WordPress Security - Secure, Protect and Backup Your Site

Master WordPress Security with proven security tactics to prevent hackers from accessing your WordPress site.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

In this WordPress Security course you will learn how to backup, secure and protect your WordPress site against Hackers.

In a typical brute force attack, several machines or bots try to guess the username and password for a site one at a time. In a brute force amplification attack, attackers can guess hundreds or thousands of combinations within a single request making the attack more efficient and difficult to block.

How do you know your WordPress site is safe and secure against brute force amplification attacks or any other form of attacks? What WordPress plugins should you use to protect your WordPress site?

Without proper implementation of WordPress security plugins your site will become vulnerable and could easily be hacked without your knowledge.

What if your WordPress site is not looking normal or there’s a system failure?

I'll demonstrate the proper WordPress security plugins you should use to keep your site safe and intact.

I'll show you how to secure your WordPress site using the best security plugins available to you. 

In this course you can test and download the latest security plugins to protect your WordPress site.

I’ll show you what steps you must take to prevent a hostile takeover of your WordPress site!

Protect your WordPress site against malicious attackers and by the end of the course you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your sites are monitored 24/7.

These simple WordPress security actions will safely secure your WordPress site. You will be able to:

  • Regularly schedule backups
  • Schedule malware scanning
  • Enable Two Factor Authentication for better WordPress security
  • Lock out bad users and automatically ban admin username hosts
  • Force ONLY strong passwords to be used on your WordPress site

One of the main reasons WordPress sites get hacked in the first place is because many first time users install their WordPress site and just forget about it.

I created this WordPress security course for freelancers, designers and developers just like you. You probably manage your own WordPress site and your client's sites.

You will not have to worry about hackers gaining access to your WordPress site or any of the other WordPress sites you manage because you will be 10 steps and beyond ahead of everybody else who does absolutely nothing to add extra protection to their WordPress sites.

This WordPress security course will provide you with all the tools you need to get you started. I’ll show you what plugins you need to download. You can also download the plugins directly from this course included as a resource for all students in this course. And in a worst case scenario I’ll show you what you should do if your site has been hacked.

Throughout this WordPress security course I’ve broken it down into a step by step process that you can follow with me and protect your site as I’m protecting my own WordPress website.

There are four sections in this WordPress security course that cover everything you need to do to secure your site.

The very first thing you will do is a few simple security exercises.

Then, I’ll show you how to backup your WordPress site the easy way.

After you’ve backed up your site, in the third and final sections of this course, you'll focus on  WordPress Security.

I’ll walk you through each step to secure your site.

Everything I teach in this course is based on proven WordPress security tactics to prevent hackers from penetrating your WordPress site. I use these techniques on all of my sites and my client sites.

The skills that you will learn, to secure, backup and protect your site, are the same techniques that I’ve successfully used over the past few years and I’ll show you what you need to do to accomplish this.

What are the requirements?

  • A domain and hosting account with access to a cpanel
  • Alternatively you can work through the course on your local development server
  • You should have an existing WordPress site installed to perform plugin installations and configuration

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Force ONLY strong passwords to be used on your WordPress site
  • Enhance WordPress security by preventing brute force attacks and schedule malware scanning
  • Enable Two Factor Authentication for better WordPress security
  • Lock out bad users and automatically ban admin username hosts
  • Have regularly scheduled backups because WordPress backups are the best WordPress security
  • Secure the site with SSL. Force all logins and dashboard accesses to go through an https connection
  • Keep your site safe, clean and updated

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is geared for WordPress freelancers, developers or designers who work with clients
  • This course is not intended for the advanced WordPress developer

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction to WordPress Security

Welcome to Secure, Protect and Backup Your WordPress Site. In this course you will learn how to secure your site by preventing brute force attacks, schedule malware scanning, protect against and lock out bad users. You will also learn how to regularly schedule backups.I created this course for WordPress freelancers, developers and designers. I currently freelance as a WordPress designer and front-end developer. For every WordPress site that I build for clients, I go above and beyond to ensure their sites are safe and secure. In this course I’ll show you how you can accomplish this for your sites. Join me now to Secure, Protect and Backup your WordPress site!


