How to Find the Hidden Links in Your WordPress Website?
While there are many reasons why you may have chosen WordPress for your website, one of the biggest appeals is the ability to adapt the platform to suit your needs. And while we all love a well-designed and easy-to-use website, sometimes we need a bit of help from our friends – the web developers. Thankfully, with a little knowledge and research, even a newbie like me can figure out what is going on and correct the problems. So without further ado, let’s get started!
One of the biggest draws of WordPress is its ease of installation and configuration. Thanks to the “one-click install,” you can simply drop your WordPress files into your web hosting account and have the complete blog platform up and running in no time at all.
Additionally, because WordPress is open source, you can take advantage of hundreds of plugins and add-ons designed to enhance your experience as a blogger. For example, I use the Jetpack plugin to quickly and easily create and launch a fully functioning WordPress blog from scratch in under 30 minutes.
While it’s always great to find a tool or plugin that makes your life easier, it’s also important to keep in mind that not all free plugins are created equal. So make sure you’re downloading the right one for the job.
Another advantage of WordPress is that it was built with security in mind from the get-go. This means that even if you are a total beginner, you are already half way there!
Because WordPress is so thoroughly vetted by experts and constantly updated, the chances of your blog being hacked are far less than with other platforms. But if you’re still curious about the matter, you can follow this handy guide from the experts at WP security to learn a bit more about keeping your site secure.
Customizing Your Blog
Finally, one of the greatest things about WordPress is how easily it allows you to completely customize the platform to suit your own needs and tastes. If you’re a designer, you can take advantage of the abundant theme options and change the look and feel of your site with a few clicks of the mouse.
Because WordPress is so flexible, there are hundreds of themes and templates available to choose from, all of which are completely free. Additionally, if you know what elements you want to keep and which you want to replace, you can use a plugin like Elementor to create a completely customized blog that suits your needs (and hopefully, your customers’ as well!).
Depending on how experienced you are, you can completely alter the way your blog works to fit your own style and that of your readers. For example, if you want to create a luxury blog, you can start by replacing the standard blog dashboard with something more luxurious and easy to use.
So, as you can see, with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can bring a stunning new look and feel to your WordPress website. And because of all the options available to designers, it’s easy for anyone to do so.
Deep Down In The WordPress Core
Speaking of which, let’s dive deeper into the WordPress core and take a look at what’s really going on under the hood!
As mentioned above, WordPress was built with security in mind from the get-go, so even though there is a lot of amazing functionality packed into the software, everything is accessible and adjustable by any means necessary. This is thanks to the fact that the WordPress code is completely open source, which allows anyone to look at and customize.
In addition, the WordPress core is incredibly well-documented, which means that even experienced developers may have a tough time figuring out how things work or what settings to tweak.
With that being said, let’s have a quick look at some of the most critical elements hiding deep down in the WordPress core, as you might not want to leave them as-is if you’re not sure what they are:
The first and most critical security measure built into WordPress is login security. In simple terms, when you log in to your WordPress website, you are already protected from the moment you click on the login button. With that being said, you’re not completely safe. So while you are protected from brute force attacks (a very popular and common type of hacking), a determined intruder might be able to guess your password and ultimately break into your account.
To combat this, WordPress comes with a built-in security feature known as Login Security. So, as you would expect, this feature allows you to control who can log in to your site and whether or not they can change certain settings (like theme options or the layout of your site).
Another important security measure built into WordPress is the minimal administration interface. This feature, which is located under Settings > Minimal Admin, essentially forces everyone who accesses the Settings page to use a limited set of actions. For example, when you enable this setting, you are denying users the ability to change many of the platform’s built-in features – including the appearance of your website and whether or not to allow registrations).
Additionally, this feature restricts the number of login attempts that may be made from a single IP address to three. So in theory, if someone is trying to brute force their way in, they will quickly be noticed and the attempt will be thwarted.
Protect Your Blog With A Captcha
Last but not least, let’s not forget about the spam protection and the ability to opt-out of receiving automated email notifications from WordPress. For those of you who worry about spam bots and email subscribers being a threat to your blog, you can use the Captcha option to create a harmless, yet annoying, challenge for human readers to solve. As you may have guessed, the Captcha functionality is located under Settings > Discussion. So, as you can see, there is a lot that one can do to protect their WordPress blog from harm.
As I said above, knowing how to find and eliminate these issues is much easier to do than it seems. But if you’re looking for some guidance, the WP Security team has you covered with this detailed and comprehensive WordPress security cheatsheet, which will give you a head start in the right direction.