Finally the new website has arrived. This was too long of a process to try to get done during the racing season but finally I have had a couple weeks of free time so I was able to finish it. The old website I thought was beautiful. It still is probably one of my most favorite sites. Here’s the problem. I didn’t back anything up and when I had some problems with wordpress and the basic theme I was using, I tried for weeks with the help of a friend Gaelen Norman who did his absolute best at trying to fix the site, we ultimately had to start from scratch. Hence the long wait. I learned a few things along the way. And I thought I would share them, so that if ever you are wanting to build a website, follows these couple key steps in order to protect your website.
1) Website Backups
There are two backups that need to take place. One for the database which is basically all the content you have written and the other is the actual wordpress site, which is basically the look, and features. Follow these instructions on how to backup everything and ensure you do it on a regular basis, especially if you plan on doing step 2. Backup Instructions
2) Keep Up To Date
I am not talking about making a new post or adding a new gallery. I am talking about making sure your wordpress, theme and plug ins are up to date. If they are not up to date you can experience problems and even have malware get in to the site. Don’t ask me how thats way above my pay grade.
3) Beef Up Security
Websites are probably the most important marketing tool and to have have security breaches is a dangerous aspect that all should consider a risk. I read a good article on how to improve security of a site. Wordfence is a plugin to help with security and it seems to be very popular. You can take things to the next level and actually pay companies to look after your site.
I am sure there are many things more you can do to make a site more protected but I think this should definitely get the ball rolling. One things for sure. I won’t be making the same mistake again.