5 Tips for securing WordPress to preventing hacking

10th December, 2013 by

Servermule WordPress love

Here at ServerMule we love a bit of WordPress. We think there’s a very good reason it’s the world’s most popular CMS (content management system). It’s a powerful yet simple system that can save you hours and hours in trying to manage your websites content. While it’s pretty much plug and play there are some additional steps you can take to help you secure your WordPress site to prevent it from being hacked.

Here are 5 tips that will help you on your way with helping to keep your WordPress WebSite and prevent hacking:

1. Keep WordPress up to date

Like any software, from time to time, security exploits are found in WordPress. These are generally patched very quickly, but it’s important to keep your WordPress version up to date. As of WordPress 3.7 updates can now be run automatically ‘while you sleep’.


2. Keep your plugins up to date

Just as with WordPress, security exploits are found in the plugins you add to WordPress. WordPress, will let you know if there are any newer versions of your plugins available. Just go to the admin area > Dashboard > Plugins to see a list of available updates.


3. Follow the Hardening WordPress Guide

WordPress have written their own guide on hardening WordPress that provides a comprehensive list of steps that can be taken.


4. Install a WordPress Security Plugin

There are 3rd party WordPress Plugins available that will help secure your website. Better WP Security, WordFence and Bulletproof Security are three of the most popular.


5. Make sure your PHP version is up to date

Any system is only as strong as it’s weakest part. So if you’re running an old version of PHP with known exploits, all your efforts could be wasted. Make sure your host is using an up to date version of PHP. This is one of the benefits of running a WordPress VPS you have full control of all the software the server is running.


Got any other tips for securing WordPress? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nick Bryant - Founder

Nick is a 15 year veteran of developing and building successful technology services. He, amongst other things, runs customer service, technical strategy and the cake purchasing rosta at ServerMule. He embraces the joy of learning new technology to the extent any family man can find the time to do.

In 2004 he co-founded what became Australia's largest out of home public ISP, that still services multiple ASX 200 companies and government agencies today.

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