WordPress Security – WordFence
As well as spam, another threat website owners can fall prey to is having their site hacked. This isn’t just a problem WordPress users can suffer from, but thanks to the selection of great security plugins available, it’s a problem we can easily avoid.
Wordfence is one free plugin that WordPress users can deploy to secure their website with ease. With close to 4 million downloads, a near perfect 4.9 stars out of 5, and regular updates, it’s a safe choice for your blog.
After installation the plugin will carry out a scan to detect any vulnerabilities. Wordfence will then protect and monitor your website against known and unknown attackers who might be trying to hack their way into your website.
The Wordfence plugin also includes a caching tool to speed up your website, killing two birds with one stone.
Back Up Your WordPress – BackWPup Free
Even if your website is safe and secure from hackers, it’s essential that you have a backup solution in place. Unintentional user error can be just as devastating as a planned malicious attack, so don’t delay when it comes to setting up regular scheduled backups on your website.
BackWPup is my free backup plugin of choice. It’s a great option as it can automatically deliver your backups to a range of external destinations. This includes Dropbox, SugarSync, S3, or an FTP server. You can set your own backup schedule, and your site can be restored from the backup archive at any point.
If you want a more rounded service that allows you to roll back individual files, then the premium BackupBuddy service is another great backup solution for WordPress.
Speed Up Your Site with Caching – W3 Total Cache
If you chose another option for securing your WordPress website instead of the recommended Wordfence (which includes caching), then you will want to install a dedicated caching plugin.
These plugins can noticeably speed up the loading times of your website and its individual pages. The two main benefits of this is that your visitors are less likely to abandon your site while waiting for it to load, plus your website will have a better chance of ranking higher in Google than a slower loading equivalent site.
In most cases a good caching plugin is better than none, and therefore W3 Total Cache is a great place to start. When setup correctly, this free plugin can help you reduce your page load times for a more enjoyable user experience.