Protecting Your WordPress BlogSite Without Plugins

I don’t know about you, but when I was first securing my WordPress blog, and I was researching to see what others were doing to keep their blog safe, I found so much information that I was completely confused. And some of the information was in fact over the top or superstitious. People told me to rename this file, rename this folder and install these ten plugins. It seemed to be quite a bit of work and effort.

An easy way to keep WordPress safe is to use a few built-in tools. First of all, don’t allow people to list the files in your folders, run a web host security scan and automatically backup your entire web hosting account.

By default, the latest version of WordPress is pretty darn secure. Anything that might have been added to any WordPress security plugins has been considered by the development team of WordPress. In the past, WordPress did have holes but now most of them are filled up.

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The first thing you should do is check your various folders. For example, your WordPress blog has folders, such as WP-Content, WP-Admin, WP-Includes. So if you went to your site /WP-Content in a web browser, what shows up? Does it list all the folders and files in that folder? And if so, all you have to do is upload a blank file named Index.html into that folder to make sure that no one can view it.

What if you go to WP-Content/plugins, can you view that folder? If so, upload that blank Index.html file into that folder as well so people can’t view what plugins you have. Because even if your current version of WordPress is up to date, if you are using an old plugin or a plugin with a security hole, someone can use that to get access.

Next, most web hosts in the cPanel area allow you to run a security scan and see if anyone has injected any bad code that may be used to grant an authorized access, send emails, or something like that.

Just run that web host security scan and see what comes up, and if anything comes up that looks out of the ordinary or you are not sure of, contact your web host and see what they think. And whether or not you find anything bad, automatically backup your whole account.

In cPanel you can backup your entire web hosting account and save it to your hard drive so that even if something goes wrong at some point, at least you have a back up copy of everything that’s there. Those are three very simple things you can do to keep WordPress safe without plugins. Put a blank Index.html file in your folders, run your web host security scan and backup your entire account. Here’s the tool to get it done

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WordPress Backup Plugin: Cost-Time Justification

You know what can be a little irksome at times? Something you’ve procrastinated about for too long and when you finally get around to doing it you realize it should have been done waaaaaay sooner. That’s what happened to me with backups and backup plugins for many years before actually using them, and I regretted waiting as long as I did, because in the meantime I lost websites and a lot of files that I really didn’t have to lose had I acted sooner.

If I had simply run a backup every week I would not have had to worry about lost information. I wouldn’t have to worry about getting hacked, clicking a button, deleting files, deleting websites, deleting content. It all would have been safely stored in a backup somewhere; but unfortunately I paid a very expensive price in time and money before finally taking the smart steps to get the backup plugin.

If you are hesitating about using a WordPress backup plugin, or even hesitating about buying a WordPress backup plugin, consider the time wasted. Consider the payments coming in everyday to your business and consider the hard earned content that you spent a lot of time creating such as video. First of all, if you spent two minutes a week backing up your WordPress site then that’s time well spent, because you’re safeguarding against anything that might have gone wrong.

On the other hand, if you don’t backup and you have a website online for three years. After three years the site for some reason goes down and you don’t have that site. Now you’ve lost three years of your life. Is it worth it to put in two minutes a week to save three years of your life? I think it is and if you have that attitude then you really won’t mind getting a backup plugin, using a backup plugin and creating backups on a regular basis.

The next thing to know is if you’re selling information or using WordPress as a shopping cart or as a membership site, you need to make sure that people who have paid for things still get access. If someone is paying you on a recurring monthly basis and the site goes away, not only have you lost my site, you’ve lost your monthly recurring income. In many cases there’s no way to get it back.

Those persons who are paying you on a recurring basis for whom you have established certain transaction IDs and certain numbers associated with those paying you month after month. It’s very difficult to set up the site exactly the way it was and associate those persons paying monthly to those user accounts they had on your WordPress site.

On the other hand, if you had made a WordPress backup after a person started paying you monthly then you can restore that backup. Now when they’re paying you monthly they still get credit for those payments they are making for you.

Have you ever recorded a one hour or two hour, or a three hour video only to accidently delete it or find out it wasn’t recording properly? It’s one of the most frustating feelings you can ever have; and it’s even worse to lose the best video you’ve ever made in that manner. To have it come out perfectly and be online, and everyone loves it but then you accidentally delete it or something happens to it.

This way, now that you’ve backed up that video and restored it later, you can get it back and it’ll never go away. You’ll never lose it no matter what from this point in time forward. Go ahead right now and get a backup plugin because you know you need it. You know that otherwise you’re going to waste time, you’re going to lose money and you’re going to lose your best content. Grab the Backup Creator plugin for WordPress right away!