Build a WordPress Website: Web Security

This is by far the most important element to your website. One year, about 6 clients of mine got hacked by porn or some type of malware and a few got blacklisted and suspended by their host. One of them was a church. There’s nothing worse than waking up to a panicked phone call on a Sunday morning with them screaming “MARINA! HELP! THERE ARE BOOBS ON MY FRONT PAGE!”

Contrary to popular belief, the web host doesn’t provide the service of web security monitoring. They simply HOST your website. Just like me, I’m a mere DESIGNER. I don’t have the capabilities or brain power to even attempt to help you. With the host, they are usually partnered up with a 3rd party security company. And it’s a separate service.

Enter in Sucuri. They have essentially saved all of these client’s arses. I now make it MANDATORY that if I start a website design, that the client MUST sign up with Sucuri. I cannot be held responsible for anything that happens to their website. I simply cannot lose any more hair or my children will not recognize me.

Oh but the cost! $240 USD a year! I cannot afford this!

But I must tell you, once your website has been hacked, and they see boobs or other types of things on your front page like this below, you can be sure that the trust will have been lost. Especially if you are an e-commerce site where online transactions are happening.

Here is a simple analogy I tell my clients to justify the cost. Picture your website as your precious home. Your website’s contents are your belongings. And Sucuri is your home alarm monitoring service AND insurance company. They are responsible for protecting those belongings and restoring anything that gets robbed. When robbers (hackers) are targeting your house (website), the alarm service (Sucuri) will notify you of the attack and prevent them from coming in. And if you are in a position where you are compromised and don’t have security, Sucuri will restore your content.

Consider it the cost of doing business. That’s it. Simple as that.