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Is WordPress a secure platform for my website?

Posted: June 24th 2016

Getting your company website right and making it secure is absolutely crucial. It’s the online representation of everything you do and with the thousands of threats held by the internet today, there is nothing more important than protecting it.

When it comes to choosing a central management system to build your website on, there is often confusion as to which platform is most reliable. No CMS can guarantee 100% security – that’s just due to the nature of the internet – but WordPress are just about as secure as you’ll get. With more than 23% of the top 10 million websites being powered by WordPress, it is the most widely-used and trusted CMS software in the world.

The WordPress Security Team is made up of approximately 25 experts, half of which work for them and the other half in the web security field. They regularly consult with well-known and trusted security researchers and hosting companies. These skills combine to protect WordPress from potential issues, making it one of the safest platforms available.

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What can be applied to WordPress to heighten my website’s security?

  • IP whitelisting – if you apply IP whitelisting to your website, you can only get access to the admin panel if you’re on a whitelisted IP address, meaning you have accurate control over who can manage the site. It basically closes down the one of the main places where people would try and hack into the site, only allowing access to those on the right IP.
  • CloudFlare – this is something that your website visitors automatically go through before they hit your website. It stops traffic sources that are known as a threat from entering. You could think of it as a bouncer - just as bouncers stop any potential threats from entering a night club, CloudFlare stops known threats from getting to your website.
  • SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) – this encrypts communication on your website. It stops anyone from snooping and it is often used to secure confidential information passed through e-commerce sites. Not only does this strengthen your website’s protection, but Google recommends it. It is one of the many ranking factors they take into account, so your website will not only be more secure but will potentially be more visible online as well.
  • Backups – as stated previously, no website in the world is 100% secure. With the right time and resources, if there is a will to get into a website, there is usually a way. This is why a backup of your website is vitally needed should the worst happen.
  • Fail2ban – this is a server side utility that watches your website hosting account and bans IPs that show malicious signs, for example: too many password failures, seeking for exploits, etc.

Who else chose WordPress?

Some of the best brands on the planet chose to build their websites on WordPress and believe me, there is a huge range. From scientific giants like NASA, to huge musical icons The Rolling Stones, to one of the world’s most famous papers, The New York Times - WordPress is popular among all kinds of corporations.

Below are just a few logos of websites that have been built with WordPress. Hey, if it’s good enough for Beyoncé… 007_thumbnail judiciary_thumbnaillollapalooza_thumbnailmarksandspencerforbusiness_thumbnailmercedes_benz_thumbnailsony_music_thumbnailopen_nasa_thumbnailplaystation_blog_thumbnailqueen_b_thumbnailthe_new_yorker_thumbnailthe_walt_disney_company_thumbnailusain_bolt_thumbnail the_walking_dead_thumbnail bbc_america_thumbnail

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What more can I do to stay protected?

This may have been mentioned over and over, but it’s so important to remember that no website is ever completely protected; threats will find a way in if they have a strong enough intention to.

However, with the right knowledge of WordPress’ CMS and with regular software updates, you’ll substantially minimise the chance of anything leaking in and damaging your site. Choose a trusted website provider like WordPress, educate yourself on the extra techniques you can apply to block out negative intruders and your website will be as protected as it possibly can be.

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