While there are certainly a number of things that can go wrong, the worst of them all would be for it to be hacked.
If somebody hacks into your WordPress account, he or she could infect it with a virus, use your account to spam others, or delete all of your files.
Imagine how bad it would be for all of your hard work to be deleted.
Thankfully, there are ways to prevent something like this from happening.
You need to learn how to backup your blog, posts, comments…everything.
There are also ways in which you can restore your WordPress blog in the event that it is hacked and/or deleted.
Even if your blog is new and doesn’t have very much content yet, you will still find yourself frustrated if it’s hacked.
Here are some tips for preventing your blog from being hacked:
- Don’t make your WordPress dashboard password easy for others to guess. If you use something simple, such as your name, a hacker may be able to figure it. Use a mixture of upper / lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
- Change the WordPress admin username – most hackers know that ‘admin’ is the username and then they only have to guess the password. Make it twice as hard and change the admin username to something other than ‘admin’.
- Be careful when using plugins, scripts, and layouts that you find on the internet. Make sure they come from trusted sources before using them, as they can contain spy-ware.
- Themes. If you want to use one that you found somewhere on the web, again make sure it is from a reputable source. Some theme creators add hidden links and advertisements.
- Keep up with all the latest WordPress security upgrades. Although it can be a hassle to keep upgrading all the time, it’s crucial to do so. All it takes is one small flaw for a hacker to break into your account, so make sure you keep up with all the upgrades and patches.
- Include the following security plugins, Login Lockdown and Secure WordPress.
As I said at the beginning of the post, make sure you back up EVERYTHING, including your posts, comments, files, images, logos, template, links, and HTML coding. That way, even if your blog does get wiped out, you’ll have everything you need for quickly putting it back together.
The best plugin to do this is: Backup Buddy.
Many bloggers think that backing up their databases using plugins like WP-DBManager is backing up their whole blog. IT ISN’T.
I am not saying the plugin is not good – it is and I have it installed as it automatically optimizes your databases for faster loading but it only backups your databases.
You need a plugin that backups EVERYTHING like: Backup Buddy.
Follow these tips to protect your WordPress blog from being hacked. If it still ends up being hacked, make sure you have everything backed up and that you know how to restore it all. The plugin, Backup Buddy, makes it very simple.
What do you do to make your blog more secure?
Please share your views in the comments below.