Secure your website

Secure your WordPress website in 5 mins

Sanny Veloo

In this 5 min tutorial you will learn a quick and easy way you can fix your Wordpress website security with a free plugin and detailed instructions

Plugins, Security, Wordpress, WPS Hide Login

The Problem

A lot of WordPress websites get hit by automated spambots that crawl the web and target default login pages like “wp-admin”, “wp-login” or “login”. These spambots will try to guess your password using default logins and passwords. It makes your site very vulnerable to hacks and sucks up the bandwidth on your web hosting.

The Myth

Here’s where I’d like to introduce you to a simple plugin that can fix all of that in less than 2 mins. I’ve used this in all my client projects and have had fantastic results. The plugin is called “WPS Hide Login“. Here’s how you do it

  • Once you’ve logged into your WordPress dashboard, providing you have admin access, click on “Plugins”. This will bring up the plugin screen.
  • Click on “Add new” button at the top and you’ll get to the Add Plugins screen. In the text box at the top right, type in “WPS hide login”
  • Click on the install button and once it’s been installed, click on Activate.
  • The plugin is now installed but you’ll still need to configure it. To do this, click on “Settings” in the left hand side menu in your WordPress dashboard.
  • This is like the general settings page but if you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll see a new section called WPS Hide Login. Here’s where you indicate what you wanna call your login page so you can hide it from those pesky spambots.
  • It the text area, type in a new name that’s non-standard. Maybe you could use something like “office” or “work”. You could use anything really, as long as it’s not something default or easy to guess like “login”, “staff” etc… Once you’ve done that click on “Save changes”.

WPS Hide Login screenshot

Once you do this though, you and any other logged in users will be logged out and be forced to login to the site on the new login page. So you have to remember to tell your users that the new login page has changed, and also update any links on your site that point to the old login page to point to the new one.

The Method

And that’s it! All in less than 2 mins. Now those annoying spambots can’t find your login page. What you’ll find is that the traffic from the spambots will slowly start to drop off in time cos they can’t find the login page. Problem solved!

The Results

And that’s it! All in less than 2 mins. Now those annoying spambots can’t find your login page. What you’ll find is that the traffic from the spambots will slowly start to drop off in time cos they can’t find the login page. Problem solved!

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Sanny Veloo
Founder & Consultant
Edu360

Sanny is a Melbourne based website consultant, designer and developer that has been working for the Education sector since 2011. Read more

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