Quick tips for running an efficient, secure WordPress website

tips for a secure wordpress site

Here are some simple WordPress tips to keep your site running smoothly.

Remove ‘admin’ as an administrator.
WordPress automatically creates the ‘admin’ username and gives it administrator privileges. This can be a security risk when combine this with a poor password.

Post content through a contributor.
Set-up a contributor account and post all content through the contributor. You can still create content as the administrator and choose to post as the contributor.

Replace salts and keys.
Salts and keys are used to authenticate users and their log-ins. WordPress will generate the phrases for you; just copy and paste what is at this link and you’ll fend off hackers.

Remember to back up your site.
The tips above will help protect your site from hackers, but no system is crack-proof. Top-shelf WordPress hosting services like  WPEngine (my platform of choice), Kinsta, and Media Temple all offer backup options for your site — VaultPress is not free but comes highly recommended by WordPress users.

Use more categories than tags.
Organizing your site affects your SEO and site load times, so it is important to think about your categories and tags. As much as possible, limit your categories and use tags to bring it all together.

Employ a cache.
Once a visitor has viewed your website, their computer keeps a cache to make it easy and quick to return to the site. WP Engine offers built-in caching and makes it easy on you, the site host.

Install all WordPress updates.
Being busy, it is easy to brush off the latest update and think everything will be fine. Well, the updates are designed to make WordPress run better, so it is worth the time (and it doesn’t actually take long at all) to install the update as soon as it comes out.

Flagstone Search Marketing can help you understand the ins and outs of WordPress, so contact us today!

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