How Do I Know My Site Is Secure?

Keeping your site secure is, of course, incredibly important for your business. Not only does it keep your clients safe online but it also means your website is always doing its job – and helping you to convert!

But where to start? It can be a bit of a nightmare doing anything with a website, especially if you’re not 100% sure what exactly you’re doing. 

Fear not! Here are my 5 top tips for keeping your website safe.

1. Enforce HTTPS

The first thing to check is that you have https enforced on your site. You’ll know if it is because you’ll see either a padlock symbol or the word “secure” at the front of your url bar. This means that your site is delivered to the user via a secure, encrypted transfer rather than an open transfer that can be tracked easily.

You can do this through your hosting provider – check with them how they have it set up.

2. Keep it updated

The next priority is to keep all the software that your site uses up-to-date. That means the platform software and any plugins that your site has. The quickest way to leave your site vulnerable to viruses, malware or other attacks is to let software get out-of-date.

Why so many updates? Well, some of them add awesome new functions that help you run your website more easily. But most of them are patches that close up any gaps in security. So pretty darn important!

3. Know what you're installing

You also need to be diligent when adding new plugins to your site. Do a bit of research  (or ask your web developer!) and check that the plugin is what it says it is, not a trojan horse. If you’re at all in doubt – don’t add it! It’s just not worth the risk.

4. Lockdown your login

The next step is to make sure that your login protocols are strong. Nearly 10% of websites are hacked simply due to weak passwords. Make sure that:

  1. You never use “admin” as a username.
  2. You use strong passwords.
  3. You change passwords regularly.
 

It is also a good idea to consider adding two-factor authentication to your site as well. Yes, it makes it slightly harder for you to log in quickly and easily – but it makes it MUCH harder for a hacker. Worth those extra few seconds, right?

5. Back it up

Once your site is on https, up-to-date and has a secure login, you need to make sure that you are backing it up. That way, if the worst happens and your site is hacked or infected, you can restore it quickly and easily. If you don’t have a backup, you could end up having to completely rebuild the site from scratch – expensive and time-consuming!

Check with your hosting provider – a good provider should be running regular malware scans and backups of your site. If not, you might want to consider changing providers or employing someone to manage backups for you.

 

If you’d like support with ensuring your site stays safe and secure, check out my Site Maintenance package – a great way to get peace of mind!

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How much does a website cost?

Good question!

And as with many such questions, the answer is “It depends!”

Professionally built websites can start from around £500 for a very simple build but can easily head up towards £2000-£10,000+ for larger or more bespoke projects. 

You need to consider what your website needs to be able to do in order to make it work well for your business.

Do you need a “shop window” that showcases your products or services and helps your clients to build confidence in your skills and quality?

Do you need a specific functionality such as a booking or payment platform?

How soon do you need your site to be ready?

All of these factors will be taken into consideration when your web developer puts together a quote for you. Best advice? Make sure you know what you want and communicate that clearly with your developer.

And if you’re not sure what you need yet, ask! If you can give your developer an overview of your business and what you want to achieve, they should be able to guide you on the kind of site that will best suit you.