Securing a WordPress Blog

Please view this newer article for another method of securing the wp-admin directory from access.

Here are a few tips to securing a wordpress based blog or site:

Change the location of your wp-content directory. This is good for making your site’s source code less discernable as a wordpress blog.

In the wp-config.php file:

define( 'WP_CONTENT_DIR', $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] . '/wp-content' );
define( 'WP_CONTENT_URL', 'http://example/wp-content'); 

Change “wp-content” to something else.

Keep in mind that some plugins are not programmed correctly and have hard-coded links to the content directory as “wp-content”, so that could cause issues. If you notice your plugins not working, open the related source files and search for the phrase.

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Change the admin’s login name to something besides “admin”
This can be done with something like phpMyAdmin to edit the database.
The user_login varchar(60) field in the wp_users table is the value you want to change.

You should be able to leave the user_nicename and display_name alone.

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Password protect your wp-admin folder on the server using CPanel (you will have to login twice, but adds a second layer of security).

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Modify your .htaccess file in the index directory to disallow access to wp-config.php

<files wp-config.php>
  Order deny,allow
  deny from all
</files>
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