The WordPress Better WP Security plugin is a great way to secure your WordPress site from those who may want to attack or hack your site. You can monitor user logins, database backups, intrusion detections, and more. This article will explain how to install, configure, and use the basic options in the WordPress Better WP Security plugin.
Installing the Better WP Security plugin
- Log into the WordPress Dashboard. Go to Plugins > Add New.
In the search box, search for “security“.
Activate the plugin.
You will see the Security link in the navigation to the left once the plugin is activated.
On the Welcome screen, click the Create Database Backup link. If you do not want a backup created, you can click No, thanks. I already have a backup.
Next, you can allow the Better WP Security plugin to change core files or not. To allow the plugin to control the core files, select Allow this plugin to change WordPress core files button.
Finally, click Secure My Site From Basic Attacks.
Now you will be taken to the plugin Dashboard. Below is a brief explanation of the option within the Better WP Security plugin.
Basic options in the Better WP Security
Below is a table with a brief explanation of the WordPress Better WP Security plugin.
Better WP Security options
|Dashboard||The Dashboard is the basic interface for your Better WP Security plugin. You can see the status of your security on the front page of the dashboard.|
|Admin User||The User section allows the administrator user name to be changed. you can also change user ID’s in this area.|
|Away Mode||Away mode allows you to set your WordPress site to be inaccessible for certain time periods. This is similar to maintenance mode with other plugins.|
|Ban Users||The Ban feature allows you to ban IP addresses from accessing your WordPress site through the plugin itself.|
|Content Directory||Gives you the option of changing your WordPress directory through the plugin.|
|Database Backup||You can set up a cron job that runs a database backup on a regular interval.|
|Database Prefix||The Database table prefix is a way the database tables are named within your WordPress database. The Table prefix can be changed here.|
|Hide Backend||The login, admin, and register url’s can be changed to a non standard url or slug in this section. This makes the login areas difficult to find for visitors and bots.|
|Intrusion Detection||The Detect section handles error pages through the Better WP Security plugin.|
|Login Limits||Here you can configure login options like Max user login attempts, Login period, email notifications and other user login related configurations.|
|SSL||Enables forced SSL for the frontend and user logins.|
|System Tweaks||These are system tweaks that allow you to protect files, directory browsing, suspicious query’s and more.|
|View Logs||Allows you to view logs of login attempts, old data, and errors.|