Website design Suffolk: 5 tips to secure your website
Website Design Suffolk: 5 tips to secure your website
Website Design Suffolk: Looking after your website is an important task – especially if it forms an important part of your business income. All too often, companies get their website built, and then forget about it. After all, it’s working. It looks good. And it rarely needs updating.
Sadly, this attitude to your business website is the perfect way to compromise its security. If your website is build in WordPress (90% on websites online are) and you don’t maintain it well by updating your theme and plugins, you are at risk of being hacked.
Having your website hacked is scary – and very unpleasant. It can affect your business drastically, especially of lots of your leads are generated online. Secondly, if your website has a strong domain authority, this will also be affected by a hack. So, what’s the best way to keep your website secure?
1) Use a WordPress Managed hosting service
Website hosting isn’t exorbitant if you shop around. But it is a continual business expense. So, many start-up companies are tempted to cut costs by hosting their websites on basic, un-managed servers. It’s cheaper of course, in the short term. But your website won’t be continually updated with the latest versions of WordPress. A managed hosting service will do this for you automatically. Our top rated managed hosting services are Siteground, WP Engine and Bluehost
Imagine if your website got hacked – and there was no database back-up to replace your damaged files? It would ruin your website. And you’d have to pay handsomely to get someone to sort it all out. You might even have to re-do your website from scratch.
Managed hosting services are much more security aware. They must be because people entrust them with thousands and thousands of websites. A hack is not likely to happen on a managed WordPress hosting services.
Secondly, they always have a back-up plan. If your website goes down, they can refresh the database back to the last versions that were saved – usually 24 hours previously.
So, you might be paying slightly more to host your website each month. But at least you won’t have to opt for a website design service to re-build the whole lot for you.
2) Update your website plugins as soon as they require it
One of the most common reasons a website gets hacked, is because the plugins are out of date. Nasty, malicious, file chewing viruses can invade the website through your outdated plugin. Make a point of checking on your updates every time you visit the website’s back end. If you don’t need the go into the back end that often for page updates, set an alarm on your mobile phone to remind you to check in once a week. It takes just a couple of minutes to implement updates to your theme and plugins. However, it could take months or years to replace all your precious content. It’s worth the effort.
3) Install pro anti-virus on your computer
While unlikely, you can further protect your website by making sure all computers with login access, have been anti-virus protected. Purchase a pro anti-virus package that scans the user’s machine and isolates suspicious files as soon as they start their computers. This rule applies to Apple Macs too. They can be hacked and they can get viruses. They are not impermeable – as many people think.
4) Source a reliable website developer in case the worst happens
Sometimes the worst happens. Perhaps you forgot to update a plugin. Perhaps the website was accessed by an infected computer. Perhaps a very persistent hacker was just determined to ruin your website. Whatever the reason, having a good website development contractor to fix problems should they arise, is essential. Basically, websites can go wrong at any time. You need a reliable fixer. It’s sensible to have a person on hand who can get things up and running as soon as possible.
These services come at a price. But we guarantee you that the price is much cheaper than hiring a web designer to build you a whole new website.
5) Don’t cut corners in the website design phase
Perhaps you had a small budget allocated, and so you built the business website as economically as possible. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. There are some excellent home-built websites out there. But, unless you really know what you are doing, you could end up with a website that is easily compromised.
Website designers and developers know exactly which add-ons to include in a website build, to keep it safe and secure. Some plugins are better than others, and unless you have good industry knowledge, it’s difficult to know what’s what. If you are keen to build your own website, a good tip would be to book an hour of a website designer’s time. Have a list of questions to had regarding the best themes, the best plugins and the best practices to keep things watertight.
Basically, it’s always much more time-consuming (and expensive) to put things right later, than getting it right first time.
The good thing about speaking to an expert is the on-hand assistance. If things do go wrong with your home-build project, you already have an expert point of contact. They can advise you or help you with the more challenging aspects of website design.
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