How to Prepare Your WordPress Website for the Holiday Rush

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The holidays are right around the corner, and since the success of your WordPress site matters a lot for you, there are tons of things to do. You have probably invested a huge amount of time and efforts on your UX, content and website optimization. And very little time thinking about such things as security. Fortunately, there is still enough time to ensure that your site is protected.

In this article, we are going to cover the details to help prepare your website for the booming holidays coming your way. Thus, we have assembled some quick security tips that don’t take a lot of time to implement.

Use a Strong Password

A password is a set of words and other symbols that you can use to secure your WordPress website. Make sure that your password includes numbers, capital letters, special characters and/or punctuation to make it even harder to crack. And ensure that your WordPress admin password is strong before the holidays hit.

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Change Admin Login URL

Most WordPress site owners leave their admin login URL to the default one (it ends with wp-login.php or wp-admin). This leaves your website an easy target for hackers as they can effortlessly locate your login page and launch an attack. Thus, changing your admin login URL will make your WP site more secure. It is possible to perform this change either from your hosting space or use a plugin.

Log in to Your WordPress Website with SSL

With all the buzz about website security, your WordPress site better be ready to encrypt everything from passwords to credit cards. This is where your SSL certificate comes into play. Adding an SSL certificate to your site is highly important, especially in the eCommerce world.

Chances are you are already using SSL to secure your site. So why not use a secure connection to log in to your WordPress admin console? With SSL certification, whenever anyone logs into WordPress they’ll be redirected to a secure https connection.

Implement Login Limits

This tip might sound simple, but it is extremely powerful and effective in limiting attempts of unauthorized access from determined hackers. You can do this in the WordPress admin panel. Or you can limit the number of login attempts with the help of different plugins which also come with an IP blacklisting.

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Keep WordPress Core and Plugins up to Date

Most WordPress site owners lock down their sites ahead of the holidays to minimize the likelihood of changes taking down their site. Ordinarily, this is a good idea, except in the case of security. So if you haven’t already, make sure you’re running the latest version of WordPress Core and any plugins that you use. And if any security updates are released during the holidays, install them as soon as possible.

Test Your WordPress Site

The last thing you want is for your site to go down during peak holiday shopping times. Thus, you need to be sure that your WP website can handle the surge in traffic. Stress test your site now in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises later on. You can do this by using the following tools:

  • Google PageSpeed Insights — Measures your site’s performance across a variety of devices.
  • Pingdom — Helps you analyze the load speed of your site and gives you tips for improving it.
  • WebPagetest — Run simple or advanced speed tests.

You will find more useful information on how to speed up your WordPress website by following this link.

Summing Up

As you can see, there are many simple but effective ways to enhance the security of your WordPress site. We hope you found these tips helpful. It won’t take much time to implement them, and you’ll make sure that your site is secured and will handle a holiday rush.

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