More Ways To Secure Your WordPress Website
In our previous article, we discussed the easiest ways to secure your WordPress website. Now we will look at more intense securing measures. To be able to do this, you will need to have very basic knowledge of databases and coding changes. If you don’t you can always sign up for our WordPress 101 Training course to learn these skills.
Secure your WordPress website
Remove user ID 1
Why would you want to or even need to remove the #1 user slot in your WordPress admin section? That’s because when a hacker is trying to break into your site, they usually have just two things to guess in order to gain access, and that’s the admin username and the admin password.
Hide all usernames
You can some code changes that will help hide or block detection of the admin username, thus preventing the would-be hackers from getting half of what they need to break into your WordPress site’s admin area. There are also a couple of final ways to help prevent hackers from figuring out your admin’s username. Both of these are pretty simple and easy to carry out.
Change DB prefix after install
Hackers love to attack the database of a WordPress site because it’s the heart of your site. All kinds of goodies are located in there for the hackers to feast on. You change the default table prefix, and the hackers will move on to the next site that’s much easier to crack into.
Replace the security keys
You can add and/or change the WordPress security keys. Most installation methods automatically create these for you. You should be aware of them, know where they are and how to change them if you need to.
Secure your wp-config.php file
One of the most important files that make up your WordPress site is the wp-config.php file. If you move it, you can prevent hackers from finding it too easily.
Customise the login error messages
One of the nifty tools that WordPress has built into its system is whenever you try to log in and mistakenly enter either a wrong username or password, the login page tells you which item you messed up. Unfortunately, this also helps the hackers. This lets them know that they have the correct password but need to try a different username, or they’ve got the correct username but need the correct password.
Remove the WordPress version numbers
If someone is trolling the Web looking for a WordPress site to break into, they may already have some idea of the weaknesses that certain older versions of WordPress have, mainly because WordPress lists them on their own site.