In this post we will be talking about the importance of website security, more to the point WordPress websites. If you create a website with just HTML and CSS your website will probably never get hacked except if they manage to upload files to your server using FTP. A basic (static) HTML website which does not connect to a database stand a much better chance of not being hacked. This is where WordPress websites gets targeted. The fact that there is a database and a content management system in place increase your chances of being hacked.
To understand website security, you need to know what it is you are protecting your website from. Hackers are skilled individuals capable of accessing your online real estate often without you knowing it!
Today we are going to talk about four topics. Why you need security, WordPress hacking stats, WordPress security and the best WordPress plugins
- Why You Need Security
- WordPress Hacking Stats
- WordPress Security
- Best WordPress Plugins
Let us start of on why you need security on your WordPress website.
Why You Need Security
Website threats can come in many forms. Infecting a website with malware in order to spread that malware to site visitors, stealing customer information, like names and email addresses, stealing credit card and other transaction information, adding the website to a botnet of infected sites, and even hijacking or crashing the site (for fun).
A security breach could be a disastrous for any small business. Even if a security breach at a small business website doesn’t trigger a data breach, it can still have a huge impact on customer trust if customers find out about it, especially if you are in the web industry.
WordPress Hacking Stats
Based on the report the three CMS platforms most being affected are WordPress, Joomla! and Magento. This does not imply these platforms are more or less secure than others.
In most instances, the compromises analyzed had little, if anything, to do with the core of the CMS application itself, but more with improper deployment, configuration, and overall maintenance by the webmasters and their hosts.
Infected Websites Platform Distribution Q1 – 2016
Over 78% of all the websites in the first quarter of 2016 were built on the WordPress platform, followed by Joomla! at 14%. WordPress is the leading open-source CMS platform on the market adopted by businesses of all sizes and everyday website owners. In all instances, regardless of platform, the leading cause of infection could be traced to the exploitation of software vulnerabilities in the platform’s extensible components, not its core. Extensible components directly relate to the integration of plugins, extensions, components, modules, templates, themes and other similar integrations.
You can check out the full report here – View Report
WordPress security is a topic of huge importance for every website owner. Each week, Google blacklists around 20,000 websites for malware and around 50,000 for phishing. If you are serious about your website, then you need to pay attention to the WordPress security best practices. In this guide, we will share all the top WordPress security tips to help you protect your website against hackers and malware.
A hacked WordPress site can cause serious damage to your business revenue and reputation. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software, and can even distribute malware to your users.
Worst, you may find yourself paying ransomware to hackers just to regain access to your website.
In March 2016, Google reported that more than 50 million website users have been warned about a website they’re visiting may contain malware or steal information.
Furthermore, Google blacklists around 20,000 websites for malware and around 50,000 for phishing each week.
Best WordPress Security Plugins
If your website is a business, then you need to pay extra attention to your WordPress security. Here are 5 for the best WordPress security plugins.
Web Design Academy offers WordPress Security Services and WordPress courses in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal. With the above information we hope you understand the importance of Securing your WordPress.
In our WordPress course we offer the following Subjects:
- What is WordPress
- Client Side vs. Server Side
- Web technologies
- Setting up your development environment.
- Installation of WAMP & MAMP.
- Database Setup
- WordPress Checklist
- Installing WordPress
- Setting up WordPress
- Best Settings for your website
- Dynamic web content
- PHP Introduction
- Content Management Systems
- WordPress Core Files
- WordPress Admin
- WordPress Page Templates
- WordPress Shotcodes
- WordPress Themes
- WordPress Plugins
- Page vs Post
- Custom Post Types
- WordPress for Mobile
Building your WordPress Website
- Creating your pages
- Creating Custom Page Templates
- Creating Custom Page Styles
- Social Media Integration
- Plugin Installation
- Search Engine Optimisation
- Dynamic Website Theming
- Exporting Database Tables
- Important Files
- Upload to Internet
- Final Settings
- Questions and Answers
To find out more about our practical WordPress course visit the course information on the link below