Your blog is one of the most important things in the world to you. It is the way that you communicate with the outside world, share your passions, and potentially even make your income.
Whether or not you use security measures now within your website or blog or not, the fact of the matter is that you will soon use online security is a very real issue and many people forget to update or even add it to their online blog or website which can mean disaster if you are not careful. nowadays there are many hackers and spammers out there that are trying to make a few bucks from your misery, some even destroy other peoples websites because they think it’s fun to do. Well let me tell you, it is not fun if you are on the receiving end of it!
Losing your blog or websites content can destroy a business, reputation or just the online presence you have been trying to scale up; imagine having a blog which had hundreds of posts, comments and even affiliate links only to find that it has been destroyed the very next day! Not a nice feeling. However there are ways of making your websites security all that more stronger than before. You can add plugins, update your blogs framework, basically there are many ways of going about getting your blog or website secure. So to help you out I have written this short but informative article. I hope it helps some of you out.
1. BACK UP YOUR WEBSITE
OK, so this won’t actually prevent your website from getting hacked, but it will ensure that, if you do get hacked or something else goes wrong, you can simply revert to the backup.
In fact, you should be doing daily backups of your website (do you really want to lose more than a day’s work?).
I do two backups of my website: my host smartweb does one every day for me for FREE! But I also have a second offsite backup ‘just in case’.
I use VaultPress* for my second backup. Whilst it’s not free, it’s $3 a month. That’s less than a cup of coffee shop coffee a month, for peace of mind that even if my host blows up, I’ll still have a blog!
As well as the regular backups, smartweb also offer you the option of ‘on-demand’ backups. You run these any time you want. It’s a good idea to back up your site before you make any major changes.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD HOST
I have heard some rather scary host related horror stories: from hosts accidentally deleting blogs to hosts shutting down blogs which have been hacked but not actually telling the blog owner! Whatever you do, make sure you hand over your ‘baby’ to a host you can trust and a host that takes security seriously.
This is especially important if you are on a shared server (as the majority of bloggers are – you will know if you are not because having your own dedicated server is BIG MONEY!) You can do everything right, but if someone else on your shared server is lax when it comes to security, hackers could get into your server via that blogger’s website: scary stuff!
One thing I love about my host is that smartweb and put measures in place to protect websites against this kind of threat. Do check what security measures your host takes to protect your site, and if you are not happy with your current host’s security, maybe it’s time to think about a change!
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A WORDPRESS SECURITY PLUGIN
Whilst there is a lot a good web host can do to protect your site, you do also need a security plugin. This is not an optional extra, this is essential! There are a number of security plugins on the market: WordFence, Sucuri, Security Ninja etc. but the one I use is All In One WP Security & Firewall. It is free and it does a lot. It is also pretty simple to set up.
All you need to do is download the plugin from the plugin repository and then go through each page adjusting the settings. It explains each setting in simple terms and also tells you which settings you shouldn’t touch unless you know what you are doing!!
My favourite setting on this plugin, is the ability to ‘hide’ your login URL so hackers can find your login page to be able to hack it…
Use Supported WordPress Themes
Most people think that WordPress themes itself don’t pose a security risk but some do. Themes can pose a security risk because not every web developer knows how to write secure code.
For this reason it is good to stick with a theme that is supported and updated from time to time. Supported WordPress themes are generally available for some money, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. These paid themes are called premium themes. Such themes are offered by web sites such as Woo Themes or Thesis.
Another advantage about professional templates is that when you run into trouble, you have a place that you can turn to.
Automatically back up your blog
With regular backups, you can easily recover from even the deadliest hacks. In fact, at a click, you can restore the entire site.
Besides, before you make any significant changes to your site like upgrading the WordPress version or installing a new plugin, ensure you make a back up. The Better WP Security plugin, you can schedule back functions and enhance security for your blog.
You can follow the above steps to protect your WordPress-powered blog against unsolicited access and also to keep content thieves at bay (although I am yet to find a sure-fire tool that can stop content theft from my blog).
Now, I’m curious to know the ways you guys use to secure your blogs. Do you use other security plugins or other methods not on this list? Kindly take a minute and share something in the comments!