8 WordPress Experts Share Their Tips For protect a wordpress blog

A short while ago I decided it would be a great idea to put together some blog security tips that could help both existing and aspiring bloggers.

We came up with one question, We asked eight WordPress experts: “What are the best ways to protect a WordPress blog” Their experiences and advice provide valuable wisdom for any Bloggers.

Ivan Jurišić, Digital Marketing Strategist at WebFactory Ltd, the developers of Security Ninja, the complete WordPress security solution for beginners & professionals.

In my opinion, there are two critical parts of protecting a WordPress blog.

The first one is knowing as much as possible about WordPress and the technologies that power it up. As well as knowing what you're doing online. By constantly learning, you will be able to act safe and avoid 90% of threats simply by avoiding risky actions. Take care of your passwords and be careful when posting links to your blog.

The second part is having all the right tools. Security Ninja is a good way to start as it will be constantly watching over your site. It will also deploy a firewall which can stop bad people even before they can try to do harm. Security Ninja will be also able to scan all the files & code, and even clean suspicious files for you.

Ivan

Jurišić

Robert Abela, CEO of WP White Security, the developers of WP Security Audit Log, the most comprehensive activity log plugin for WordPress.

WordPress security is a continuous process and not a one time fix. So the best way to secure your WordPress blog is to:

  • harden it: take care of the defaults, use strong passwords, install a firewall or use an online security service.
  • Log and monitor: install WP Security Audit Log to keep a log of what everyone is doing.
  • Test: Make sure you check that everything is setup correctly and test when possible.
  • Improve: Improve what you have. Make sure that you address any test results and keep all your software up to date and apply any new security features your website might need.

The below is just a high level overview of the concept of WordPress security. As long as you keep on repeating the above, i.e. Harden > Monitor > Test > Improve, your WordPress site will be fine.

Robert

Abela

Robert Mening, Web Developer & Editor Behind WebsiteSetup.org

By far, the best way to protect WordPress (and the easiest way) is to keep it updated. WordPress core updates along with updates to themes and plugins are crucial for security and should be done daily. The next best way to protect WordPress is to use strong passwords and user
permissions.

This includes passwords for WordPress admin and users, FTP accounts, hosting accounts, your professional email address, and more.
Why? Because the most common WordPress hacking attempts are done with stolen passwords. Not only should the passwords be strong but they should be changed frequently, at least 2-3 times per year. 

These two safeguards are easy to do and most importantly are FREE! Outside of these tips, consider the security of your web host and install a backup solution.

Robert

Mening

Peter Nilsson Founder of WP Newsify 

It is important and essential to take measures to increase the security of your WordPress website. There are different ways to go but the most common way is with plugins. Some popular and great WordPress plugins to enhance security are Wordfence, Sucuri Security, iThemes Security, Jetpack, and Security Ninja. 
 
Add additional layers with protection, a 2-factor authentication plugin such as Google Authenticator and a plugin like WPS Hide Login can be used to boost the security of the login page in WordPress, which is usually the first target for hackers. 
 
Last but so important, install an SSL certificate to secure data transfer for your WordPress website.

Peter

Nilsson

Colin Newcomer / HubSpot Inbound Certified Freelance Writer

I'm a big fan of the 80/20 rule for WordPress security. Doing a few small things right  will secure your site from most negative actions. This isn't sexy, but keep everything  updated, use a strong password, and secure your login page (something like Limit Login Attempts is good). Combine that with a reliable WordPress host and quality plugins/themes and your site should stay safe

Colin

Newcomer

Mike has more than a decade of professional experience in web development including HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, MySQL and WordPress Themes, Plugins and Troubleshooting.

This is his advice:

Safe passwords, don’t alter core, use plugins and themes from the wordpress repos only, always update them, limit login attempts and choose your host wisely.

Mike

Wish

Alister is a Software Quality Practice Lead at Automattic (WordPress.com)

This is his advice:

The best way is to simply install the Jetpack plugin which is best in class for securing and protecting your site. 

Alister

Scott

Obaidullah is a Junior Pre Sales Engineer at ABBYY Australia

This is his advice:

These are some ways you can protect a WordPress blog:

  • Limit Logins Based on Number of Failed Attempts
  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication
  • Change Your Host
  • Hide Your WordPress Version Number
  • Regular Backups
  • Limit Access to Your Login Page
  • Ensure that you have the right file permissions

Obaidullah

aleem

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