Course Content
What is WordPress?
History and Evolution WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
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Why WordPress?
Popularity and Community Versatility in Web Development Case Studies: Examples of WordPress Sites
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Setting Up a WordPress Site
Domain Registration and Hosting Solutions Installing WordPress
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Dashboard Overview
Navigating the WordPress Dashboard User Roles and Permissions
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Posts vs Pages
Creating and Editing Posts Adding and Managing Pages
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Media Management
Uploading and Managing Media Files Best Practices for Media Optimization
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Themes and Templates
Choosing the Right Theme Customizing Themes
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Plugins
Essential Plugins for Beginners Installing and Managing Plugins
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Basic SEO for WordPress
SEO Plugins and Tools On-Page SEO Best Practices
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Analytics and Performance
Integrating Google Analytics Monitoring Site Performance
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WordPress in the Medical Marketing Field
Tailoring WordPress for Client Needs Case Studies: Successful WordPress Sites in Medical Marketing
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Security and Maintenance
Keeping WordPress Secure Regular Maintenance Tasks
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Hands-On Session
Building a Simple WordPress Site Applying What We've Learned
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WordPress Essentials for Beginners
About Lesson

The security of a WordPress site is not just about protecting data; it’s also about safeguarding your website’s integrity, ensuring uptime, and protecting your site visitors. A breach can lead to serious consequences, including data theft, loss of customer trust, and damage to your reputation.

Essential Security Practices for WordPress

  1. Keep WordPress Updated:

    • Regularly update your WordPress core, themes, and plugins. Updates often include security patches for vulnerabilities.
  2. Strong Passwords and User Permissions:

    • Use strong, unique passwords for your WordPress admin area, FTP accounts, and database.
    • Limit user permissions. Only give administrative access when absolutely necessary and regularly audit user roles.
  3. Implement Two-Factor Authentication:

    • Add an extra layer of security by implementing two-factor authentication (2FA) for logging in.
  4. Choose Secure Hosting:

    • Opt for a hosting provider known for strong security measures. Consider managed WordPress hosting for enhanced security features.
  5. Regular Backups:

    • Maintain regular backups of your site. In the event of an attack or loss of data, backups allow you to restore your site quickly.
  6. Security Plugins:

    • Utilize security plugins like Wordfence, Sucuri Security, or iThemes Security for added protection against common threats.
  7. SSL Certificate:

    • Use an SSL certificate to encrypt data transferred between your server and your users’ browsers, particularly important for e-commerce sites.
  8. Monitor and Scan for Malware:

    • Regularly scan your site for malware and vulnerabilities. Many security plugins offer this feature.
  9. Disable File Editing:

    • Disable file editing via the WordPress dashboard to prevent attackers from modifying your theme and plugin code.
  10. Hide WordPress Version:

    • Hiding your WordPress version can help protect against targeted attacks that exploit version-specific vulnerabilities.

Advanced Security Measures

  • Implement a Web Application Firewall (WAF):
    • A WAF can block malicious traffic before it reaches your site.
  • Change the WordPress Database Prefix:
    • Changing the default ‘wp_’ database prefix can help protect your database against SQL injection attacks.

Regular Security Audits

  • Conduct Regular Security Audits: Periodically review your site’s security setup to identify and address potential vulnerabilities.
  • Stay Informed About Security Trends: Keep up with the latest in WordPress security to be aware of new threats and best practices.