In the present age, any who owns a business or who wants to stay connected to the rest of the world requires the aid of the Internet. In order to stay in the competition, every business should ideally own a website. Given the ease of use with the WordPress platform, website building is a simplified process even for the most amateur of web users. But after your website is built, how do you ensure its security?
Unlike your desktop computers and laptops, online websites do not come with “quarantine” or “anti-virus” options against spammers and hackers. To combat these online vices, we have come up with a few tips:
Security Plugins for WordPress
Securing WordPress may be tough, but it is not impossible. The first thing you can do to protect your new WordPress-based website is to use plugins meant for increased security. To improve the security of your WordPress theme, you may like to try the following plugins.
Limit Login Attempts
A very useful plugin for securing your website, it simply blocks a user from entering your website for approximately 20 minutes if s/he enters the wrong password more than thrice.
Uses a simple public key to encrypt client password. Click here.
Keeps fake user logins away from your website. Click here.
Secures your installation using a few functions, e.g. by hiding details of your WordPress version from non-administrators. Click here.
Checks visitor’s IP address against a database called Project Honey Pot for possible spammers. If visitor is malicious, plugin blocks the IP address from getting into your website.
It is advisable to use all the above-mentioned plugins in order to secure your website. In addition to those options, we have included a few other methods for those who wish for maximum security.
Empty file index.html/index.php
By default, the WordPress system comes with an exposed directory. This allows all visitors to view the various plugins used in the website. By uploading an empty index.php or empty index.html within the base plugin directory, this problem can be averted.
Limiting Access to Website Admin
You can always limit the access of your website admin to specific IP addresses using the .htaccess file. This is a basic server level file that restricts user access by interacting with the server even before interacting with the web browser. In this way, you can restrict access to your website admin to just the IP address of, for example, your office or home computers.
Changing Admin Account Name
In the WordPress system, “admin” is by default your website account. Once a user knows this, he just needs to crack your password to enter your website admin. Hence, changing the name of the admin account is one of the best ways to secure your website.
Besides its stellar performance as a Content Management System, WordPress also excels in guiding search engine crawlers through your website. It does so through its systematic organization of your website pages, webpage categories and related posts. In this way, your website is able to gain visibility on the web. To make the most of this, more and more webmasters have been looking into ways to optimize their websites for search engines.
Known as Search Engine Optimization (or SEO), the process is one where you attempt to improve the visibility of your website in search results without paid advertising. By getting your website to rank higher in a search listing, your website will be able to receive higher traffic. To maximize traffic to your website, you may like to try the following tips:
Optimize Blog Titles
By default, WordPress feeds the title of the blog to search engine crawlers before the actual post title. Ensure your blog title concisely reflects your blog content. Usually, most search engines display only about 50–60 characters of your entire title tag. Hence, always ensure that you mention the blog title prior to other titles. Make use of the “All in One SEO” plugin for the best title format.
Rewrite URLs with Permalinks
Setting descriptive URLs can boost SEO for your website. Permalinks make what your webpages, archives and posts are about obvious immediately. Therefore, by changing the default WordPress URLs, URLs to your posts and pages become more readable and generate more traffic. Always remember that URLs matter when indexing your webpages.
Breadcrumbs play an important role in website navigation. By using keywords, page titles and post titles, breadcrumbs help your visitors make sense of their navigation history. In terms of SEO, breadcrumbs make it easy for search engines to understand your website structure.
Using Good Quality Content
When a search engine enters your site, it ignores the CSS styles used to create the page display. Search engines never evaluate your site for aesthetics; rather, they focus on the words used in site content. Hence, to improve the ranking of your website in search results, try as much as possible to create content that includes keywords related to the type of information you are providing.
Link to Related Posts
Finding links from related posts is another method deployed by search engines to determine the relevance of your website in a search. You can use plugins for finding posts related to yours to help in your SEO strategy.
Generate an XML Sitemap
An XML sitemap is an overall listing of all the posts and pages of the website. The sitemap helps search engine crawlers view the readable structure of your WordPress website. You can do so simply by installing WordPress plugins designed for this.
Avoid Duplicate Content with robots.txt
In the WordPress system it is very likely to find duplicate content due to multiple pages such as tag, category and author pages. This can be avoided by directing search engines not to crawl duplicate content in the
(Do note, however, that by preventing search engines from accessing certain pages through your
robots.txt, you may still end up with a lower search result ranking. This is especially true when other websites link to the page you have blocked; search engines directed to the blocked page from other websites will only be able to see a blank page instead of your duplicate content. As such, don’t tinker with the
robots.txt unless you are 100% sure what you are doing with it.)
Originally created as a blogging platform, WordPress started to gain traction among programmers due to its simplicity of use and open source system. Over years of development, WordPress became the popular Content Management System (CMS) it is today. WordPress is touted as one of the web’s easiest CMS to use, but what exactly does a CMS do? In this entry, we investigate what goes on in a CMS and why WordPress is so popular for creating and maintaining websites.
Featuring an interface that is simple, fast and easy to understand, WordPress offers its users the ease of website and database management.
With its adjustable system, WordPress is able to accommodate users moving their websites from other CMS’s, providing them with the ease of integration.
With its simple interface and a visual editor, WordPress eliminates the time-consuming process of coding content. This allows users to gain expertise of the system much faster when compared with other CMS’s.
Most CMS’s allow their users to a variety of wallpapers or themes to alter the look and feel of their websites. WordPress boasts one of the widest collections of themes for websites, making it the CMS of choice for users looking for easily customizable themes.
Rather than leave your websites to your own devices, latest versions of WordPress come with default in-built security functions to protect your website from the dangers of hacking, viruses, etc. In this way, your website is already protected even without security measures on your side. (Of course, it will be wiser to implement some security measures of your own.)
Last, consider that WordPress is also open source system, meaning it can be tweaked to your liking. This is a unique feature of WordPress which allows it to be continually improved by developers, as well as keeping it free and updated for amateur users.