If your website has been attacked by robots, hackers or other rogue elements, you will know that setting it up correctly again may become a nightmare. As WordPress has become more and more popular, it has become a target for hackers because the rewards may be greater. Although there is no foolproof security, we can take many small and large measures to avoid some common WordPress security errors and make it more difficult for robots to enter our website and cause serious damage.
In this article, let’s take a look at common security mistakes on WordPress sites. We will also find out what we can do to minimize our vulnerability to security threats.
Mistake #1: Not updating WordPress
WordPress has a great community that can be vigilant about security issues. The WordPress issue team will update regularly to fix security threats. But we need to perform these updates on our WordPress installation and patch any security holes. Major updates to the WordPress core will happen automatically, but for minor updates and updates to themes and plugins, you need to pay attention to the notifications displayed on the dashboard.
Updating WordPress is usually a smooth process with just one click, but sometimes incompatibility issues may arise, which can damage your website. There is more information about updating WordPress in this quick guide to updating WordPress.
Mistake #2: Don’t buy high-quality themes and plugins
Improperly coded themes and plugins are a security hazard on your website. Not only will they slow down your website, but they may also be incompatible with the version of WordPress you are using or with each other. In addition, they can also serve as entry points for malware.
The obvious precaution taken here is to only purchase themes and plugins from high-quality sources. There are many good free themes and plugins in WordPress. If you choose advanced themes or plugins, please look for Themeforest or CodeCanyon and other well-known theme houses, such as WPExplorer.
Choose those with higher ratings and enjoy more downloads. Read reviews of themes and plugins, and see what other long-term, real users have said about them. Check the change log to see if there are regular updates. Write to the author before purchasing to find out if the theme or plugin is suitable for you. To eliminate any actual problems, if possible, you can run it on a test site.
Mistake #3: Do not update themes and plugins
Just like WordPress, your themes and plugins should be regularly updated with bug fixes and security patches. Your job is to test these updates and then install them to ensure your WordPress site is safe.
notes: One of the most common reasons people make their themes obsolete is custom code. This is why it is important to use subtopics. If you plan to make any changes to the theme file, remember to use sub-themes so that you can safely update the core theme in the future.
Mistake #4: The login page lacks security
The login page is where the user is authorized to enter the website. But many unwelcome rogue users can also cleverly enter our website from the login page, and even get administrator-level permissions. To prevent this, we need to enhance the security of the login page. Really, it is not difficult to do this, you can make many simple adjustments to stop pranks at your door.
You can change the username from the frequently used “Administrator” and force the use of a strong password. Or, limit the number of login attempts-this is particularly effective in preventing brute force attacks. Another easy-to-use protection method is two-factor authentication.and Google promotes the use of SSL, You may want to be one step ahead and apply it to your website as soon as possible. So, you see, the login page is a good place to start improving website security.
Mistake #5: Improper use of user roles
WordPress has many user roles-administrator, editor, author, contributor, and subscriber. Not everyone needs to have the same permissions on your website. When you add users to your site, pay attention to the permissions you grant them on the backend. Only allow them the permissions required to perform their duties on the site.
Granting all users unrestricted access can make it easier for hackers to invade.
When all the subscribers need to do is read the content, they really don’t need to give them any access to the backend. Edit-level access should only be granted to trusted users, and administrator-level access can be granted very carefully, if any. Allowing users to use limited permissions and forcing them to use strong passwords can control access to the backend to a large extent.
Mistake #6: Do not delete unused themes and plugins
Over time, we will continue to add plugins and themes to WordPress as needed. But once we no longer use them, we forget to delete them from our website. It is not enough to just disable themes and plugins, you must delete those you do not intend to use. This simple step can reduce your chances of exposure to malware. Inactive plugins do not consume RAM, bandwidth, or PHP, but take up server space. Not only will this slow down your website, it can also be used to run malicious code on your website.
Before adding a plugin to your website, please check whether WordPress can handle specific functions natively. Or the theme you use or your host may cover the features you need. Therefore, if there are plugins for these same functions on your website, you may need to delete them.
Now that you are cleaning up unused plugins, you can also completely clean up the media library, upload folder, and include folder. These are alternative entry points for malware, they enter your website only for execution later. By streamlining these folders, you can reduce access points for malware and hackers.
Mistake #7: Do not choose a secure host
Generally, hackers will not target your site, they may target other sites that share server space with you. You are just an accidental victim. In a shared hosting solution, an infected website can shut down all websites on the server. Therefore, it is very important to choose your web host carefully. As we have repeatedly said on our blog page, when it comes to hosting, you only get what you pay. Cheap hosting options almost always compromise security, and their servers are more vulnerable to security attacks. Not only that, when your website is under attack, you often find that the support is not satisfactory.
Investing a lot of money for quality custody is indeed worth the investment. It will save you a lot of trouble, especially if your business has a lot to do with your website. Need help in choosing a host? Go to our list of recommended hosting options.
Mistake #8: Do not check for malware
Malicious software can enter your website without your knowledge. It can remain hidden and perform many actions without your knowledge, such as tracking your visitors, accessing sensitive information (such as credit card details) or adding backlinks to other websites. When malware is lurking in your website, Google will begin to reject search engines to prevent other websites from being infected. This may cause a drop in traffic to your website.
There are many plugins and services available that can scan your website for malware and remove many of them.You only need to visit the service’s website, for example Juice SiteCheck Scanner And enter the URL of your website. A report will be generated showing the malware detected and recommendations on how to deal with it. Or, you can choose to add a plug-in and run a scan. If you wish, you can delete the plugin after use and reinstall it when you want to run the scan again.
Mistake #9: No security plugin installed
One of the easiest ways to enhance website security is to add security plugins. These plug-ins can handle many security issues, such as enforcing strong passwords, setting up firewalls, and preventing brute force attacks. There are many free plug-ins, such as iThemes Security and many available advanced security plug-ins, it is best to install and activate one as soon as possible. There are also many website security services, such as Sucuri, which can manage the security of WordPress websites.
Mistake #10: Don’t keep a website backup
You would think that now that you have completed all the above operations, your website can be kept away from bad guys. Sorry to disappoint you, but hackers are improving their methods, and new threats keep appearing. Therefore, as a safety net, you can use plug-ins for backups, and regularly make safe backups of your site and keep them in a safe place.
Just backing up the database is not enough, a complete backup of the website must be done. This includes themes, plugins, wp-content folders, and important WordPress configuration files such as wp-config.php and .htaccess files.Use something like BackupBuddy or VaultPress And update them regularly. In addition, multiple backup copies are maintained, and you can rely on these copies in different off-site and offline locations.
Website security is not always related to high walls and fences, nor is it a one-time solution. It is more important to stay ahead of the pranksters. You can take many small and simple steps to keep your website safe. It is important to review your defenses to ensure that they meet the needs of your website and to develop security practices that can ensure its security.