Did you know that 86 per cent of websites have at least one serious security flaw, the 2015 Website Security Statistics report suggests? Nearly 55 per cent of retail and healthcare sites are vulnerable all of the time.
Depending on the manner in which it has been developed and the types of data that you work with, your website could be subjected to a range of security risks. It’s imperative to protect your product and the sensitive data that customers share with you. To accomplish those goals, you’ll simply need to implement a few strategies for boosting website security.
Update Your Software Frequently
If you’re using a platform like WordPress for website development, you’ll have to make sure that you have the latest version installed. The same applies to plugins and design templates.
Security risks evolve all the time. This is why developers change software frequently, giving it adequate protection against the newest threats. If you’re negligent about making those upgrades, chances are that you’re giving hackers amazing opportunities to attack.
The use of old software is often called a security hole. This is one of the simplest mistakes that can cost you a lot. Anyone that relies on third-party software rather than a custom development will need to dedicate enough time to doing the necessary upgrades on a regular basis.
Scan the Website for Threats
Even if you’re using high quality security tools, chances are that your website is still vulnerable in one way or another. Scheduling regular website scans will be essential for identifying threats and choosing the right course of action.
Numerous products have been developed for the purpose of website scanning but needless to say, these products aren’t created equal.
MTvScan is one example of a high quality product that will protect a website against a vast range of threats – malware, cross-site scripting attacks, hack attacks, injections and various others. The tool comes with automatic update scheduling and the potential to scan unlimited numbers of pages.
Also, consider choosing a quality anti-spam filter. If you have a business email under the same domain, you should most definitely opt for effective spam protection that goes beyond what your email program comes equipped with.
Some of the Simplest Tricks are Most Efficient – Strong Passwords
What’s the admin panel username and password? Did you know that many hackers can use this administrative entry point to “highjack” your website?
One of the simplest things you can do to boost the security of your website is choose a strong password. It should include letters, numbers and special characters. Change the username from admin to something a bit more specific, as well.
Get in the habit of changing the password every few months. If several individuals have access to the admin panel, assign different roles and make sure that everyone has a unique password.
Depending on the types of data that your website handles, you may want to consider the addition of an SSL certificate, a must for websites that deal with personal data or process payments.
Even if you’re meticulous about website security, there’s still some risk of experiencing problems. Sometimes, having your website infected with malware or suffering a hacker attack will leave you with just one opportunity – restoring the pages through the use of a backed up website version.
Schedule regular website backups. If you haven’t saved all of the data, there’s some risk of losing a lot of important information after suffering a cyber attack. Scheduling a backup every two weeks or at least once per month will reduce the risk of having to deal with such serious data losses.
Get Rid of Obsolete Software or Add-ons
Each third-party piece of software installed on your website poses a certain security risk. If you’re no longer using a plugin or an add-on, make sure that these are completely removed.
This is particularly important for websites running under WordPress. Unused modules or having the website packed with unverified third-party software will leave numerous security holes that experienced hackers will know how to use. In addition, software that’s not being used is less likely to get updated frequently.
Maintaining website security doesn’t have to be complicated. Buying a few quality scanning products, making sure that everything’s up to date and doing regular backups will often be sufficient to decrease the risk. Still, you may want to have your current website thoroughly evaluated. This is particularly important for ecommerce websites and platforms that enable users to upload data. Once the weaknesses have been identified, it will be much easier to boost the security of the online project.
WordPress is without a doubt one of the most popular open source web applications on the Internet. It’s used by websites big and small from countries all over the world. Current stats suggest that 75 million websites are using WordPress; it’s a case of if you’re not using it, then why aren’t you? I appreciate that under some circumstances it may have been deemed more efficient to use a custom built application, but with the flexibility that WordPress offers, you can now achieve the same, but for significantly less (and for free in many cases). I’ve put together five points that highlight why I think you should change your site over to WordPress if you haven’t already.
