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You are happy with your WordPress website. The website looks amazing, it’s running fast and everyone tells you how they like using your site.
BUT What about the security of your website?
There are a lot of things that can be done to secure your website to protect it with some simple measures.
Encryption with SSL certificates
Using SSL certificates will encrypt your data. This means that only the viewer can access the information and he only can see the data that is provided between him and your webserver.
By using SSL certificates you assure visitors of your website that even if their data is captured it cannot be accessed.
Stay up to date with updates
It’s extremely important that WordPress, plugins and your theme are up to date. Every day there new vulnerabilities found and hackers will know those also and will try to take advantage of them.
If you are on our managed WordPress hosting there is no need for you to worry as we will make sure your site is up to date as soon as a new versions is available.
Use complex passwords
This may seem a normal thing but there still many users that are using passwords that are not acceptable and hacked within hours even. Choose a password that is not easy to guess and not related
to your name, family name, birthdays etc. Always make sure you use at least 8 characters, some capital letters, numbers and a special characters. All our webhosting’s and WordPress sites have
a strong password recommendation.
Use the sFTP protocol when sending files
Whenever you do need to upload files it’s best to use the file manager supplied in your webhosting control panel (cPanel) or use the sFTP protocol when you are using ftp.
The S before FTP simple means secure. sFTP connections are connecting on a secure port and all data between you and the webserver will be encrypted.
Secure your WordPress
Once of the best plugins for WordPress is WordFence. WordFence will scan your WordPress on regular intervals and also has a firewall function that will stop any malicious attempts to access your website.
Our network is supplied with DDoS protection to help mitigate unwanted traffic spikes and to protect your webiste.
If you need help securing your website please contact us today.
How do you decide if a web hosting package is for you? Do bandwidth or disk space matter now a day? Am i going to need a database or not?
Here at WebZer we help you find out the answers to these questions and more. We guide you along the way to decide what hosting package you need from us.
There are so many things involved and it could overwhelm you easy, so we have separated some key items.
You can never get the right web host package without some knowledge of what you need. So, before you go any further – put everything aside (including this guide you are reading) and think about what you really need.
These are some of the basic questions you need to answer. If you unsure about any of these questions, just get in contact with us and we are happy to help!
For most people the basic approach is start small with a shared hosting account. On our webhosting packages you can easily see if the smallest package is right for you. Just look at the table and find the options next to each other. For example, if you need a database the smallest package would not support that.
A shared hosting account is cheap, easy to maintain, and sufficient for most new sites. It also lets you focus on building your site without having to worry about other server-side tasks such as database maintenance and server security.
There is always the option to scale up and upgrade to VPS or dedicated hosting at a later stage when your site grows bigger.
Shared web hosting is powerful enough these days.
Shared hosting packages are enough to support a good optimized WordPress blog with 25.000 to 35.000 monthly unique visitors. Since WordPress depends on database connections it will make the server work harder meaning it will also impact your performance. All our WordPress packages are optimized to server the best speed to your visitors.
If your website is very successful, that also means you are going to take up more database connections to the server. Most websites are fine on shared hosting and they are staying within their acceptable performance, but it can happen you will get very successful and shared hosting is not enough for you anymore.
All our hosting packages have room to grow and we can easily swap you over to a higher package or VPS server even without losing any of your data. We got you covered no matter the size or success your website has.
Domain names are not expensive anymore and it’s hard to resist not buying more than one. To enable these extra domain names, you need extra hosting space.
Our hosting packages have options to allow multiple domains
With addon Domains you have a separate website within your hosting package. This means you do not have to take multiple hosting packages for each domain name.
Here at WebZer we do not have contracts. You are free to cancel your webhosting at any time and we also have a 30-day money back guarantee.
We do not have cancellation fees or set up fees. It’s as simple as that
All our hosting packages come with the standard cPanel options like file management and site stats, email etc
To get you up and running we also have the one-click installer.
Every hosting package has the one-click installer Softalucous
The aim of the one-click installer is to make your life a lot easier. Softalucous has installation wizards that help you install things like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or a host of other web applications. All you’ll need to do is fill in some names and perhaps specify a directory or so along the way.
FTP / SFTP access is invaluable for moving your website files safely. Beside the file manager in cPanel we provide full ftp access.
The .htaccess file is extremely powerful and can help you make administrative changes for your website. It controls almost everything from redirects up to password authentication and management, and will be vital at some point in your future endeavours.
The bigger WordPress packages have wp-rocket included, wp-rocket is a WordPress Caching plugin that speeds up the website by a lot.
SSL certificates are an option on any of our packages. They make sure your site is accessed by https and not by the normal http. We all seen the green pad lock in the browser before the domain name. This mean the website you are visiting has a SSL Certificate installed. From June forward Google will also let your visitors know if your website is secure or not.
Our SSL certificates start at £19.99 a year and come with free installation.
It’s very important to have a user-friendly control panel with good functionality, as it’s the engine behind your hosting package.
All our hosting packages come standard with cPanel.
We’re often asked what is cPanel Hosting.
cPanel is basically a Control panel for managing your hosting service and is included in all of WebZerHosting Hosting packages. The great thing is that it allows non-technical people to manage all aspects of their hosting without the need for advanced technical skills.
Most people will use cPanel for basic, everyday tasks like managing and administering their email. Tasks like creating email accounts, resetting passwords, setting up mail forwarders are easy with cPanel Hosting.
