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How to Make Sure Your Website is Safe and Secure

โ€” Alexandra Ardelean

When you're not a developer, it can be hard to understand the coding that goes into a website. But it's important to trust that your developer knows what they're doing. In this lesson, we'll talk about how to make sure your website is safe and secure.

Ethical Website Ownership

When you own a website, you don't always get to decide how it's built. The designer or developer typically chooses the code language, platform, template, plugins, payment processors, and third-party apps. Most professionals in this field select the appropriate tools for the task at hand and have valid reasons for their choices.

Some developers might not tell you everything about your website. They might think they're protecting you from being overwhelmed with information. But as the owner of a publicly accessible website, it's important for you to understand what's going on.

Here are some ways to understand your website better:

  • Have a video call with your developer and ask them to show you around your website.
  • Ask your developer to create a document with notes about all the different elements on your website.

Best Practices in Tool Selection

Most developers use popular tools and environments for building websites. They do this because these tools have strong support and growth roadmaps. This means that if something goes wrong with your website, it will be easier to find someone who can help fix it.

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If you're working with a contractor who has expertise in a specific platform or coding language, trust that they know what they're doing.

Risks of Inexperienced Developers

Sometimes, people who aren't experts in web development may offer to build your website. This could be a friend or relative with some coding knowledge. However, if they lack the necessary skills, they might make mistakes that result in poor coding practices on your website.

For instance, if they fail to establish secure communication channels between systems such as databases and credit card processors, hackers might be able to intercept data from your website.

As the owner of a publicly accessible website, it's important for you to educate yourself about security issues related to your website. If someone else is building your website for you, make sure they know what they're doing.

Maintenance for Safety and Security

Websites need regular maintenance to keep them safe and secure. This is especially true for websites with lots of plugins and a theme like WordPress. Here are some best practices:

  • Update plugins and themes regularly.
  • Scan for viruses regularly.
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If this sounds like too much work, consider working with a professional who offers care plans for maintaining the safety and security of your website.

In conclusion, ensuring that the person developing your website is competent is crucial. If unclear about any aspect, ask questions! Remember: refrain from burdening your WordPress site with superfluous plugins.