Be honest, when was the last time you updated the version of WordPress running your website? Last week, last month, last year? And have you been keeping your plugins up-to-date as well?
I know, boring!
But it’s really important to keep your website updated. Gone are the days when you could have a website built and not touch it again… Oh ok, I admit it those days never actually existed – it’s always been super important to keep your website content updated. But now that the majority of websites are running on a content management system like WordPress, you also have the job of keeping the software updated.
It’s important because it will:
- help keep your website secure from hackers
- help keep the site running smoothly as web technology changes
- keep Google happy
If you don’t take the time to update your software the worst case scenario would be that your site gets hacked, which believe me isn’t much fun! And if you leave it too long you may be looking at a rebuild – that is a pretty extreme case, but can happen.
If you’re worried about whether your website hasn’t been updated recently and aren’t sure how to tackle it yourself, give us a shout and I’m sure we’ll be able.
SSL certificates provide additional security for your website and are becoming essential to have.
We explain SSL certificates and how they affect you and your website below.
Due to changes in how current web technology treats websites it is becoming increasingly important for websites to have additional security applied.
The additional security is called an SSL Certificate and encrypts any data transmitted. You can identify sites with SSL Certificates as follows:
- Green padlock icon in your browser’s address bar
- The site address begins with https:// (rather than http://)
The image to the right shows how this appears in the web browser Firefox for the main BBC website.
In particular, Google is pushing for all websites to use SSL Certificates, and we understand that not having one can have a negative impact on your search engine ranking. Google are also reinforcing this with their web browser Chrome. As of October 2017 Chrome will flag up any forms on a non-SSL website as insecure.
Previously we have only recommended SSL Certificates where sensitive data such as credit card details are collected directly on your website (which is the case for a lot of e-commerce websites). Although we feel that Google is forcing a significant change on website owners, we can’t deny the importance of Google and want to highlight the issue to enable you to make an informed decision.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to review the impact of these changes on your website and to get pricing for setting up your website to work with SSL.