WordPress powers in excess of 32% of all websites on the internet. It’s a brilliant Content Management System (CMS) that can be used by anybody, regardless of computer literacy or familiarity with how to build websites.
This is WordPress’s greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Since so many websites use WordPress, it is targeted by hackers and other nefarious entities in several ways.
In the coming articles, we’re going to discuss what owners and operators of WordPress websites should be aware of from a security perspective and what they can do in order to keep their WordPress website running securely for their customers.
SSL Certificates & HTTPS
An SSL Certificate is often called a ‘secure certificate’, this title is a bit misleading as even with a secure certificate, a website can still be insecure because website security is not just a single thing with an easy fix.
Unfortunately, we must talk tech for a minute, so we understand what an SSL certificate does so please bear with me… An SSL certificate does not secure a website on its own, it encrypts traffic between a user and a server. So when you visit my website, , it uses cryptographic techniques to scramble the data that is passed from the website when your computer asks for it. Once it has been received, your computer’s browser will use the certificate as a key to decrypt the scrambled data and display the website. This happens extremely quickly, as computers are good at this type of thing, whereas humans are not.
A secure certificate protects against a specific type of hack, called the ‘man-in-the-middle attack’ – it stops somebody sitting figuratively between the server and your computer in order to spoof the website you try to access, to intercept your personal data. It is for this reason that banks have used SSL certificates for so long, as the SSL certificate guarantees that the user is shown the correct website.
Google loves security, as we know. They said in 2014 that they would be moving towards ‘SSL everywhere’ and that they would give websites using SSL certificates a boost in search ranking.
Google is all about trust – the reason why websites rank higher than others is nothing more than Google saying that one website is more trusted to provide you the information you requested over another.
Installing an SSL certificate is a great way to enhance your website’s trust factor with Google, but website owners can be a bit Google-centric in their approach and forget that it’s their customers who will eventually buy from them.
Once You’ve Installed An SSL Certificate
When a website has an SSL certificate, the address bar goes a lovely shade of secure green for visiting customers and this isn’t just for those websites that sell products and take card details – the latest versions of all web browsers are showing those without SSL certificates as “Not Secure” so if your address bar doesn’t go green when you load it, let us know and we can help you out!
Find out more about WordPress security in the next article which will discuss the most important and easiest way to secure any WordPress website.
Our Website Design Services
A website that has been carefully designed to fit your exact needs and branding will help your business to establish itself online.
A professional website design is one of the most important factors in the success of an online business today.
Being the most used website builder in the world, WordPress offers a lot to anyone who uses it. Although it can be tricky, our team of experts have years of experience in building stunning, high performance WordPress sites that will become the perfect online home for your business.
E-Commerce is one of today’s fastest growing industries. To compete with longstanding businesses, you need a first-class website that’s functional yet aesthetic.
Our experienced team will work with you to create the perfect online store that is entirely coherent with your brand.
Websites for Businesses
We’ve been building incredible websites for businesses for a decade, it’s our absolute speciality. Before Dan started Webster Digital, he worked at an accountancy practice. While working there and studying accountancy, he picked up valuable insights into business that you won’t find with other website design and marketing agencies.
Websites for Schools
An updated, vibrant and functional school website shows that you’re a forward-thinking school who care about the way they communicate with students, parents and prospective parents alike.
By building a quality website that works on smartphones, tablets and desktops, it makes clear to all that you are a school who is ready for the future.
Websites for Charities
As a charity, it’s of paramount importance that every visitor you receive trusts you and is in confident in working with you. The most effective way to do this in 2020 is by having a well-designed and efficient website with a clear message.