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WordPress was started as a blogging platform, offering people who are novices who are not familiar with any programming language or language to publish their content with ease and effectiveness. ​Today, WordPress users exploit this CMS software for developing membership sites, online stores, learning, and school management systems... the list is endless.

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The 2021 Guide to WordPress Security

Its popularity can be measured from the fact that 28% to 32% of sites are powered by WordPress. Moreover, it powers a wide range of domains and industries making it an extremely versatile web publishing environment.

Although WordPress's core environment is resolute in terms of security, it nonetheless has several sore areas. However, it also needs to be understood that most of the compromised WordPress websites are because of Webmaster's / admins' complacent/lethargic behavior.

In this 2 part write-up, we will be discussing how admins/owners can prevent their websites from getting hacked. So, here we go.

1. At the very outset as an owner/developer/webmaster you need to choose a hosting environment that is absolutely secure. It simply means that various inherent technologies such as PHP, Database ( MySQL ), and inbuilt firewalls are tweaked to their latest versions. Servers with obsolete components are prone to compromise.

2. SSL is the second on the list of making your website secure. So, how does SSL offer protection? SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a cryptographic protocol designed to provide communications security over a computer network. It simply means sensitive information such as credit card details are encrypted before traveling through various servers. A security lock along the browser address bar puts off hackers. It costs less than $100. Buy one today! Secure your sensitive data, and also protect your customers.

3. One of the most common reasons why WordPress websites get hacked is password strength. A simple password is... simply asking for trouble. Hackers can easily brute force their way into your admin panel and take control of your site. Make sure you use a combination of characters, numbers, and symbols. A complex password will force hackers towards multiple attempts, and over multiple sessions. As a webmaster/owner you are bound to notice this unusual activity.

4. Themes - Remember free is not always the best option. Free themes for WordPress are generally not tested for security loopholes. Moreover, they don't offer technical support or updates, at least in the majority of the cases. In such a scenario using these themes can compromise your site through badly written code or obsolete practices/technologies. A theme has several sensitive files/elements which can pave way for a greater threat. One such example is cross-site scripting attacks, especially forms. Therefore download themes from the WordPress.org repository or reputed theme builders.

5. WP-Admin URL - This one is the hacker's favorite route. WordPress's file and folder hierarchy are open secrets. Everyone knows the path to the admin area is /wp-admin. It offers an easy way to use brute force. So, what is the option? Change the URL of this folder. It is easy to change using a plugin ( Make sure you choose a reputed Plugin ).

6. Strengthen the admin area with additional security such as two-factor authorization. So, even if your new admin area is breached by the hacker he/she still needs to provide multiple answers/inputs to actually get entry into your website's admin panel.

In the 2nd part, we will discuss advanced ways of securing a WordPress website. While most of these tweaks can be performed by the owners/admins, there are some which require advanced knowledge. If are unsure of performing these activities/tasks then we highly recommend that you hire a reputed WordPress / Web Design company such as Netlynx Inc to do the needful.

For advanced WordPress security tweaks, tasks & development including customized themes and plugins contact Netlynx Inc, USA.

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احمد ابو المجد
احمد ابو المجد
Ahmed Abu Al-Majd - Egyptian Arab blogger and YouTuber - supervisor and owner of the Abu Al-Majd YouTube channel - I share my experience in the technical field in a simple way that suits everyone. facebook ــــ twitter ــــ instagram ــــ pinterest ــــ youtube ــــ linkedin ــــ abouelmagd احمد ابو المجد 2

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