Choosing the right theme for your WordPress website is an important step. However, it’s not enough to look for a beautifully-designed layout that incorporates the features your website needs. It’s also crucial to think about security.
With WordPress powering over 30 percent of all websites, many hackers think of it as an easy target. One method they use to gain access to sensitive data is exploiting vulnerable themes. Thankfully, with a few simple precautions, you can make sure your theme is secure against common attacks.
In this article, we’ll talk about why it’s important to choose a secure WordPress theme. Then, we’ll share six tips for selecting a safe and reliable one. Let’s dive on in!
A brief introduction to WordPress theme security
There are almost 8,000 themes in the official WordPress Theme Repository. These extensions feature a wide range of different styles and provide functionality for many kinds of sites.
Some WordPress themes are lightweight and optimized for performance. Others offer unique page layouts or lots of customization options. If you’re determined to top Google’s search results, there are even some coded with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in mind.
When it comes to finding your perfect theme, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. However, it’s vital that the one you ultimately choose is secure. Themes add code to your website, which could inadvertently provide windows for hackers to gain entry.
Hackers have a knack for identifying security loopholes in all kinds of software. However, WordPress recommends that developers distribute their themes under a GNU General Public License (GPL).
This means that many themes are open source and their code is publicly accessible. Hackers could potentially study your theme’s code and use any security vulnerabilities they find against you.
If your theme is compromised, then a hacker could wreak havoc on your website. They might steal confidential visitor data, inject malware into your WordPress installation, or even delete your website entirely. In the worst-case scenario, you might wake up to discover that your website has vanished, and years of hard work have been lost forever.
A secure theme shouldn’t include any known vulnerabilities. It’s also under active development, regularly updated, and adheres to coding best practices. This means it should be compatible with the latest version of WordPress, as well as all your site’s other third-party elements, such as plugins.
How to make sure your WordPress theme is secure (6 key tips)
Now that we’ve discussed why it’s important to use a secure theme, let’s help you find one. Here are six tips for choosing a theme that’s beautifully-designed, feature-rich, and safe to use.
1. Only install themes from reputable sources
To help protect your website, you should only install themes from reputable sources. For free ones, the official WordPress Theme Directory is the best provider. It
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on ManageWP.