WordPress Security Recommendations and Plugins

Started by Jason, May 26, 2015, 05:40:25 PM

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As more and more Charlottezweb customers migrate to WordPress, I wanted to post a few links I've found valuable. 

Due to its popularity, WordPress is becoming a constant target for hackers.  There are lots of insecure and/or outdated plugins, themes and outdated WordPress installs which I regularly come across once sites have been compromised.

I'd like to post a few awesome links below but first off, here are a few quick recommendations:

1.  Login to your WordPress Admin area at least every 2-3 weeks and run all updates.  This includes WordPress itself, its plugins and themes.  With the latest versions of WordPress, you can set it to automatically upgrade itself.  This is a great idea but you still have to keep your plugins and themes current.  Most compromises I see are due to outdated plugins/themes.

2.  Run regular backups and download them to your own computer.  In many of the compromises I see, it may go undiscovered to where our daily and weekly backups are outdated once noticed.  I *strongly* recommend practicing a regular backup procedure to your own computer (off the server) in the event a known, clean copy of all files is needed.

These are quick reads from our datacenter's website:

Top Four WordPress Security Tips You Need To Follow 
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Top Three Security Plugins For Your WordPress Site   
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Protect Your Site From WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities

Five Simple Tasks to Keep Your Website from Getting Hacked   
(This site is for a company that was a past Charlottezweb customer.  I like their content and felt was worth sharing).

If you have additional advice you'd like to share on securing your WordPress installs, please feel free!