Wordpress security is like an onion. The more layers the onion have, the more time and effort you need to take in order to get to the core. Just like onions, WordPress security also have several layers. The more layers we apply the more difficult it is for the attackers to hack our site. In this post, you will learn what the different layers of security are and how they all protect your site.



This post is part of my “Ultimate Beginners Guide to WordPress Security” Series. Read the whole series here.

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WordPress Security: Domain Level

The first level of WordPress security is the domain itself. The domain is everything, it is the the core.
You can take back or roll back many actions and errors and even restore an entire website if needed.
However, if you lose your domain it’s game over. Sure, you can copy your content and start over using a fresh new domain, but your brand your core is gone. You must always protect your domain for unauthorized transfers and from being accidentally expired or you will lose your site. 

WordPress Security: Hosting Account

Your hosting account is where your website lives. It is your web server.

You must always make sure that the access to your hosting server is secured, that includes the administrative access, the ftp access, and of course account expiry as well.

WordPress Security: SSL Certificate

Your visitors want to feel safe when they are exchanging information with you they want to feel that they’re in good hands. Modern browsers clearly display when a connection to a website is secure, and when it is not so both you and your visitors can safely browse and access your site knowing you are safe. Therefore adding an SSL certificate to your WordPress site will make sure your visitors get that extra sense of security.

Using an SSL certificate is important for your protection as well. When you log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and your connection is not secured, your username and password are transmitted in CLEAR TEXT between your computer and the server. That means that anyone can see them, so adding SSL certificate to your website is crucial in order to protect your login info too.

WordPress Security: The site itself

The site itself is where most attacks will take place, it the arena where only the fittest will survive.  In order to protect your WordPress site you must secure your file system, your database, login process, comments system, and much more. In future parts of this series I will go into the details on applying these measures using what I believe to be the best WordPress security plugin.

Applying these security measures and implementing a backup system to you WordPress site will help you to protect your WordPress site from hacking and increase the level of protection from WordPress malware.

In addition, you can also find my recommended WordPress security toolbox here. I have gathered the best WordPress security services, plugins, tips and best practices all in one place to help you secure your WordPress site even if you are not a security guru.

WordPress Security: You – The Website owner

Last but not least you, the website owner, you are the key and you are also the weakest link. Your personal computer, your online and offline activities can make all the difference between protecting or losing your website. In future posts of this series you will learn some crucial tips that will help you secure and protect your online activity and identity, and in turn will help you protect and secure your website.

The best news are that those solutions are extremely easy to apply!


WordPress security is made out of several layers. Five to be precise.

While it is impossible to guarantee 100% security, applying security fixes to all five layers will greatly reduce the risk of your site being hacked.

In this post series “The Ultimate Beginners Guide to WordPress Security“, I will explain in details each and every level, and will also recommend which security features to apply, and what are the best WordPress security plugins, and WordPress security services to use, in order to protect your website.

 If you would like to learn how to protect your WordPress site like a pro, and you don’t have the technical skills, I invite you to enroll to my online course “The Ultimate Beginners Guide to WordPress Security” where I will show you using a step-by-step video guides how to secure, protect and backup your site. My course is available on Udemy, and Skillshare.

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