There are three keys to secure and protect your WordPress site. You want to make sure these three areas are addressed as soon as possible:
Set up a regular backup
A good backup allows you to recover from almost any disaster that can befall your website. Your web host will back up your account periodically, but check the fine print. The quality of host backups varies considerably from one host to another.
Take charge of your own backups! It’s up to you to protect your WordPress site with timely and valid backups. Make sure you’re backing up correctly by:
- backing up often enough
- doing full backups (not just the database)
- storing your backups offline
Keep WordPress updated
WordPress currently powers around 25% of all websites. This popularity also makes it a popular target for hackers. The bad guys are busy looking for ways to compromise your site. Fortunately, the good guys are equally diligent in closing loopholes as they’re found.
Security updates are issued frequently. These updates are for plugins, themes and WordPress itself. Make sure you protect your WordPress site by staying up to date!
Monitor your site for security issues
There are numerous plugins that will help monitor your site with regular scans and alerts. Our free report describes our recommended security plugin.
The key is to pick a security plugin and use it to protect your WordPress site! Pick one that at the least does these things:
- alerts you to out of date software
- alerts you to suspicious changes to WordPress core files, plugins and themes
- provides some measure of security hardening to prevent problems.
Avoid plugins that are complex as these can easily be mis-configured and lock you out of your own site! In addition, more is not necessarily better. Multiple security plugins can conflict with each other causing more problems than they solve.
Your Site is Your Responsibility!
The most important way to protect your WordPress website is to take responsibility for your site’s security. Whether you do your own maintenance or have someone do it for you, it’s up to you to make sure it’s being done.
For more information and my recommendations for tools to protect your WordPress site visit https://thesmallbusinesswebsiteguy.com/keep-wordpress-safe and pick up our free 3-step guide today.
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