WordPress is an extremely powerful CMS, with an actively developed community. This isn’t news. It’s universal appeal and ubiquity have made it extremely popular both for experienced developers and novice web publishers alike. The flip side to this is that it’s also an easy and plentiful target for hackers. While WordPress is always evolving and doing everything their power to close security holes, it’s not bulletproof.
The best way to combat hacking and protect your site from malicious activity is to install some proper WordPress security plugins to harden your install, and to keep the WP core and all of your plugins up-to-date. In and of itself, this is not a difficult task to do. Plugins like Wordfence, Sucuri Scanner and others do a good job of locking down the major points of entry to your site and scanning for security holes as well as malicious activity.
In addition, WordPress makes it easy to install updates to it’s core file structure, as well as to any plugins you may have installed. The difficulty comes with testing, to make sure that the updates don’t mess with your theme in any way. There may be additions to the WordPress’s functionality, or changes in the codex that might cause some unpleasantness in your site due to incompatibility. As a best practice, it’s recommended to take a proper backup of your database and site files before installing any updates, so that you can restore in case anything goes wrong. As an additional precaution, it’s best to test any updates thoroughly on a sandbox, or development, installation of your site before taking the changes live.
There are plugins that can help you make backups and sync your sandbox and production versions of your site once your quality assurance testing is complete such as XCloner and UpdraftPlus Backup. If you’re not a developer, however, it’s best to leave this headache up to an expert. The process can be time consuming and cumbersome.
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