Securing your website

When it comes to securing your WordPress website, there is a lot you can do to prevent your website from falling victim to hackers. At all times, you want to prevent your website from being hacked. To prevent that from happening, we’ve listed a few tips for you.

To overview

Custom websites are the safest

When you have a custom website created, the entire website is built specifically for you. The HTML code and the structure of the website is specially made for the functionalities and the design that you want. When you choose a website built in a theme or with a builder, you get a standard website in which your content is filled. You can also choose which of the functionalities of that theme you want to use. So you will have unused functionalities in your website. So these unused scripts are also in the code. And that, in addition to making your website slower, also makes sure that there are more scripts to be hacked. Scripts make a website insecure because they are susceptible to hacking.

On an open-source platform like WordPress, there are a huge number of users worldwide. This brings many advantages. However, so many users also makes for a lot of hackers. Therefore it is advisable to limit the number of scripts. You can only limit these scripts optimally by building your website to measure. So if you want your website to be optimally secured, the first step is to have your website custom built.

Choose secure hosting

The security of your website can only be good if you have it hosted in a secure place. You can choose to outsource your hosting, but you can also choose to do this yourself. Some technical knowledge is not superfluous if you choose to manage the hosting yourself! It is very important that you choose a reliable hosting partner.

Furthermore, an SSL certificate is a must. This ensures that a secure layer is placed between a server and an internet browser. You can easily request an SSL-certificate yourself at most hosting parties. After you have done this your URL will also start with HTTPS instead of the previous HTTP protocol.

Premium plug-ins for security

To guarantee the security of your website you need plug-ins for your security. For example, we always recommend Wordfence Security in any case. Wordfence Security is perhaps the most popular WordPress security plug-in. The plug-in combines powerful security tools, such as tools to secure the security process. Also, the tool has the ability to restore your website after a security incident (which is actually impossible). Moreover, Wordfence gives you insight into trends of your traffic and hacking attempts.

The disadvantage of using plugins in general is that you have to update and maintain them. Therefore, it is recommended to outsource the maintenance of your security plugins to your website builder. This will ensure that your plug-in is always up to date, thus reducing the chances of being hacked.

Securing your website

If you choose to have your website custom built, work with a reliable hosting partner and choose Wordfence Security as a security plug-in, you will greatly reduce the chance of being hacked. Are you curious what other options there are to optimally secure your WordPress website? We will tell you about it in the next blog.