Website Hosting. What is it and how to choose the best hosting company?

A web hosting service is required to allow your website to be displayed on the internet. The hosting service provider offers all the technologies and infrastructure required for the website to be made available and seen online. This includes servers on which your website is stored and hosted. Website hosting is usually measured in terms of the storage space your website is allocated on the server and the data transfer limit allowed.

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Choosing the Right Hosting Company

If you want to host a website, it is important to choose the right hosting company. There are several steps involved, including the following:

  • Read reviews from real users
  • Check their hosting packages and determine if they have the perfect plan for your needs
  • Make sure you are getting the right amount of disk space and bandwidth
  • Check the types and frequencies of backups they offer

You may think, why do I need website hosting, I can get a wix or shopify or wordpress.com website for free or small monthly fee without hosting. This is not completely true as they charge their hosting server fee within these prices and you have limited options compared to having a self-hosted website. Read my Quick guide to compare popular website platforms.

My Favourite Website Hosting Options

1. SiteGround

SiteGround Hosting was founded in 2004 that promotes itself as a high-quality hosting service provider. The plans start at $3.95 per month and there are many reasons for choosing it for hosting your site. Some of the highlights of this web host include:

  • Supercacher: This is SiteGround’s proprietary technology solution that features multiple layers of caching to load your pages faster.
  • Free Site Migration: The host offers free site migration services that take around 5 hours to complete.
  • Free SSL Certificate: Make your website more secure and improve your SEO rankings with free SSL certificate.

Other key features include unlimited bandwidth, PHP 7 support, quality customer support, and single-click WordPress installation among others.

Downsides- I have worked with loads of clients using site ground and a lot of people say that after a year or 2 they tend to increase the hosting price allot, so keep this in mind.

2. InMotion Hosting

InMotion Hosting is among the most recommended web hosting services for business sites of different sizes. The plans start at $6.39/mo. It offers an excellent combination of high performance, quality customer service, and high reliability. It offers several Linux-based packages, making it a versatile provider. Some of the key features include:

  • Linux based hosting & cPanel
  • Unlimited bandwidth & disk space
  • Unlimited emails
  • Free SSL certificate, SSD & free domain
  • Starter plan allows hosting 2 websites. Host unlimited websites on Pro Plan ($14.71/mo)
  • Offers series of marketing tools

3. Hostinger

Hostinger offers a combination of quality web hosting and affordability. Plans start at just $2.15/mo. The company was founded in 2004 and has become a reputed brand in the industry. With over 29 million clients worldwide, it is a major web hosting service provider. Hostinger also offers free web hosting service under its 000WebHost brand name. Some of its main features include reliable uptime, excellent customer support, and fast loading. It claims uptime of over 99.9% and manages to keep the promise.

The main reasons for choosing Hostinger include:

  • Faster Load Times: The web host has servers in the US, UK, and Asia, ensuring that pages load faster for visitors from different geographies. Its average load time is reliably fast. In fact, studies show that it is twice as fast as the industry average.
  • 100GB Bandwidth: Starter plan features 100GB of bandwidth and 10GB of storage space. All the other plans offer (starting from $3.49/mo) unlimited SSD disk space and bandwidth.
  • MySQL Database: Host 1 database with the starter plan. Unlimited MySQL databases are available with other plans.
  • Quality Customer Support: Not only is the customer support of high quality, the support team can be reached through live chat, support ticket, and other options.

 4. Synergy (Thomas Web Designs own Hosting Server)

We have our own hosting server that allot of our clients choose to use as then they don’t need to worry about managing their website hosting. They can simply give us a text, call or email and we will handle everything for them.

  • Free Site Migration: We offer free site migration services and can have this done within 24 hours.
  • Free SSL Certificate: Make your website more secure and improve your SEO rankings with free SSL certificate.
  • Fast Server: This allows you to have your website running at less than 5 seconds.
  • Weekly Backup’s
  • Updates: We update your plugins and themes on a monthly basis.

