How to Secure Your Website

Carlos GonzalezArticle

Website Maintenance

Updated October 29, 2017

Secure Your Website

Maintaining and securing a website is not a daunting thing. It just takes time to do it and a learning curve to learn something new. The way we manage websites at Wild West Business Solutions is similar to what we’re about to show you below. It’s relatively straight-forward and it will award you a website that fairly secured.

1. Using WordPress

WordPressFor most of our clients, we use WordPress as our Content Management System. Other options out there include Drupal, Joomla!, Weebly, Wix, among others.

Think of WordPress as a car engine. Fresh out of the dealership (or download in our case) the engine is new and strong. However, it needs to be maintained on a regular basis. If you don’t change the oil in the car, it’ll eventually stop. If you don’t have an anti-theft system, it can get stolen. We’ll talk more on that later. 

So you go to WordPress.Org and download the latest version, which is v. 4.8.2 as of the writing of this article. Install it on your server per the instructions. The key here is to set it up RIGHT AWAY. Hackers out there have sniffers (software that looks for new installs) that will exploit your system if you wait on the install.

2. Secure Socket Layer (SSL)

When you’re on Google Chrome, you’ll notice a green lock with the word “Secure” or the business name in the bar next to the website address (other browsers show it differently). That website has SSL. This basically means that the connection between the person viewing your website and the computer where your website is in, is secured. The search engines want you to have this so badly that if you don’t your listings will be further down in the search results. Getting SSL may be a hassle depending on where you go to get it. There are both free and paid versions. Normally the paid version offers insurance, such as $1,000,000 if your business loses money due to a breach. Free versions don’t offer this insurance, but will still protect your site.

3. Maintenance

Going back to the car analogy, maintaining your website is like changing the oil and rotating the tires of your car. It’s not necessarily hard but time consuming and, depending on how your day is going, annoying. Unfortunately, if you want your car to run smoothly, and your website, it needs to be done. Either on a daily or weekly basis, you have to check to see if your theme and plugins have an update. If they do, you have to update them. Back it up on a regular basis. Check it against Google, McAfee, and others to make sure it’s not blacklisted. Again, it’s not hard, just time consuming. Especially if you have a lot of plugins on your site. Keep in mind, in order for you to properly maintain your website, it can take up to five hours per week. If your time was worth $75 per hour (and we know it’s worth more), that’s $1,500 per month to make sure it’s all running smoothly. Whoa!

4. Monitoring

Another thing you must do is monitor your website to make sure it does not go down. It does happen! Sometimes it’s due to your setup, sometimes it’s because of your hosting provider. When you’re bootstrapping (saving as much money as possible) this can be done by you. Just visit your website a few times a day (or at least once per day) and visit the main pages of your website. If you’re using WordPress, you can look for a plugin via the WordPress Plugin Repository for a plugin that checks for you, but keep in mind that the reliable ones do cost money.

5. Let Us Do it For You!

Finally, you can hire us to do it for you. Here, at Wild West Business Solutions, we provide our clients a full report of everything that happens on their websites on a monthly basis. This can sometimes be a twenty page report! So there is plenty to do to maintain your website. We offer an option that completely does it all for you and connects you to your own Account Manager. If you’re interested in having us fully manage your website, click the link above for more information.