In this exercise you will learn how to assess your WordPress site. I’ll discuss the importance of keeping your site safe. To get you started on the right track you can download the WordPress Security Checklist (see the supplemental resources of this lecture).

2 pages
Use the WordPress Security Checklist as an exercise to review and audit the current status of your WordPress site.

In this lecture I'll review the server requirements for this course.


Download and review the server requirements for the course.

Section 2: Backup Your WordPress Site

In this lecture you’re going to learn how to setup a backup on your site the easy way.

4 questions
This quiz will have 4 questions about what you covered in section 2.
Section 3: Getting Started With Security

In this lecture you will download and install the Security Pro plugin. I’ll show you the first steps you’ll perform to configure the plugin. This will include performing a backup and allowing certain files to be updated. You will also enable the default security settings.


In this lecture you will learn how to configure the plugin’s global settings. The features you enable will include the following:

  • Notification Emails
  • Host and User Lockout Message
  • Blacklist Repeat Offender
  • Lockout Period
  • Email Lockout Notifications
In this lecture you’re going to learn how to configure the plugin’s 404 detection settings. You’ll ensure you have permalinks turned on.
In this lecture you’re going to learn how to setup the away mode if you don’t want your WordPress site accessible 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
In this lecture you will learn how to ban unwanted users and hosts from accessing your site.
A Quick Review Quiz
4 questions
Section 4: Protect Your WordPress Site

In this lecture you will enable brute force protection, lock down login attempts and ban a host that attempts to login using the “admin” username. You will also enable File Change detection

In this lecture you’ll learn how to enable the hide backend feature. You’ll want to replace the current wp-login.php with a new URL slug.

In this optional lecture you will learn how to secure your site with SSL. You’ll force all login and dashboard accesses to go through an https connection. You'll also enable strong passwords for your site.

In this lecture you will perform some tweaks to further protect your site.

in this lecture I’ll show you how to continue configuring your settings with the Security Pro version plugin. You'll learn about two factor authentication and how to enable two factor authentication on your WordPress site.


In this lecture you will perform a security scan on your site after you have completed all of the tasks in this section. You can post a screen shot of your Website Malware and Security Scanner results to the discussion forum.

Section 5: WordPress Security Hot Topics

In this lecture I’ll discuss: Should You Disable XML-RPC on WordPress? I’ll also review how to disable/enable this feature in your site.

Wordfence WordPress security plugin protects your WordPress websites against attacks, hacks and online security threats.
In this lecture I’ll review the steps you should take if your site has been hacked.
2 pages

You can use the checklist of all the settings you learned in this course so you can have a resource to look back through. Download this checklist from the Resources section.


Thank you for enrolling in my course.You now have a better understanding of the importance of securing your WordPress site.

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Instructor Biography

Susan Cork, Front-End Web Developer and Designer

I work as a freelance designer and front-end website developer. Over the past 15 years I have developed and managed websites for small businesses to large corporations. I have designed and developed WordPress sites for clients for the past four years.


I have a Bachelor of Arts from York University. I also studied basic computer programming at Centennial College and pre-press computer graphics at Durham Business and Computer College in Toronto.

During the 1990s I freelanced as a graphics designer for a print brokerage firm. I studied at the International Academy of Design's Advertising & Design Program.

In 1998 I became a member of the accredited Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario.

Specialize in WordPress and eCommerce:

I currently specialize in designing and developing WordPress sites for clients. In the past few years, I have created WordPress blogs, forums, Membership based sites, and eCommerce sites. I have extensive knowledge building eCommerce sites and customized WordPress sites.

I have also successfully setup and configured Minecraft servers on the following operating systems: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and a MAC.

My technical usage includes HTML5, CSS3, Perl, ASP, MySQL, MSSQL, Bootstrap, jQuery/JavaScript and PHP/WordPress.

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