If you’re a WordPress blogger you most likely know about the added functionality that plugins bring to the table, since they tend to enrich or add new features to your site. However, for the purposes of this article, we decided to stick with login plugins as we think that the login page is a great place to spruce up or make more secure. Speaking of security.
Blog security has also taken the web by storm in 2012 bringing with it a surge in popularity for all things WordPress security. From how to secure your blog to which plugins bring in added functionality, WordPress security is hot red hot right now.
We hit the repository to see what good WordPress security plugins we could find and below is what we found. These specifically cover the login page since the login page is a frequent target entry point by hackers. If you know these well or have experience with any, feel free to provide your personal feedback – in the comment area.
4 Useful Login Plugins for WordPress Bloggers
1. Login Logo – this one is about customizing the login page with a logo or background. If you have multiple authors on your site and you wish to create a nice welcoming page, this is the plugin for you. And according to its creator, it’s drop dead simple to use and configure. Login Logo is free, kept up to date and a good choice for those who want a more customized login page than the default one.
See it here: Login Logo
2. Limit Login Attempts – this plugin as the name implies limits the number of login attempts made on your site. This is good because one of the most common forms of hacking is done via brute attack on your password. They will try again and again to gain entry and some use automated means of brute force password attack. But with a plugin like this, login attempts are cut short and limited. Which keeps the hackers at bay.
See it here: Limit Login Attempts
3. Social Login and Sharing – we love this cool plugin because it allows login via social sites such as Twitter and Facebook. When you install and activate it, those who you grant access to will be able to login via their social media profiles. Which is essentially a quick and easy way to login to and or access a site. I quite like this option when it’s offered up on sites and would imagine bloggers would like it as well.
See it here: Social Sharing and Login
4. Hide Login – as the name suggests, this plugin lets you hide or mask the login page so that it’s not easy for others to access or even find. It’s a simple plugin, yet holds good promise as a way to ward off potential hack attacks. Nothing is foolproof of course, but every extra measure you take to make your blog as secure as possible, is a step in the right direction.
See it here: Hide Login
Whether you seek to secure your login page or simply spruce it up, the four WordPress plugins mentioned above – will help you do just that. Give them a try today and as usual, do provide us your feedback so that we know what is and is not working when it comes to WordPress.