WordPress Security – Choosing Hosting

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In this video I’m going to talk to you about Hosting and Security.

Choosing a good host can be a daunting task with all the different options of hosts out there. In the Buying Host video, I go through 6 of the hosting companies and what they offer.   One thing I’ll go into more in this video is about security.

There are four different types of hosting: shared, virtual, dedicated and cloud hosting.
Shared hosting is good for multiple web sites on the same server. Generally, it’s lower cost than the other types of hosting, and you can get most of the common features that you need, such as software, and so on.  When it comes to shared hosting, you are more vulnerable to getting hacked.   It is only as secure as the site with the weakest security on the same server.

Web Administrators often face the unfortunate situation where even after hardening their site, patching all the security loopholes, running the latest version of the software and plugins, their site is compromised or defaced.  This is mostly when you use non WordPress shared hosting.  If you go with WordPress Shared hosting, the hosting company usually will put in place added security.  This will help prevent hackers getting to your site from another website on your hosting.  You will want to make sure they the hosting company you choose mentions added security.

Next is virtual private hosting which is similar to dedicated hosting, but at a lower price. With virtual private hosting, multiple sites are stored on the same server in what are called virtual containers.  Most virtual private servers provide root access and full control over features, software, and tools.

Virtual private servers are probably best for sites that need more control, but at a lower cost. Next we have dedicated servers which provide maximum control over the web server. The entire server is dedicated for your web site, and of course with this kind of service, dedicated server are going to be more expensive than other types of hosting options. I would say that dedicated servers are best for sites needing full control, strong flexibility, and great performance.

Next, we have cloud hosting which is infinitely scalable and designed to handle large traffic spikes. With cloud hosting, sites are hosted across multiple servers, which are referred to collectively as a cloud. Cloud hosting generally provides all the features required by most sites and is best for sites with lots of traffic or lots of unpredictable traffic spikes and surges.  When looking for a good host, it’s important to determine your needs. If you have a regular blog or a small site with moderate traffic, shared hosting is probably going to be fine.

For larger sites, needing more control over software and features, virtual private hosting is probably the best bet. For total control over every aspect, you want your own dedicated server. And then lastly, if you have a site with large traffic spikes or massive amounts of traffic, cloud hosting is going to provide you the scalability and flexibility needed to keep up. A great way to get the scoop on potential web hosts is to hit the search engines.

Since the majority of the people watching this video are most likely going to be in the category of the cheaper hosting, the shared hosting, I’m going to show you a couple of examples of what to look for with the shared hosting.

Starting with Godaddy.  I’ll first show you their regular shared hosting.

As you may have noticed, it doesn’t mention anything about security on this page as a feature.

Now let’s check out their Shared WordPress hosting.

I’m going to search for the word ‘Security’.  You’ll see how it talks about More security.  This is what I recommend you find with the company you choose.  If they don’t have it, you might want to keep looking.  Just because they don’t have the added security doesn’t mean you will get hacked.  It just means you have a greater risk.

Here they mention Automatic software and security updates.  This is great for helping save your time from having to manually run the updates.  It also assures they get updated quickly.

And one more spot they mention security.  Here they mention they have a team that monitors the servers so that you can rest easy.  This doesn’t mean you’ll never get hacked, but it hopefully will help decrease your chances.

One more example is SiteGround.  On their regular shared hosting, you’ll notice the same as Godaddy.  There’s not much, if any mentioned about security.

Now if I go over and look at WordPress Hosting, you’ll see different.

Right at the top you’ll see, The Strongest Security and what is included in that security.

Hopefully this video helps you choose what hosting package is best for your business.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

WordPress Security
Getting Started
Keeping Your Computer Protected
Website Hosting
Secured Networks
Use Reputable Themes & Plugins
Keep Themes & Plugins Updated
Strong Usernames
Strong Passwords
Limit Admin Access
Backups - Online & Offline
SQL Change the table_prefix
File Permissions
Securing wp-includes
Securing wp-config.php
Disable File Editing
Security Plugins
All In One Security
Limit Login Attemps

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