Tips to Ensure WordPress Site Security

WordPress_SecurityWhat started as a rather simple piece of blogging software has really taken the world by storm. In its earlier days, WordPress was created to help people blog and share their opinions with the world. Its simple and intuitive design made it easy for non-technical people to launch a blog, and it quickly became a success. It did not take long before it was known as an easy to use tool. The fact that it was free also made it very popular. It helped people with a hobby get their ideas and thoughts published on the web easily. WordPress site security also grew in popularity as well.

WordPress Today
That was how things got started, but today WordPress is much more than some simple blogging platform. WordPress has grown to be one of the most popular ways to publish any type of website. You will still find plenty of great blogs that are currently being powered by WordPress, but you will also find full fledged E-commorce sites, huge community sites, advanced business sites and more. WordPress has become one of the most powerful free web publishing systems in the world.

Popularity Can Be a Bad Thing
In general, people want their creations to become popular. People want them to be used in the ways that they were designed to be used, but there are always a handful of people out there who live to exploit security vulnerabilities. This means that every website owner that has a website powered by WordPress might be facing WordPress Site Security issues.

WordPress engineers have done everything that they can to eliminate any exploits that might cause WordPress site security issues, but there are always a handful that manage to slip by. This is by no means a reason to panic. It just means that you have to be diligent to avoid any type of problems. Here are some tips that will help you tackle this issue.

What Version of WordPress Do You Have?
As soon as any type of Security vulnerabilities are found, the software engineers behind the powerful software known as WordPress will release an update that addresses these issues. Making sure that you are using the current version of WordPress will help you avoid almost all WordPress site security problems. This is the easiest way to handle this issue, but there are other things that you can do to ensure that there will be no security concerns.

The core WordPress files are not the only files that are susceptible to security exploits. This also means that you must make sure that all themes and plugins are also using the up-to-date versions as well. Thankfully WordPress makes all of this very simple within the WordPress dashboard. Updates are as easy as clicking a button.

Strong Passwords
In order to prevent people that are looking to exploit WordPress created sites from gaining unauthorized access to your installation of WordPress, make sure that you use strong passwords that include numbers, letters, symbols and capital characters.

These are just a few simple ways that you can make sure that your site is safe from any type of WordPress site security issues.

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  1. CandleForex December 28, 2012 at 2:24 am

    There is a lot more to it than just that. There are several changes to the .htaccess that can be made to make it much harder for hackers and bad bots.

    Message us back if your interested in learning more.

    • Saidur Rahman Rhedoy December 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      yeah sure CandleForex. We will be glad if you share more info with us. You can write about it here so that readers can know more about wordpress security issues.

      • CandleForex December 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        Thanks Saidur,
        Give me a day or two two write it all up with examples. I am confident you as well as your readers will find it useful.

        • Saidur Rahman Rhedoy December 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

          will be waiting for your update. 🙂

          • CandleForex January 3, 2013 at 3:21 am

            Hello Saidur,

            Sorry for the delay. Here is additional code with comments explaining what the directives do, that will speed up wordpress websites, reduce wasted bandwidth, = as well as increasing security, even if you have a caching plugin installed.

            NOTE: Make sure you backup your .htaccess before doing any changes. You must know what you are doing, do not just copy and paste the code into your your own .htaccess file. You need to consider the existing directives in your .htaccess and add / remove / edit according to requirements.

            # START PROTECT WP-CONFIG FILE FROM HACKERS

            Order deny,allow
            deny from all
            # END PROTECT WP-CONFIG FILE FROM HACKERS

            # BEGIN FORCE USE OF BROWSER CACHE
            FileETag MTime Size

            ExpiresActive on
            ExpiresDefault “access plus 1 year”

            # END FORCE USE OF BROWSER CACHE

            # START COMPRESS TEXT, HTML, JAVASCRIPT, CSS, XML
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/plain
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/xml
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/css
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xml
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/xhtml+xml
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/rss+xml
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/javascript
            AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE application/x-javascript
            # END COMPRESS TEXT, HTML, JAVASCRIPT, CSS, XML

            # BEGIN compress certain file types by extension:

            SetOutputFilter DEFLATE

            # END compress certain file types by extension

            # BEGIN EXPIRES HEADERS TO GET MORE SPEED WITH CACHING
            ExpiresActive On
            ExpiresDefault “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType image/gif “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType image/png “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType image/jpg “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType image/jpeg “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType image/ico “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType application/javascript “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType application/x-javascript “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType text/javascript “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType text/html “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType text/xml “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType text/css “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType text/plain “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType image/bmp “access plus 1 month”
            ExpiresByType application/x-shockwave-flash “access plus 1 month”
            # END EXPIRES HEADERS TO GET MORE SPEED WITH CACHING

            # BEGIN DENY COMMENT POSTING TO NO REFERRER REQUESTS TO BLOCK SPAMMERS
            RewriteEngine On
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} POST
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-comments-post.php*
            RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
            # END DENY COMMENT POSTING TO NO REFERRER REQUESTS TO BLOCK SPAMMERS

            # BEGIN SECURE HTACCESS FILE AGAINST HACKERS ETC

            order allow,deny
            deny from all

            # END SECURE HTACCESS FILE AGAINST HACKERS ETC

            # START LIBPERL BLOCK TO STOP BAD BOTS
            SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent “^libwww-perl*” block_bad_bots
            Deny from env=block_bad_bots
            # END LIBPERL BLOCK TO STOP BAD BOTS

          • Saidur Rahman Rhedoy January 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

            Great info CF! I also saw these codes blocks on stackoverflow, csstricks and wordpress codex. But never used them. But this time I will be surely experimenting with them. Thanks!

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