A Complete Site-Owner's Guide to Securing Your WordPress Site

David Hayes, WordPress & PHP & more

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14 Videos (50m)
    • Understanding WordPress Security

      2:23
    • Why Your WordPress Site Needs to Be Secured

      7:20
    • Setting Your WordPress Password

      3:10
    • Password Managers in Brief

      2:17
    • User Roles and Capabilities in WordPress

      3:53
    • Backups -- How to Make Them, and Why

      2:56
    • Trust Signals for Plugins

      4:32
    • WordPress Updates -- What to Do and Why They Matter

      2:34
    • Why/How to Visit Your WordPress Site

      1:50
    • Security Plugins Overview

      4:28
    • iThemes Security Quick Summary

      3:00
    • SSL Part I: What and Why

      4:30
    • SSL Part II: Setup for SSL

      4:39
    • Final Step

      2:39

About This Class

A lot of advice about WordPress security is based on too-little evidence and over-complicates what can be a pretty cut-and-dry topic. In this course we cut through the clutter and get you all the details you need about WordPress security.

We’ll cover topics like:

  • What the actual threats to most WordPress sites are
  • Creating secure user accounts
  • Why you need backups, and how to do them
  • How you can know what plugins to trust
  • How to run WordPress updates
  • And what, if anything, a “WordPress security plugin” can do for you

Your class project will be a secured WordPress site. As such, as a prerequisite we’ll expect that you have a WordPress site that you would like to make more secure. This class is geared toward people with some understanding of the use of WordPress, install plugins and themes, create content, etc. There’s no expectation that you’ve written code before, or that you’re really technical enough to know JavaScript from HTML.

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David Hayes

WordPress & PHP & more

Hello, I'm David. I'm a passionate WordPress and PHP developer. I regularly speak at conferences on those two topics, and dabble with tons of related technologies to keep my skills sharp.

Among many project, I run WPShout, which is all about making you into a better WordPress developer. If that's interesting to you, check it out! I also explore less-WordPress-y code topics on Thoughtful Code.

Outside of code, I love playing board games, making coffee, reading, cooking, and volun...

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