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Setting up a secure WordPress blog


Setting up a secure WordPress blog

Blog Security is not all it could be right out of the gate. This is primarily because the WordPress software is an open sources development. So thousands of coders are always working behind the scenes to improve the structure and functionality of the software. Add to that mix the functionality brought about by the Plugins, Widgets and themes that are available for WordPress and what you have is a very complex and interactive platform.

That platform must be able to conduct internal coding functions to work correctly and that means there must be complex permissions set inside the software to make that interaction seamless. What this really means is that in order for your blog software to work with all the various add-ons they must be able to talk to each other without having to go through security loops that take up valuable time and server resources. So your Blog Security, whilst good could be so much better

So today I will show you one of the simplest ways to secure your blog right from the install.

Blog Security IS Built in

So WordPress is configured with a set of Blog Security features that are left to the individual installer to configure, if they actually understand how to do that. Buried deeply within the WordPress website at are a set of Blog Security instructions that it takes a degree in hieroglyphics just to comprehend. Which for most bloggers is simply beyond their technical capabilities. Blog Security should be simpler, but its not.

Blog Security – Securing Your Database

During the installation you are required to provide administrative details such as passwords user-names and a database as part of the installation. This is the first (and Only) Blog Security configuration needed to get your blog live online. Your database is then used to store all the details of your blog. Think of the Database as the filing cabinet for your blog, where your post, videos, plug-in your themes and all the other details are stored for your installation.

In reality all of those details are stored in a special file in the root folder of your blog called Config.php which is created by WordPress during the install. Part of that file also contains additional Blog Security components that are not required during the install. It’s up to you as the installer to determine if you want to make use of these additional security feature or not. WordPress does not advise you either way.

These additional Blog Security measures are referred to by WordPress as security keys. In total there are actually eight sets of keys that you can use within your config.php file each of which has a new layer of security to your installation and the whole process can take as little as 2 minutes to implement.

If you take the time with Blog Security right from the start then you are making the chances of your blog being hacked harder and harder than 99% of other blogs out there.

Also, another measure to make your blog much more secure, is to install this free plugin: WordFence (security plugin).

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