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By Alexander Velasco
March 21, 2024

Secure and High-Performance WordPress Sites

Start your website with solid foundations. Security in WordPress is a crucial topic that is often overlooked until a disaster occurs.

This post doesn’t aim to be an exhaustive security manual but rather offers you a practical guide to begin your website with a solid base. Instead of advanced techniques or debates about technologies, we will focus on the basic rules we use at UX Neighbor to strengthen the security of our websites.

Ensuring the security of your website is a primary concern in today’s digital world. The increasing sophistication of cyber-attacks and the constant evolution of online threats make protecting your platform more important than ever before. Before delving into plugin selection or security techniques, it’s crucial to understand why website security should be a priority. Here are some key reasons to consider:

 

Protection of your information and data

Your website may contain confidential information, such as customer data, financial information, or even your intellectual property. If your website is not secure, this information can be stolen or compromised, leading to serious consequences for your business and reputation.

 

 

Prevention of attacks

Websites are constantly targeted by cyber-attacks. Hackers may use different methods to attack your website, such as brute force attacks, injection of malicious code, or malware. If your website is not secure, it is vulnerable to these attacks, which can result in data loss, service disruption, and even theft of your website.

 

Maintaining user trust

Users expect websites to be secure and protect their personal information. If your website is not secure, users are likely to lose trust in your brand and seek safer alternatives.

 

Improving your website’s performance

Security measures can help improve your website’s performance by reducing load times and resource usage. A secure website is also more reliable and less prone to errors and failures.

 

 

Compliance with standards

Some industries, such as finance or healthcare, are subject to strict data security standards. If your website does not comply with these standards, it may face fines and penalties. In some cases, the use of an SSL certificate is mandatory to comply with regulations and security standards, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union.

 

Saving money

If your website falls victim to a cyber-attack, you may incur significant costs to repair the damage and restore your website. Investing in web security can help prevent these costs and protect your investment.

 

 

Peace of mind

Knowing that your website is secure will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on other areas of your business.

In summary, website security is essential for protecting your information, data, reputation, and business. Investing in web security is a smart decision that will help protect your website from cyber threats and provide you with peace of mind.

The following are some factors to consider when selecting a plugin or security technique for your website:

  • Type of attacks: What type of attacks are most likely to affect your website?
  • Vulnerabilities: What are the potential vulnerabilities in your website?
  • User experience: Is the solution easy to use and configure?
  • Impact on performance: How will the solution affect your website’s performance?
  • Potential vulnerabilities in additional plugins: Is the solution secure and reliable?

By considering these factors, you can choose the best security solution for your website and protect your business from cyber threats. In our web projects, we choose Siteground Security.

 

Siteground Security

Offers a comprehensive and affordable solution to protect your WordPress website. With an intuitive interface and well-designed options, this plugin simplifies the process of strengthening your website’s security, even for those without previous technical experience. From threat detection to prevention of brute force attacks, Siteground Security offers a wide range of features to keep your site protected at all times. Additionally, its easy configuration allows you to implement security measures in a matter of minutes, without the need for specialized knowledge. With Siteground Security, you can rest assured knowing that your site is protected by an additional layer of reliable and user-friendly security.

At UX Neighbor, we ensure to carefully select a good hosting service for each project, which includes its own security measures and allows us to automate daily backups. However, in case we face the worst-case scenarios, such as a brute force attack or an infection due to lack of security measures, we have a solid action plan.

First, we resort to our most stable backups to restore the site to a safe state. Then, we install the Siteground Security plugin and meticulously activate each of its security measures. Additionally, we perform the actions recommended by the plugin to address any post-hacking incidents.

Among the most recommended measures by our team, and applicable to most projects, are:

  • Changing the login URL.
  • Limiting the maximum number of login attempts to prevent brute force attacks.
  • Hiding the WordPress version to minimize exposure to common vulnerabilities.

These three basic configurations are highly effective and work in most projects and web hosting services, ensuring not only the future security of the site but also improving its overall performance.

 

Conclusion:

Security in WordPress is an ongoing process that requires constant attention. This guide provides you with a solid starting point to protect your website from the beginning.

 

Remember:
  • Security is as important as functionality and design.
  • Don’t wait until it’s too late to take action.
  • Invest in your website’s security to protect your content and reputation.

Always remember that hiring secure hosting is a good starting point for hosting your WordPress website (SSL security certificates, protection against attacks).

We hope this information has been helpful.

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