How to Include the Sucuri WordPress Security Plugin?
Sucuri is a web security company that provides a free and open-source web security plugin for WordPress that can help protect your site from automated attacks and malware. They also provide managed security services that can help keep an eye on things for you if you’re not quite up to speed on things. For more information, check out the Sucuri website.
Install The Succuri WordPress Plugin
Installing the Sucuri plugin is fairly straightforward. You’ll need to have a WordPress installation and you’ll need to have Composer installed on your server.
Then, you’ll simply need to visit the plugin’s homepage and click on the “Download the latest release” button to download the latest version of the plugin (at the time of this writing, it’s v1.10.0).
You’ll need to create a password for the administrator account that you’ll use to login to WordPress—this is very important if you want to keep security!—and then click on the “Continue to Installer” button.
This will take you to the WordPress installer where you can choose from a few options. You can install the plugin either on a site you’ve previously created or on a blank WordPress install if this is your first time installing the software.
Once the installation is complete, you’ll need to activate the plugin by visiting the `Sucuri` dashboard and clicking on the “Activate” button. This will take you to a screen where you can choose between several plan options. You can also choose from a generous free plan or a paid plan with additional features. Once you make this selection, click on the “Activate” button which will bring you back to the dashboard.
Configure The plugin
Now that the plugin is installed and activated, you’ll need to configure it to work with your site. The first thing you’ll need to do is click on the “Settings” tab in the dashboard to access the plugin’s settings. From here, you can configure the plugin to work with your site.
The first thing you’ll need to do is enable the plugin. Under the Settings tab in the dashboard, you’ll need to click on “Enable” next to the plugin’s name to activate it. Once enabled, you’ll see the “Enable Sucuri” box in the upper right-hand corner. Checking off this box will notify your web visitors that your site is protected by a web security plugin.
The next step is to adjust the plugin’s settings. These are fairly self-explanatory so we’ll just walk through them quickly. You can change the domain you use to identify your site—for example, if you’re using Squarespace, you can choose “example.squarespace.com” for your site’s domain—and you can set the URL redirection that happens when someone clicks on a link to your site. For example, if you’re using WordPress’ Official Documentation to build your site, you can configure it so that clicking on any linked item (such as an FAQ) will redirect the user to the documentation’s main page.
Check For Updates
Keeping your site secure is vital; as a result, your WordPress installation will periodically check for updates to ensure the software is up to date and that your site is protected from known threats and vulnerabilities. To check for updates, simply visit the WordPress dashboard and navigate to the Updates tab. You’ll see a list of recommended updates for your site.
To install an update, you’ll need to click on the “Update Now” button which will bring you to a screen where you can choose from several options. If you’re comfortable with the security of your site, you can manually install the update by clicking on the “Download and Install” button. Otherwise, you may choose to wait until automatic updates are available.
Take Care Of Your Site’s Security
Keeping your site secure is a lot of work and it requires a bit of a learning curve. Thankfully, there are free tools like Sucuri that can help you make the process easier. As a result, you’ll likely save a lot of time and reduce the stress that comes with managing a website’s security. It’s always a good idea to have security plugins installed on all websites you build or maintain.