Hackers and privacy invaders are always looking for a way to get into your WordPress site. There are quite a few tools that let them know the name of your WordPress theme. But it can be really harmful if they can easily get to know which theme you’re using on your WordPress website.
This blog post will show you how to hide the WordPress theme name from hackers and protect yourself against privacy violations.
Why is it Important to Hide WordPress Theme Name?
There are numerous benefits to hiding the theme name. Here’s some of them:
- It can help to stop hackers from hacking your website. Hiding the theme name makes it more difficult to find a vulnerability in your WordPress installation.
- If you have sensitive information on the website, then hiding the theme will make it a bit more secure.
- Letting everyone know that you’ve used a premade theme might not be a professional approach, so opting to hide the theme would be a better choice for a professional website.
Ways to Hide WordPress Theme Name
There are two ways that you can hide the theme name from hackers and privacy invaders. They follow below:
Use WordPress Plugins to Hide Theme Name
In this segment, we’ll show how can you hide or rename your theme name using two free WordPress plugins.
Let’s try both of them.
One: Hide My WP Ghost
The plugin adds filters and security layers to prevent Scripts and SQL Injections, Brute Force attacks, XML-RPC attacks, and more. It also changes and hides the common paths, plugins, and themes so you will have the best chance to protect your site against hacker bots attacks. During the process, you also hide the theme name.
First, you need to Install and Activate the plugin. To do this, you have to log in to your website backend and go to Plugins–>Add New. Then you should type the plugin name to the search bar and click the Install Now button. Wait for a while to Activate the plugin.
After finishing the plugin installation, you should go to the plugin Permalinks setting. Where need to click the Lite mode to find the theme setting option.
Finally, when you’ll get the Theme Settings then you just need to active the Hide theme names button and Save current setting.
Two: WP Hide & Security Enhancer
This amazing plugin can also hide the WordPress theme name from hackers. It’s an easy and simple way to make your content more secure. With this amazing plugin, you can able to hide the WordPress core files of your website.
Just install the plugin first. Then go to the WP Hide–>Rewrite and change the New Theme Path with a new name and save it.
How to Hide WordPress Theme Name Manually
Are you willing to hide your WordPress theme name manually? It does not actually take much effort, nor does it require you to code. In two simple steps, you can hide your WordPress theme name without plugins. The two steps to manually hide WordPress theme name are –
- Renaming the Theme Folder
- Editing the style.css File
Here is how to hide WordPress theme name following the steps.
Renaming the Theme Folder:
First, you have to log in to your cPanel manually or a FTP client you are using.
Open your wp-content/themes directory from your cPanel. Then, look for the theme folder. If you have more than one, find the main theme folder. Rename it to something else like “myTheme“.
Editing the style.css File
Find the style.css file in theme’s directory and edit the style.css file. Where you will find the theme name inside it.
Rename the Theme Name just like the theme folder name and click the Save Changes button.
Once you’re done, head over to WordPress Dashboard. Go to Appearance–> Themes and find the theme with the name you’ve given and activate it.
That’s it, you have changed the theme name and the original theme name is hidden, once and for all!
(N.B. Make sure you do this right after you have installed the theme on your website and have not made any other changes. As it might affect your site and make it crash if you don’t do so.)
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