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How to Make Sure Your Website is Safe and Secure

β€” 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 choose how it's built. The person who designs or develops your website gets to choose the code language, platform, template, plugins, credit card merchant, and third-party apps. Most designers and developers choose the right tools for the job. They'll also have 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.

For example, WordPress is a popular platform for building websites. It has good practices and lots of people who can help if something goes wrong.

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 will offer to build your website for you. This could be a friend or relative who knows a little bit about coding. But if they don't know what they're doing, they could make mistakes that lead to bad coding practices in your website.

For example, if they don't set up secure communication between systems like databases and credit card merchants, hackers could steal information 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.
  • Take regular backups of your website.

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, it's important to make sure that the person building your website knows what they're doing. If you're not sure about something, ask questions! And remember: don't overload your WordPress site with unnecessary plugins!