At Bourn Creative, we have been building websites since 2005, and working solely with WordPress as our platform of choice since 2008. Over the years, we have said the same thing to every client we work with: WordPress security starts with you.
I can’t emphasize enough how important this idea is when it comes to caring for and maintaining your WordPress website.
Many website owners think that all of the work to build their WordPress website happens up front, but in reality, the design, development and creation of a WordPress site is just the first step. When you launch a new WordPress site, you become a website owner, and as a website owner, it is your responsibility to take care of it, to care for it, and to keep it safe and healthy.
Owning any website, not just a WordPress website, requires ongoing maintenance. Your WordPress website is powered by the WordPress software, and all software — like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Apple iTunes, and all of the Apps on your phone — has ongoing updates that you must manage.
Ignoring software updates can cause a bevy of problems:
- You don’t have access to new features that make using the software better and easier.
- You don’t benefit from bug fixes that solves problems in the software.
- You don’t benefit from compatibility fixes that helps the software play nice with other software.
- You don’t benefit from security patches that fix vulnerabilities in the software, which means you’re leaving your website and/or your phone or computer open to being attacked or hacked.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a tech-wizard to keep your WordPress site secure. Even if you’re non-technical, you can take steps to improve WordPress security. Here’s how.