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WordPress and Security

January 13, 2014



Anyone who knows me knows that I am an advocate of WordPress, especially from the point of view of a web designer since so many small business websites use WordPress.

… Being a WordPress web designer will unlock many more job opportunities for you. Especially if you add in a little PHP and JavaScript knowledge into the mix.

Not all is well in the world of WordPress

The sad thing is that with great popularity and ease of use, comes great evil – WordPress has had a plethora of security holes and can be the source of many of website headaches because of all the hacking that can likely be subject to. Here are some WordPress safety tips:

1. Keep WordPress up to date!

It seems that the WordPress nerds update this popular CMS every 2.6 seconds! Though annoying, these updates are made with good reason: to plug security holes and other bugs.

Thankfully, the in WordPress update feature (as of WordPress 3.x) works very well. You don’t have to go through the 10 step process anymore to update it – just click on the update button and WordPress takes care of it for you.

2. Don’t install too many plugins!!

The WordPress plugin feature is the source of a lot of WordPress power but it is also the source many vulnerabilities. So be very careful when adding new plugins and be sure to keep them up to date as well.

3. Back up your WordPress database often.

If you are ever hacked and you need to clean house, having a daily backup to revert to is handy to have.

If you want to learn a lot about WordPress, check out my WordPress course package.