Some other popular cPanel Hosting features are things like setting up domain parking where you redirect one domain name to another domain name or addon domains where you can host several domain names under one hosting account.
Every hosting package comes with email accounts to manage your website email. This means you can have anything as your email address with your domain i.e. whatever@yourdomainname
Too often we see companies for example not using this because the hosting package did not provide them with an email server. We have all seen the builder vans driving around like Harry’s Grasscutting with the domain name harrysgrasscutting.co.uk and under that firstname.lastname@example.org. Obviously this looks very bad and unprofessional.
Here at WebZerHosting we provide the facilities to create endless amount of emails accounts and access it either with Outlook or webmail.
Hardware crashes, equipment fails or simple making a human error of deleting something accidental from your hosting package can happen.
Every hosting package comes with a backup facility to back up your website and restore it. FREE Daily/Weekly/Monthly back ups are provided by R1soft and are stored off site!
Support is important, especially when you are just starting with a new host or are just very new to webhosting. There are of course limitations to what we can support, meaning we are not building your website for you, but we are helping you migrate your website from another host for free.
We can assist with any questions and our team is professional and helpful.
If you have any questions and I mean any questions, just go to our website and use the live chat option. Someone will be with you to get your questions answered right away.
Now a days everything is automated and the same goes for ordering your webhosting and domain name. It’s not scary and actually really easy to do by following some questions on the screen.
Our ordering system will guide you through the process with a simple wizard where we ask some questions. Once you have paid for your order everything will be set up automatically for you to start right away.
It’s not about finding the best web hosting in the world; rather, it’s about finding the RIGHT web hosting package for YOU.
If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here for you!
Registering a domain name is easy, in the following steps we guide you through the process.
When we are browsing the internet, we can find anything we look for with search engines like Google. Google will show us many web sites with the content we searched for and from there we can just click them and go to the website.
To be able to show a website or your own website you need a domain name attached to the website or webhosting space. Domain names come in many forms and consist of 3 parts.
http or https: This is the part that tells your web browser you are looking for a website. The “s” behind https means you will visit a secure website, but that is for another blog.
www: stands for World Wide Web.
The second part is the actual domain name you want to register for example: howtoregisteradomainname
The last part is the domain suffix. For domain names in the uk you would always want to register a co.uk domain name. For worldwide usage we generally would register .com .net or .org.
Now we know what a domain consists of we can get a clear picture how our new domain name would look. For example, http://www.howtoregisteradomainname.co.uk
When you register a domain name we never supply the http or www part with the registration company, I will show you below how to register the domain name.
Visit our website https://www.webzerhosting.co.uk
Type your domain name in the search box without the extension and select the extension behind it and click on Search.
Once we done “Search” we will be redirected to the order system and can begin to order the domain name. There are many domain names already taken so our system has to check if the name you want is still available. It will also tell you if the domain name is taken or not. If a domain name is taken it will show as not available and you will have to find a new one to check.
Make sure you checked “i’m not a robot” and hit Search.
Success! The domain name we want is still free! We can now proceed to the next step by simply clicking the “Add to Cart” followed by “Checkout”
On the checkout screen we have a couple of options.
No Hosting! Click to Add: If you want to attach a webhosting package on your domain for your website. Domain names can not show any content without a webhosting package!
Legal type: Select here if we are a business or for personal use
Company number: Your registered company number
Registrant name: Your name
Whois Opt-out: Anyone can see who the registrant the domain name is. If you would like to hide that part, you can tick the whois opt-out. Keep in mind for some domain extensions this will bring extra cost.
Nameservers: These are already selected for you and are our nameservers. Nameservers are needed to point your domain name to the webhosting or you can fill in your own nameservers if you have a webhosting somewhere else. Please keep in mind that if you want to host your domain on a webhosting you have to order that also.
Click on “Continue”
Make sure you spelled your domain name correctly and check the billing cycle. If everything is fine than hit “Checkout” and fill in your details.
Make sure to provide a strong password and select the payment method.
Click “Complete Order” and finalize payment.
Congratulations! Your domain name is ordered and will be registrerd automatically. You will receive confirmation emails from your purchase.
For the past year Google Chrome has starting to recognize sites more and more that are secure, meaning they use the https in front of the domain name instead of the normal http.
Https websites are using an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate that is installed on their webserver. These certificates are validated by companies like Trust or Comodo and ensures encryption.
From July, Google Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure,” according to a blog post published by Chrome security product manager Emily Schechter.
Chrome currently displays a neutral information icon, but starting with version 68, the Chrome browser will warn users with an extra notification in the address bar. Chrome currently marks HTTPS-encrypted sites with a green lock icon and “Secure” sign.
What does that mean for my website?
This could mean your website will start seeing lesser visitors as your visitors might not trust your website.
The following examples show the difference.
Secure with https
Not secure with http
From July this will change into the following
As you can see from the above this will not only look unprofessional, but it also could lose you customers. Beside being secure, https also has a little influence on your SEO rankings, although not confirmed 100% this may affect your search engine ranking.
What can i do to make sure my website is secure?
No matter if your site is hosted with us or with another provider we can help you. We supply basic SSL certificates for £19.95 a year and they come with free installation.
Order your SSL today or simple leave us a message for more information.
Keep your business safe and secure!