Start the new year safely with WordPress

Setting up a WordPress site is easy. On the other hand, maintaining the security of the installation is less simple. Many plugins, dependencies on developers and resourceful hackers make WordPress sites vulnerable. So how about all-round protection for the New Year?

It is said to be a third of all websites worldwide that are operated with WordPress. With widespread use, however, the uncertainty of the system also increases. Because higher popularity also means more interest in potential security gaps.

So if you use WordPress, you should also think about appropriate security measures. This is especially true for websites that are responsible for the success of a company. If a page is hacked here, high financial damage can occur.

The basics: secure passwords, creative usernames, and up-to-date themes and plugins

Before we look at security solutions for WordPress, two important basics:

  • Creative Usernames: The right username is the first piece of the puzzle for access to a WordPress installation. It should therefore be as individual as possible and cannot be associated with any name on the website.
  • Secure passwords: There is more to a secure password than just a rarely used word. Special characters, a certain length but also differences between upper and lower case are included. In addition, it can be useful to change passwords regularly.

It is also important to ensure that themes and plugins are always up to date. Because with updates, developers not only introduce new functions or fix errors, but also remove security gaps.

Secure WordPress with plugins

There are some plugins that provide more security. The best known are certainly “Wordfence” and “iThemes Security”. These can help against brute force attacks, provide additional protection for the login area or create a firewall that blocks conspicuous IPs.

Since these are also plugins, the same applies as with the basics mentioned: They must be kept up to date in order to be able to fulfill their function.

Full all-round protection with a security service

It takes a security layperson a lot of time and effort to protect their site well. This also applies if you install one of the security plugins mentioned.

Because in addition to the installation, various settings must be made in the plugin. If there are problems with the compatibility with the CMS or the hoster, the functions may not work.

In addition, the time and effort invested in security measures is often used elsewhere. Good that there are helping companies here.

For example, For example, the agency hoster Mittwald has been offering an “all-inclusive security package” for WordPress with Protect Plus for some time. The projects with the CMS are not only subjected to regular security checks, but also updated monthly – both the installation and the plugins.

If an infestation of malicious code has been identified, the experts at Mittwald will import a backup and eliminate the source for prevention.

This service costs something, yes, but it can make sense – especially if the alternative means many hours of work or high profit losses due to attacks.

Full security in WordPress – only possible for a fee?

If you want to enjoy the highest possible security in WordPress, you will probably not be able to avoid a paid solution. Nevertheless, the protection must be seen in relation to the project.

This can be compared to a shed for garden tools, for which one would hardly book a security service. The situation would be different for business premises in which sensitive customer data is stored. A security service probably makes sense here. It might even be a must.

If you run a WordPress website that lists the opening hours of the bakery, extensive protection is less important than with an online shop or the website of an online agency. Here, web visitors are essential for the success of the company. Spending money on all-round protection would therefore be worthwhile.

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