WordPress Security isn’t at the forefront of most business owners. It’s not something business owners think about. Why? Because the message they’re trying to deliver is more important.
People build websites to enhance their business, to make it more appealing to their visitors, and to deliver that message; as a result, security is not part of the design. That attitude makes their websites even more susceptible to malicious behavior.
Does focusing on WordPress security make the website less appealing to visitors?
Just the opposite…, it makes your business website more resilient and it shows you care about the well-being of your site visitors while earmarking you as a responsible site owner.
Did you know that:
- Google will penalize websites that don’t comply with an ever-changing set of rules
- Email providers will block websites they deem hazardous
- There are published “blacklists” of websites and businesses to avoid
- Malicious code can be spread through a compromised website
- That same compromised website can harbor content that “could” subject you to prosecution by the law
What should I do?
The answer is simple. Take care of your web properties (website and email.) WordPress security is one aspect of the security picture, but an easy one to address.
- Make sure plugins and themes are up-to-date – plugins are susceptible to being hacked? Developers are constantly updating them to secure them.
- Review for vulnerabilities often – Vulnerabilities in WordPress and its components are reported daily. Make sure you have no compromised components installed on your website.
- Remove any plugins you’re not using – Why have components installed you’re not using or maintaining. That’s an easy avenue for compromise.
- Use good passwords – Passwords are the primary source of access to your website. WordPress will enforce whatever password policy you put in place, but there has to be one.
- Install an SSL certificate (HTTPS) – SSL certificates have become standard on websites. If you don’t have one installed browsers can’t validate the authenticity of your website and people will be less likely to visit. Google recently decided to label websites without HTTPS enabled unsafe.
Did you Know
WordPress 5.2 has an increased set of tools designed to review your website and help you secure it
What can I do?
Security should be an integral part of your WordPress website. Define security policies for your website and incorporate them into every aspect of your interaction with the site which leaves you three (3) options:
- Do nothing – Continue to operate your website the way you always have. Assume nothing will go wrong -or-
- Dedicate Resources – You use people to maintain your website content, why not train them to manage and keep the site secure, and publish content that adheres to your security policies -or-
- Subscribe to our WordPress Care service. It’s structured to relieve business owners of 80% of the hassle of managing WordPress security.
bluSpider, LLC is ready to help you offload managing your WordPress security. Our automated tools monitor your website and alert us if there are any issues. You’ll be notified of severe problems, but In most cases, you’ll never know there was a problem. Our monthly reports provide insight into how we manage your website.
The chose is really up to you. Is the security of your WordPress site important to you or not?