Great so you have a new WordPress site – congratulations. Now look after your site or it will become a problem. WordPress really is a phenomenal choice of a CMS where you can control more than the look and feel, you control all the content. There are also a ton of plugins that one can do that allows you to do some amazing things with your platform. Whatever you do look after it. The reason being is that WordPress is an open-source platform and that means it is open to vulnerabilities.
Vulnerabilities generally by people who need to send mass amounts of spam, want to deface your website or get redirects to their porn plages or similar. However, don’t stress simply keeps the site updated and stay on top of what is happening with your site or simply outsource the task. WordPress needs to be updated and kept updated along with all the plugins that you have installed. When plugins have a vulnerability and this is found out it will make it way to the dark web or shared on hacker forums. This means people who know the exploit will search for sites using outdated plugins or WordPress versions and target their attacks at these sites.
Note the theme is just as important if not more so than the plugins. so keep an updated site and WordPress. So you need to treat your whole platform and keep it clean.
But wait! Please don’t just push the update buttons all across your site and expect everything to be ok. You see some themes don’t make use of child themes which means that often simply updating a theme will throw out your changes and you will need to redo the changes you made when you initially set up the site. This goes the same for the plugins so please be sure to make a backup of the whole WordPress before you hit the update buttons.
Here are some great links or ideas that I want to leave you with:
- Vulnerabilities: https://wpvulndb.com/
- WordPress anti malware cleaner: https://wordpress.org/plugins/gotmls/
- Firewall for your WordPress site: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordfence/
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