See your website rise in the search engines
Search engines are one of the main sources of organic traffic for websites. So much so that SEO has been spawned as its own industry, with websites vying for the positions on the first page of results for vital keywords and topics. WordPress comes with a number of enhancements for SEO that you are unlikely to have considered when creating your website: it is very easy to setup search engine-friendly permalinks and URLs, whilst many plugins (which I’ll discuss after this) are designed to further optimise your site for higher rankings. As organic traffic can form up to 64% of total traffic, taking notice of SEO and how the structure of your website affects it can really pay dividends.
Add functionality in a flash
WordPress makes it easy to add extra functionality to your website. Along with an extensive API that comes with all the details and documentation you’ll want to make your own plugins, an extensive community of third-party developers committed to plugin development has arisen. WordPress.org is the home of the third-party plugin repository and given that many of them are open source, you can expect that you’ll be able to find something that will meet your requirements without having to spend a penny. Plugins are easy to install too. If you browse the plugin library from your WordPress admin interface then the download and installation can be done through your browser. Alternatively if you wish to browse the library directly, it’s a simple case of downloading the plugins that you’d like to use and then uploading them to your web space using methods such as FTP or a control panel-based File Manager.
Have your pages delivered to your visitors faster
It is fair to say that speed is built into the core of WordPress. A recent survey discovered that 30% of respondents said that they’d abandon a website if a page took longer than a second to load (3); this figure suggests that failing to respond to a slow website could seriously harm your bottom line. WordPress is a dynamic application that can assure fast loading times and response rates whether you receive one visitor a day or 1 million. Small and medium-sized sites can stand to benefit from hosting environments optimised specifically for WordPress hosting, whilst large enterprises have the benefit of WordPress supporting hosting in a clustered environment.
Regular updates keep you protected
Although a CMS developed in-house may have the benefit of being custom to the needs of your organisation, more often than not thorough testing isn’t undertaken to establish the weaknesses of the code and potential vulnerabilities. With WordPress you can expect to use a tried and tested application that is used by large companies all over the world with examples including the NYTimes and Mashable. It can be argued that the popularity of one CMS will make it more prone to attack, but the counter argument is that with development being constant and consistent, the moment a potential vulnerability is discovered, you can expect a patch to be released in no time at all so the potential risk will always be minimal. The same principle applies to WordPress that applies to all types of application – to keep yourself protected, make sure that you are always applying the latest updates.
Easy to maintain
Your WordPress website can be managed through the web-based WordPress admin interface. This comes as part of a standard installation and provides you with an easy-to-use control panel that gives you all the options you need to manage your website on the move. The Posts and Pages sections let you add, modify, and delete content swiftly; it couldn’t be easier: there’s no need for any specialist knowledge or software, even the most novice of users would find it a breeze to add content. User accounts can be assigned different levels of access depending on the extent of the permissions that are needed. This can help to safeguard your site as limited access can then be granted to inexperienced users, whilst editors and other administrators can have the power to moderate content and change settings where necessary.
Wrapping it up
To conclude, converting your website to WordPress holds many advantages to your business. The best part of it all: it’s free. I’m sure that where you have a large website and CMS you’ve been building over many years, you might be reluctant to abandon these, but your content can be ported over and once you’ve seen the simplicity of WordPress, you’ll never want to go back.
Each year the Internet gets bigger and bigger, and at the end of 2012 it is thought that more than 252 million domains have been registered worldwide. And out of those 252 million, many will be UK domains: the .uk domain is ranked as the fourth most popular TLD (Top Level Domain) in the world, and the second most popular ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain), beaten to first spot by the .de ccTLD for Germany.
World’s fourth most popular
To make our country’s TLD even more popular, Nominet, the UK’s domain management body, opened up the namespace on 10th June 2014 so webmasters could for the first time register names directly under the .uk ccTLD as opposed to using the sub-ccTLDs, such as .co.uk and .org.uk. This introduction has been a huge success, with over 330,000 new domains registered in the first year.
