Today I will give you a really simple and fast Wordfence setup. Many web developers after installing the Wordfence plugin leave it active without any security adjustments due to the short time or the stress of delivering the finished website on time. So here are a couple of extra steps to make your website a little more secure.
I’ll go from the beginning for those who haven’t installed the plugin. We’ll search and install “Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan”:
Once activated, it will take us to a form where Wordfence will ask us to input our email to receive their alerts. The second option is totally optional, it ask if you want to receive offers and other alerts related to WordFence you can click “Yes”. Finally, click on the checkbox to accept the terms and conditions.
If you don’t have the premium version you can skip this part by clicking on “No Thanks”.
After the pre-configuration of the plugin, we click in the new Wordfence menu option. You can skip the tutorial by clicking “x” on the upper right corner.
Enable automatic updates for the plugin, this is important to keep the website secure.
The setting doesn’t end here, since there is a message that will appear in the WordPress backend, which will ask us to configure the Firewall Web application, we click on the button that says “CLICK HERE TO CONFIGURE”.
Once inside, we click on “DOWNLOAD .HTACCESS”
This will generate a copy of the .htaccess file for your website, making Wordfence generate a new .htaccess file that will be used as a wall against further cyber attacks.
After setup, you can scan your website with Wordfence Scanner for any security flaws.
And that’s all, I hope you’ll find this tutorial useful and simple, if you have any questions, you can write it in the comments box or contact me through my social networks.
Common errors and bugs
Sometimes Wordfence firewall rule updates are out of sync, so you need to update them manually.
To solve it we go to Wordfence > Dashboard and click on “Manage Firewall”.
Once there we look for “Advanced Firewall options” tab.
And within these options select “Manually Refresh Rules”.
The updated rules window will appear, and that’s it.
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Hope this simple setup was helpful.