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How to secure an existing WordPress installation?

Here we will list some steps through which you can improve the security of an existing WordPress installation:

If you have manually installed your WordPress, the default administrator username will be admin. You should change this to something harder to guess. To do this, log in to your WordPress admin area, go to Users and create a new user with Administrator role. Once the account is created, log out from your admin area, log in with the new account you created and delete the old one.

– Restrict access to the wp-admin folder only for your IP. You can easily do this by placing a .htaccess file in the wp-admin folder containing the following lines:

Deny from all
Allow from

You can see what is your IP at whatismyip.com

– Restrict the access to most files in the wp-includes and wp-content folders. The access to everything except images, CSS and JavaScript files can be blocked. To do this, create a .htaccess file and place the following rules in it:

Order Allow,Deny
Deny from all

Allow from all

– Protect the wp-admin folder with a password.

How to Automatically Empty WordPress Trash Daily

Do you want to learn how to delete trash from WordPress on a daily basis? WordPress, like many other blogging platforms, is susceptible to spam. Deleting spam cannot only be a tedious task but also can also quickly fill up the WordPress trash with hundreds of deleted comments.

How often does WordPress delete trash?

WordPress deletes trash every 30 days. Therefore,all those comments that you had placed in the trash will eventually disappear. However, if you want your account to be more efficient or would prefer to see hundreds of messages in the trash be deleted on a regular basis, then there is a way.

How to empty WordPress trash daily

You can decide how often to delete your WordPress trash by adding this code in the WordPress root directory, under the wp-config.php file. The code is displayed below:

Define (‘ EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS ‘, 1 ) ;

The “1” in the code represents the frequency on how often the trash will deleted from WordPress. Therefore with “1” in the code, WordPress trash would be deleted every day but it can be changed to one’s preference. A “0” in the code however, will disable the automatic mechanism of deleting trash.