WordPress Security : Comprehensive, but Easy
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WordPress Security : Comprehensive, but Easy

WordPress security doesn't have to be confusing. Discover how to properly secure and protect your WordPress website...
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4.7 (98 ratings)
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Created by Chris O'Connor
Last updated 4/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn how WordPress sites get compromised and gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to protect your website.
  • If your site is already compromised you will gain sufficient knowledge to clean it up and make it safe and secure again.
  • The often ignored offsite steps you need to take that are critical to keep your WordPress site safe.
  • Vital, but simple, measures you need to take before, during, and after installation of WordPress.
  • How to protect your login and admin area from malicious intruders and bruteforce attacks.
  • What you need to know about themes, plugins, and how to discover known vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.
  • The best way to back up your WordPress site and make sure you can get it back in the event of a disaster.
  • An all-round understanding of what you need to do, both online and offline, to keep your site safe and secure.
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  • A basic knowledge of WordPress and how to login to your web hosting account.

*** A Recent Customer Said...

Very comprehensive course

Chris O'Connor does a fantastic job clearly explaining how to secure your Wordpress site: from installs and plug-ins, from back-ups to clean-ups, and even best practices for purchasing themes and plug-ins. This course is worth every cent.

30,000 Web Sites Are Hacked EVERY Day...

...and most website owners don't even know their site is one of them

There is a common misconception that viruses and malware are distributed by porn sites, gambling sites, or other sites of a dubious nature. But nothing could be further from the truth. It's small businesses, the personal blogger, the hobbyist. Basically, the sites you least expect to be spreading malware, and they are also the sites that least expect to get hacked - and usually the ones that are the least prepared for it when it actually happens.

It's a Numbers Game

WordPress is a great platform on which to build a web site, and it's estimated that it now powers around 25% of all web sites - and that makes it a target for hackers.

With a standard platform for the hackers to target they can try and infect tens of thousands of sites, and there is an excellent chance they will break into a significant percentage of them. For them it's just a numbers game. It's nothing personal against you.

You Probably Don't Even Know That Your Site Is ALREADY Infected!

Most of us have seen websites that have been defaced. The reality is that these are NOT the norm, because most people putting malware on your site DON'T want you to know it is there. Unlike the script kiddies who deface your site to show off to their friends, the REAL bad guys want to get as much use out of your site as they can, and are hoping to stay on it for as long as possible.

Chances are, completely unknown to you, your website could be being used for...

  • Phishing exploits, stealing sensitive information from unsuspecting members of the public
  • Pharma hacks, advertising viagra, and who knows what else!
  • Hosting child porn, or just about anything else
  • Spreading more malware or viruses to other sites
  • Stealing personal credit card details or other information from your customers - the very people who have put their trust in you

Before you know it your site is blacklisted by Google, and they are warning people not to visit your site because 'This site may harm your computer'. People stop visiting your site, customers find other (safer) places to meet their needs, and your business nosedives. Everything you worked so hard to build up could be lost virtually overnight and your reputation left in tatters.

Opening up your website and realising that someone else has broken in and used you, and your site, for their own ends leaves a sickening feeling in your stomach. It's a feeling of fear, dread, panic, and of being violated...

But It DOESN'T have To Be This Way! There Is A Solution...

...and the steps you need to take to avoid all of this DON'T require you to be a computer expert or a WordPress security guru. If you were able to get your WordPress site off the ground then you almost certainly have all the skills necessary to put in place everything recommended in this course, and if you are in any doubt then I make it really easy for you, taking you step by step through exactly what you need to do to make YOUR site as hackerproof as possible.

Just implement what you are shown in this course and you can sleep easy at night knowing that you have done everything possible to protect yourself, your customers, and your business.

