I have heard that WordPress is not secure. Won’t my website get hacked if I use it?

Were you aware of the fact that 26.4% of the entire Web is running on WordPress? These days security is a very hot topic, and WordPress is right in the middle of it due to the fact that is so widely used now. Hackers like to find targets to expend their energy on that will provide them with the most bang for their buck. One of these targets is definitely WordPress. There isn’t one website out on the Web that is 100% secure, however, there are effective things you can do to help reduce your risk of experiencing a security breach – particularly if you use WordPress on your website.

We take website security very seriously and use multiple approaches so that our clients’ risk is significantly reduced.

We inform our clients that they should use strong passwords. That way password-guessing algorithms won’t be able to easily make their way into WordPress’s backend administration on their site. Many people don’t change the “admin” default username and often use passwords like 1234admin. Those are the website that is most vulnerable to being hacked. If all users have strong passwords it will significantly reduce your risk.

To help prevent attacks we install several different security plugins. Our bases are covered on multiple fronts by using more than one. We are also immediately notified if anything suspicious is occurring.

If you choose to host with us, you will have access to the many security features that we have directly implemented on our server. That helps with keeping the bad guys away even before they have a chance to get to your site.

We provide our customers with all updates and backups as part of the overall hosting service. Having outdated WordPress files is like an open invitation for security breaches.

We create backups each week on all the websites running on our server. We all update all WordPress plugins and core files to make sure that any security holes get a patch on an update becomes available.

We have partnered with a security firm that furnishes us with a monitoring service and website firewall. Although this service does cost extra money, many of our clients find it is invaluable to help protect their websites against security breaches. You can rest assured knowing we have spent lots of time ensuring that our server is part of a secure environment and that all WordPress sites that we create are as secure as they possibly can be. If you have any questions, we will be very happy to discuss our security measures with you in detail.

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What is a WordPress plugin?

Plugins are resources or tools that can be used for getting a certain job done. None of us are born holding a smartphone in our hand. However, we have discovered that having one can make us more productive. The same thing is true with WordPress and plugins. You can easily install plugins to provide WordPress with some added and special functionality that you don’t get with it directly from the box. For instance, although WordPress is designed to be SEO friendly, it does not come with specialized SEO features that enable you to set descriptions and keywords up for every page. However, you can install an SEO plugin that will add this functionality. A plugin that allows you to add a slider to your website’s homepage is another example. This functionality doesn’t come with WordPress right from the box, so this ability is added by the plugin. Plugins are very useful tools that make it possible for you to customize your website to do whatever it is you want it to. No more and no less. If every imaginable function came with WordPress out of the box, the code would be so heavy and bloated that your website would run very slowly. Using plugins helps to ensure that you only get what you need.

Just like you can put down your smartphone when you don’t need it, you can also uninstall a plugin if it isn’t useful anymore. You can have an unlimited number of plugins on a WordPress site, however, we recommend that you have a maximum of 15. That is because we have found that a website’s speed starts to significantly decrease whenever you use more than 20 plugins, and many times some of those plugins aren’t really being used and can simply be uninstalled rather easily. If you think your website is running too slowly, it may be due to some of the plugins you are using. We will be very happy to check out the plugins you are using to determine which ones might be negative affecting the speed of your website and recommend how to fix this problem


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How Is a Custom Theme Created?

It all begins with project understanding, we will need to establish the look and feel you are going for. Please provide us with all related marketing materials, this will help us better understand your needs, including what you would like your website to achieve.

We will create two or more home page designs to choose from and will offer you two rounds of edits for your chosen design to ensure you are happy with the final results.

If you want to have a few of your other key pages redesigned, we will help you identify your key pages and proved a unique design for each page. Again, you will receive two rounds of edits where you can request any changes that you feel are necessary.

Once these designs have been finalized, we will create a unique and custom theme for your website. During this phase, you will get an opportunity for two more design changes.

Once everything is agreed upon, your content will be inserted in the new theme and you will be given a final chance to make any changes before your site goes live.

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How Do I Purchase and WordPress Theme From a Third Party?

If you decide to save money and purchase a theme, we will talk to you to determine if the theme will work for your brand and content. Here is how we can help you choose the best WordPress theme for your website:

  • We look at your current website and evaluate it. We also ask to see any printed material that you use to help us better understand your business, your website content and your brand.
  • We can help you determine what you are looking for on your new website and the look you want.
  • We offer you 3 to 5 different premium themes and ask you to evaluate each one and tell us what you like and what you don’t like. Then, we will help you determine the best theme to purchase.
  • We will then purchase your chosen theme and install it on a test server.

    The next steps depend on whether you want to spend extra money to have one of our designers make customized changes to your theme or whether you would rather stick to your chosen theme.

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How Does a Purchased Theme Differ from a Custom Theme?

Purchased themes allow you to save money by sacrificing on style. You can compare shopping for themes to shopping for clothing. For example, you can save money on your clothing by purchasing inexpensive clothing; however, it will not last as long or look as good as more exclusive clothing. Themes are the same way.  Custom themes are like tailored clothing that fit you perfectly. Custom themes are created to provide your website with a unique, one of a kind look, specially designed for your business.

There are many free WordPress themes; However, if you want a custom look and are willing to pay for it, then you should definitely spend the money.  No matter which type of theme you decide to use, we will help you with every decision you must make. We will explain how each decision may affect your bottom line and your business. We can purchase a theme and help you apply your information in theme (sounds easy but is not because each theme has its own way of working. The flexibility of WrodPress and the numerous options are just a couple of reasons why we love WordPress.

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What Is a WordPress Theme?

A WordPress site holds and organizes all of your content in an easy to find and edit space. A WordPress them, is similar to your clothes. You get to pick and choose different themes to change how your website looks. These come in different colors and have different design elements that can be customized to give your website a unique, individualized look.

You should not change your website’s theme as often as you change clothes; however, updating your theme every 2 to 3 years will keep your website from appearing outdated. Creating or installing a new WordPress theme will instantly update your website without needing to reorganize your entire website.

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WordPress – What Is It and Why Should You Use It?

Your website is similar to your body. Your body is held upright by your skeleton, no matter what your age is. WordPress for your website is similar to your skeleton in that it creates the structure of your website. However, WordPress does not determine the final look of your website. WordPress is a content management system (CMS), which helps you manage your content. It allows you to organize the content of your website. WordPress acts similar to a word processing program like Microsoft Word, which means that you can effortlessly edit all of your content. Check out this screen shot to see how easily it is to make changes in WordPress using the WP backend administration.

We believe that WordPress is great for most of our clients for the following reasons:

  •  WordPress is open sourced which means that it is free and offers a large pool of talented people who maintain the software’s codes.
  • It is so simple to use that even those with limited computer experience can use it. Once our clients watch our training videos, they will understand how easy it is to use and edit their website content. This gives our customers an edge over those who do not understand the full functionality of WordPress.
  • WordPress is flexible. Flexibility is considered one of the strongest advantages of WordPress. We have been unable to locate a single website that did not work with WordPress. There are thousands of ways you can expand the features of WordPress. This means that we are able to handle anything our clients have asked of us.
  • WordPress can create thousands of different designs, which means each website will be as unique as you are. If you can imagine it, we can do it using WordPress.

    Although there are many other benefits, these are the top benefits that our clients get from a WP website. If you would like more information on how WordPress can help your business, give us a call today. We would be happy to discuss how we can help you create an amazing website.

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