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7 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Website from Hackers

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7 Ways to Protect Your WordPress Website from Hackers

There is nothing more terrifying for a website owner than the thought of seeing all of your work altered or entirely deleted by a hacker.

Hacking is a concern, even to people who don’t believe their website has any value to hackers. Websites are compromised all of the time, and most security breaches are not to steal data, but to use your server as an email relay for spam.

Data breaches happen all the time – so it’s important to take the time to protect your WordPress website with these basic hacker protection tips.

1. Install security plugins

If your website is built with a content management system (CMS), you can make it better by using security plugins that actively prevent website attempts. All of the major CMS options have security plugins, most of them for free.

Security plugins address security vulnerabilities that are inherent in websites, preventing hacking attempts that could threaten your website.

2. Keep your software up-to-date

Making sure you keep all software updated is important in securing your site. This applies to both the server operating system and any software that might be running on your site such as a CMS or forum. When website security holes are discovered in software, hackers can attempt to abuse them.

Those using a managed hosting solution don’t need to worry about security updates for the operating system because the hosting company should take care of this. People that use third-party software such as a CMS or forum, should ensure they apply all security patches.

3. SQL injection

This happens when the hacker uses a web form field or URL parameter to gain access or to manipulate your website data. When using standard Transact SQL attackers can easily insert rogue code into your query that is used to alter tables, get information, and delete vital data. This can be easily avoided by always making use of parameterized queries, and most web languages have this feature and it is easily implemented.

4. Use a secure username and password

Most people leave their login details as ‘admin’ and ‘password1234’ because they can easily remember them. But hackers can easily guess simple usernames and passwords. This allows them to gain access to your website. Additionally, there is a possible way of putting SQL injections to throw these queries.

Hackers target any website using a method called brute force attacks. They make use of bots to comb through the web looking for sites to attack. With just one command, they can make hundreds of guesses in just one second.

In order to protect your WordPress website, you should always use unique usernames to easily ward off such hacking attempts. Also, use strong passwords such as a passphrase together with numbers and symbols.

5. Beware of error messages

Take note of the amount of information you give away in your error messages. Only provide minimal errors to your users to ensure they don’t leak secrets found on your server, such as database passwords and API keys. Avoid providing full exception details because these can make complex attacks such as SQL injection easier. Keep detailed errors in your server logs, and show users only the information they require.

6. Make use of HTTPS

As a website visitor, you may already know to always look for the green lock image and https in your browser bar when giving out sensitive information online. That green bar called HTTPS is shorthand for hacker security: it indicates that it’s safe to provide financial information on that particular page.

HTTPS is used to give security over the internet. It guarantees that users are talking to the server they expect and that nobody else can intercept or change the content they’re viewing in transit.

7. Take note of file uploads

Permitting users to upload any sort of files to your website is a huge security risk. Any file they upload could potentially carry a script that opens your website up when executed.

If file uploading is permitted you must treat all files with great suspicion, and file extension or mime type is not a reliable method of identification because they can be faked easily. Most formats of pictures have room for a comments section that could contact risky PHP code.

The best way to prevent this is to restrict users from uploading any file. By default, web servers will not try to execute files that contain image extensions, but you cannot completely depend on checking the extension.

In Conclusion

Securing your website and learning how to protect it against hackers is a major part of keeping it healthy and safe. Don’t procrastinate on implementing these vital steps.

Taking security measures on your site is an absolute necessity to keep hackers out. But security is not something you can set and forget. These measures have to be reviewed or re-implemented regularly.

It is recommended by HIPAA to install a simple yet powerful security tool on your website. This tool will constantly monitor your website and defend it against malicious traffic. The HIPAA guides website owners on ways to effectively protect their websites from hackers. Check out the HIPPA Compliance guide here

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4 WordPress Themes That Are Perfect For Any Website Build

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4 WordPress Themes That Are Perfect For Any Website Build

Trying to find that perfect WordPress theme can be an absolute nightmare. There are so many different WordPress themes to choose from, literally like over 10,000 of them and what are you even looking for in those endless lists anyway. It can be tricky for a beginner to know what to look for. Unless there is a specific functionality that you really need for your website, you’re basically just going on the look of the prebuilt layouts. Even though they’re probably going to be unlikely to fit the content that you have cobbled together. A lot of them might look great to begin with but they often contain clunky code and no matter what you try your website will always run slow and you will have to add plugin after plugin in an attempt to get an acceptable google page score.

