For those who know me, or who work with me, you know that I really like using WordPress. It is a Content Management System, it is a blogging environment, it is free, and has a bunch of great plugins which allow you to do a wide range of functions. Some of my favourites include WordPress SEO by Yoast, Gravity Forms, Monarch social media integration plugin and many more.
I have watched online forums argue the merits of a WordPress site, followed by a designer lauding their own custom built CMS as being superior and better, and the one you MUST buy and you MUST have them build it for you.
Vent2Me can build you a fantastic website, using WordPress, show you how to use it, and then you can go off, build more pages, write blogs to your heart’s content. You can really feel in control of your own webpage. You’ve paid for it, why can’t you log in when you want and change things?
One of the arguments put forth on forums against WordPress is security – WordPress is so easy to hack, everyone with a WordPress site is going to get hacked sooner or later. You should get a custom build CMS because it is safer.
Essentially, this is not true. If your site gets hacked, it is often not the fault of WordPress, it is the fault of the webhost. If your webhost does not have great security, redundancies and backups, then it won’t matter what kind of CMS you have.
To be fair, there can be human error involved with hacking. A username and password of ‘admin’ ‘admin’ is really easy to hack. Plus, with the great plugins, you do need to keep them updated to ensure security. That is as simple as finding the plugin when you log into WordPress, click the UPDATE NOW option, and hey presto.
So, you now have a great password, and username, really hard to hack. And you’re up to date with all your plugins. Really, that is all you should be doing to keep your site secure. If it gets hacked now, I would be looking at your webhost and asking them what kind of security they have.
Do they have SSL Certification? This stands for Secure Sockets Layer, an encryption which was created by Netscape. It creates a secure connection between you and your webserver, preventing eavesdropping, snooping and other forms of hacking. Vent2Me offers free SSL Certification for our annual website hosting packages.
Daily backups? If you do get hacked, and have to scrub everything, can you go to a backup as recent as yesterday, get it back up online quickly? This is a very important question to ask, as downtime can cost you a significant amount of money. At Vent2Me, we backup everything up daily.
And then the next question you ask yourself- how much does webhosting cost, and what do I get for that money? Vent2Me can give you webhosting for about 68 cents a day, or $250 a year. This includes SSL Certification, daily backups, managed WordPress updates and includes help from my team whenever you need it. And not just technical help. Because we also build your website, you can talk about design changes, marketing changes, all of that. A one-stop-shop of web site awesome.
If you’re having doubts about all the noise out there, all the WordPress naysayers, come have a chat with me. Drop me an email, give me a call, and let’s have a conversation. There is a lot you can do with your own website which is awesome, and I’d love to show you how.
Julia Taine, Executive Director of Vent2Me, is a marketing problem solver and mentor. A mover and a shaker, Julia sees a niche in an industry, and takes it, by making it her own. Julia started Vent2Me, because people she knew were struggling with their online presence and their digital strategies. Julia knew she could help these people, and so here she is today.