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iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

Take the guesswork out of WordPress security. iThemes Security offers 30+ ways to lock down WordPress in an easy-to-use WordPress security plugin.


162 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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Very useful
By , for WP 3.7.1

good one, thanks.

Very Nice.
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I installed this after watching a hour long webinar on how to use it. That was very helpful.

This plugin seems to cover all the bases and seems a bit more user friendly than most other security plugins I've tried.

BWPS causes HTTP 500 errors due to overwritten .htaccess
By , for WP 3.8

I am very dissapointed with this plugin and I can only warn: DO NOT INSTALL IT.

For some reasons my .htaccess file is changed sporadically. The default WP block in this file is either broken or copied a hundred times. And my research brought me to BWPS causing this behavior. In the WP support forum there is a longer discussion thread about it.

So I moved on to deactivate BWPS. And it caused my installation to bring errors about missing lines. And after refreshing my page, it showed all special characters in a strange way like a missing charset.

So I tried to reconfigure BWPS. But what should I say? Every tab in this plugin brought the error that permissions are missing.

BWPS for me is absolutely unuseful. It causes errors, it's not possible to configure. And after deactivating this, my page shows errors and strange characters.

I'm not looking for help. I only try to get rid of this plugin.

The plugin seems to do its job. But it works in another way than expected. And it does strange things when it's influenced by other plugins.
This research took me several days of my life. But I would like to correct my first opinion.

Solid security
By , for WP 3.8

This will secure your site very well. Almost too well - I got locked out a couple times the first few days of using it. Pay attention when you set it up, and you will be fine.

By , for WP 3.8

Decent plugin. It definitely covers a lot of ground so a newbie WP user may be overwhelmed but once I actually took some time to go through it all and experiment a little it becomes clear.
I have had some issues with lockouts and such but adjusting the settings will usually help this. Just make sure you test everything out before your site goes live but the same goes for all plugins right.

Thanks for the detailed time with this.

Very solid
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The only real problem with it is that the learning curve for new users is too steep. The messages they're given on the dashboard do not correspond to the options that they see on the various settings screens.

Excellent product
By , for WP 3.7.1

Not for technophobes but it is an easy to use security solution if you have an intermediate knowledge of using wordpress

New Favorite WP Security Plugin
By , for WP 3.7.1

I had previously used Bullet Proof Security. While I feel that it is also a good plugin, I have been impressed with BWPS because of the interface and the explanations of what each element does.

After screwing up a setting and basically crashing the site, I paid for the premium support as a last resort. I have been pleasantly surprised by the level of dedication and thoroughness by which the Bit51 tech team, (specifically Matt), have conducted themselves.

They are very straightforward, putting things in simple terms, and doing their best to go above and beyond with help and recommendations has sold me on this plugin.

Needs better interface
By , for WP 3.7.1

Needs better interface, but is good

Found it Useful!!!
By , for WP 3.7.1

thanks for the Plugin!!

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