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Investing in a VPS server is a big step that unfortunately brings several consequences for many customers who used shared services previously. This is because although VPS web server market prices are generally affordable, they may still cost a little more if management is considered. Whether you are considering an upgrade to the first VPS server package or changing web hosting company, this process can become a nightmare for beginners or experienced IT professionals. In order to succeed you need to gather a lot of information and in the case of an online site, migrating a large number of files. All this can be quite a complex and frustrating process. The good thing is that, these problems can be avoided. What we recommend is that, you should pay attention to some important details.
Before installing any software or services on your VPS server, put on paper what you have to do in advance, and what is the goal of the new web server. For example, add all programs you plan to install, focus on specific things ranging from the control panel to the operating system, through the web application server and add-ons to make the best web server. To be more specific you should consider system requirements, software version numbers, and the order in which software should be installed. Make comparisons of the list of requirements and technical specifications of the web server. We see with some IT professionals, often simply configuring VPS servers have resulted in several failures due to no advanced planning.
Choose an IT Team
If you can, don’t be alone in the setup process and maintenance of the server. If you have a capable team, involve them to help you in these tasks. Once you have a good team together, it is time to put into practice its measures.
Planning and involving Stakeholders
Planning should not stop just because your server is already running and is online. You have to think about how the web server will be used daily without facing any issues. If you have a medium or large business, you should not consider only how the processes will have an impact on your business, but also on other teams in your organization. Make sure that you distribute all vital information about the support number, login details, and other details with the stakeholders.
Having a website or blog today is no longer the privilege of a few. With hundreds of available tools, managing a website is much easier. In addition to thinking about the content, you can change the layout, add tools and turn the pages in website pages.
But many do not realize the clog with tools and many features without much to do with content. Your site could end up being seen as a bad example of what is most annoying on the web. We list some of the most unpleasant aspects of a page can have. Impossible not to hate most of them.
Automatic Online Radio
Probably no one is as interested as in the music that plays on your blog.
Imagine the following situation: You are listening to classical music quietly on your PC when you click a link and open a site, your headset is invaded by pandora or itunes radio. Automatic online radio, linked to blogs or websites, are a real torment for many users.
Although some owners of blogs have the intention of offering a complementary tool to the user, it is unlikely that anyone who accesses want, in fact, hear the same musical style available in an unrelated to the subject site. In addition, some blogs “hide” the options the player in distant parts of the page, forcing the user to close the website or lose a good time looking.
It is natural that a website needs to have a lot of ads. After all, for many of them, this is the main source of income. However, common sense at the time is to assemble a layout and have banner advertising is key. Some sites, unfortunately, cannot make a clear distinction of what is content and what is propaganda.
The result is a bunch of banners and sponsored links among the texts, confusing and difficult to read any posting. Excess visual pollution, with dozens of ads flashing in the corner, is another negative point, that distracts reading and makes web page loading slower.
There is nothing more frustrating than getting into a site to download and you cannot even find a link. Problems like this are unfortunately very common. Many sites make money when the user clicks on contextual ad and to enhance that possibility, end up choosing the wrong alternative to confuse the user.
So download links are replaced by sponsored links and what you really want to end up staying in the background. Even after much searching, in some cases, you will see that the page is there only for indexing in Google, without providing any useful link for the visitor.
Obligation to register
You found a headline that caught your attention, but clicking on the link discovers that it takes to make a register to be able to read it. Lack of agility and compulsory registration forms do not match the interest. Even when you choose to placing the order, the user ends up being directed to other pages and loses the original link of the news.
In addition, cause the user to sign in multiple sites only increases the amount of necessary logins and passwords to be memorized. A positive point is to allow the possibility of login from a social network such as Facebook or Twitter.
As mentioned above, ads are the main source of income from a site. However, aggressively throwing them in the eyes of users have the opposite effect, preventing the click person or sympathize with propaganda. In this aspect, the popups are uncomfortable champions, forcing the user to click to close them or wait for the end of an animation.
