CMS Security for ProcessWire

Security is our number one priority with ProcessWire. Make it your number one priority too. In this section we attempt to cover some of the more important aspects in maintaining a secure installation.

Beyond just using ProcessWire to power your site or application, a big part of maintaining good security involves securing your web server and file system, writing secure code in your template files, installing only the modules/plugins that you need, securing your admin panel, and adhering to security best practices. In this section we attempt to cover some of the more important aspects in maintaining a secure installation.

  • Securing file permissions

    Getting your file permissions right is one of the most important factors in maintaining the security of your ProcessWire installation, particularly in non-dedicated/shared environments.
  • Securing your admin

    Information about the design and purpose of the admin environment and how to protect it. Overview of securing your admin, preventing attacks, SSL certificates, tracking logins, enabling 2FA, managing page edit access and other security best practices.
  • Web hosting security

    When possible, your production sites running ProcessWire (or any CMS) should ideally be in a dedicated environment. This doesn't necessarily mean a dedicated server…
  • Migrating to production

    Unless the production server is a completely dedicated environment, don't assume that what was safe on your development server will also be safe on the production server.
  • Remove unnecessary files

    ProcessWire comes with several files that you will no longer need after installation.
  • Database-driven sessions

    Database-driven sessions offer potentially better security since the session information is not stored on the file system.
  • Running ProcessWire alongside other software

    ProcessWire will happily run alongside almost any other PHP application, including other CMSs. However, security on your site will only be as good as the weakest link.
  • Third party modules

    We can vouch for the security of the code that we write in the ProcessWire core, but we can't vouch for the security of third party modules. Follow these guidelines to maximize your security with third party modules.
  • Template files

    While ProcessWire handles a lot of the common security considerations before your template files are even loaded, you should also follow security best practices within your template files as you would in any other PHP framework.
  • 2-factor authentication

    Two factor authentication gives you an extra layer of account security relative to just using a password. ProcessWire comes built-in with support for 2-factor authentication, and this page provides more information on how to enable and use it.

Twitter updates

  • Quick weekly update covering this week's commits for the upcoming 3.0.167 ProcessWire core version— More
    18 September 2020
  • This week ProcessWire version 3.0.166 is released on the dev branch. In this post we’ll cover all that’s new relative to the previous version, 3.0.165. Plus we’ll check out the latest new versions of ProCache and FormBuilder— More
    11 September 2020
  • Weekly update – 28 August 2020 – New secure files option defined per-template: More
    28 August 2020

Latest news

  • ProcessWire Weekly #333
    In the 333rd issue of ProcessWire Weekly we'll check out what's new in the latest dev version of ProcessWire, 3.0.167, and more. Read on!
    Weekly.pw / 26 September 2020
  • ProcessWire 3.0.166 core updates and more
    This week ProcessWire version 3.0.166 is released on the dev branch. In this post we’ll cover all that’s new relative to the previous version, 3.0.165. Plus we’ll check out the latest new versions of ProCache and FormBuilder.
    Blog / 11 September 2020
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