak the individual bugs and security features. Allow them to automatically update themselves when an update becomes available; this way if you forget to manually do so, it will be taken care of.
There are many more ways to ensure the safety of your site, these are just a few. Maintain your site on the regular to avoid any surprises.