Our prices start at $149 per year.

These are some of the most trusted web hosting brands in the industry. These companies have been providing quality services for more than a decade and have continued to meet or exceed industry standards.

About Me

I’m Jacinta Thomas, also known as your humble wordpress web design tech whiz and online marketing consultant.

I’m a reserved yet highly motivated and adaptable digital marketing expert ready to use my online marketing knowledge to help your business be seen online and ramp up your sales. I love horses, dogs, cats, country music, chocolate and most of all helping people.

I help family focused entrepreneurs build top ranking, self-managed websites, help work through any wordpress tech issues and get set up with hosting, blogging, SEO and social media, so they can earn more money and live their dream life.

If you’re ready to get your business online, and seen on social media and all search engines then check out my blog, biz resources, jump into my free Facebook group and of course contact me at any time.

The Ultimate Website Checklist

Is your website up and running or are you about to launch it?

Having a website checklist is essential to make sure nothing is missing from your website and you have dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s.

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Let’s cover all the essentials here.

1. SECURITY. As so many people use website building tools to create their website, hackers know where to log in to your website back end, they then use little evil bots to try and guess your login details and if your website is out of date or you have an easy login username then this can make it easier for them to hack

The main reason hackers want to access your website is to hijack your website traffic, by adding code that links back to their own websites. Read through my blog post Website security for WordPress and check out our website maintenance packages to help keep your website secure.

2. SPAM PREVENTION. If you have a blog or allow comments on your pages, products etc then you need to have a good Antispam plugin. This is to prevent random spam comments.

Some businesses try to divert your website traffic to their pages, so they might add a comment like “Great post, check out…….” And they then link it back to their website. This is called black hat SEO and can lower your search rankings as well by having links to non-suitable websites.

Using an anti-spam plugin adds a hidden field that will recognise if the comment is from a real-life person or a bot and filters out bad bot comments. I recommend any WordPress users use Akismet or anti-spam by Webvitaly plugins.

3. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION. It’s all good to create a website or have one created for you, however, if it’s not optimized for search engines you will never rank in the first few searches for your keywords. For WordPress users, I recommend the Yoast SEO plugin. Also make sure your website is linked to google search console. Once this is done your website will then be submitted to Google. You can do this through the Bing search engine tool as well.

4. WEBSITE ANALYTICS. To help improve your website sales you need to monitor your website visitors. This can be achieved through setting up a google analytics account and linking it to your website. For WordPress users, I recommend Google Analytics for WordPress by Monster Insights so you can monitor your visitors from your website dashboard.

5. WEBSITE BACKUP. Most hosting providers back up  your website on either a weekly or monthly basis. However, if something happens to their backup you will want to have access to a backup yourself. Plus hosting providers often charge to restore a backup – another reason you should already have a backup ready. For WordPress users, my personal favourite plugin is UpdraftPlus Backups.

6. PRIVACY POLICY. These are actually required by law, if you collect personal data from users such as name, email, address etc from newsletter sign ups, an online contact form, shopping cart etc. In fact, Google and other search engines say that if you display your privacy policy on your website then they will rank you above some that doesn’t display one. Emma from ‘The Remote Expert’ can help you draw one up from just A$99. Connect with Emma today

7. TERMS & CONDITIONS. There are 2 different Terms and Conditions agreements you need for your website. Both i believe are essential so I highly recommended that you develop at least one of them and add it onto your website.  Emma is a lawyer from ‘The Remote Expert’ that I recommend to help you get set up with your Terms.

The first one is called ‘Online terms and conditions’ (or Website or Terms of Use, or Disclaimer.) This helps limit your exposure to risk and liability of being sued if a customer takes you to court because of your website content. Having these Online or Website Terms and conditions will protect you where there are errors on your website from your content or your visitor’s comments. Help protect you from copycats (Your copyright) and specify which country/ state you operate from and which laws apply to your business, privacy plus a few other things.

