80% of WordPress Security, In Just Two Steps

Hi Smashing Magazine reader! This is David Hayes, the person who wrote the post you just read 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post on functions that WordPress developers should worry about for security reasons. There is a lot of advice out there about how to “secure” your WordPress site, and some of it is great – but some of it is pretty bad.

I hope you’ll take the lessons from the post and put them into practice: security is such an important topic.

I also hope you’ll want to learn more about WordPress security. To help get you on the right track, I’ve put together a simple WordPress security course which covers 80% of WordPress security advice, in just two emails.

It’s disarmingly simple, and incredibly effective. You can sign up for the email below.

P.S. We obviously won’t share your email with anyone, and you can unsubscribe any time. We hate spam too!

Let’s start at the beginning: if you follow good practices, WordPress is secure.

I’ve been a professional WordPress developer for five years, and a user for ten. In all my time with WordPress I’ve never had a site broken into, defaced, or in any other way “hacked”.

I’ve followed a number of steps on the WordPress sites I work on, and in my own work life overall, that have contributed to this happy streak-too many to cover in a quick email course.

But, when I think about the most crucial causes of my so-far hackless state, I think fundamentally I’ve done two big things right.

I’d go so far as to say that these two steps are 80% of what you need to do to keep a WordPress site secure.

If you get them right, other security advice you might follow is just “icing on the cake.”

All I need to tell you about them is your email address. You can sign up above.

See you inside!


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