To keep your blog or website secure is important, because you don’t want to lose all your work that you have worked so hard, to produce. There are some free ways to do this and some paid ways to do this, it’s up to you.
What Platform Do You Use?
- If you blog with Blogger.com, it’s owned by Google. They sort of own your blog, so you don’t have that much control as to whether they decide to take it down. This makes many people nervous. Having said that, unless you are blogging about bringing Google down (!), they are unlikely to pull the site.
- If you use Squarespace, this is hosted by them so pretty secure. Kate Scott has a good post on how to keep your content safe on this popular platform.
- If you use hosted WordPress, this is more for non-profits and charities. It’s hosted by WordPress and pretty secure. Visit the WordPress site for info on how to back up content.
- If you use a hosted site (not WordPress), ask your host how to secure your secure your site. However often you may be charged for each change, which is why many prefer a blog host, so they can make changes themselves).
If you use self-hosted WordPress, there are several options.
- Beautiful Dawn Designs has a good post on how to protect your site from hackers. You should immediately change your login from ‘admin’ to something more secure.
- Tiny Blue Orange has good instructions on how to do this (the founder runs a good blog on WordPress security).
- They recommend LastPass to store your passwords.
- If run a business that uses several passwords for security, you may like to take her free online course Heckin Passwords to learn how to find unique secure passwords that are easy to remember.
WordPress Security Plugins
If you have a lot of content, you may wish to use a plugin that backs up your site. So if you press the wrong button (!), you can just press one button again, and restore it all. Phew!
Keep WordPress Up To Date
Occasionally, you will a note to update WordPress or themes. Always keep these updated, as it enhances your security. This is also a good reason to use an up-to-date theme. If your theme is no longer on sale, it’s worth switching to another good theme, as some older themes may cause security issues, with later releases of WordPress or Genesis.
Migrate Your Site to SSL
Download the free plugin Really Simple SSL, then ask your host how to secure your site. Most just involve linking it with the site (it costs around £20 a year). Once done, you will see a padlock in the URL (see above for this site). This is very important for online shops, because if it shows ‘not secure’, it makes people nervous, if they are visiting a site (many people won’t touch online shops without it). Your domain then becomes https://www.mysite.com rather than http:www.mysite.com (this shows that your site is secure).