How to Install and Configure the SiteLock Plugin for WordPress

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How to Install and Configure the SiteLock Plugin (Video Tutorial)

By Adam Warner

In our Beginner’s Guide to the SiteLock Plugin for WordPress, we showed you the benefits of proactively preventing malware and hacking attempts on your WordPress website. In this video, you’ll learn exactly how to install and configure our plugin and connect it to a SiteLock account.

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Hello. This is Adam from Sitelock. In this video, I’ll show you how to install, activate, and connect the Sitelock plugin to your Sitelock account. The first thing you want to do is go over to plugins, add new, and on the plugin screen, just search for Sitelock. You’ll see the Sitelock Security plugin. Click install now. Then click activate. After activating the plugin, you’ll see a little notice up here that says, “Thank you for installing the Sitelock plugin. Click here to get started.” The first thing you need to do is connect to Sitelock. If you have an account already through Sitelock.com or through a hosting partner or if you need a new Sitelock account, you can establish an account here. That takes you to the secure Sitelock sign-in option page, and for this video, I’m going to go ahead and create a new account. You can see there’s a free option here and a couple of paid options. I’m going to go ahead and select the free plan. Scroll down. Click sign up now. Then you’ll come to the account creation page. Let me take a moment to fill this out. All right. I’m just about there. I’m going to click the next step. My signup is complete. Click here to return to the WordPress admin. There’s one more step. We just need to configure SMART Scan and basically connect that to our server. Let’s go ahead and view details. That will take us to our secure Sitelock dashboard. Accept the terms of service. Here’s the SMART configuration alert. We’re going to go ahead and configure SMART. The SMART Scan requires that you connect to your server via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS. You can get this information from your host. It will look similar to this, either an IP address or FTP.yourdomainname, etc., a port number, user

The first thing you want to do is go over to plugins, add new, and on the plugin screen, just search for Sitelock. You’ll see the Sitelock Security plugin. Click install now. Then click activate. After activating the plugin, you’ll see a little notice up here that says, “Thank you for installing the Sitelock plugin. Click here to get started.” The first thing you need to do is connect to Sitelock. If you have an account already through Sitelock.com or through a hosting partner or if you need a new Sitelock account, you can establish an account here. That takes you to the secure Sitelock sign-in option page, and for this video, I’m going to go ahead and create a new account. You can see there’s a free option here and a couple of paid options. I’m going to go ahead and select the free plan. Scroll down. Click sign up now. Then you’ll come to the account creation page. Let me take a moment to fill this out. All right. I’m just about there. I’m going to click the next step. My signup is complete. Click here to return to the WordPress admin. There’s one more step. We just need to configure SMART Scan and basically connect that to our server. Let’s go ahead and view details. That will take us to our secure Sitelock dashboard. Accept the terms of service. Here’s the SMART configuration alert. We’re going to go ahead and configure SMART. The SMART Scan requires that you connect to your server via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS. You can get this information from your host. It will look similar to this, either an IP address or FTP.yourdomainname, etc., a port number, user

After activating the plugin, you’ll see a little notice up here that says, “Thank you for installing the Sitelock plugin. Click here to get started.” The first thing you need to do is connect to Sitelock. If you have an account already through Sitelock.com or through a hosting partner or if you need a new Sitelock account, you can establish an account here. That takes you to the secure Sitelock sign-in option page, and for this video, I’m going to go ahead and create a new account. You can see there’s a free option here and a couple of paid options. I’m going to go ahead and select the free plan. Scroll down. Click sign up now. Then you’ll come to the account creation page. Let me take a moment to fill this out. All right. I’m just about there. I’m going to click the next step. My signup is complete. Click here to return to the WordPress admin. There’s one more step. We just need to configure SMART Scan and basically connect that to our server. Let’s go ahead and view details. That will take us to our secure Sitelock dashboard. Accept the terms of service. Here’s the SMART configuration alert. We’re going to go ahead and configure SMART. The SMART Scan requires that you connect to your server via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS. You can get this information from your host. It will look similar to this, either an IP address or FTP.yourdomainname, etc., a port number, user

The first thing you need to do is connect to Sitelock. If you have an account already through Sitelock.com or through a hosting partner or if you need a new Sitelock account, you can establish an account here. That takes you to the secure Sitelock sign-in option page, and for this video, I’m going to go ahead and create a new account. You can see there’s a free option here and a couple of paid options. I’m going to go ahead and select the free plan. Scroll down. Click sign up now. Then you’ll come to the account creation page. Let me take a moment to fill this out. All right. I’m just about there. I’m going to click the next step. My signup is complete. Click here to return to the WordPress admin. There’s one more step. We just need to configure SMART Scan and basically connect that to our server. Let’s go ahead and view details. That will take us to our secure Sitelock dashboard. Accept the terms of service. Here’s the SMART configuration alert. We’re going to go ahead and configure SMART. The SMART Scan requires that you connect to your server via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS. You can get this information from your host. It will look similar to this, either an IP address or FTP.yourdomainname, etc., a port number, user

I’m going to click the next step. My signup is complete. Click here to return to the WordPress admin. There’s one more step. We just need to configure SMART Scan and basically connect that to our server. Let’s go ahead and view details. That will take us to our secure Sitelock dashboard. Accept the terms of service. Here’s the SMART configuration alert. We’re going to go ahead and configure SMART. The SMART Scan requires that you connect to your server via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS. You can get this information from your host. It will look similar to this, either an IP address or FTP.yourdomainname, etc., a port number, user

Here’s the SMART configuration alert. We’re going to go ahead and configure SMART. The SMART Scan requires that you connect to your server via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS. You can get this information from your host. It will look similar to this, either an IP address or FTP.yourdomainname, etc., a port number, user ID and password. The next thing you want to do is test the connection to make sure everything’s good. Sitelock is successfully connected, and now we just need to tell our scanner what directory has our WordPress installation. That’s going to be the HTML directory. We’ve chosen that. Root directory HTML. Let’s choose this is it. Smart Wizard has been saved. We go to the admin page and refresh it. You can see that your Sitelock account is connected to your WordPress site. A malware scan has already happened.

The next thing you want to do is test the connection to make sure everything’s good. Sitelock is successfully connected, and now we just need to tell our scanner what directory has our WordPress installation. That’s going to be the HTML directory. We’ve chosen that. Root directory HTML. Let’s choose this is it. Smart Wizard has been saved. We go to the admin page and refresh it. You can see that your Sitelock account is connected to your WordPress site. A malware scan has already happened.

We go to the admin page and refresh it. You can see that your Sitelock account is connected to your WordPress site. A malware scan has already happened. There are no issues found. If you toggle over to code, our platform scan has already run, and there’s no issues found. You’ll notice SMART Scan is now connected, but it shows it needs review. That’s because the scan hasn’t run yet. You’ll see over here the next scheduled scan. No scan scheduled. Next available is today. The free account comes with an on demand scan. Hover over the circular arrows and click scan now. That will initiate the SMART Scan. Check back in about an hour and the SMART Scan will have run. The scan is complete, and as indicated by the green dot, no issues were found during this scan. If any malware or vulnerabilities are found, we’ll alert you. If you don’t have the Sitelock Security plugin yet, head on over to plugins, add new, and search Sitelock or go to WordPress.org/plugins/sitelock.

What’s Next?

Simply search for “SiteLock” within the Plugins->Add New area of your WordPress website and start securing your website today.

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