Any website owner, developer or designer knows the importance of secure WordPress Hosting. An unsecured website can lead to poor customer experiences, fraudulent activity, website downtime… or the dreaded ‘white screen of death’.
Why do I need secure hosting?
WordPress currently powers approximately 25% of all websites globally. This means it’s very popular and attractive to those pesky hackers that love to write viruses and the like will affect the normal operations of your site. It’s all about gaining recognition from their peers, proving a point or in some cases, profiting financially. Some of these viruses will display different content on your site and some can be even more malicious and steal your customers information for example.
A WordPress website is not as simple as ‘set and forget’, it needs to be regularly updated and cared for to ensure it is protected and given then best chance possible to survive.
What do you do to protect websites?
First and foremost, just like you install the latest update on your computer or antivirus software, your WordPress website also needs to be updated. Think of it like getting a vaccine or exercising regularly to stay healthy. Updating does not guarantee you won’t be affected, but it certainly puts the odds in your favour.
Why do we need a care plan just for updates?
We are often asked this question and it’s a simple one to answer. An update is great when it works. When it doesn’t you will actually wish you never clicked that innocent looking ‘Update’ button in your WordPress admin area. Updates can cripple your website and should be done by someone that knows the implications of what they are doing and more importantly how to fix the website should anything go wrong or the site crash.
What’s your process for doing a secure update?
At very simplistic level, here is our usual process to update either you core WordPress version, theme or plugin:
- Take a back up your live site
- Double check the backup has worked!
- Create an exact copy of your live site and install it in a hidden area (staging site)
- Perform the required updates on the staging site
- Check for the updated version of the site to see if anything has ‘broken’
- Fix anything that has indeed broken and retest the entire site
- Once we are happy with the staging site, we then put a maintenance message up on your live site
- We then perform the updates (and potential fixes) to the live site, test and relaunch
This ensures that your website visitors will not see a broken site at any stage of the process.
What about the actual server setup?
Great question, there are a heap of best practice procedures we have in place for our servers. Click here to read about our WordPress hosting.