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7 Tips How to Set Up WordPress Site Safe and Secure

Security is one of the important issues when you have an online presence. There may arise some unfavorable situations related to your WordPress site that makes you to find a solution to fix the problem. We everyone knows that WordPress is the most used open-source platform nowadays for any type of websites: whether it is blog, CMS or any other custom solution. So here I am sharing some of tips and tricks how to set up wordpress site safe and secure:

1. Stay Updated

You should always make sure that your blog’s version is up to date. WordPress team creates patches to help fix security holes. WordPress updates their Codes regularly. It notifies and ask’s you to update your blog from the Admin Dashboard. Always update your WordPress blog when ever Updates are available which is must and should. You also need to update your themes and Plugins whenever updates are available. Updating your blog is very important to secure it from hackers. And you also need to hide your version of WordPress.

2. Take a Back-Up, Back-Up!!

Always keep the backup of your site may be weekly, monthly or quarterly. This will help you a lot when your system crashes, infected by virus or hacked by hackers etc.

Your WordPress database contains every post, every comment and every link you have on your blog. If your database gets erased or corrupted, you stand to lose everything you have written. Always keep the backup of your site may be weekly, monthly or quarterly. This will help you a lot when your system crashes, infected by virus or hacked by hackers etc.

3. Use licensed Themes and Plugins :

Most of the Bloggers will use Nulled Themes and Plugins when they start using WordPress because they can’t buy the licensed copies. Nulled Themes or Plugins downloaded from the net contain Malware code which may harm your Blog. So always use licensed or free copies to secure your WordPress Blog. Be careful while installing the Plugins and Themes.

4. Protect Your wp-config.php File

As mentioned earlier, the wp-config.php file contains all the confidential details of your site. So it’s pretty important that you protect it at all costs. An easy way to protect this file is to simply place the following code in your .htaccess file on your server.

[php]<Files wp-config.php></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">order allow,deny</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">deny from all</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"></Files>[/php]

 5. Protect Your .htaccess File

We can protect our wp-config.php file as mentioned above, but what about protecting the .htaccess file itself? Don’t worry, we can use the same .htaccess file to protect itself from being preyed upon. You just need to place below code in your .htaccess file.

[php]<Files .htaccess></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">order allow,deny</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">deny from all</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;"></Files> [/php]

6. Limit Login Attempts :

This is also the best way to secure your WordPress blog. You can limit your admin login attempts by using some WordPress Plugins. Some Hackers try logging into your admin dashboard with some username and password. If he fails 3 or more times the IP will be blocked for some time. If you are not using this feature then immediately install the Plugin which is used to limit your Login Attempts. You can also add a specific IP address to access your Admin dashboard.

You can download plugin from here.

7. Pick Strong Passwords And Don’t Use “admin” As Your Username

This one’s perhaps the easiest of them all – WordPress normally will setup your main admin account name as “admin”, so it’s usually the first username that hackers will try using. As of version 3.0 you can change this during the initial setup, but it’s easy to forget that you can go back and change it even if you setup your site before version 3.0. So, pick a new name other than admin 😉

Additionally, picking strong passwords for all of the users on your blog (and your MySQL database) are fundamental ways to boost your security.

Happy Blogging…J

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