As with everything that is connected to the Internet, security is an important issue also in the WordPress sphere. In fact, the CMS has its own dedicated security team just for that reason and it’s also why we publish articles like this one.

As a consequence, there are a number of security plugins in the WordPress directory. By far the most popular: WordFence. With more than a million active installs, the majority of users seem to prefer this solution to all others.

Deservedly so? That’s what we want to find out. In this detailed WordFence review, we take an in-depth look at the security plugin in terms of setup, features and user friendliness. Want to find out if it really is the best WordPress security plugin? Then tag along.

Setting Up the Wordfence Security Plugin

As the first step in our Wordfence review, we will download plugin to a test site and go through the setup process.

Install the Plugin

You can install Wordfence like any other WordPress plugin. Just go to Plugins > Add New and enter the plugin name in the search box. After that, it should be the first item in the search results.

Click the large Install Now button and wait for the download to finish. Don’t forget to activate!

First Steps

Once active, the first thing the plugin will do is ask you to provide an email address for security alerts. While doing so, you also have the possibility to subscribe to the Wordfence email newsletter.