For years, blogging has been a huge part of the business world. Whether you’re sharing your content on Facebook, or are increasing traffic on a regular basis, plenty of businesses are familiar with the use of blogs for their website. What makes this unique, however, is that each business not only has different ways of using these sites, but different reasons for doing so as well. Make sure you understand the risks and WordPress vulnerabilities associated with your blog.
For example, you might have a business which is interested in using WordPress as a way to reach out to customers easier. On the other hand, you have companies who can manage their customers just fine without using blogging sites. However, they use these sites because blogs are the perfect platform for the type of work they do. With that said, it’s one thing to use blogging to its fullest potential, but you need to be sure your site is secure as well. If you’re using WordPress, for example, how can you keep your site safe from threats, and most of all, why is WordPress security important? Here are a few things to take into consideration.
Of all the reasons to keep your WordPress up to date, a major one involves vulnerabilities in outdated hardware and/or plugins. If you’re a newcomer to the site, especially, you may feel there’s no need to update your site or any plugins you’re using. However, this is a common misconception. If there’s one thing hackers look for, it’s security holes and vulnerabilities in outdated software. This is why you’re more prone to an attack if you don’t update. For example, let’s say WordPress experienced a security breach. However, it was only in relation to all outdated hardware. If you hadn’t updated in a while, it could have a serious impact on your personal site. Overall, vulnerabilities in outdated software/plugins is one reason security is essential for your WordPress.
With that established, what are some useful tips for keeping your site secure and up to date? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
One of the best features of WordPress, are the numerous plugins available. With thousands at your disposal, it can be easy to install/download them without checking the validity. However, always make sure you know what you’re installing before you do so. Is the plugin popular among other businesses? Is the developer of the plugin well-known? Most of all, though, what are the reviews like? After all, the last thing you want to do is install a plugin with vulnerabilities, only to realize you could have avoided it if you had just read reviews. A plugin that receives one star ratings for example, definitely isn’t recommended.
Even though using a strong password may seem like common knowledge to most, it’s still easy to glance over. After all, some may not think there’s a chance a hacker will ever figure out their passcode. With that said, not only should you use a secure password, but change it on a regular basis too. It should be a tricky combination of both numbers and letters, but don’t make it too confusing. After all, you want it to be a password that’s difficult for prying eyes to figure, but easy for you to remember. Always avoid using your birthday, and never use your social security number, either.
For more information about the importance of WordPress security for your business, feel free to contact us today at Pressed Solutions. A web design and development company, we target health and wellness entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups. However, we also develop and support hundreds of WordPress sites as well as offer a hosting service, along with malware and security services.