The second one is called ‘Sales Terms and Conditions’ (or Service Agreement, Business Terms etc) go further than your website terms and actually regulate how a customer must comply for when they buy your products or services. So if you sell good or services through your website then these ones are required and help you be protected. Including protection against damages from clients, copycats stealing all of your intellectual property and ideas, Privacy, Consumer Law, Complaints Policy etc 

Need help with any of these Terms? Complete this form and I will connect you with Emma my amazing Lawyer friend.

8. FAVICON This is that little icon that sits on the internet address bar. It is normally a smaller version of your website or the image icon. Favicons are great for people who have multiple website tabs open or who have bookmarked your website, as it helps to identify your website’s brand.

9.COPYRIGHT Using the copyright symbol, the date and the phrase ‘All rights reserved’ was formerly used as a notice to protect a publisher’s copyright under copyright law. For example © 2013 Janie Doe.  All rights reserved. Though including this is no longer required for parties to the Berne Convention of 2000, it is still a useful reminder to others that the work may not lawfully be copied by others.

10. LICENSING. Have you checked that all your fonts, media and images are either free to use or properly licensed for use? Also, ensure you have not copied any website content directly from any other websites or books.

11. BLOG Even if you are not a blogger, all websites need to have a blog. You can call these ‘articles’, ‘news’, ‘information’ etc. It helps to keep your website up-to-date and fresh and to encourage visitors to returnto look for more information and potentially buy your products or services. Also, importantly, the more site visitors you have the better your website will rank in search engine rankings. We can help you create blog posts to improve your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

12. LOCATION Even if you work from home, having your location listed is essential. Why? This is part of your local SEO and will help you rank in search engines for your town. It’s also easy to start local – most people trust and prefer local businesses. This doesn’t mean you have to include your full address, but do list your town, state, and country. If you are a location-based business then make sure you include a map that links to directions, so people can easily find you.

13. SPELLING I was terrible at English and I still am.  To help check your website for grammar and spelling errors, I use a program called Grammarly. Grammarly holds my hand and corrects any misspelled words and incorrect sentences, whilst editing a Word document, website or any other file.

14. SSL CERTIFICATE. Having an SSL certificate is one way to tell if the website you are visiting is secure. It means that rather than having the http:// in front of your domain name you will have https:// to state it is a secure and trustworthy website. Having an SSL certificate is essential for your website –  it is then more likely to rank higher in search engines. Talk to us about arranging for an SSL certificate for your website.

15. SPEED You need to check your website is running fast so your visitors don’t become frustrated and leave. Check your website speed via free services like GT Metrix or Pingdom. They will not only tell you your speed but also what might be causing your website to run slowly, e.g. large images.. If your website is running over 8 seconds and you have optimized everything (We can help you optimize your website speed) then you may want to consider changing to a faster, more reliable host such as Siteground or our own  website hosting services.

16. SOCIAL LINKS & SHARES. If you are not on Facebook then you’re definitely missing out on potential clients, but that’s for another day! I know I like to stay connected and remember businesses so I always follow and share them on Facebook and Instagram. Other customers might prefer platforms such as who Twitter or Pinterest. So make sure you have at least one social media account for your business that is linked to your website and that potential customers have the ability to share your products and services to all social media platforms. It becomes more free advertising for you if someone shares one of your products or services in this way.

17. OPT IN/ CALL OF ACTION/ NEWSLETTER/ EMAIL FUNNEL SEQUENCE. A lot of people don’t buy from you the first time. They might look at your website, remember some awesome products/services, but then leave. 6 months later they think about that product or service but have totally forgotten your business name. They search for your products/services but they come across a similar item online and buy from that source instead. That could have been your sale! If you have an opt-in/call to action button for them to get a 10% discount for first-time buyers, or other ‘carrots’ such as a free guide etc you can then regularly send them newsletters through an email funnel sequence. This means your business will keep popping up in their head so when they are ready to buy that product, they know exactly where to find it.- your website. I personally recommend Mailerlite as email marketing platform.

