How to properly secure your website ? In this article, I would like to develop an important point concerning the security of your site: your content management system. It is a system for managing the content on your website, that is to say a CMS.
The CMS can be your blog, your forum or even your online store. It is generally a computer program and is supported by a publisher. The publisher offers you several versions and trust is established between you and this publisher as he will be responsible for updating his product and seeing all the flaws present, which he will have to correct and propose to you.
For you, the only constraint will be to choose an editor who updates its programs because a product that is not updated approximately every six months undeniably contains too important flaws from which you should absolutely stay away.
You should know that WordPress blogs benefit from plug-ins being in fact modifications of the main program thus allowing to add functionalities. Often, the WordPress plug-in is coded by an independent programmer or a third-party company who is responsible for maintaining its extension or plug-in.
There are thousands of plugins available, over 20,000 for WordPress plugins. However, a large part of these plug-ins are no longer updated. This may still work but the problem is that if you install “outdated” plug-ins you run the risk that they reintroduce into your software a flaw that was corrected by the software publisher previously. So be careful when installing a software extension. The extension must be maintained regularly and take into account in particular the essential safety principles.
About your web host, that is to say the person / company bringing your site online and providing the IT infrastructure for you to get your site online, know that it is more or less the same thing only for airlines. There is no one more secure web host than all the others among the leading web hosts. On the other hand, in the less known, there are very bad ones.
Most major web hosts will help you if you have a problem with their security backups, tips to help you know where the breach has occurred on your site but it’s not their job to secure your website.
Are you more secure if you buy all the plug-ins, designs and templates for your website yourself? In practice, not really. The fact that the tool is paid does not necessarily mean that it has better security.
The most important thing is to look at the reviews and reputation of the extensions. What is practical in extension comparison sites is that often a forum is added or a tool that will indicate a lot of practical information such as the date of the last update, the last vulnerabilities having been resolved, etc …
So keep in mind that you are not protected by a system on the pretext that it is paid. A lively and regularly updated system, even free, will guarantee you more security.