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February 21, 2022

Is WordPress Secure?

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Is WordPress Secure?

This is a common question many WordPress users are asking, and to be honest it is a very fair question.

When you constantly see on the news that “ABC.com” got hacked and hundreds of thousands of people’s personal data is leaked….well that can be a cause for concern.

Well to answer your question, Yes, the WordPress Core files are very secure.

These are the initial files that you install from WordPress.org or a 1-click installer.

These are the initial files that make your WordPress site function, such as making posts, creating pages, adding users, making comments, etc.

The reason why these files are secure is that the WordPress core development team, the group that is responsible for the continuous development of WordPress, is constantly working around the clock to patch & fix security vulnerabilities and hardening WordPress so it is safe to install for all users.

Thanks to the WordPress Development team, WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet with over 30% of all websites in the world using the WordPress platform.

But there is a catch…

WordPress can become unsafe, mainly because of user error, or better yet, YOU can make your own site unsafe.

Allow me to explain a few ways on how this can happen.

You are Not Updating Your WordPress Core Version

When you don’t upgrade your site to the latest version of WordPress, you are leaving your site open to a host of vulnerabilities.

You would be amazed at the sheer amount of WordPress users that don’t upgrade their WordPress version.

According to statistics, at least 33% of all WordPress sites in the world are at least 1 or 2 versions behind.

There is no excuse for anyone not to update their site to the latest version of WordPress. It only takes a click of a button.

Personally, I think a lot of these sites are abandoned and that’s why they are not being upgraded.

So if you don’t want to get hacked and protect your site, make sure you upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.

Not Updating Themes & Plugins

Another way you can make your WordPress site insecure is by not updating your 3rd party themes and plugins consistently.

Whenever a theme or plugin developer pushes out an update, you should make it a priority to bring your plugins and themes up to date.

These developers are constantly fixing security vulnerabilities so they can keep their products secure and keep your site safe from malicious hackers.

When you don’t update your plugins and themes, you are leaving yourself wide open for cyberattacks and hackers will take every opportunity to exploit your site.

Using Abandoned Themes & Plugins

Using themes & plugins that the developer has abandoned is another way that can make your WordPress site insecure.

If a developer is no longer updating their product to patch security vulnerabilities, then your site is at risk.

Always make sure that the plugins that you have installed on your site are being updated.

You can check this by going to the WordPress plugin repository, searching for the plugins that you are using, and you will see when it was “last updated”.

As far as themes, I suggest buying a premium theme from a reputable theme developer and avoid using free themes at ALL costs.

A premium theme from a trusted & reputable theme developer is always being updated, patched, and improved so you and your website visitors can have the most optimal experience.

If you notice that your themes and plugins are not being updated, delete them immediately and look for better alternatives. Trust me, it’s not worth the headache.

Not Using the Latest Version of PHP

There are many reasons why you should use the latest version of PHP, but for the scope of this article, we are going to focus on security reasons.

As you may (or may not) know, WordPress is written the PHP programming language.

And PHP is always being modified and optimized to make it safe and secure.

Upgrading your web server to the latest version of PHP will protect you against hackers exploiting deprecated code in the previous versions, and keep your WordPress site safe and secure.

Usually, you can upgrade your PHP version yourself through cPanel or your web hosting dashboard. If that is not possible, just give your web host a call or send a message and ask them to do it for you. It only takes a few seconds and will give you the peace of mind that you need.

In Conclusion, you just learned that the WordPress core files are secure but if you do not update your WordPress version, themes, plugins, PHP, or have abandoned plugins and themes installed on your site, it can cause havoc that can bring down your site.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this article, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. That’s all for now, see you next time.

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