How to Secure WordPress Site Without Plugin | HostGator India Blog

If you are involved in WordPress hosting in India, you already know the importance of security plugins for your WordPress site. However, you may not know that there are also some ways you can increase security on your site without using any third-party tools. While some of these can be easily performed from the WordPress admin, others can be taken care of from the control panel of your hosting account.

Take a look at some of these practices that don’t involve the use of plugins:

  1. Conduct Regular Updates

If you have invested in managed hosting services, the regular updates will be included in your web hosting price. However, if you have to handle it yourself, make sure that your team efficiently monitors security issues and takes care of any vulnerability. You can find bug fixes and security patches as updates in your WordPress admin dashboard. 

Remember to update your plugins and themes as well along with the WordPress Core. They are also vulnerable to threats and thus, need security updates from time to time.

  1. Get Rid of Unnecessary Plugins and Themes 

When you buy WordPress hosting, you get access to many plugins and themes that you may not even use later. These unused plugins and themes mean more vulnerability and can sometimes seriously compromise WordPress security. 

That is why you should keep plugins that are completely necessary. You can choose to disable the unnecessary plugins or better, delete them from your server. The same goes for the themes as you can use only one theme on a WordPress site. In any case, you can quickly reinstall them if you want to use them in the future. 

  1. Change Username and Password 

When you install WordPress, the default username is usually set to admin. It is a simple username that makes your website an easy catch for any hacker. That is why you should set up a complex username after installation. Similarly, your passwords need to be strong. They should include alphabets, numbers, special characters, and cases.

  1. Protect Essential Files Using .htaccess

Your .htaccess files that contain your Apache server configuration are usually publicly available in the browser. You can check the status by typing http://yoursite.com/.htaccess into your browser’s URL bar. If your main .htaccess file can be accessed by anyone on the internet, you need to protect it by restricting access. 

  1. Choose a Reliable Host

You can find many tricks to secure your WordPress site without using plugins over the internet. However, none of them will matter if you don’t invest in secure web hosting services. When choosing a host, the web hosting price is obviously an important factor. However, you can’t compromise on the level of security of your server. So, pick a host that takes security seriously and add additional security features to ensure complete malware protection.

WordPress sites are incredibly easy to set up and you can go digital in no time. However, you should understand that handling security is an important aspect of WordPress site management. These simple practices will help you secure your site without even using any third-party tools.