If you create your own website yourself, or maybe someone else will make it for you, but then take it on your own, you should definitely pay attention to the security of your site. I want to share a few basic things with you now that can help you increase the security of your WordPress website. If you do these tasks as a final touch, or if you interrupt a few minutes of maintenance at regular intervals, there is a good chance you can prevent unwanted problems.
What tasks do you perform during installation and setup?
- Always change the table prefix when installing WordPress (default: wp_)!
- Do not use the admin username and choose a strong password!
- Tip for the future: change your password from time to time!
What extensions do you use on your site to increase the security of your website?
- Use an appropriate plug-in to increase security, recommended plug-in: WordFence
- Always make a backup of your website, recommended extension: Updraft Plus
- Use a spam filter, recommended plugin: Antispam Bee
Before you make your site public, complete these tasks!
- Change the login URL, recommended extension: WPS Hide Login
- Delete any extensions and templates you don’t use, no need. There are extensions that we only use to perform a specific task. If we have this and no longer need it, turn it off and delete it.
What to look for while creating your website? How can you increase the security of your website?
Try to keep the number of extensions to a minimum. With a well-chosen building extension, we can trigger a lot. That’s Elementor, for example. But there are more extensions of this kind than Themify or Divi’s own builder. For many extensions, they can also “clash,” “interfere” with each other. In this case, you can fluff it well to find out which goose is. Each extension is also a vulnerability on your site.
Also, keep in mind that there are extensions that are very resource intensive and can slow down your site. You have to choose well what you work for.
Maintenance tasks that increase the security of your WordPress website.
Update extensions: When choosing an extension, make sure it’s up to date. So if you see that it has been 1 year since the last update, choose another one instead. And always keep the installed extensions up to date! I usually check for extensions once a week, in which case I also do updates.
Also update your templates and WordPress!