It was recently announced that WordPress is powering 30% of all websites, according to the CMS survey results released by W3Techs. Because 49% of the websites out there use no content management system, or one that W3Techs doesn’t look for, that means WordPress has a 60% market share.
So what does that mean for you?
Well, it means that WordPress is more of a target than ever for hackers. Are you taking the appropriate steps to protect your site?
Backing up WordPress
First, be sure to back up your website on a regular basis. There are a number of popular plugins out there, including BackupBuddy, UpdraftPlus, Duplicator, and Automattic’s own VaultPress, which is part of Jetpack.
Since WordPress is open source, hackers can find out about exploits in older versions of WordPress pretty easily. That’s why it’s important to upgrade the actual WordPress software on a regular basis.
Upgrading Plugins & Themes
Plugins and themes are also open source, but they can suffer from bad programming, too. Be sure to upgrade them frequently as well.
Bonus tip for plugins and themes: If you find a premium plugin or theme for free somewhere, beware! It most likely contains malware.
If you really want an additional level of security, consider installing a security plugin like Wordfence, iThemes Security, or Sucuri Security. And for even more, set up a firewall like Sucuri’s paid firewall option.
WordPress being popular does mean you have access to tons of plugin and theme options, but it also means you need to be more careful about security.