Over the years we have seen the popularity of WordPress grow in immeasurable leaps and bounds. The popularity of offshore WordPress development has grown up to such a colossal extent that right not it powers more than half of the dynamic and non-HTML websites – which is saying a lot, especially given the number of various other fastidious content management systems, such as Drupal and Joomla etc. However, the swiveling popularity comes with a heavy price to pay. The increase in the number of WordPress users has given a shocking rise to the number of WordPress hackers. Although most of these attacks are complete personal in nature, arising out of one or the other form of personal vendetta, but we cannot overrule the fact that most of the WordPress websites are actually vulnerable in nature, and hence indirectly call for such pity little unscrupulous attacks.
Online world is uncanny and unceremonious. People do nasty stuff (like hacking your important website,) for no good reason at all – maybe because they are bored and have nothing better to do with their time. However, the point here is, since we know that attacks on WordPress websites is prevalent and omnipresent, instead of ruing the day we decided to step into this zone altogether, let us buck up the security of our website and put up a strong fight against online attacks.
Demystifying WordPress Hacking
Before we brace ourselves up to fight against the vulnerabilities, let us first try and decipher the reasons that actually make WordPress vulnerable. Perhaps checking any one (or all) of these security leaks, would automatically cure the site off its vulnerabilities.
- Poor Hosting – trust only the pros for the hosting of your website. It is better to pay a bit extra in the beginning for the safe and secure WordPress hosting, than to regret not opting for it later.
- Unprotected Themes – we are not against free themes, but if you download themes from the sources which are not credible and reliable, your website is doomed.
- Obscure Plugins – Downloading and installing plugins form untrustworthy locations is another major factor which makes your website vulnerable to security leaks.
- Weak Logins and Passwords – Okay, keeping ‘admin’ as logins and your birth date as passwords is like asking for the hackers to come at their own whim and hack your website.
Securing your WordPress Site
Safeguarding your website or blog against the online attacks is not really a long shot. It requires for due diligence and smartness on your part, to tackle the multiple attacks or threats that your website maybe under. To begin with, check that above mentioned criteria and ensure that none of it holds true for your website. So opt for secure hosting of the website, do not download the plugins or themes from obscure locations, better still to invest a little and hire a WordPress Programmer to develop the plugins and themes from the very scratch for your website or blog. And please, change the login from Admin to any weird name that you can think of. And of course your password – make it lengthy, use a combination of title case and numbers and try and be as unpredictable as possible.
A lot is invested in developing a WordPress website, and hence it is rather important that we take the required steps to keep the website safe and secure. This is all that we had for you today, to understand more about WordPress and other open source CMS development, do keep following this space.