Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen a huge spike in the number of attempts to compromise WordPress across a number of sites that we host. WordPress is a great platform, but its popularity makes it a fairly constant target for attacks.
Have no fear: the plugin architecture in WordPress provides an easy way to add extra features to your site – including extra security. Here are a few plugins we’ve been adding to many of the sites we host:
- Jetpack: Created by the same company that built WordPress, Jetpack contains some really great additions for your site: visitor stats, contact forms, carousels, and more. It also includes some security features like preventing people from trying to force their way into your site.
- Imsanity: Web sites don’t need all 20 megapixels of those images you take with your nice digital camera. Imsanity easily resizes images to make sure you’re not using too much space on the server.
- WP Super Cache: For sites with a lot of traffic, caching speeds up the amount of time it takes to load the page and also allows more people to view the site at once.
If you decide to install plugins on your site, be careful and make sure they’re safe and secure before you add them. Plugins can have holes of their own that can be used by people looking to gain access your site or post spam comments on your blog!
Of course, we don’t want you to have to worry about this kind of thing – you’re busy enough running your own business, and you probably don’t have time to stay informed about the latest techniques and exploits for compromising a website. That’s fine! When you host your site with us, we stay on top of patches, updates, and techniques to keep your site safe. After all, we want to make managing your site or app as easy as possible so you can focus on your business!