Performance vs. Security — How to Strike the Balance for WordPress Sites

WordPress is a wonderful website building and blogging platform because it really is and we couldn’t emphasize any lesser at the moment. Credited as the one of the best free CMSs for the years which just flew by, WordPress has a lot to offer in terms of its several performance-optimizing themes, security plugins, and powerful extensions.

Striking the right balance for onboarding all the right features of a power-packed website i.e. ‘Security’ and ‘Performance’ can be sometimes quite a task. With WordPress, how do website owners make sure that their WordPress website is capable of being a beast when it comes to performance and speed, without compromising with the security, of course.

So, let’s talk about the ways through which you can strike the right balance between the performance and security of your WordPress site.

Go with a reputable host

Go with a reputable host

The choice of your WordPress website’s web host provider is going to be a strong determinant of your website’s performance in the long run. A good web hosting provider ensures that your site loads faster and is also secure. Hence, before making a choice, always look for detailed and authentic web hosting reviews. Choose an apt plan that doesn’t affect your bandwidth requirement and does not compromise when it comes to the safety of your user-data.

Takeaway = Security and Performance

Enable Caching

A good performing website is the one that doesn’t take forever to load. If you really want your website to be a robust one, make sure that ‘Caching’ is enabled for your website. Caching is the process of reducing the server lag time when your website is accessed by a browser more than a single time.

Whenever a visitor requests access to your website, the browser has to pull in the website data, which is a time-taking process. When the same browser makes the request again (when caching is enabled), the browser presents a cached copy of the web resources which saves time and loads your website instantly.

Some awesome WordPress Caching plugins are WP Rocket Cache and  WP Super Cache.

Takeaway = Performance

Get a theme that works for you

The amazing themes like Fudge are no less than power-performers. A lot of them have been crafted to take care of the website performance, or its security, or both.

So, before you take on the task of developing and designing a new website for your business/brand, make sure that you review themes like what ShowThemes has available and make a choice. If you move to go ahead with WordPress as the core of your new website idea, you can be up for a lot of pleasant surprises.

Most importantly, download and install themes/plugins from trusted marketplaces or vendors only, like ShowThemes.

Takeaway = Security and Performance

Use strong login credentials

Use strong login credentials

Well! This is something that you should never compromise with. The first and foremost thing that you should do in order to maintain the integrity of your WordPress website is to choose strong login credentials. Don’t be generic while choosing the Password & Usernames, and make sure that you use a smart combination of symbols, letters, and words.

Additionally, you can strengthen the security of your WordPress website by controlling brute force attacks by installing plugins from the WordPress brute force plugins.

Takeaway = Security

Invest in a mobile-ready website

A 2015 algorithm update, Mobilegeddon was all about giving ranking preference to websites that display aptly on mobile devices. It’s 2018 and if your WordPress website isn’t responsive yet, you better start staying abreast with the happenings of the search engine world or consider shutting your website down.

Also because it is 2018, responsive web design is quite different from a mobile-friendly design. A responsive design saves your audience from the hassle of zooming or clicking on one thing when they actually wanted the other. As per a statistic, 57% of internet don’t really like a business with a poorly designed website on mobile. So, if your WordPress website is still not a responsive one, you better start doing the right things.

Themes like Tyler are great and responsive WordPress themes so they’re already mobile friendly by default. That’s a win-win.

Takeaway = Performance

Get an SSL Certificate

The reputation of a website highly depends on the viewers’ opinion of it.

When users are interacting with your website and they fail to notice that green little padlock towards the extreme left corner of your browser’s address field/URL field, their trust quotient will fall.

So, how do you make your viewers believe that your website is indeed safe to access or make business with?

By getting an SSL(Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate.

An SSL Certificate makes sure that all the sensitive data entered into your website’s database by the users is encrypted, providing the promise of a secure browser session with your website. It will keep the malicious entities on the web from stealing or hacking into the sensitive user-data on your website.

Takeaway = Security

Work on your website’s speed

Like we said earlier, the performance of a website is assessed largely by the speed it loads. FYI, if your website takes more than 2-3 seconds (3 seconds being the grace period) to load, its site abandonment ratio will skyrocket. Take a Pingdom test and initiate the following practices:

Optimize the images present on your website by using plugins like Smush Image Compression and Optimization and others. This will reduce the hefty size of the images without cutting down on the image quality.

  • Opt for a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to help host your website data on data centers for different geographical locations.
  • Uninstall and delete themes and plugins that you no longer need or the ones that are longer receiving updates. These plugins and themes might have malicious codes that could affect the security of your website. Removing them will also help you clear the clutter and increase the website speed.
  • As stated above, invest in a reliable web hosting service.

Takeaway: Security and Performance

Make way for WordPress Security plugins

Security is never a second option. Your greatest performing websites can go down in seconds if you don’t put up proper security measures in place.

For ensuring the security of your WordPress website, choose plugins like WordFence Security, Sucuri Security, and All In One WP Security & Firewall plugin. These plugins are reliable and can help you take control of your website in an unfortunate event of data theft or loss.

Takeaway = Security

Conclusion

Ensuring your WordPress website’s performance and security will always go hand-in-hand. Ignoring one of these two can cost you the existence and reputation of your website or even your business, in the worst scenario.

With the tips mentioned above, we hope that you will be able to safeguard your powerful WordPress websites well and impress your audience.

Catherrine Garcia is a passionate blogger and a freelance Web Developer currently working for WPCodingDev. She along with her group of freelance developers are experts of creating Websites on WordPress.


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