Tag Archives: JetPack

Securing WordPress

Contrary to some belief WordPress itself is very secure. Vulnerabilities are introduced by poorly written or malicious themes or plugins that users install.

I have compiled a list of extra steps you can take to harden your WordPress installation.

Stay Updated

WordPress has updates on a near daily basis. If a security vulnerability is ever found it is usually patched within hours and pushed out to the millions of WordPress installations around the globe. But, if you don’t accept automatic updates, or don’t manually update often, then you will be left vulnerable.

It doesn’t just go for WordPress itself. Plugins, especially the more popular ones, are updated often, and can often have security vulnerabilites of their own. Keep them updated!

Be conservative with plugins

Plugins are great, they extend the functionality of your website in just a few clicks. But is that all they do? Plugins can become vulnerable, especially…

Why you should use JetPack

I’ve made a lot of WordPress websites over the years, both for clients and myself.  They pretty much all require work out-of-the-box to get right, exclusive of applying a theme and styling.

These tweaks include:

Installing a contact form plugin (usually Gravity Forms or Contact Form 7) Configuring Akismet Installing and configuring an analytics package (Google Analytics or similar) Social plugins (I used to do this as part of the theme though, admittedly) Replace comments with Disqus or Facebook Comments (or remove entirely) And, depending on the site, integrate automatic social posting (eg. post to my social media profile when I make a new post)

So, wouldn’t it be great if you could skip all of this and just install one plugin?  Yes, it would, and that’s why JetPack exists.

JetPack is a set of solid plugins and addons…