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Is WordPress a safe platform?

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WordPress is safe as long as website owners take security seriously and adhere to recommended practises. Employing safe plugins and themes, maintaining responsible login processes, using security plugins to monitor your site, and updating periodically are all good practises.

Let’s break down the key components of a WordPress website’s security: WordPress core (the source files that manage basic WordPress functioning), plugins, and themes. This will aid our understanding of WordPress security in general.

Is WordPress Core Secure?

Yes, if you keep your WordPress core up to date, it’s safe. However, users can take further steps to protect the WordPress core on their website.

Longer answer: There is only one WordPress core, unlike themes and plugins, and it is maintained by a world-class security team. WordPress remains on top of software vulnerabilities and publishes security updates to address its core files. When WordPress releases an update, install it as soon as possible because the issues that each version addresses are well-known.

There are also other safeguards you may take on your end to keep WordPress running at its safest. These are some of them:

  • Using strong passwords to protect your login. Two-factor authentication and plugins that limit login attempts and add captchas are also worth investigating.
  • Installing a WordPress security plugin that can check your site for viruses and performing frequent scans on your site.
  • Enabling SSL to allow people to connect to your site safely.
  • With a secure service, you can host your website.

See our Ultimate WordPress Security Checklist for a complete list of best practises for protecting WordPress core.

Is it Safe to Use WordPress Plugins?

Short answer:

Not all of the time. Only use reliable, legal plugins, and keep them up to date as needed.

Longer response: If core files are the beating heart of WordPress, plugins are…well, everything else. They allow WordPress to be completely customised and versatile. The problem is that plugins are created by other parties, and not all of them are guaranteed to be well-maintained or even safe. As a result, plugins are one of the most common ways for hackers to get access to WordPress-based websites.

Don’t get me wrong: plugins are required for anything that goes beyond the WordPress core capabilities. But, just as you wouldn’t download a shady file from a shadier website, be cautious about where you get your plugins. Stick to the WordPress plugin directory and choose your plugins based on popularity, maintenance frequency, and user reviews.

Even a well-known plugin might be dangerous if it isn’t kept up to date. Install plugin updates as quickly as possible, and keep up with what developers are fixing and enhancing.

Is It Safe to Use WordPress Themes?

Short answer: No, it isn’t always the case. Use a theme that complies with WordPress’ requirements and update it as needed.

Longer answer: Because many themes are created by third parties, WordPress does not regulate or approve them. As important as it is, don’t just install a theme because you like the way it looks. Your theme must also adhere to WordPress’s code requirements. Choose a theme from the official WordPress theme directory or try one of our recommendations to assure this. You can also use W3C’s validator to assess the security of any WordPress site (including your own) by putting the URL into it.

Finally, I’ve stated it before, I’ve stated it again, and I’ll state it again: Update! Another easy way for unauthorised access to your site’s backend is to use outdated themes.

“It’s vital to keep your plugins and themes up to date if you want to keep your WordPress site secure.” Before deploying themes and plugin updates to production, you should test them separately, such as on a staging site. This is to ensure that the modifications don’t disrupt existing functionality or, even worse, crash the website.” – Alec Wines, WP Buffs’ Head of Growth