18. TESTIMONIALS Having testimonials on your website is a great way for a potential customer to read what clients already think about you, while givingthem more confidence to buy your product or service.

19. SEARCH TOOLS- If a person can’t find what they are looking for then they are more likely to leave your website if you don’t have a search tool on your site. A search tool allows customers to use keywords to search for what they want.

20. CONTENT–Having a clear focus of who you are, what you do and how you can help your ideal customer is essential so your website visitors can judge if you can meet their needs. Make sure your website content talks directly to your ideal customer.

21. ABOUT PAGE.Yes, it’s scary as hell to put yourself out there. I have spent over 9 years being hidden away, not wanting anyone to know my name or what I look like. But if someone connects with you then they are more likely to use and recommend you in business. So add a photo and include some personal information on how you started the business, your experience and even some details about your hobbies, fave food etc. Since doing this, my own business has doubled.

22. GENERAL SETTINGS. Check all your settings are correct (WordPress users click on Settings and General in their dashboard) from tagline, email address and time zone settings. Also under Settings and Readings make sure ‘Allow Search Engine Indexing’ is unticked.

23. PERMALINKS To make sure your website is user and search engine friendly it’s best practice not to use numbers or dates in your page and post URLs WordPress users can go to Settings and Permalinks in their dashboard and make sure the common setting is set as ‘post name’.

24. CLEAN UP. To save clutter remove all pages and posts that are not being used, e.g. sample and demo content, as your sitemap will otherwise be filled up with unnecessary pages and posts. Check and remove unused images as well, as this will help to clean up the disc space of your website. Also go through and disable and/or delete unused plugin functions as this will also help to speed up your website.

25. MOBILE FRIENDLY. Test that your website is mobile friendly and looks good on different browsers. Google has a free mobile-friendly test available at https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly and using a tool like Browsershots is very useful.

26. MONITORING. It’s good practice to set up an uptime monitoring service. This basically alerts you when your website is down. No hosting provider can guarantee 100% uptime so once in a while they may have a glitch meaning that your website is down for a few seconds. downnotifier.com offers a free service to monitor your website.

27. BROKEN LINKS. We often change page names and links so it’s a good idea to check for broken links. Google Search Console will alert you of these but I also love using https://error404.atomseo.com

28. FORMSYou should double check that all your forms work properly, from contact forms through to booking forms and shopping carts. This helps to avoid frustrated customers.

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About Me

I’m Jacinta Thomas, also known as your humble wordpress web design tech whiz and online marketing consultant.

I’m a reserved yet highly motivated and adaptable digital marketing expert ready to use my online marketing knowledge to help your business be seen online and ramp up your sales. I love horses, dogs, cats, country music, chocolate and most of all helping people.

I help family-focused entrepreneurs build top-ranking, self-managed websites, help work through any WordPress tech issues and get set up with hosting, blogging, SEO and social media, so they can earn more money and live their dream life.

If you’re ready to get your business online, and seen on social media and all search engines then check out my blog, biz resources, jump into my free Facebook group and of course contact me at any time.

Amazing websites to find professional stunning stock images

When it comes to creating online content, there is always a need for high-quality images. It is a well-known fact that images speak better than words.

Whether you are creating new blog posts or need quality images for your websites, or social media you will always need stock images that can attract and impress your visitors. There are many websites claiming to offer stock images, either for a price or for free. So how do you choose the right one that can specifically address your needs?

Here are some of my favourite websites where you can find stock images.

1. Negative Space

Negative Space is a UK based website that uploads new free stock images every week. The site offers all the photos in its inventory without any copyright limitations. The platform allows contributors to add their high-quality images. Negative Space allows you to subscribe to its newsletters that keep you updated about new image additions.

