Whether your website is old or new, it’s an investment you can’t afford to ignore.
In my 22 years of building websites, I’ve never seen malware incursions, malicious hacks, and virus activity on a scale so insidious and pernicious.
Waiting for a website to “fail” is like playing Russian roulette, and the odds against you increase if you don’t have a strategy for combatting constant assaults.
In some cases there’s no warning your site is infected. A worst-case scenario is finding out directly from a site visitor after their browser has flagged your site as hacked!
And there’s more involved than just a mad scramble to repair the damage. A compromised site will…
- Cost you out of pocket;
- Take unexpected time and energy;
- Endanger your users, causing a declining base and loss of trust in your business; and
- Get your site blacklisted on Google.
5 Steps to Improve WordPress Security
- Regular backups. Your preferred hosting package should be a Managed WordPress account that includes automatic updates, auto-restore, and site speed optimization.
- Run updates. When WordPress is updated, then themes and plug-ins need updates. Note: Every out-of-date plug-in is a security risk, so if you don’t need it, delete it.
- Set up a new admin-level user account, then delete the default Admin account. Choose a non-obvious username and secure password.
- Install a security plug-in like Wordfence or All In One WP Security & Firewall.
- Repeat steps 1-4 on a regular basis.
Your responsibility for your website doesn’t end with the launch. It’s up to you to get a plan to keep it safe and healthy by caring for it on a regular basis.
P.S. Want to learn more about setting up a maintenance plan? Just contact me and I’ll perform a quick review of your website with recommendations on how to protect your web assets.