Things To Do To Protect Your Business Website
1/ Keeping WordPress Updated
WordPress updates are crucial for the security and stability of your WordPress site. You need to make sure that your WordPress core, plugins, and theme are up to date.
2/ Strong Passwords and User Permissions
If you have a large team or guest authors, then make sure that you understand user roles and capabilities in WordPress
3/ The Role of WordPress Hosting
We recommend WPEngine as our preferred managed WordPress hosting provider. They’re also the most popular one in the industry.
4/ Enable Web Application Firewall (WAF)
We use and recommend Sucuri as the best web-application firewall for WordPress.
5/ Change the Default “admin” username
Since WordPress doesn’t allow you to change usernames by default, there are three methods you can use to change the username.
- Create a new admin username and delete the old one.
- Use the Username Changer plugin
- Update username from phpMyAdmin
6/ Limit Login Attempts
Limit the failed login attempts a user can make. If you’re using the web application firewall mentioned earlier, then this is automatically taken care of.
Or install and activate the Login LockDown plugin.
7/ Change WordPress Database Prefix
By default, WordPress uses wp_ as the prefix for all tables in your WordPress database. If your WordPress site is using the default database prefix, then it makes it easier for hackers to guess what your table name is. This is why we recommend changing it.
8/ Password Protect WordPress Admin and Login Page
Normally, hackers can request your wp-admin folder and login page without any restriction. This allows hackers to try their hacking tricks or run DDoS attacks.
9/ Disable Directory Indexing and Browsing
See our article on how to disable directory browsing in WordPress.
10/ Automatically log out Idle Users in WordPress
You will need to install and activate the Idle User Logout plugin. Upon activation, visit Settings » Idle User Logout page to configure plugin settings.
11/ Add Security Questions to WordPress Login Screen
You can add security questions by installing the WP Security Questions plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Security Questions page to configure the plugin settings.