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WordPress is the most popular CMS system with over 20% of the website CMS market. Not surprising considering it is open source, packed with features and very easy to use.

But with popularity it has become a target for hackers and so it is vitally important to make sure it is secure.  Our quick list outlines the 5 main areas you need to cover when running a WordPress website:

1. UPDATE your plugins and core WordPress files regularly.  There is a whole army of developers out there that constantly work to make their plugins more secure, so take advantage of it.  But remember to back up before doing this.

2. Make the LOGIN HARDER.  There are lots of things you can do to make it harder for hackers to login to your WordPress website; put a captcha on the login page, allow only 3 login attempts, delete the ‘admin’ account and use strong passwords.

3. Upload a SECURITY PLUGIN.  There are lots of Woprdpress security plugins, some are better than others, but make sure you have one that protects against people hacking into your files and database.

4. Try to avoid FREE THEMES AND PLUGINS. For the home blogger they are fine but for a business then they can come with too may vulnerabilities.

5. Take a regular BACKUP.  This speaks for itself and there are plugis that will do it automatically for you.

WordPress has its own article going through some common forms of vulnerabilities, and the things you can do to help keep your WordPress installation secure.

If you’need more professional help and advice with securing your WordPress website then please call us on 01273 328877.

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