Securing your WordPress Site
According to W3 Techs survey on the Usage statistics and market share of wordpress for websites, it shows that WordPress is used by 60.4% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 23.9% of all websites.
With this statistics one could only agree that WordPress is the most used content management system out there and this could only be attributed to its user-friendly nature, Basically anyone can do essentially anything with it. Sadly, this simple fact has its own downsides.
People barely know the best way to use wordpress, they make silly mistakes that exposes their website to so many attacks.
Here, we would be discussing 5 tips that could help in making your wordpress site less vulnerable.
1. Delete the default Admin account used for the installation.
- a.Once you have completed the wordpress installation, login and create a new account giving it all admin privileges.
- b. Logout and login with the new account created.
- c. Delete the first admin account. With this you would have successfully deleted the user with User_id 1 from database.
2. Change your table prefix. This by default is wp_; it is important to change it to something unique.
3. Do not use your user name as your Display name. Its advisable to add a nickname and use your nickname instead.
4. Install a good wordpress security plugin that would help you limit the number of login attempts by a user and could also assist in protecting your login area. I would recommend iThemes Security for this.
5. Limit your installed plugins and themes, always delete uninstalled once.