Guide to Security for Custom WordPress Websites

Guide to Security for Custom WordPress Websites - The White Label Agency

As the largest Content Management System (CMS), WordPress often finds itself a target for malicious actors looking to exploit vulnerabilities.

Here at White Label Agency, we’ve been providing WordPress solutions to client agencies for over a decade. We understand that when you build custom websites for clients, you’re not just creating a website – you’re taking responsibility for their online security. That’s why we’re sharing some of our best practices for securing custom WordPress websites.

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Core Security Practices

Let’s start with the basic principles of security for WordPress websites. We’ll discuss some essential practices that should be the foundation of every custom website you create. 

Update Everything, Regularly: WordPress, themes, and plugins all have updates for a reason – they often include security patches to fix vulnerabilities that are discovered by hackers. Make it a habit to update everything regularly by setting them up automatically wherever possible. This simple step of maintenance significantly reduces your website’s risk of being exploited by known security vulnerabilities. 

Backup, Backup, Backup!: Even with the best security measures, unforeseen events can happen. Regular backups are your safety net. Schedule automatic backups for your entire website – files, databases, everything. Backups allow you to quickly restore your website and minimize downtime if there is a security breach or technical issue. Learn more about backup strategies in our blog.

Limit Login Attempts: Hackers often use automated scripts to try different usernames and passwords until they gain access. Implementing a limit on login attempts will make that much more difficult. This means after a certain number of failed logins, access gets locked for a set period, discouraging brute-force attacks and keeping your website safe from unauthorized logins.

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Advanced Security Measures

While core practices like updates and backups are crucial, there’s more you can do to turn your custom WordPress websites into a security fortress. Here are some advanced security measures to consider:

Security Plugins: Plugins offer a range of features like malware scanning, user activity monitoring, and even two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA adds an extra step to the login process, requiring a code from your device along with the username and password. This makes it much harder for hackers to gain access, even if they steal your login credentials. You can read our blog to learn more: What Are the Best WordPress Security Plugins?

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Web Application Firewall (WAF): A WAF is a security checkpoint at the website’s entry point. It constantly monitors incoming traffic and proactively blocks any suspicious activity and hacking attempts before it reaches a website. Think of it as a bouncer who only lets authorized visitors in.

HTTPS and SSL Certificates: The “S” in HTTPS stands for “secure.” When a website uses HTTPS, all communications between the website and visitors are encrypted. This makes it extremely difficult for anyone to intercept sensitive information like passwords or credit card details. An SSL certificate is the key that enables this encryption – it essentially verifies that the website is the legitimate owner of the domain name.

Tighten Up File Permissions: WordPress assigns different permission levels to files and folders on a website. These permissions determine who can access, edit, or delete them. By default, these permissions can be a little loose. Taking the time to tighten them up guarantees that only authorized users can make changes to your website’s core files, reducing the risk of malicious modifications.

Remember, security is an ongoing process, not a one-time fix. Staying informed about the latest threats and implementing these security measures will go a long way in protecting custom websites and giving your clients the peace of mind they deserve.

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Additional Considerations for Custom WordPress Websites

While the practices we discussed form a solid foundation, security for custom WordPress websites requires a multi-layered approach. Here are some additional considerations to keep your client’s websites even more secure:

Secure Development Practices: Remember, security starts from the ground up by employing secure coding practices during the development process. This includes techniques like proper user input validation, preventing SQL injection attacks, and following secure password storage protocols. These practices might seem technical, but many reputable development tools and frameworks can help ensure your code is built with security in mind. By prioritizing secure development from the beginning, you significantly reduce the risk of vulnerabilities being introduced into a WordPress website.

Partner with a Reliable Hosting Provider: Website hosting provider plays a critical role in its overall security. Look for a provider with a proven track record of security – one that offers features like firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and regular security audits. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their track records, security infrastructure, and response protocols in case of an attack. Remember, a reliable hosting partner is an extension of your own security efforts, providing additional layers of protection for your client’s website. You can read additional tips about hosting security on our blog: 5 WordPress Hosting Security Tips

White Label Security Solution

At White Label Agency, we understand the importance of security for your client’s peace of mind and your agency’s reputation. That’s why we don’t just build beautiful custom WordPress websites – we offer ongoing maintenance services to ensure their security.

Our team of expert developers stays on top of the latest threats and proactively manages security updates, backups, and monitoring. This allows you to focus on what you do best while we take care of the security behind the scenes.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you build and secure WordPress websites for your clients!