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WordPress is by far the best platform on which to build your website. One of the many advantages is that you can easily add additional software “plugins” to help your site.

Here are two must-haves for your website:

iThemes Security

It’s not going to come as a surprise that there are a lot of bad actors online. It’s estimated that there are around 30,000 new websites hacked every day.

As a site owner, you need to have some security in place to prevent against hackers and other dangers. This plugin is the easiest and most cost-effective way to have your site protected.

iThemes Security has been around for a long time and used to be known as Better WP Security. I’ve used this software for years, and in my experience, this is the best security plugin available.

It currently installed on over 900,000 WordPress websites and is well supported with regular updates.

Backup Buddy

Have you ever had a computer crash, and you lost all of your data?

Well, coming from the experience of having a website go down and losing everything many years ago, I can tell you that’s even worse.

It’s best to err on the safe side and have multiple backups of your websites.

If you have Bluehost as your hosting provider, you already should have some website backups built-in. Count that as one.

The other system I use and recommend is Backup Buddy, and it’s also made and supported by iThemes, the same developer of the Security plugin .

Backup Buddy is installed on over 500,000 WordPress sites and is very easy to use. You can schedule to have backups automatically run and securely send them offsite.

If something ever happens to your website, their process for restoring is quick and easy.


Protecting your website is a lot like insurance. You hope you never have to use it, but if something ever happens, you don’t want to be without it.