WordPress is the most popular open-source content management system for web developers currently on the Internet today. According to their own count, WordPress claims they have more than 47 million deployments worldwide. Unfortunately, that type of fame can attract hackers, too, who love the idea of attacking vulnerabilities in one universal platform, which can reach 47 million+ websites. Because its market share is so vast, the Google Webmaster team is now warning webmasters who still use an older version of the CMS to update immediately.
Securing your WordPress site can be done with relative ease; here are a few tips on how to safeguard your site from these common attacks.
It's imperative for you to update your WordPress site. The top guys at wordpress.org are pretty good about building in fixes to their updates. WordPress has also been great about building in new features and improving the overall CMS in their updates, so you really can’t lose. If you’re not sure how to update your WordPress site, here’s a quick how-to:
There are some great plugins to help you secure your site; get them immediately. They are free and work well!
Don't forget, updating your plug-ins is important, too. Just like WordPress, plug-ins that increase your site's functionality are up kept by the open source community, too. Hackers can use vulnerabilities in plugins (depending on what type of plugin it is) to wreak havoc on your site.
Remember, it's easy to protect your WordPress site from hackers. With a little extra effort and attention, your site will be hackproof! Do you have any tips for protecting WordPress sites? Let us know in the comments below.
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Jesse is a Web Developer at Kuno Creative who regularly contributes his technical expertise to Kuno's blog. He carries a Master of Science in Mass Communications and has over 3 years of experience in web development and design.