WordPress is a hugely popular content management system that is used by around 60% of all websites on the internet. Its popularity is due to many factors but predominantly because it is simple to use, rich in features and works with every operating system.
Website hacking can sometimes happen on WordPress websites, usually if they are not being maintained. Here are our top five ways to keep your website secure:
- Check who has access to your site. Take a look at your site’s Users and make sure you recognise anyone with Admin access; if not remove them or change their role accordingly.
- Keep your plugins and theme up to date to ensure hackers can’t exploit vulnerabilities in them. If you need assistance, we can help you with this – see our maintenance packages. Delete any plugins that are not being used.
- Make sure your website is being regularly backed up. Check with your hosting company to ask how often they are doing this for your website. At Zonkey we run back-ups daily for our web hosting clients and twice per day (including an off-server back-up) for maintenance clients. If your website is hacked you will need to be able to restore it as soon as possible.
- Keep your visitor’s user details secure with an SSL Certificate, this will encrypt any data they enter into your website. Not only do customers prefer sites secured with an SSL, so does Google; the search engine is now prioritising sites in its results that have one installed.
- Use a strong password that you are not using elsewhere. Use a ‘strong password generator‘ website to create a password that no-one can guess.
If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this post in more detail, feel free to contact us at Zonkey.