In a post-pandemic world—your lead generation website and digital experience play an increasingly important role in attracting and educating potential customers. For many B2B organizations—that digital experience is built on WordPress.
As this shift to digital continues—it’s more important than ever that you take steps to secure your WordPress website. Investing a little time and attention in security now can save you a lot of money and headache later.
Why Is WordPress Security So Important Right Now?
Why should you worry about this right now? Trends. And specifically, where commerce goes—cybercrime follows.
Did you know that WordPress now makes up nearly 40% of all websites on the internet?
That is a huge market share and means that hundreds of millions of websites are using WordPress. Many of them on outdated core versions of WordPress and built with loads of vulnerable plugins.
Listen… For many SMB website projects handled internally, security tends to be one of the last details considered during a website build or redesign. For those who use an agency to build a website—that agency isn’t necessarily getting paid extra to spend the time on security and they may not have the expertise.
Most website design projects go a little like this:
- Get the project over the finish line on time and under budget.
- Demonstrate ROI and appease stakeholders.
- Oh ya… Let’s secure this thing.
I understand why this happens. However, there’s no reason—now that you’re here— you shouldn’t be taking the extra steps to help secure your online presence.
In this blog, I want to share with you three WordPress security basics to help protect your website and digital presence online.
WordPress Security Basics
Let’s cover three really simple ways to make your WordPress website more secure.
Limit Themes & Plugins
First, limit the number of themes and plugins you have on your website. It doesn’t matter if they’re active/inactive. The more plugins you have, the more possibilities for a security vulnerability (not to mention site performance degradation). Just have a good reason for adding a plugin, consolidate where possible, and use plugins that are actively managed.
Keep Themes & Plugins Up To Date
Next, you’ll want to make sure you regularly update your WordPress core, themes, and plugins.
The best way to stay secure is to keep everything up to date. By limiting the number of plugins you use to trusted developers and always keeping them up to date—you’ll significantly mitigate the risk of attack.
The best way to get started with this is to set monthly reminders to update themes and plugins and make this activity a regular part of your routine. If you have an agency who helps you—make sure this is a routine part of the work they assist with.
Have a Backup & Recovery Strategy
Any hosting package like this includes daily and on-demand backups. You can further augment this by saving a copy of a known, healthy backup to a remote location on a regular basis.
If anything ever goes wrong—you have “save points.”
Next Steps on B2B WordPress Security
That’s it. If you follow those three simple guidelines you can mitigate the risk of a security breach for your B2B WordPress Lead Generation Website.
For more tactical steps you can take to secure your B2B WordPress Website—see our blog: 26 Ways To Improve Your B2B WordPress Website Security.
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