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            3 B2B WordPress Website Security Fundamentals

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            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 Many of them on outdated core versions of WordPress and built with loads of vulnerable plugins.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:

            1. Get the project over the finish line on time and under budget.
            2. Demonstrate ROI and appease stakeholders.
            3. 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.

            One of the best ways 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

            Finally, have a backup and recovery strategy for your WordPress website. I recommend a managed hosting provider like WPEngine, Kinsta, or even for any B2B client I talk to.

            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.

            If you have questions regarding CMS Websites or security—or would like more information on our affordable WordPress B2B Care/Maintenance packages—don’t hesitate to contact us.

            Scott Flanigan

            Scott Flanigan

            Scott is a full-stack digital marketer (aka "markitecht"), solution architect, developer, and serial entrepreneur. He has over a decade of experience helping organizations in a variety of industries rapidly architect, implement, and scale new platforms. With a broad technical skill set and wealth of operations experience—Scott loves helping teams adopt and grow using new digital tools & workflows.

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