Considering WordPress currently powers over 34% of all websites across the internet – almost 25 million individual sites – and holds a 60% market share for content management systems, the trepidation around using it continues to surprise me.

There’s a lot of fake news circulating regarding WordPress and I’ve sat in many meetings where the main concern is its vulnerability to hacking. That’s not just a problem with WordPress – virtually every website on the internet is vulnerable.

The good news is, keeping a WordPress website safe and secure is relatively simple. You may be surprised to hear that the majority of hacks are simply a result of not keeping the website or it’s plugins up to date. Understandably, some users are afraid to update their site fearing they may break it. However, a complete backup of your site can be made in minutes and should an update go wrong, you can easily roll back to a previous version. If you’re not regularly updating WordPress, you may be leaving your site vulnerable to attacks.

Further layers of security can be easily implemented, such as two-factor (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA).

These are methods of confirming a user’s identity by utilising something they know (password) and another factor such a six-digit number generated by an app or even biometric data such as a fingerprint. How very Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

To help keep your WordPress website secure, be sure to introduce a regular website health-check into your routine. If you need any assistance with this or have any other questions on website security, please email hello@creativesponge.co.uk or use the instant chat icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to start a conversation.

Having been a developer for longer than I’d like to admit, I have experienced more than my fair share of content management systems. Early in my career CMS was a relatively new concept, with systems like WordPress and Drupal still in their infancy. It was the dot-com bubble (what a time to be alive) and, with it, a CMS goldrush. A number of them were maintained for a good many years, but naturally they would succumb to systems such as WordPress.

With it continuing to power many of the world’s biggest brands, including Nasa, Coca Cola, Metro, Radio Times and NME, there’s no question who’s come out king in the CMS battle. I expect we’ll see this monarch continue to reign for many more years to come.

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