Top 4 Tips for Improving the Online Security of your WordPress Site

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WordPress is an excellent platform both for seasoned professionals and those just starting out in the world of blogging and running their own website. This CMS offers convenience and ease, but you really get the most of it when you also tinker with it a bit on your own and make adaptations that better serve your purposes – like addons to help improve your SEO rankings and boosting your incoming traffic. Investing in your website security can help you do so, as Google takes it into aspect in its ranking algorithm. WordPress offers the basics in cybersecurity, but you can take it up a notch if you follow these tips.

Convert to SSL and HTTPS

This is the number one tip for anyone running a website. Consumers really value feeling secure in their browsing experience, and there is a conversion rate difference between simple HTTP and HTTPS sites. Moreover, 40% of sites that feature on Google first page results are HTTPS. The search engine have explicitly said that they use HTTPS as a factor and as a tie-breaker in rankings. This is becoming more and more apparent, as browsers lately go to the trouble of clearly indicating whether a website is secure or not, by including the padlock icon or a “not secure” sign on the left side of the URL. Need we say more?

Get a WAF

Getting the right tools is extremely handy if you want to implement a proactive approach to security. As your traffic increases, so will malicious attacks. And by the time you get on a hacker’s radar, it might be too late. Look for simple yet reliable resources like a web application firewall. Also known as WAF, it helps protect your website applications from application layer attacks, including zero-day threats and OWASP Top 10. A WAF essentially filters out malicious traffic, and if it all sounds a bit complicated, consider this: it allows you to get PCI-DSS certified, which is a huge boost when you have your own e-shop. Depending on the setup of your page, you might need to install a WAF of your own, or make sure your providers have a WAF in place.

Choose Your Plugins

WordPress is widely celebrated for the customization it provides thanks to plugins – but they can be a liability, too. Always get plugins from trusted sources and look for reviews before you install them. They are a prime leeway for hackers to get into your site by exploiting flaws in their security. On the other hand, they can also boost your safety. For example, WP Limit Login Attempts, with over 40,000 active installations, protects from brute force attacks by limiting the number of wrong login attempts from an IP try before blocking that IP.

Backup, Backup, Backup

The mantra of every cybersecurity professional, conducting regular backups will prepare you for the unexpected. In the unfortunate event that you do fall victim to an attack, having a backup can allow you to react quickly and mitigate the consequences by eliminating damages as much as possible. Restoring your site can be very time-consuming or even impossible if you do not have a good backup to take recourse to. Therefore, you’ll want to consider a hosting provider who takes care of the process for you.

Simple steps can sometimes save you down the road. As cybercrime seems to be on the rise worldwide, investing in the cybersecurity of your WordPress site is definitely a step you should take immediately – tomorrow, it might be too late.

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Editorial Staff at 85ideas is a team of WordPress experts led by Brian Harris. Here to share amazing tuts, guides and collections.

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