To quickly get your new website up and running, there are some default WordPress settings already predefined for your website. Despite these settings are generally fine to get your website running, it is vital to change them after some time. The fact is that WordPress default settings could make you vulnerable and predictable. It would also depict how little effort you have put in customizing your website. Here are some changes you should make to the default WordPress settings and the reasons why you should commit such changes.
WordPress Settings You Need To Change
WordPress Login URL
When hackers can easily access your login link, it makes it easier for them to hack into your admin account. Accessing the administration part of your WordPress website requires 3 steps. The steps include accessing the admin login URL, entering a user name and the password. The password is often considered to be the most important by most security experts. This is considering the fact that sometimes you have to give your username to certain accounts or send it to email addresses. However, it would be more difficult for a hacker to access your website if it wasn’t so easy to locate your login page and guess your user name.
Changing your WordPress login address will make it more challenging for hackers to hack into your website. You can use plugins such as the WPS Hide Login to change your login address to something else. Once hackers (or rather the hacking scripts they use) try the default login address and it doesn’t work, it can discourage their attempt to hack your website. For those not discouraged, they might not be able to get the login address at all and thus, not be able to access your site’s control panel.
When you opened your login page, your username and password will be required in order to log in. There are some popular usernames that people use or come by default for WordPress that most hackers would first guess. These can be user, administrator, admin, and your website name or domain among others. It is vital to avoid using any of these names as you might be making it easier for hackers to hack into your website when you do.
By default, the time setting on your blog would use the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) zone. While this might not have any direct effect on your website, there is also a chance it will. Imagine your country uses a different time zone and you created a countdown timer on your website for people located in your time zone. It will be counting in a different time zone and it will be misleading. This also applies to the time that will be displayed for media uploads, comments, posts and orders amongst others. Your local time can be 3:00 pm and you can receive an order recorded to have been placed by 6 pm.
Permalinks entail the structure of each of your web page URL-s. For instance, the permalink for most about us page is www.websitename.com/about-us. By default, WordPress uses /?p=25 after the root domain. For example, a web page on the website would be www.website.com/?p=25. While this is in order, they could be changed to depict the content of the web page more accurately as in the case of about us, contact page and every other web page on your website. All you have to do is pick the major words in the title of your web page and separate with a hyphen (-). This will make it easier for a visitor to confirm a link actually links to the content you have claimed it would link to. There are also huge SEO benefits for using “pretty” URL-s.
Reasons to Commit the Changes
When you leave some default WordPress settings the way they are, you are making it easier for hackers to access your admin backend. Everybody knows the default security settings of WordPress. It is easy for anybody to directly access some links that could compromise your security when you don’t change such settings.
There is a reason why all websites built with WordPress do not have the same outlook in terms of themes and other features. Individuals often customize their websites so that they look different. They also select features that will be beneficial to their website and leave out other features that are not required.
In many cases, people look at the quality of your website. This could be measured by the amount of effort you put in. When you are hired as a web administrator, most potential clients will request for samples. When you send them samples of a website you have built that uses default themes, colors and fonts, they might be discouraged. This is considering that they will want their website to be as unique as possible.
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