Latest FAQ

Does Using a "Hide my WP" Plugin Effect SEO?

Hiding the WordPress CMS shouldn’t affect the SEO from your website.

All the main URLs should remain unchanged. Only the media URLs are changed once you change the paths.

Through sitemap.xml Google is informed about the new paths and next time the Google will verify the website it will index the new media paths.

We have tested Hide My WP Ghost on many websites and we noticed even a slight improvement in the loading speed and great results in Google search engine, Bing and Yandex.

Is Hide My WP Login plugin making my site more secure?

Hiding your WordPress login page is a great way to secure your site from both targeted hacks and automated brute-force attacks.

Why you should care about hiding the login page?

The answer is: Brute-force attacks.

In a brute-force attack, hackers basically try to guess your username and password over and over until it breaks in.

They’re hoping that, with enough tries, they’ll find the magic combination. Now I think you’re seeing where hiding the login page comes into it… if you hide your login page, there’s nowhere for hackers to run their brute-force attack.

So protecting the login path from your website is really important.

A quick and simple way to do that is to use a plugin like Hide My WP Ghost

change wordpress login path

Once you install it, you can customize the wp-login and also hide the /wp-login and /wp-login.php path from your website.

The extra feature this plugin has is to protect your login page from Brute Force attacks in case you have the login option for your members on your page.

You can use Math Check protection or reCaptcha protection from Google. Both protections are fine and will block the hackers to a limited attempts of login.

You can download the plugin from here: Hide My WP Ghost

Is there a way to hide my WordPress site?

Hiding the WordPress site and CMS is a good idea when you want to protect your website from hacker bots attacks.

Usually, the bots try to inject scripts and SQL queries into the website no matter if they are WordPress or other type of CMS.
Most of the attacks are targeting the well known plugins with vulnerabilities which have a door to the WordPress core.

There are 2 ways to hide a WordPress site:

1. Manually through File Manager with a bit of PHP knowledge

To hide the WordPress Site you need to:

  • Hide all the WP headers like RDS, DNS Prefetch, Generator Meta
  • Hide all the WP comments and versions at the end of each file
  • Change and hide the WP common paths like wp-content, wp-includes, plugins, themes and cache directories
  • Hide the files readme.html, xml-rpc.php, install.php, wp-config.php and more
  • Hide classes from source code beginning with “wp-” (make sure the plugins are not using them)

2. Use a free WordPress plugin

A faster way to hide the WordPress site without coding, we recommend you to install the Hide My WP Ghost plugin

How to 'hide' the WordPress site?

Hiding the WordPress site and CMS is a good idea when you want to protect your website from hacker bots attacks.

Usually, the bots try to inject scripts and queries into the website no matter if they are WordPress or other type of CMS.
Most of the attacks are targeting the well known plugins with vulnerabilities which have a door to the WordPress core.

This should be the main reason you should hide the CMS.

To hide the WP CMS you need to:

  • Hide all the WP headers
  • Hide all the WP comments and versions
  • Change and hide the WP common paths like wp-content, wp-includes, plugins, themes and cache directories
  • Hide the files readme.html, xml-rpc.php, install.php, wp-config.php and more
  • Hide classes from source code beginning with “wp-” (make sure the plugins are not using them)

A faster way to hide the WordPress site without coding, we recommend you to install the Hide My WP Ghost plugin

Can I hide my WordPress site until it is ready?

Yes, you can hide the website until it’s ready in two ways:

1. The easy way to hide your WordPress website while you’re in development is to check the option “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” from Settings > Reading

2. Another way is to install a free maintenance plugin like https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-maintenance-mode/

wp maintenance plugin

The plugin will let you customize the website but it will be hidden for the users and Search Engines. This is how the visitors will see the frontend:

One advantage to use the maintenance plugin is that you can collect emails until you finish the website and already have users for Email Marketing when you start your business.

Increase Your Website Security

Don’t forget to install a security plugin before making the website public.


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How can we hide plugins from WordPress detectors?

To hide the CMS from Theme detectors is not so easy to do. You need to change all WordPress common paths in source-code, hide the paths, links to WordPress.org, restrict access to WordPress files, and more.

If you have a WordPress site and you want to hide the fact that you’re using a WordPress CMS, install Hide My WP Ghost plugin and configure it to hide and protect your website in the same time.

Here are some useful articles you must follow to hide your website from Theme detectors:

https://hidemywpghost.com/how-to-hide-from-wordpress-theme-detectors/

https://hidemywpghost.com/hide-my-wp-how-to-install-the-plugin/

How do I change admin-ajax in WordPress?

All the ajax calls in the frontend are made by the default URL /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php. This URL is also used by hackers to upload viruses and scripts on your website.

Changing the wp-admin/admin-ajax.php URL is mandatory for protecting the WordPress site from hackers.

To easily change the admin-ajax.php path you can use Hide My WP Ghost plugin. After adding a new ajax URL, the default admin-ajax.php URL will be hidden from hackers.

How to change admin-ajax in WordPress

  1. To change the admin-ajax.php path, go to Hide My WP > Permalinks > Custom Ajax URL
  2. To hide the wp-admin path from ajax calls, switch on Hide My WP > Permalinks > Hide wp-admin from ajax URL 

Why you must have Hide My WP Ghost: https://hidemywpghost.com/hide-my-wp-why-you-must-have-it/

How do I rename a wp-content folder?

You can change wp-content folder manually or using a WordPress plugin.

  1. You can manually change the folder wp-content into lib (or a different name) using the File Manager on your server and you will need to re-login to your website.
  2. You can use Hide My WP Ghost plugin to change the wp-content path and all the common WordPress paths to protect your website from hackers.

You can find details about both ways here:
https://hidemywpghost.com/how-to-customize-wp-content-directory-in-wordpress/

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Hide My WP Ghost Lite is a WordPress Security plugin. Change and Hide WordPress common paths and URLs to increases your WP Security against hacker’s bots.


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How do I change the default login page in WordPress?

WordPress wp-loginwp-login.php, and login paths are the first ones a hacker bot will access for Brute Force attacks. Changing these paths and hiding them is mandatory when you have a WordPress CMS.

To do this with Hide My WP Ghost, just change the name for the wp-login with your custom name in Hide My WP > Permalinks > Custom login URL.

change wordpress login path

Paths are not physically changed

Hide My WP Ghost will not physically change the paths on your server. It uses rewrite rules to prevent any functionality errors.

Download Hide My WP Ghost Lite

Hide My WP Ghost Lite is a WordPress Security plugin. Change and Hide WordPress common paths and URLs to increases your WP Security against hacker’s bots.


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Can I change WP admin to something else?

The most important path in WordPress is the wp-admin and the only way to protect this path is by changing its name and hiding it from hacker bots.

To do this with Hide My WP Ghost, just change the name for the wp-admin with your custom name in 
Hide My WP > Permalinks > Custom admin URL.

change wordpress admin path

Paths are not physically changed

Hide My WP Ghost will not physically change the paths on your server. It uses rewrite rules to prevent any functionality errors.

Download Hide My WP Ghost Lite

Hide My WP Ghost Lite is a WordPress Security plugin. Change and Hide WordPress common paths and URLs to increases your WP Security against hacker’s bots.


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