Over the years there are a few templates that I have used that have just cause me no problems and have continued to function as intended year on year. It’s so important that you choose the right WordPress template both for your initial website growth but then also to ensure that your website lasts for as many years as possible or until you decided that it needs a bit of a refresh.

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DIVI

Divi is one of those old faithful multi-purpose WordPress theme’s, and I’m really not surprised that it is the peoples favourite too. This WordPress theme was created by Elegant Themes which is one of the world’s leading WordPress Theme creator and seller. By using themes from reputable companies, that are well established, it ensures that you will receive continuous theme updates. These updates will typically include security updates as well as other stuff. Generally, I tend to be security forward and unsecure or dated WordPress themes can be one of the easiest ways for your website to become infected with Malware or malicious code. Divi has had its code audited by Sucuri and has received their seal of approval which is a pretty good signal that this theme is a secure one.

If you are not looking to build this with code, you’re in luck! Divi comes with a great visual builder that allows you to create many different types of layouts. If the thought of designing your own layouts is all too much but you don’t want to be completely soft and go with one of those horrible wixx websites, then this could be the theme for you. The Divi WordPress theme actually comes with 20 pre-made layouts that you can choose from to get started. Honestly though, I would highly recommend that you avoid them all together and build your layouts around the content that you have decided to display. There is nothing worse than trying to shoehorn a load of content into a premade design that was never intended to display all the content that you have, or don’t have which can often be the case. You can always save your custom layouts too, this helps you to create new pages at a later stage much more efficiently. If you are interested in finding out more about the Divi theme then click here

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ASTRA

I have recently used the Astra WordPress theme on a few recent website builds and I was genuinely pretty impressed with its customisability and particularly how stripped back the whole template was at the start of the build. It’s a very fast theme and the page scores are all good. It’s always better to start on the right foot with these things. Even at the end, once you have added all your content and any plugins for any functionalities that you might require, it really still feels very light and fast, it doesn’t feel like you have all this extra weight like you can with other template builds. This WordPress theme integrates absolutely perfectly with Elementor pro which can be a fantastic page builder for beginners. It is particularly intuitive to edit existing pages and content but creating new layouts can get a bit trickier if inexperienced. It’s a pretty solid choice. The only issue I have ran in to is with caching and page score issues when using a lot of custom css. It can be resolved but it definitely is a bit of a trade of for the speed and customisation.

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AVADA

Avada is the #1 selling WordPress Theme ever. And let’s face it, if something has sold that much there has got to be a good reason for it. Avada is the O.G of clean, reputable and highly versatile multi-purpose WordPress themes. It’s actually one of the first well made themes that I used. It comes with 255+ premade website layouts and 41+ full featured websites. The Avada builder is pretty simple to get the hang of too. This WordPress theme gets you started as fast as it can and if you want to go with one of their demos the installer is pretty easy to use. The one reason I tended to move away from Avada is that it does have a lot of updates, and they aren’t just quick little check boxes. There is a little bit more to it and a particular order in which you use the fusion patcher. Honestly, I never thought it was really that bad to do, but it was enough for clients to not keep up with, ultimately leaving their site vulnerable if not opting for our monthly maintenance package that we would always recommend. Some of the update processes on the other themes are much more straightforward and that was ultimately the main reason for moving away from it. Avada nonetheless is a fantastic WordPress theme and If you’re interested in checking out the Avada theme and taking a look at some of the different theme previews then click here.

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SALIENT

Salient is one of my all-time favourite WordPress themes. It’s just so dam versatile and it just has a nice premium feel to it. It’s actually the theme I am using on this website. It’s very simple to create killer layouts that display your content exactly how you want it to. It’s also particularly easy to customise with CSS if required. Salient is actually created by the same company that brought us Avada. As such we can rely on the code and trust that it is robust enough to create a nice website that will last and stand the test of time. Theme Nectar has sold this template well over 90,000 times so again from that alone we know that it’s probably a good one. And in personal experience it is!

Similar to many of the different rival templates, instead of just focusing down on one niche business area Salient went down the multipurpose route. The salient builder is based on visual composer and will be no issue if you have been familiar with any other page builders. This WordPress template can be used for anything from personal blogs to creative agencies to even full eCommerce stores with the addition of WooCommerce which integrate nicely. If you want to check out more on the salient theme then click here