Proactivity is better than reactivity—nobody denies that.  Despite this, we humans have a tendency to seek support only after a problem manifests itself.

Unfortunately, this reactive approach can have significant repercussions, especially when it comes to website security. As demonstrated by recent WordPress site breaches and plugin hacks, things like poorly planned software updates, malware, and data loss can significantly impact the bottom line of a business.

Part of our job as a partner is to help our clients navigate risks and anticipate hazards. This is where our Security Plan comes in. We look to the road ahead and suggest an alternative path to prevent crashes and delays. This path is made up of a variety of measures that include security protection, CMS and plugin management, and website backups. Taking this path ensures that your users are able to interact with your business, and most important of all, convert.

The Wallop Security Plan

Ensuring your users are able to interact with your business online, and most importantly, convert, is critical. The Wallop Security plan aims to do by taking a proactive approach to maintenance and security.

Maintenance updates

In 2020 there were twenty eight WordPress releases. Four of these were maintenance and security updates. It’s important to stay on top of these updates;  falling behind can lead to security holes and make your site vulnerable to intrusion.

That’s not all. Every major WordPress update is usually followed by plugin releases aimed at keeping third-party integrations in parity with the CMS. While hitting the”update button” may seem like seem like a simple task, updating plugins blindly can have significant effects on how a website displays. Therefore, it’s really important to take an informed approach to these updates – and to know how to flip the switch back in case there’s a hiccup during an update.

Better security

Along with a proactive approach to WordPress’ maintenance and security updates, our security measures also include firewall protection and website monitoring.In a nutshell, this kind of security can prevent DDoS attacks and hacks. Suspicious events are flagged and our team is quickly notified.  In the unlikely scenario that the defenses fail, our team handles the removal of any malware and ensures that your website is back to its original state as soon as possible.

The Wallop Security Plan also includes the technical implementation of a security certificate on your hosting account to transition your website to HTTPS. Installing a security certificate and migrating to HTTPS is not only an important security measure, but it also improves site speed and is beneficial for your organic presence.

Less administration

One of the benefits of bundling these services is that it takes the guesswork out of website security. We’ll stay on top of security tasks so that you can rest assured that you are protected from potential vulnerabilities. Instead of inquiring about every security risk, you know that our team has you covered. There are no surprises.

As part of the initial setup, we also handle the setup or migration of an existing account to new hosting should this need arise.

Can’t I do this myself?

Your website is your business’ lifeline. So yes, while there’s technically nothing to stop you from hitting the “update” button or setting up a firewall, we’d strongly recommend against it. Wallop’s developers have years of experience building and maintaining WordPress websites. We understand what it takes to keep your site performing at its peak. We know what variables need to be considered, when the next updates are being released, and how your hosting configuration affects your approach to security. What’s more, we’ve implemented tried and tested maintenance and security processes.

If you are interested in learning more about the Wallop Security Plan, contact linda@wallop.ca.

A Guide to Web Font Providers

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A few years ago, before web fonts became the standard for websites and other digital applications, users were either limited to a handful of web-safe fonts or were forced to convert existing desktop fonts into pseudo web fonts using some sketchy plugins. Nowadays, most fonts available for purchase on sites like myfonts.com give the user the option to purchase a web font version. These fonts that are optimized for the web ensure that they are rendered as sharply as possible on your websites. 

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