How to keep your WordPress website secure

WordPress enjoys being most popular Content Management System…for the most part.

Many unsavory people have also taken note. WordPress out of the box is not all that secure and hackers take advantage of “do it yourself-ers” who may not understand the basics of WordPress website security and actually how easy it is to setup.

We recommend the following best practices to ensure your WordPress website is never compromised:

  • Never use the default WordPress  “admin” username . Even though it’s not tough for a hacker to find your user name, why make it easy?
  • Always use strong passwords, this cannot be stressed enough. Try an online strong password generator. Also check out this Last Pass app for managing, securing and generating all your passwords.
  • Use WordPress Security Software. Popular and proven choices are Wordfence, Sucuri and many more.
When you choose Vancouver Island Designs to build your website, we also manage WordPress security for you, monitoring login attempts and blocking malicious threats.

Storing customer data and purchase history

If your website offers online purchases right on your website instead of redirecting users to Paypal or another secure online payment gateway then you’ll need an SSL Certificate to ensure the privacy of your customers. Even if you collect user date without payment details it’s important to protect that data and offer your users confidence in your business.