Don't Crash the Party: How to Ensure Your Website Stability?

Website_Stability

Did you realize that it takes internet users less than half a second to determine whether or not they like a particular website? One of the biggest mistakes most business owners make when it comes to building a website is failing to take the time to make it reliable.

If a website takes too long to load or is consistently crashing, it will be difficult to garner quality sales leads. Rather than rushing through the website development process, you need to take your time. By ironing out every detail of your web design, you can rest assured that your site will function properly.

Read below to find out more about how to keep your website stable and reliable.

Be Mindful of Coding Errors

One of the most common causes of website crashes is coding errors. Even the slightest error in a line of code can lead to high levels of instability. Some business owners think they can handle this complex job alone, but this is usually a recipe for disaster.

Working with an experienced programmer is the only way to ensure all code written is both functional and bug-free. Once the website has been constructed, using programs like PagerDuty - Papertrail log management is essential. With this program, you can find out about any errors on your website and address them before they cause crashes to occur.

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How do you stop your small business website getting hacked?

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The bad news is that you probably can't guarantee it never will be. The good news is that there are a lot of simple things you can do to reduce the chances. This post is by no means comprehensive, but its intention is to give you a few 'easy to implement' first steps to help keep things secure.

User Account Names & Passwords

When you're installing your CMS make sure that you pick an obscure username. If you're building your own website and haven't considered security you're very likely to leave the superuser as 'Admin' or some similar default name set during the installation process - after all, we all get fed up with remembering umpteen different combinations of username and password. Don't! Make sure you pick something obscure that cannot be guessed or linked back to you or your website's content. If you leave the superuser account name as the default any potential hacking attempt can be made with brute force tactics on the superuser password.

Once you've picked a strong superuser account name make sure you employ the same principles to your password. Make sure it's unique and you haven't used it elsewhere. There are lots of free tools available for generating passwords. Try http://freepasswordgenerator.com/ which will generate passwords depending on your chosen criteria of letters, numbers and symbols and also of varying length.

Site Software Updates

This is an important one. Once your chosen site software has been 'out there' for a while the weak points will have been identified. Not only by the developers but also the hackers. The CMS developers are constantly patching these and it's very often a simple one-click process to keep it current. Make sure you do. 

As well as the CMS software make sure that you keep all plugins and components up to date as well. 

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