SiteLock WordPress Plugin Tutorial

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A Beginner’s Guide to the SiteLock Plugin for WordPress

By Adam Warner

From malware and vulnerability scans to real-time security updates, the SiteLock WordPress Plugin provides complete website security management without ever having to leave WordPress. In December 2017, the SiteLock WordPress Plugin was updated to v4.0.4. For those of you already using the plugin, you can update your version within your WordPress Dashboard. For newbies, you can download and install the plugin here.

How to Get Started with the SiteLock Plugin

From your WordPress Dashboard, visit Plugins–>Add New and search for the keyword “SiteLock”. Once you see  the SiteLock WordPress Plugin, simply click Install, and then Activate.

SiteLock Plugin Installation

After activating you’ll see the message below and a link to get started.

SiteLock Plugin Activation - Get Started

Next, you’ll see the “Connect to SiteLock” screen.

SiteLock WordPress Plugin Connect Button

To continue the setup process, you’ll need to connect to your SiteLock account through our plugin. By doing so, we can display your security status and active SiteLock services.

Perfect for Existing Customers and New Customers

Once you click “Connect to SiteLock,” you’ll be directed to a secure SiteLock URL and given a few options for logging in.

SiteLock WordPress Login

  1. SIGN IN WITH USERNAME & PASSWORD
    a. Sign in here if you’re an existing customer who purchased services directly through SiteLock.com or by phone.

  2. SIGN IN WITH YOUR HOSTING PROVIDER
    a. Sign in here if you’re an existing customer who purchased services through one of our hosting partners.

  3. CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT
    a. If you’re new to SiteLock, go here to create an account. We offer several account levels, including a free option.

A Refreshed User Experience

Please note that this is an overview of the new plugin and user interface. Additional posts  that drill down the different plans and services, along with how to configure each of them, will be published over the coming weeks

After logging in, you’ll be redirected back to the SiteLock plugin settings screen on your WordPress Dashboard. Here you can view your SiteLock services,  results, and status updates.

For the purpose of this article, we’re using an account that includes both the SiteLock S.M.A.R.T. malware scan and auto removal tool, as well as  TrueShield web application firewall (WAF) and TrueSpeed content delivery network (CDN).

SiteLock Tabbed Service Status Screen WordPress Plugin

Traffic

In this tab, you’ll see statistics for both human and automated bot traffic. This data is gathered by  TrueShield web application firewall, which is actively protecting the site from bad bots attempting to access the web hosting server.

SiteLock TrueShield Web Application Firewall Statistics

Content

This is where you’ll see the results of the scans performed on your content. Depending on the services you’ve added to your account, you’ll see:

  • Malware Scan
  • SMART scan

SiteLock Malware and SMART Scan Results in WordPress Plugin

Code

This is where you’ll see the results of your available code-specific scans. Depending on the services you’ve added to your account, you’ll see:

  • Application Scan
  • Platform Scan
  • SQL Injection
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Infrastructure Scan

Code Tab Results in SiteLock WordPress Plugin

Reputation

This is where you’ll see the results of our reputation and verification tools. These include:

  • SSL Verification
  • Address Verification
  • Domain Verification
  • Phone Verification
  • SPAM Scan

Viewing Detailed Statistics and Scan Results

Now that you know what the updated SiteLock plugin looks like and how to navigate through the overview of each result, you’ll probably want to drill down into each  of these for more detail. This is especially recommended if the status dot is yellow or red, which indicates that something needs your attention.

Simply click the title of the service you’d like more details from, and a new tab will open with your SiteLock account loaded. In the example below, I clicked on “Malware Scan”.

SiteLock-malware-scan-results

What’s Next

In the coming weeks, we’ll be writing more posts on exactly how each service works and how to configure every setting found within our plugin and your SiteLock dashboard.

Tags:   CDN, malware scanner, plugin, Web Application Firewall
Categories:  WordPress security