There is no doubt that WordPress is one of the most popular platforms available today! Almost 8.5% of websites around the entire world are based on it. As we all know it is an open source CMS and thus, anyone can access the source code and can do nitty-gritty stuff to enhance its performance. This is the main reason why WordPress Website Development has become widely popular around the world.
However, security vulnerabilities have become the major issue web developers trying to deal with. According to the survey, almost a million websites based on WordPress were hacked in the past few years. Hope your website was not one of those millions! Don't take me in the wrong way, WordPress Web Development is of course secure there is not doubt in that, but you can't deny the fact that security breaches are growing rapidly. So, precautions are better!
If you are having your website based on WordPress or planning to go for WordPress Web Application development, then you just need to make few efforts in order to secure your website or web application. Just have a look at a few of the handy tips & tricks for securing your WordPress website.
• Never every use default admin password, instead try to use some odd & difficult to guess password for all the entry points of your WordPress based website! Sometimes I feel amazed that most of the developers or users often use the same password generated during installation of WordPress.
So, try to change the password and use a mixture of uppercase, lowercase letters and numbers in order to make it difficult to guess for attackers.
• Get help from the login LockDown Plugin! Many professional hackers or attackers often use brute force approach to breach the security of your website and to break the combination of your admin username & password.
One solution to prevent such security vulnerabilities and enhance security of your WordPress Web Development venture is to use Login LockDown Plugin. It simply keeps track of IP address & timestamp of each & every failed attempt made by end users. If some maximum number of attempts are made from the same IP within predefined time, then the login function will be disabled.
• Make use of .htaccess file in the wp-admin directory to protect it against security vulnerabilities! It is better to restrict the access to wp-admin directory by using .htaccess file to allow only a certain set of IPs to use it.
• Change the location of wp-config.php file! Just remember, wp-config.php file contains very critical information about the database connection. So, to avoid any security or information breaches, try to change its location from its root folder.
• Restrict unauthorized access to the plug-ins and other directories in order to make your WordPress Web application development secure and reliable for end users.
• Don't forget to change the database prefix from wp_ to any other of your choice in wp-config.php file. You can also change prefix via WP secure scan plug-in.
There are plenty of ways you can protect your website from security breaches or vulnerabilities. So, try to follow above discussed possible way outs to protect your website from security vulnerabilities.