My Guarantee To You

I'm 100% confident that this is the best WordPress security course available anywhere, at any price. So here's my guarantee to you -- take this course now, check it out, and if at any point in the next 30 days you disagree with me, then you simply ask for a refund. You'll get every penny of your money back - no questions asked. That's how confident I am that you will find this course perfect for your needs. So go ahead, take this course now. Just click on the blue button that says 'Take this course', and remember, it's entirely risk free!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has a WordPress site, or is thinking of building a WordPress website, and wants to keep it safe, secure, and free from malware.
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Curriculum For This Course
55 Lectures
Introduction and Course Outline
2 Lectures 02:42
End-to-End Security
4 Lectures 21:56
Local Risks

Secure Hosting

Managed Hosting

Action Points
WordPress Security Considerations During Installation
5 Lectures 32:51
Changing The WordPress Defaults

The WordPress Famous 5 Minute Install - Part 1

The WordPress Famous 5 Minute Install - Part 2

Installing WordPress Through Your Control Panel

Action Points
Securing Your Hosting Account After Installation
8 Lectures 39:57
Start Here To Secure Your Existing WordPress Site

How To Change Defaults On An Established Site

Removing Telltale Signs

Permissions Explained

Changing Permissions

Moving The Config File

Prevent Sensitive Data Showing Up In The Search Engines

Action Points
Protecting Your Site From Unwelcome Login Attempts
12 Lectures 01:12:53
Protecting Your WordPress Login Area

How To Deal With Bruteforce Attacks

Limiting Login Attempts

Securing The Login Page By Adding A Field

Alternative Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

Securing WP-Admin with .htaccess and .htpasswd

Securing WP-Login.php with .htaccess and .htpasswd

Finishing Off The .htaccess and .htpasswd Changes


How To Spot Problems By Analyzing The Wordfence Logs

Using Networked Bruteforce Protection to Protect Your Site

Action Points
Themes & Plugins
6 Lectures 43:04
Introduction To Themes & Plugins

Other Places NOT To Get Themes And Plugins

The Best Places To Get Themes And Plugins

How To Easily Keep Your Themes And Plugins Up To Date

Action Points
Backing Up Your WordPress Site
5 Lectures 29:40
Backup Overview

Backing Up With CPanel

Plugins & Scripts To Backup Your WordPress Site

Getting Some Else To Do Your Backups For You

Action Points
How To Deal With A Hacked WordPress Site
10 Lectures 48:49
So You Think You've Been Hacked?

What Are The Symptoms?

How To Check If Your Site Is Compromised

Are YOU The Weak Link?

Checking Your Hosting Environment For Problems

Starting The Cleanup Process

Finishing Off The Cleanup Process

How To Remove The Malware Using An External Service

How To Remove The Malware Using A Plugin

Identifying How They Got In
What To Do Next
0 Lectures 00:00

We've covered quite a bit in this course, over a wide range of areas. Let's do a quick quiz to see how much you remember...

How Much Do You Remember?
6 questions
Bonus Section
3 Lectures 04:59
November 2014 - CryptoPHP Warning

Plugins I Use on My Site (Last Updated June 2016)

Bonus Lecture : Get a Big Discount on My Other Courses
About the Instructor
Chris O'Connor
4.6 Average rating
404 Reviews
7,695 Students
9 Courses
WordPress Expert, Author, Raspberry Pi Enthusiast

I've been building web sites since the mid/late 90's, and am the author of the book WordPress For All : How To Create A Website For Business Or Personal Use, Quickly & Easily - Whatever Your Skill Level. It is available available on Amazon for the Kindle, with a paperback version due to follow in the near future.

I've been using WordPress since it was first released, and prior to that, B2 (the software WordPress was forked from). I've built numerous websites both for myself and for clients, using HTML, WordPress, and Joomla. From the very first commercial web site I built (in the days before Google existed) I have made a point of building my sites with search engine optimisation in mind, and have had top ranking for many of my sites for some of the toughest keywords out there.

I'm a big fan of Twitter, and if you follow me on Twitter then make sure you let me know that you found me on Udemy and I'll be sure to follow you back.