Last updated on April 26th, 2021. Posted in Web Design For Online Business.
If you’re concerned about keeping your website secure, then you’re in the right spot. One of the most important issues when running a website (especially an online business site) is keeping everything secure and locked down.
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Oddly though, this is a topic that’s rarely addressed. But securing your website, your business, and ultimately your ability to earn revenue online is a huge, huge priority. And the good news is, none of this is too technical or difficult. It just takes a bit of forethought and maybe some planning.
So let's take a look at 4 simple steps you can take to secure your business website.
Step 1: Make sure you use secure solid web hosting for your business. There are plenty of web hosting services available, but you want to make sure that you’re using a reputable host who takes your website’s security seriously. Never go with a web host based on cost alone.
In fact, I’ve zeroed in on three critical web hosting features a business website needs — and security is one of them! Finding a solid web hosting company can be tricky, but I recommend to my students to start with these three: Web Hosting Hub, SiteGround, and WP Engine.
I use all three of these web hosts for my various web projects, so I can confidently vouch for their strong security and awesome customer service. Check the Show Notes below this video for more info if you'd like.
In the meantime, whether you go with the recommendations I’m making here or are looking elsewhere for web hosting, just make sure you’re getting reliable, dependable service for your business website.
Step 2: Install an SSL certificate for your website. Do you know what SSL is? Have you heard of it before? It sounds technical, but once installed on your site, an SSL secures data that’s passed from your visitors to your website.
So for example, if your customer is purchasing something through your website, you'll need to secure their personal and financial information. This is made possible via an SSL certificate. The good news is, this isn’t a technical process at all (in fact, it requires absolutely no technical skill to set up).
Once again, look below in the Show Notes for more info on SSLs if you'd like. Most importantly, know that setting up an SSL on your site is mandatory -- you've gotta have one -- but also know that it's very simple to set up.
Step 3: Always use strong passwords. This almost goes without saying, but you’d be surprised how lazy people are with their passwords! When it comes to business though, we can’t be lazy! So make sure you’re using strong, lengthy passwords for all of your website’s key components.
I’m talking about your website’s admin console, your email, your web host’s customer area, FTP accounts...everything! And, be sure to use use unique passwords for each of these components.
To help you out, you can use a password generator, like passwordsgenerator.net or strongpasswordgenerator.com. And if storing and trying to remember all these passwords seems like it’ll be too much, just use a password manager like LastPass or Dashlane.
Step 4: Lastly, it’s critical to have a backup system or process in place for your website. This is another issue that really should go without saying. I can’t stress how important it is to back up your website on a regular basis.
At a minimum, I’d suggest backing up your website once a week. But really, even more frequently would be better. Daily is very good...especially if your website's updated with new content often. In order to set up a backup process, you can either do this manually or automatically.
An automated back-up system is very nice, because you don’t have to think about it. In fact, remember those three web hosting companies I recommended earlier? Each of them offers daily automated website backups.
That said, for extra security, you shouldn't be storing backups directly on your webserver. Instead, backups should be stored on a cloud drive of some kind or downloaded to your computer.
Why are backups so important? Well obviously, if something very bad happens to your website, if you have a recent backup, then you can have your business back online and selling to customers in a matter of minutes.
If you don’t have a data backup, you’d essentially be starting from scratch, all over again — you’d be out of business for a month or so until you can get yourself back up and running. So yeah...back your site up!
Alright so there are my checklist items for ensuring that your online business remains safe and secure at all times. Once again they where, Make sure you use secure solid web hosting for your business, Install an SSL certificate for your website, Always use strong passwords, and lastly Set up a website backup system.