WordPress Security… is it secure enough?

WordPress Security… is it secure enough?

Ryan Shelley

28 May 2021

Choosing a CMS platform comes with a multitude of considerations. Finding a platform that fulfils your needs is already a big task; ensuring this CMS is secure and well-equipped to stand up to cyberattack and malware attempts is another massive consideration. Does WordPress security pass the test?

WordPress: Just how secure is it?

WordPress is the most popular CMS platform worldwide. It powers nearly 40% of the world’s websites! Arnotts, SPC, Herald Sun, IGA, Tip Top, Red Rooster. They all use WordPress!  

Confidence and trust in the longevity and utility of WordPress comes with this worldwide prevalence. However, it also brings up concerns over WordPress security – that because so much of the web is run on WordPress, its websites are subject to more cyber-attacks and malware attempts than any other platform.

This concern is definitely valid. There are certainly many bots that scan websites for vulnerabilities to attack. Malicious redirects and backdoor vulnerabilities are just two of the potential vulnerabilities that can be triggered by hackers.

Regardless, the benefits of a WordPress site are vast. It’s a free, relatively easy to use and multi-functional CMS – it’s the most popular CMS platform for a reason! For a marketing manager, business owner, or with the help of a WordPress developer Sydney team, the benefits and possibilities with WordPress are endless. At least, they far outweigh the potential security concerns, particularly when there are several ways to boost your WordPress website security.

How can I boost my WordPress Security?

Some of our top tips for boosting your WordPress security include:

  • Put the website behind a firewall. A firewall monitors all traffic to and from your network. Therefore, this will detect and block malicious traffic and activities such as SQL injection, brute force, etc. Cloudflare has a good free firewall option.
  • Look for a security-focused firewall. Beyond Cloudflare, a more security focused firewall such as Sucuri can offer greater protection. It’s a paid cloud-based platform that works to fix hacks. Additionally, as an added bonus, if a hack does occur, Sucuri can clean the hack for you and prevent future attacks!
  • Keep your WordPress up to date. Just like your phone and computer, WordPress Core and third-party apps must be kept up to date! The majority of hacks are due to outdated core and plugins. So, manually update this yourself or have a WordPress host that offers a managed WordPress service to update this on your behalf.

So, while WordPress security concerns are valid and something to consider, there are many ways to protect your website and reinforce its security. It’s certainly not a reason to avoid the platform altogether!

Looking for a WordPress Developer Sydney team or WordPress Hosting Australia to bolster your website security? Or perhaps you have more questions about WordPress security. Give us a call or drop us an email, we’d love to chat!