You can find images under all the common categories ranging from technology to architecture. The site makes it easier to filter through its gallery. The collection is sorted not just according to category, but also on colour and copy space position.

2. Pexels

Pexels is a popular website offering free stock photos. Similar to Negative Space, it allows users from worldwide to upload their images. All additions go are curated to ensure that only high-quality images are added. The site allows you to browse photos based on themes like locations, emotions, and more. It also allows you to search for anything specific. It is widely popular amongst the designing community.

3. Death to Stock

This stock photos website has a unique system. It allows you to subscribe to their service and the latest sets of images are sent to your inbox on a monthly basis. However, it also allows you to search for the required images. Death to Stock has both free and paid plans. The premium plan costs $15 a month. Interestingly, the company uses the profits generated for funding photo-shooting trips to keep growing its inventory.

4. Pixabay

Pixabay offers a huge inventory of stock photos in the public domain. It has over 0.78 million free images, illustrations, and vectors. It has a simple user interface that makes it easier for everyone to navigate and find the required images. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t offer advanced filter options. You can filter your search query using the following factors from the search bar:

  • Media Type
  • Colour
  • Orientation
  • Minimum Dimensions

5. Canva

I love canva as well as having amazing stock images i do all my designs for my social media on here and create basic logo’s for clients that need something temporary while their logo is being designed. It has both free and paid images from $1usd. It’s a much have tool for any business do it yourselfer.

There are many other popular websites for finding stock images.

Almost all are equal in terms of the size of their image databases and features. This includes HubSpot, Picjumbo, Gratisography, Unsplash, Creative Market, Big stock and Life of Pix amongst others. Most of these platforms offer both free and premium memberships for different types of users.

There is also an easier way to each for stock images directly though google, watch my video now.

About Me

I’m Jacinta Thomas, also known as your humble wordpress web design tech whiz and online marketing consultant.

I’m a reserved yet highly motivated and adaptable digital marketing expert ready to use my online marketing knowledge to help your business be seen online and ramp up your sales. I love horses, dogs, cats, country music, chocolate and most of all helping people.

I help family focused entrepreneurs build top ranking, self-managed websites, help work through any wordpress tech issues and get set up with hosting, blogging, SEO and social media, so they can earn more money and live their dream life.

If you’re ready to get your business online, and seen on social media and all search engines then check out my blog, biz resources, jump into my free Facebook group and of course contact me at any time.

Affordable Business Directories To Help Your Niche Business Soar

If you read my blog post on The best 27 Business Directory Websites in Australia to advertise your business on then you would already have your business listed on some great local business directories. However what if your business services more areas then just the town you live in? Or are you trying to attract a certain type of person to your business to suit your niche?

Collaborating and promoting on business directories that zone in on your ideal client or location can help you boost traffic, search engine rankings and improve your brand awareness.

Plus a lot of these business directories have the first month free or low-cost advertising options and include much more then a local business directory can. As well as advertising your business on their websites most of these smaller business directories will promote you on their social media and allow you to add a blog post or two on their website. All this being great for SEO and will give your business more exposure.

Let’s get to that list

Local Business Directories

The Inner West Mums is a large community website with over 22000 members and covers areas including Balmain, Burwood,  Camperdown, Croydon, five dock, Leichhardt, Newtown, Rhodes, Strathfield and all the areas around within NSW

Darwin Family Life is your local guide to everything family in Darwin Northern Territory.

Mainly Living The Ultimate Guide for Mainly NSW Locals.

 

Services for Families

Kinly An online marketplace & booking platform, dedicated to connecting families to local services including Party & events, baby & parenting services, travel, health & wellbeing, kids activities and lessons, photography and much more. For every booking made Kinly donates to a life-supporting impact to a child, family or community living in poverty. It’s free to join and feature your services! Kinly charges only a small booking fee when you get your service booked and paid for.

