What you need to do first on your WordPress site! 2


Do you know that you need to be concerned about security for your WordPress website? It’s not optional. It may not be the fun stuff of website building or blogging but it’s absolutely essential! I’m a little pressed for time, but this post is going out anyway because it’s important. If you hopped on and created a website for your art or your business, I want you to be sure to do this next step today (or as soon as possible).

 

What’s more important than setting up your theme?

People who know me will understand that it’s not always like me to care about utilitarian stuff over aesthetics. I go into sound equipment stores with my husband and the only thing that keeps me from going insane amid all the black speakers, mikes, and sound equipment, are the lights and the posters (and the inane music playing that I can make fun of). I’m smart enough to know all of that is important, but mostly not interested enough to care. Why? because that’s his job, not mine. I don’t have to know, he does.

So. what is more important than choosing a wonderful (beautiful, snazzy, snappy) theme for your website?

The security is! No question, absolutely!

Why would anyone care about hacking your brand new website with nothing important on it?

It’s not your website they care so much about, all though they can hide coding in your website to lead people to their spammy websites if you’re not protected. Why would they do that if no one knows about your website yet? I don’t know, but that happened to my website (my other one that I put aside while I built this one… I didn’t even think about anyone maliciously hacking a website with no content on it! But someone did, and know I’m not even using that website really, even though I was looking forward to it. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to pay someone to “unhackify” it. Maybe I will someday, but I don’t want you having to make that decision down the road.

A common reason for hackers to seek websites with low activity is the space on your host site (Remember Ipage, BlueHost, HostGator etc,) Hackers hurt both you and your host site and they are aggressive (I’ve had over a hundred attempts in a day on my website when there was an active attack. In that case it was on this website and Wordfence shut it down.)

If you create a WordPress website, you need to protect it from day one!

Don’t bother to create a WordPress site if you’re not going to do this. That is all. 🙂 You’re welcome.

I use Wordfence, here is a tutorial on installing Wordfence:

I have been very happy with Wordfence but you can look at reviews for other security plugins here:

Five Best WordPress Security Plugins to Keep Your Site Secure on Tripwire.com, State of Security

Don’t bother to create a WordPress site if you’re not going to do this. That is all. 🙂 You’re welcome.

If you want to take a little look at my sad journey with not installing security immediately, read this: Lesson Learned: Yes, I was Hacked, on LinkedIn. Do this first! You’ll thank me. 🙂

Click on this link to go to the Small Business Website Series page.

If you want to follow along in the series or ask some questions as I work through this series, drop me a line with your email address below. I won’t be sending updates to you more than once a week and I won’t share your email address with anyone. Have a great week and protect your website, you’ll be glad you did!

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About Jenette Clay

I'm an SEO content writer, copywriter, blogger, writer of podcast show notes, wife, mum, homeschool (life school) "expert". Christian I've got one husband, lots of kids, lots of family, small home, lots of love. I love art, watching trees sway in the breeze, flowers, leaves, water, smiles, beautiful music, children of all sizes and states of cleanliness. I work because my husband already works hard and we need a new house. I enjoy what I do because I admire the hard working business owners who are my clients. Where would we be without people like them in this world?


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2 thoughts on “What you need to do first on your WordPress site!

  • Susan Velez

    Hi Jenette,

    I totally agree with you about protecting your WordPress blog from day one. While I personally don’t use the WordFence plugin, but after reading your story about being hacked, I may have to reconsider.

    I like tightening up my security using the .htaccess file. I just seem to prefer this method because it’s one less plugin that I have to use. However, I may end up spending some time installing WordPress this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing your story with us about your WordPress experience. It’s sad that there are hackers out there that would even do this. Glad to hear you’re taking precautionary steps this time.

    I know your story will help so many others. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan