WordPress is the most attacked content management system in the word, that’s a fact.

Hosting more than 30% of all Internet sites, it even makes sense.

We, at WordPress Skills Academy,  think that the best course of action to protect your site is to prevent attacks in the first place. To do that you must know what are the 5 must have layers of security to any WordPress site, and how to apply them to yours.

WordPress Security Level 1: Your Domain

The first and most important level of WordPress security is the domain itself.

The domain is everything, it is the the core.

You can take back or roll back many actions and errors and even restore an entire website if needed.

However, if you lose your domain it’s game over. Sure, you can copy your content and start over using a fresh new domain, but your brand your core is gone. You must always protect your domain for unauthorized transfers and from being accidentally expired or you will lose your site. 

WordPress Security Level 2: Your hosting account

Your hosting account is where your website lives. It is your web server.

You must always make sure that the access to your hosting server is secured.

that includes the administrative access, the ftp access, and of course account expiry as well.

 

WordPress Security Level 3: SSL Certificate

Your visitors want to feel safe when they are exchanging information with you they want to feel that they’re in good hands. Modern browsers clearly display when a connection to a website is secure, and when it is not so both you and your visitors can safely browse and access your site knowing you are safe. Therefore adding an SSL certificate to your WordPress site will make sure your visitors get that extra sense of security.

Using an SSL certificate is important for your protection as well. When you log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and your connection is not secured, your username and password are transmitted in CLEAR TEXT between your computer and the server. That means that anyone can see them, so adding SSL certificate to your website is crucial in order to protect your login info too.

Update: March 2018: Starting July 2018, Google Chrome will actively mark sites without SSL certificate as “not secure”, and will add a warning message to your website visitors. This alone makes a great reason to an an SSL certificate to your site!

 

WordPress Security Level 4: The site itself

The site itself is where most attacks will take place, it the arena where only the fittest will survive.

In order to protect your WordPress site you must secure your file system, your database, login process, comments system, and much more. In future parts of this series I will go into the details on applying these measures using what I believe to be the best WordPress security plugin.

 

Applying these security measures and implementing a backup system to you WordPress site will help you to protect your WordPress site from hacking and increase the level of protection from WordPress malware.

WordPress Security Level 5: You, the site owner

Your personal computer, your online and offline activities can make all the difference between protecting or losing your website. In future posts of this series you will learn some crucial tips that will help you secure and protect your online activity and identity, and in turn will help you protect and secure your website. 

Conclusion – Five layers to WordPress Security

WordPress security is made out of several layers. Five to be precise.
While it is impossible to guarantee 100% security, applying security fixes to all five layers will greatly reduce the risk of your site being hacked.

If you would like to learn how to protect your WordPress site like a pro, and you don’t have the technical skills, enroll to our free WordPress secure course and get 7 free tips to help you protect your business today! Backup, secure and protect your site from hackers without any coding.

This article was originally published at our founder blog (Yasaf Burshan), TheGeneralistIT.com.

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