 

Parenting Products

Mummee Market. A one-stop shop from all maternity to parenting needs. “So if you have a product or service that can help other Mums and their little ones we want you to join us.”

 

Baby Products

Kindershare A place that Connects owners and renters of baby equipment together.

 

Activities for Kids

Creative Mum Life. Educating kids with fun activites and resources for busy mums of creative kids.

 

Tea, Coffee, and Chocolate

The Caffeine Trifecta All things Coffee, tea and chocolate from café to shops and products around Australia.

 

Sustainable Living/ eco-living/ Off Grid

Our Small Foot Print is an online directory of resources to help others who may decide to live simpler and more sustainable lives.

 

 

Camping

Family friendly camping. The best place to find family-friendly camping and accommodation.

 

Cleaning products and Services

The Cleaning Emporium Everything related to cleaning including products for sale and cleaning businesses around Australia.

 

Health/ Wellbeing

Wellfulness is a place to help you start living the life you deserve, a life of purpose, balance and connection. Find businesses related to nutrition, self-care, coaching and alternative therapies.

My Healing Hub is a directory to find alternative health practitioners.

 

Holistic, spiritual and alternative services

Zensational life. A safe and welcoming place promoting personal development and mental wellbeing. Find courses, retreats, products and services.

 

kids clothes, fashion, and accessories

St Cloudkids is your online directory for the latest in clothing and accessories for babies and kids.

Down Peony Lane. The Down Peony Lane collection features unique and beautiful fashion for girls from boutique designers including flower girl wear to everyday clothing and accessories.

 

Wedding

Wedding Connected. Looking for a wedding expert from celebrant to wedding planner, venue to dress shop, you will find everything in one spot for your perfect day.

 

Digital Mums from Web designers, Social Media experts, SEO etc

Digital Mums Directory is a place for Digital Mums to connect.

 

This is just the start of my list as I will be adding on every month so make sure you bookmark this page or comment below if you are looking for a particular business directory to advertise on.

 

About Me

I’m Jacinta Thomas, also known as your humble wordpress web design tech whiz and online marketing consultant.

I’m a reserved yet highly motivated and adaptable digital marketing expert ready to use my online marketing knowledge to help your business be seen online and ramp up your sales. I love horses, dogs, cats, country music, chocolate and most of all helping people.

I help family focused entrepreneurs build top ranking, self-managed websites, help work through any wordpress tech issues and get set up with hosting, blogging, SEO and social media, so they can earn more money and live their dream life.

If you’re ready to get your business online, and seen on social media and all search engines then check out my blog, biz resources, jump into my free Facebook group and of course contact me at any time.

11 ways to tighten up your Website Security for WordPress

I love working with WordPress as a Website design platform as it offers so many easy functions, however, it can be a tricky job to keep WordPress websites secure. Many statistics have proved that hackers target WordPress websites more, and many WordPress website developers or owners aren’t aware of its security measures. It means WordPress gets vulnerable attacks if you don’t have proper security measures hence why my team and I have pulled together some useful security tips for making your website more secure and stable.  

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

Below are some important tips on how to secure your website and stop it getting hacked.

1. Set up Website Lockdown

This security feature is very important, if you fear your website of getting vulnerable attacks from hackers or competitors. This Lockdown feature can solve a huge problem of login failure attempts.  It means, whenever there’s a repetitive hacking attempt with wrong passwords, the website will get locked and the owner will get notification for this unauthorized forceful login activity, i.e. no more continuous forceful attempts. Wordfence or iThemes Security plugin can be best for security measures since it prevents forceful login attempt attacks. By using this plugin you can specify a certain number of failed login attempts, after which the plugin bans the attacker’s IP address.

 

2. Using 2-Factor Authentication Feature

At the login page, using a 2-factor authentication (2FA) feature is also good for security measure. This is one of the lost secure forms of authentication as the attacker would need to know your username, password and have access to your mobile phone to receive the code or be able to answer secret question etc to login.  The Wordfence Premium or Itheme Premium plugins can use this.

