WordPress is the most popular CMS and blogging platform on the internet, powering millions of different websites across the world.
But how safe is it? And what can you do to protect your WordPress website from hackers?
Well to be frank, WordPress is about as safe as you make it…let me explain.
The WordPress Database
One of the easiest ways for hackers to get into your WordPress website is by hacking into your database.
Most WordPress websites were set up using quick install software. This sets up the website with a predictable database name, username, and table prefix.
All the hacker really needs to do is guess your password and they will have the ability to edit your website.
Sound scary? Good, because it is. The good news is it’s fairly easy to change your database name in WordPress. Doing that will make it a tad more difficult for hackers to get in.
WordPress Admin Login
Another big security concern WordPress attempted to address is the insecure admin login details WordPress users typically create.
Complicated passwords are hard to remember, and so many WordPress users will create a username and password combination that’s easy to remember. The problem is, usernames and passwords that are easy to remember are also easy to guess… especially when you’ve got software that’s guessing for you!
The good news is changing your WordPress admin login details is not hard to do.
Updating To The Latest Version
Both WordPress and WordPress plugins should be routinely updated to the latest versions to ensure all vulnerabilities are patched out.
It’s very common for old WordPress websites that haven’t been maintained to become easy to hack, as hackers spend months crawling through code to find ways to get into WordPress websites.
Make sure you take the time to update the version of your website of WordPress, theme, and plugins to reduce your chances of being attacked.
Further Protection From Hackers
Taking necessary precautions against WordPress hackers can help prevent you from getting your site destroyed, but you should also have a backup plan in case the hacker is incredibly determined.
Although it’s not perfect, WordPress plugins like BackupBuddy allow you to download your website to your computer, ready to be installed back on another server if it got hacked.
There are also plugins like Wordfence that can help keep your site from hackers and are well worth investing in if you’re looking to keep your site safe.
WordPress is far from safe against hackers, but it’s not alone. Other CMSs like Joomla, Drupal, concrete5 etcetera are all vulnerable to hackers when the proper security measures have not been taken. Follow the advice in this guide and your WordPress website will be less vulnerable than the average WordPress site.