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Using the Paid iThemes Security Pro Plugin Version

January 31, 2020

Prevent automated attacks. Monitor for suspicious activity. Strengthen user credentials. Scan for vulnerable plugins/themes. Block bad bots and reduce spam!


iThemes Security Help has Arrived with the iThemes Security Pro Plugin!


iThemes Security Review — What are the Differences Between the Paid iThemes Security Pro Plugin & the Free iThemes Security Plugin Versions?


The paid iThemes Security Pro plugin version includes all the free iThemes Security plugin version features, but the paid plugin version also has the following features: Security Dashboard, Two-Factor Authentication, Trusted Devices, reCAPTCHA, Version Management, User Security Check and User Logging, Settings Import and Export, Privilege Escalation, Passwordless Login, Malware Scan Scheduling, and Magic Links.


How Do You Use the Free iThemes Security Plugin or the Paid iThemes Security Pro Plugin?


Download and install the iThemes Security plugin or iThemes Security Pro plugin. Then activate it. 

After activation, you will see a new Security option in the panel on the left. Select the Security option to run the initial security check on your site. During the security check, the plugin will enable various modules to protect your site. 

Click the Secure Site button to start this process.

About the iThemes Security Plugin

iThemes Security Pro is a security plugin for WordPress which has many built-in features and smart defaults to help secure your site. 

Please note that iThemes Security Pro 7.0 requires WordPress 5.7 and PHP 7.0 or later. After the plugin is installed and activated it will add a new menu called Security in your WordPress Admin Panel.

iThemes Security Review

iThemes Security Pro 7.0 now includes setup options to make things even easier to manage. These options will help you get iThemes Security Pro optimally configured in under 10 minutes.

Select the security site template that best fits your site and then run through the straightforward setup steps.

Choose the Type of Website

iThemes Security Pro Plugin

You can click through each of the steps iThemes Security Pro to see what the current settings are. You can also read through the iThemes Security Settings Checklist documentation to learn more about each setting and what they do. Once implemented and configured, the iThemes Security Pro plugin will protect your site in the following areas:

  • Stopping automated attacks
  • Monitoring for suspicious activity
  • Strengthening user credentials
  • Scanning for vulnerable plugins and themes
  • Blocking bad bots
  • Reducing spam


Security Features


The iThemes Security Pro paid version has a number of advanced features that are not available in the free version.



How iThemes Security Works 

iThemes Security Pro will write out security settings to the .htaccess file on the site's server and will make minor changes to the site's wp-config.php file.

iThemes Security Pro includes a number of WordPress security tweaks that the site admin should remember to test these since they might cause plugin or theme issues on your site. Once you are happy with your iThemes Security Pro plugin settings, make sure to save them. Then, you can rest easy knowing your site is protected by both Nexcess and iThemes Security Pro.

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Our range of hosting plans caters to any business scale. We do all the heavy lifting for you to focus on growing your business. In addition, we automatically update ore components and plugins to the latest version and ensure your hosting environment is properly optimized, secured, and updated.


Nexcess infrastructure was specially designed to keep up the best speed and performance in the industry. No traffic surge can threaten your website to go down thanks to our autoscaling technology which adds more resources to your server to handle the load. In addition, we offer always-on security monitoring and support from web hosting experts 24/7/365 and a built-in CDN with 22 locations and advanced caching for ultra-fast loading.

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We also have a variety of Nexcess support articles about how best to implement our product offerings housed in the Nexcess Knowledge Baseincluding how to get your site going with a number of different configuration options. These resources include a great article on setting this up for Migrating to Nexcess with managed WordPress and managed WooCommerce hosting

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Luke Cavanagh
Luke Cavanagh


Product Operations Manager at Nexcess. A devoted husband and tween wrangler. Synthwave enthusiast. Jerry Goldsmith fan. Doctor Who fan and related gubbins.