Not always the close button is clear and available. In some cases, you need to really wait for the display of the ad. When trying to close it, the accidental clicks, which open new pages and tabs or take the user to another link who was really interested in analyzing the page are common.
Be original. Nobody likes to read a newspaper with news that was published several days ago. The web is no different. Just copy content from major portals do not take anyone anywhere. In some cases, when the author does not identify the original source of text, the problem is even worse and many users are led to believe that, in fact, the information came there.
For those who research specific topics, find posts repeated to exhaustion in search engines is already a routine task. When in doubt, the best solution is to choose the links of sites that have greater credibility. This ensures that you will read the story in full and with proper details.
Integration with dozens of social networks
Embed a site with social networks is critical. Thanks to them, you can extend the display options of content and ensure new visitors. However, we must be careful and watch a good sense of limit. Some blogs offer integration with dozens of social networks, which ends up confusing the lives of those who use only the main ones.
Consider the following maximum adopted by Apple: “less is more”. Choose only those social networks that are really meaningful to you. Provide integration with more than five of them already is an exaggeration that most confuses rather than helps.
Mirrors in downloads links
You may have tried to download a particular content in any site and when clicked on the download link, saw that, instead of downloading anything, it was redirected elsewhere. Sites with mirrored links with opening secondary windows or requiring the user to register a mobile phone number are common.
The solution, of course, pleases no one. Many users give up half way and others who choose to register several times just running out the download link. And there’s nothing more annoying than having a frustrated user experience. It is likely that this be your first and last visit on the site in question.
What other problems make you angry when browsing the internet? What are the aspects that displease you when you visit a website? Join leaving your opinion in the comments.
Any e-commerce website or online store, either a small or large business, can result in a large set of complex features because it needs to fulfill several responsibilities. Things can get complicated for a small business that does not have the physical or financial resources. When money and the Internet is involved, you need to reach a high level of reliability and security to ensure a safe environment for its customers. If you fail to meet this requirement, the more certain is that, it is goint to get out of business forever. If you really want to avoid this disaster, a VPS server is the right choice for your online business. In recent years the VPS Hosting has proven to be a safer solution, but is it really the best option for you?
First of all, you must understand that having a vps server gives you a kind of web hosting you do not need to worry about your site. This essentially means that you have the web server all to yourself, a choice that completely differs from a shared hosting. Because shared hosting requires you to share server resources and your space with others, have a VPS server just makes your site is the one to be hosted on the web server. This type of hosting can ensure better security because you do not need to worry about the sites that are hosted on the server that may be distributing spam, they have errors in scripts that make the vulnerable server or compromise the IP address in various ways.
After having said that the vps server is just for you, it means that businesses are left with several benefits, such as dedicated disk space, RAM, CPU and bandwidth, which together can ensure a faster response. With a vps server, users coming to your site will have a much better experience, making it a good chance to convert money on visits. Additionally you can install the software you want, as well as the operating system, control panel and use as you wish.
Before making the decision, you should be aware of the disadvantages of having VPS hosting. First, you will have to pay a little higher price per month for having a VPS, it is traditionally much higher than in a shared hosting of a normal web hosting. Second, this type of hosting needs greater responsibility. If you do not have time or the necessary skills, you may need to hire an IT professional to handle maintenance. If the money is already a problem for you, then you may be out of the question.
Having a VPS can result in a lot of benefits for small businesses, but you should think carefully before making a decision. In addition to costs, it is necessary to have technical knowledge. If you are not quite sure that is able to cover the costs or have no experience, it may be best to start with a shared hosting account and gradually go upgrading and gaining experience. This is how successful business start and not ashamed to take one step at a time.
Long ago, when servers were only physical, system administrators spent all the time wandering from one machine to the other, with tools and solutions designed to analyze the performance and stability of the equipment.
Today, the designs for server virtualization outweigh the number of physical devices in many data centers at the same time that IT departments rely on lean teams and a tight budget to invest in management tools.
