The following additional measures could truly make your experience online, a fantastic and confident adventure:
2.1. Domain Privacy
Where your hosting provider also happens to be Domain Registry, you need to make sure that Domain Privacy is included in all the domains you purchase from there. And if it is not, start taking measures to protect the confidential information provided to WHOIS. And yes, this is a very important security measure, as all your sensitive details will be protected from your competitors. In addition, spamming will be prevented in the future, as your email address would be completely kept away from the eyes of the public.
If you visit my Comparative Security Analysis Across 32 Hosting Platforms (30 Are WordPress), you will see that only about a handful integrate this feature free of charge. I’m talking about only 4, to be more precise.
2.2. Restoring Your Backup
Restoring a backup also poses some potential security risks which cannot be ignored, especially for a non-techie. I, for one, would not dare to restore any of my backups myself. Perhaps it’s a simple process, but let the gurus (Technical Support Staff) do their job. It already takes time building quality content, and I really don’t want to include restoring a backup in my program, as one of the things I should worry about.
This means that a WordPress hosting platform should include the possibility of having unlimited help on restoring a backup file, FREE OF CHARGE.
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Did you also for one moment think that staging could be considered as a security measure as well? By the way, what’s staging? Let’s talk about this a little.
Imagine a website you have been building, say for 1.5 years. You have already gained authority with search engines, and the popular traffic anxiety is a thing of the past now.
Then you come across this amazing plugin that could identify your old posts, mix them up and come up with fresh new content, with just the click of your mouse. All you would have to do is optimize it for SEO, and publish. You actually realize that with this plugin, you can literally publish 3 fresh posts of 2000 words each every day. And then you decide to give this plugin a shot.
With the excitement, you get it installed and as soon as you click on ”Activate”, BAM!!!!!! Your website crashes!!!!! You Complete The Story.
This is when staging comes in. Staging allows you to test any new installations, on an environment, which is completely different from your main website. YES, THIS MEASURE KEEPS YOUR MAIN WEBSITE SAFE AND SECURE. From my point of view, a staging environment must be included in all WordPress hosting packages free of charge.
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2.4. Full Redundancy
Have you ever been in the middle of a potential sales conversation with a new client on your website, and just when you were about to strike a deal, you suddenly receive a server error from your hosting company? The error doesn’t just end there. Your website becomes completely inaccessible for 1 whole week!!!! What a frustrating feeling this could be. You could find yourself saying things that you would only regret maybe months later.
Full redundancy is the ability of your host’s server, to maintain duplicate copies of your websites on several locations, so that in the event where one goes down, the other automatically pickups from where the previous one left off. And while you are striking new deals with new customers, you have no idea your host’s server is down. This is the type of hosting environment you should look forward to.
Full redundancy is a very expensive technology to run and mostly included in advanced hosting plans such as VPS and CLOUD.
It is actually the backbone of uptime guarantee. Always check this with your potential hosting service provider. Most of them will claim 99.99% uptime guarantee, but once you confirm that they don’t have fully redundant servers, then host there at your own risk.
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