3. Using a hard Login Username

Using a hard to guess username is a more secure approach. The reasons are quite obvious, as user names can be easily predicted, if it’s something like admin, administrator or a domain email address. Using your name or you name with middle name or surname and year of birth or a personal email as you’re username can be beneficial for this purpose and stops people from easily guessing.

4.Login Page URL Renaming

When attackers or hackers know your website login page direct URL, they can try to brute force. They attack by trying to log in with their GWD (Guess Work Database, i.e. a database of guessed usernames and passwords, (e.g. username: admin and password: p@ssword and billions of such passwords). By default, the WordPress login page can be accessed easily via wp-login.php or wp-admin added to the site’s main URL. Changing the login URL is an easy thing to do therefore you should replace the login URL and get rid of 99% of direct brute force attacks.

5. Change Your Passwords Frequently

Always keep a habit to change the website’s passwords regularly, Always use strong passwords by adding uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers or special characters. Password generator is a useful resource to get variations of strong passwords. This helps to secure your website and avoid harmful attacks from hackers.

6. WP-Admin Directory Protection

The heart of any word press website is wp-admin directory, so if this part of your website gets attacked then the entire website can be damaged badly. The best possible way to avoid attacker is to have the wp-admin directory password protected. Whenever any changes is need to the wp-admin directory you can access it with the password you have assigned for that protection. You can either manually code the .htaccess file or get hold of the AskApache Password Protect Plugin for securing complete admin area. It auto generates a .htpasswd file, which can be configured for password permissions.

7.Using SSL to Encrypt Data

One of the smart moves is to secure your admin panel by using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate. This helps to secure data transfer between server and the browser, which makes very hard for an attacker to hack the connection. You can purchase SSL certificate for your word press website from dedicated hosting companies. SSL certificate also gives better ranking in search engines as such web sites should be secure to visit.

8.Secure Your Files and Data Base from Threats

Most of the threats attack website’s data base and files therefore you have to use extra security to avoid such attacks by monitoring everything.  This can be easily done with the Wordfence or the Ithemes premium security plugin. This plugin gives protection from all the latest threats and guards the data base and files from malicious attacks done by hackers. Wordfence plugin also provides firewall and scan option.

9.Take Regular Back Ups

Always have a habit to take complete website back up, no matter how much secure is your word press website is. Keeping an off-site complete backup always benefits you to restore your word press website and keep it in a working state any time. There is an inbuilt option in word press for back up of the data base and files. But you can also have plugin to backup and restore them back to the website. My personal favourite plugin is UpdraftPlus Backups.

10.Update Plugins Regularly

Serious troubles can occur if you aren’t updating your word press theme or plug in. Remember updates are to fix bugs and security threats. Every software product gets supported by the developers and gets updated now and then, but word press gets updated frequently. These updates fix bugs and also have important security patches. Hackers usually target websites that aren’t updated on a regular basis. So get serious and start updating your word press, but be careful of badly coded plugins when updating as this can cause your website to crash, so if you don’t feel comfortable, get your website tech person to manage these updates.

11. Remove WordPress Version Details

Anybody can easily find your word press website version number, as it can be viewed in source code of the website. Hiding it can prevent the hacker to attack the website. So you can use security plug-in that will hide your word press version details or add some code to remove it.

Conclusion

Everything mentioned in this article will help to secure your word press website, if you follow them correctly and take right measures you will always get benefited and make it tricky for a hacker to attack your website.

 

About Me

I’m Jacinta Thomas, also known as your humble wordpress web design tech whiz and online marketing consultant.

I’m a reserved yet highly motivated and adaptable digital marketing expert ready to use my online marketing knowledge to help your business be seen online and ramp up your sales. I love horses, dogs, cats, country music, chocolate and most of all helping people.

