Help Documentation

Welcome to the official documentation for Wordfence 7. For information about previous versions of Wordfence, visit our old documentation.

How to Use Wordfence 7

Customize your Wordfence menu, locate options and learn how to perform common tasks in Wordfence 7.


The Wordfence Dashboard provides insight into the current state of your site’s security.

Global Options

These allow you to update your Wordfence License, set your Alert Preferences and Import/Export Wordfence settings.


Email alerts quickly inform you of security related events on your site.

Wordfence Web Application Firewall (WAF)

The Wordfence Web Application Firewall is a PHP based, application level firewall that filters out malicious requests to your site.

Optimizing The Firewall

The Wordfence Firewall has a feature that allows the Firewall to be loaded before any other code loads. This provides the highest level of protection and we refer to this as "extended protection". In order to get extended protection, you have to go through a short configuration procedure.

Firewall Learning Mode

Learning Mode allows the Web Application Firewall to be adjusted to your site.


The Wordfence plugin saves information about recent attacks on your site. You can view this data on your Wordfence Dashboard and the Wordfence Firewall page.

Firewall Options

Change Firewall Mode (Enabled/Learning Mode/Disabled), Optimize the Firewall and configure advanced options.

Brute Force Protection

Brute Force Protection limits login attempts on your site.

Rate Limiting

Wordfence includes a rate limiting firewall that controls how your site content can be accessed.


Problems reading Wordfence Firewall config data The Wordfence Firewall stores some of it’s information in the file system. The files are located in wp-content/wflogs. If there are issues with file writing or disk space on the server, the configuration file config.php could become corrupt. If this happens, you will receive an administrative notice on all […]


Aside from the Firewall rules that protect against SQL-injection, XSS and more, Wordfence also has custom features for additional blocking.

Country Blocking

Country Blocking allows you to block access to your site from certain countries.


If you locked yourself out or are experiencing unwanted blocks.


A Wordfence scan examines all files on your WordPress website looking for malicious code, backdoors, shells that hackers have installed, known malicious URLs and known patterns of infections.

Scan Options

Select which aspects of your site the scan should investigate, adjust scan performance and configure advanced options.

Scan Results

How to interpret results from the Wordfence Scan.

Scan Scheduling

The Wordfence Scan runs regularly on your site. Premium customers can adjust how often the scan runs.

Scan Troubleshooting

If you are having problems getting your scans to start or complete, please see these instructions for some basic debugging steps.


Wordfence Tools include Two Factor Authentication, Whois Lookup, Password Audit, Comment Spam Filter, Live Traffic and Diagnostics.

Password Auditing

Wordfence Password Auditing provides a way for you to ensure that your administrative and ordinary user account credentials on your site are strong and not vulnerable to a brute force login or password cracking attack.

Whois Lookup

The Whois Lookup Service gives you a way to look up who the owner of an Internet resource is.

Comment Spam Filter

WordPress comment spam detection and filtering.


Find out your PHP Version, database permissions, connectivity tests and much more in Wordfence Diagnostics.

Real Time Live-Traffic

Wordfence Live Traffic shows you what is happening on your site in real-time.

Two Factor Authentication

Two Factor Authentication allows you to add an extra layer of security to your WordPress login. This section describes how to use it.

Advanced information and configuration

If you want to know more about the technical details of Wordfence, you'll find the answers in this section.

System requirements

Wordfence works on most WordPress websites. However, to make sure it works on your site you can check that it meets our minimum system requirements.


How do I inspect the browser console or take a screenshot? Information about debugging issues with your site can be found here.

Remove or Reset

If you need to reset or remove Wordfence from your site you can find help with that in this section.


Wordfence has many options that can be set within the WordPress admin pages, but there are some additional options that are not often needed.


Historical information about previous Wordfence Releases.

Technical Details

Details about technical aspects of how Wordfence works.

Wordfence API

Additional functions for developers to import settings or whitelist IP-addresses.

Wordfence Premium

Wordfence Premium comes with an IP Blacklist, Real Time Protection and much more.

License Key

All Wordfence installations need a License key, also known as an API-key. The key can be a free key or a premium key.

Site Cleaning and Security Audits

Let one of our Security Analysts help you clean your infected site or inspect it for vulnerabilities.