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

  • New ProcessWire query expansion search operators can now add automatic word inflections and lemmatisation, enabling you to build even smarter search engines with ProcessWire. More
    3 July 2020
  • ProcessWire 3.0.161 adds support for selector operator stacking, enabling you automatically broaden searches in a single pages.find() call— More
    26 June 2020
  • ProcessWire 3.0.160 adds powerful new text-searching operators, bringing a new level of power to page-finding API calls, especially when it comes to search engine type queries. Post also includes a demo search engine where you can test it all out live— More
    19 June 2020

Latest news

  • ProcessWire Weekly #321
    In the 321st issue of ProcessWire Weekly we're going to check out the latest core updates, introduce two new third party modules, and check out a brand new site of the week. Read on!
    Weekly.pw / 4 July 2020
  • Powerful new text-searching abilities in 3.0.160
    In ProcessWire 3.0.160 we’ve got some major upgrades and additions to our text-search abilities. This brings a whole new level of power to $pages->find() and similar API calls, especially when it comes to search engine type queries.
    Blog / 19 June 2020
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