Chapter 8. Security and Maintenance

Imagine waking up one morning to find that a hacker has taken down your site, or that one blog post went viral last night and now your website has crashed from the flood of traffic.

In this chapter, we'll cover the best plugins for ensuring that your blog is secure, the database is running optimally, and in the case of an emergency, you have a full backup copy of your blog.

In this chapter, we cover the following:

  • How to protect your website from common hacking practices
  • How to virtually eliminate comment spam
  • How to make sure your blog is healthy
  • How to back up your database and the entire blog
  • How to make your website-screaming fast
  • How to know when errors happen

Security basics

The first rule of Website Security is ...

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