Why WordPress is famous? Easy to use, Scalable, SEO friendly, Easy to setup and the list goes on. That is the reason WordPress is the market leader in the industry and no one comes close to it. But what is the most vulnerable part of WordPress? Security, Right? Let’s dig deep into it.
Why WordPress websites gets hacked?
Its a known fact that WordPress powers almost 43% of the web. That is a huge huge number. The next best open source CMS is Joomla which has about 3% of market share. If you are a hacker then why would you try to hack an open source CMS where market share is 3% or 5% or even 10%. Obviously hackers will try to figure out the vulnerability where they can impact the most market at the same time. Plus WordPress is open source. So the entire code is available in the market for everyone.
Here are some of the reasons why WordPress websites gets hacked:
- Not updating WordPress and Plugins regularly.
- Taking no security measures pre/post launch.
- Downloading plugins/themes from unauthenticated/unofficial sources.
- Keeping inactive plugins on server.
- Going for cheap & in-experience development.
Is WordPress really secure?
The short answer is YES. It is secured. You just have to add some extra security configurations before deploying it to production server. If as an agency/developer you keep everything default and don’t do any security configurations then of course you put the site at very high risk. And it is just matter of time that the site will get hacked.
WordPress is secure and will be secured in future as well. As a developer/agency you should know what to do with WordPress. If you give it to someone who has no idea what to do with it, then it does not mater what the technology it is.
How Jaganauts make sure we deliver secured website?
Yes WordPress is easy to hack but not if the security measures are not taken care properly. Here is what you can expect from us:
Changing Login URL:
Everyone knows WordPress backend can be accessed from /wp-admin/ URL. We always change the default login URL before going live. That will make it difficult for hackers to do brute force on the login page.
Applying Strong Password Policy:
We always recommend using strong passwords. If you use obvious and predictable passwords such as admin, admin123, password etc. They no one can save you.
We recommend going for a hosting which is specialized in WordPress hosting such as WPEngine, Raidbox, Siteground etc. Hosting where they provide free SSL, Free daily backups, Tools placed on server against DDOS attacks.
Disabling File Editing / PHP Execution:
WordPress by default allows file editing in the backend. We always disable it. We also disable the PHP code execution on certain directories.
Changing Database Table Prefix:
This is one of the first step we do while installing the WordPress. Everyone knows “wp_ ” is the table prefix.
And a lot more:
Above are just some of the configurations we have listed, there are tons of other configurations we do using the help of the plugins.
“We always follow all the best possible security configurations without fail and that is the reason till date we have not received any client complaints about their site getting hacked.”
What security plugins we use and recommend?
We recommend using either one of the following two plugins.
If you are looking for a free plugin, then we recommend using iTheme Security.
If you are looking for a paid plugin, then we recommend using WordFence.