iThemes Security gives you over 30 ways to secure and protect your WordPress site. On average, 30,000 new websites are hacked each day. WordPress sites can be an easy target for attacks because of plugin vulnerabilities, weak passwords and obsolete software. Most WordPress admins don’t even know they’re vulnerable, but iThemes Security works to fix common holes, stop automated attacks and strengthen user credentials.
Before You Get Started: Make a Backup
Before you get started securing and protecting your site, we highly recommend making a backup of your site (specifically your WordPress database, config file, and .htaccess file). iThemes Security gives you the option of creating a basic database backup after activation, but we recommend making a backup before installation as well.
A database backup includes your posts, pages, comments and user information — or everything included in your site’s database. For a complete backup of all your site’s files, we recommend using BackupBuddy, which is included in all our hosting packages for free! BackupBuddy backs up your entire WordPress site’s installation — everything included in the database plus all your images and media files, themes and plugins. Once you have a backup of your site, you’re ready to get started.
Installation & Activation
Follow the standard automatic or manual WordPress plugin installation steps by installing iThemes Security by uploading the files to your cpanel. If you are not familiar with this you can also open a ticket with us and we can install this for you!
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress. After you activate iThemes Security, click the Secure Your Site Now button.