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Q&A: How to Secure a WordPress Website

Answering Real Questions from Real Clients

Every now and again, we’re asked for more specifics regarding a service or product that we offer. We thought it would be helpful to our readers to share some of our responses with a new Q&A blog series. Today’s topic is WordPress website security.

WordPress Website Security: How We Keep You Safe from Hackers

A client that subscribes to our Quarterly Website Maintenance Program recently wanted to know more about our security features. His question was answered by GD In-House Web Developer, Alex Bahl

Q: “Hi Guys, I just wanted to check-in and see if there was anything additional we should be doing to secure our various websites/blogs from hacking and other security issues?”

A: “The two most important things we can do is to make sure all the site software is updated and make sure all users have a strong password. However, there are other things to consider.”

Alex then gave our client a breakdown of tasks that we feel are most important to web security.

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Executing Software Updates

  • Graphic Details checks that all WordPress site software and plugins are up to date on a weekly basis.
  • We execute daily backups and keep them for 90 days so we can roll back the site in case of a breach.

For more information on web maintenance plans from GD, follow this link!

Read Peace Of Mind Website Maintenance

Assigning Strong Passwords

  • We limit login attempts, making it harder for bots, scripts, and people to hack your site.

Avoid bad usernames like admin and terrible passwords like password or 12345. Instead, use a mix of numbers, letters, and symbols that are longer than 8 characters. Check your password strength at www.passwordmeter.com

Implementing a Firewall

A firewall acts as a website gatekeeper—identifying malicious traffic and blocking attackers before they can access your website. There are many ways to implement a firewall on a WordPress site. One of the most popular is with a WordPress plugin called WordfenceWordfence uses industry standards to check incoming traffic and bounces anything looking suspicious or malicious. We have been using this plugin on multiple client sites for a while, and it’s been great!

Utilizing Content Delivery Networks (CDNs)

CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) are a way to take pressure off your main server by distributing your site’s assets to other servers around the world. This means when someone in China visits your site, instead of getting your website from your host server, they access your site from a more local server in China. This affects the performance of your site in a positive way, making it load significantly faster around the world.

For instance, if one million people went to your website right now, they would all hit the same host server and probably crash the site. With a CDN, they would all go through the CDN and get your website from their nearest server, which means your site doesn’t go down! However, despite the positives, CDNs can be complicated and expensive to implement.

The Bottom Line

Graphic Details assists our clients with many facets of web security including updating website software and plugins regularly,  implementing firewalls, and keeping you in the loop on developments with our monthly website maintenance reports.

Want worry-free security on your site?

Talk to us about our web maintenance plan!

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