XML-RPC (XML Remote Procedure Call) is a protocol used by WordPress and other content management systems to communicate with other servers and services over the internet. XML-RPC allows you to perform certain actions on your WordPress site remotely, such as publishing a blog post or managing comments, using other applications or services.
However, XML-RPC can also be a security risk if it is not properly secured. Hackers can use XML-RPC to brute-force attack your site’s login credentials or perform other malicious activities. Therefore, it is recommended to disable XML-RPC if you don’t need it.
To disable XML-RPC, you can add the following code to your website’s .htaccess file:
# Block WordPress xmlrpc.php requests <Files xmlrpc.php> order deny,allow deny from all </Files>
This code will block all requests to the xmlrpc.php file, which is the file responsible for handling XML-RPC requests in WordPress. With this code added, XML-RPC will be disabled and the security of your WordPress site will be improved.
It’s important to note that some plugins and services may rely on XML-RPC to function properly, so disabling it may cause issues with certain functionality. Therefore, it’s recommended to only disable XML-RPC if you’re not using it or if you have alternative solutions in place.