Here are five tools in which IT managers need to invest to ensure the stability and performance of virtualized environments.
1 – Capacity management
To manage the virtual infrastructure capacity is a critical step. The question comes out of the physical server power and becomes how to assign capacity to specific workloads in virtual machines. All this needs to be monitored with the goal of ensuring that the resource demands of each virtual machine is met. Without this tool, you cannot know how much a service costs to the organization, which makes it difficult to build IaaS (infrastructure as a service) internally.
2 – Performance optimization
Performance problems related to physical servers are relatively easy to solve, because usually the malfunction is associated with a specific component. In the virtual environment, the question can be related to the containment of the storage shaft, excessive allocation or smaller than the required RAM and CPU, bandwidth use, among many other elements to be analyzed.
A suitable software identifying data on performance, configuration and capacity, facilitating the identification of these problems.
3 – Storage management
According to the experts, storage remains one of the biggest headaches for anyone who deals with virtual infrastructures. The conversion of physical servers require more storage space in the data center or even machines designed specifically for virtual environments can achieve their best performance without a specific job.
The IT experts have found good ways to work with CPU, memory density and startups systems in cascades that generate a lot of traffic information, but still fail to optimize storage for virtual environments. Also often fail to create priorities in data traffic with respect to storage so that bottlenecks in the system do not harm any environment. This task depends on specific software, aimed at analyzing systems to automatically manage incoming and outgoing data, performance and storage resources.
4 – Management for virtualization
Many vendor management for physical environments were quick to enter the virtual world and some did efficiently. Some of the leading companies in the market strive to create management suites with various automation features. An environment can benefit greatly from a full suite after studying the features of the various options in the market and choose one that best fits your needs.
5 – Planning to manage desktop virtualization
Virtual environments are more complex than physical servers because of the ecosystem added to the physical machine. Sometimes the problem becomes stronger when the project includes desktop virtualization.
The additional complexity is due to the various desktop formats: it can be a virtual machine dedicated to each user or a single operating system running on the edge server, sharing resources among users. Hence the need for solutions that help in management tasks should be understood.
Did you already know about the essential tools required for managing virtualized environment?
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The virtualization services for database are trending because of its benefits of economy, efficiency and agility. Recent research on 500 IT professionals revealed that the majority of them(76%) virtualized the databases and / or are using a hybrid approach of virtual and physical databases to support their environment.
After virtualization, however, an additional set of complexities need to be considered for maintaining high levels of reliability, scalability, and add value to business (for e.g., backup to cloud).
In the opinion of professionals, the five following best practices should be in the crosshairs of every database administrator (DBA), not only to ensure efficient progress of a virtualization project, but also to maintain peak performance after Virtualization:
1. Do not be afraid to virtualize a large database with high transactional load. Modern virtualization technology is reliable and robust, and can provide a performance very close to the performance of databases in no operating system servers.
2. Create a good working relationship with the virtualization administrator. If you cannot make changes to the resources of the virtual machines (VM), the DBA will lose the greatest benefit of virtualization – agility. Unlike changes made on one physical server, which is a manual process, with a few clicks you can add additional resources of CPU, RAM and storage to a virtualized database server.
3. Use shared metrics to improve collaboration between IT groups. Avoid confusion and accusations, creating a unified understanding between the database staff, developers and system administrators and virtualization. These teams can work collaboratively to maintain considerations as containment server resources and bottlenecks in I / O under control.
4. List the metrics for the physical host and VM capabilities with SQL query performance. VMs metrics can be misleading because the operating system does not report metrics on resources accurately when running in a VM. When it is contextualizedx metrics based on query performance, the impact caused by noisy neighbors issues, events and VM resource provision can be quickly identified.
5. Monitor the SQL queries of response time before and after virtualization. It is essential to have the right tools in use for response time visibility. These data show that the performance of the database has been maintained or improved, and when there are performance problems, the analysis enable their rapid identification and resolution.