I help family focused entrepreneurs build top ranking, self-managed websites, help work through any wordpress tech issues and get set up with hosting, blogging, SEO and social media, so they can earn more money and live their dream life.

If you’re ready to get your business online, and seen on social media and all search engines then check out my blog, biz resources, jump into my free Facebook group and of course contact me at any time.

Maybe I do need an SSL Certificate.

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) this provides security of sensitive details such as client contact details, login details, and credit card information between a web browser and a server. Having an SSL enables these details to remain encrypted so they can only be read by the authorized server. I always went off the old advise that unless you where handling credit card payments directly from your website then you didn’t need an SSL. If you offered PayPal then you didn’t need one as they have their own inbuilt security.

However, things have changed.

 

Yes, the above is still true however, you may have noticed over the last few months that on search engines some websites have a little padlock as shown below and some do not.

This is one way you tell if the website is secure. The other way is to see when you type the website address in the search engine. E.g. if you type in www.yoursitename.com and if the s doesn’t appear after the http then the site is not secure. Any secure website, whether you type in the www. Or the http:// or the http://www. Then the secure websites will automatically add the s in after the http. If you have a secure website and this doesn’t happen, then chances are the SSL is not set up correctly.

So why do I need an SSL Certificate for my website?

The first reason is that google has decided to change why it ranks one website above the rest and guess what, it prefers secure websites. Go ahead google something and see if the first few websites that come up have an SSL. Yes, yes I hear you are saying there are a few sites up the top without SSL, that’s most likely is that they rank higher due to other factors, but getting an SSL will defiantly help you get up the top faster.

Now google actually started ranking websites back in 2014, so we all must be a little behind, but I’m definitely in a hurry to catch up as 2 out of 3 of my businesses and heaps of my clients websites are ranked in the top 4 results in google for their keyword, but I did notice the drop over the last few years, so I really pushed and the few I added an SSL to went back to their top ranking places again. Check out google blog here.

Lately, with so many people getting hit with credit card fraud, some people won’t purchase or even visit someone’s website if it’s not secure, so adding one on will increase your sales and customer trust.

What’s the go with the FREE SSL Certificates?

If you have a website that doesn’t collect sensitive information about your clients such as home address, credit card details then if you’re hosting company allows, then I would recommend you install a free SSL. Downfalls- However not all hosting companies offer this and if you’re not very technical, it can take up a bit of time to install. Also, free SSL certificates need to be renewed every 3 months.

Why should I pay for an SSL Certificate?

Paid SSL certificates come with a certificate seal as well as warranty to ensure the user against loss of money when purchasing from a website with a paid SSL certificate. They also provide liability protection then a Free SSL. This means that if their is a data breach on your website then, you are insured based on your warranty level.  I offer SSL certificates from $10,000 to $250,000 warranty.

What’s best for me?

SSL

Please note, that if you have hosting with another company, then some providers require you to be on certain hosting packages etc before you can install an SSL, so an extra charge may be payable so please check, or contact us first.

What do the Paid SSL certificates cost?

$10,000 Warranty $45 per year.

$100,000 Warranty $130 per year.

$250,000 Warranty $270 per year.

10-25% off if purchase for 2 years, or  3 years.

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About Me

I’m Jacinta Thomas, also known as your humble wordpress web design tech whiz and online marketing consultant.

I’m a reserved yet highly motivated and adaptable digital marketing expert ready to use my online marketing knowledge to help your business be seen online and ramp up your sales. I love horses, dogs, cats, country music, chocolate and most of all helping people.

I help family focused entrepreneurs build top ranking, self-managed websites, help work through any wordpress tech issues and get set up with hosting, blogging, SEO and social media, so they can earn more money and live their dream life.

If you’re ready to get your business online, and seen on social media and all search engines then check out my blog, biz resources, jump into my free Facebook group and of course contact me at any time.