WordPress (WP) is the most popular open source web application on the internet. Web developers and designers use WP because of the large community support and the availability of plugins that extend the value of the core WP code. This popularity is fantastic but also brings attention. The majority of website hackers target WP installs for this reason. Here are the plugins I use to help secure all the WP websites I build.
- 404 to Start – If you don’t like the typical 404 page than you can redirect all 404 page not found errors permantly (or temporarily) to the start page or any other site/page you like.
- Easy Captcha is an ideal solution for those who want to try different types of captcha to achieve an optimal site usability and captcha protection ratio. It allows a WordPress site owner to choose which captcha should be used on a particular page.
- iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site. On average, 30,000 new websites are hacked each day. WordPress sites can be an easy target for attacks because of plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software.
- Stealth Login Page – Without locking down access via IP address or file permissions, this plugin creates a secret login authorization code. Those who do not enter this additional authorization will be automatically redirected to a customized URL.
There are more ways to protect your WP website for sure. Over a decade of installing and designing WP websites, I have found that this plugin combination helps prevent your website from hackers. If you are planning to install WordPress in the future, please consider this list to protect your website, your visitors, your web host and the internet as a whole.