We love it because at its very core, it’s an open source CMS. The source code is freely available for anyone to study, use, modify, and build upon. This has resulted in thousands of people across the world using it to build sites, blogs and businesses.
Speed, security, and reliability are the top concerns to anyone looking to host a WordPress site. Ease of installation and maintenance are also issues that often come up during our conversations with customers and developers.
To help make this as easy as possible, one of our System Administrators, Paul, has written this very handy guide to setting up a WordPress site. It uses Symbiosis — our free, open source server management software.
Symbiosis is perfect for WordPress, as it automatically updates itself and supports things like plugins and themes with minimal security concerns. This also can be repeated multiple times to run many individual sites on the same server.
Here are a few other top tips from Paul for keeping on top of your WordPress site:
1. You may want to install something like Wordfence which is a popular security plugin.
2. Only install plugins and themes that you trust — check that they are from a reputable source and are updated frequently. In addition, look for plugins which have tens or hundreds of thousands of installs, a high star rating, and have been updated recently.
3. Check every week or two and ensure everything is up to date — WordPress will install its own security fixes; plugins and themes will need to be done manually.
4. Make sure all passwords for admin users are difficult to crack. The longer and more complex the better — use a password manager app if you need to.
5. Symbiosis will make backups of all your sites every few days, but it’s worth using a plugin such as UpdraftPlus to make backups to a third party. If you’re using a Bytemark Cloud Server in York then you can also setup regular system backups using our panel.
6. The Jetpack plugin has a lot of nice features in its free version, like detailed site statistics and automatic integration with social media, so it is usually a good start.