Tag: shared hosting

WordPress Multisite Security

Many individual and small company forays on the web are through WordPress on shared hosting accounts, and it’s not uncommon for a shared hosting account to hold multiple WordPress sites as needs and business grow. Site owners maintain each and every WordPress install, managing content, configuration, users and updates. At least they should. Maintaining multiple sites in a single shared hosting account is time-consuming and, as we’ll see, risky as each site on the account is a point of access that has to be secured.

In this post, we’ll discuss how conglomerating multiple WordPress sites in a single account may not save time and money, it may in fact lead to the compromise of every site on the account. We’ll also discuss how to host securely, keeping all your sites from falling due to a single plugin vulnerability.

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How VPS Hosting Can Help Secure Your Website

Hosting your website on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) can be a great way to improve your website’s security when compared to shared hosting. Why?

Think of shared hosting as sharing an apartment – it’s economical, but roommates can often bring on unnecessary trouble. If a thief steals some of your roommate’s belongings, chances are they’ll steal yours as well. Similarly, if a hacker injects website malware into another website on the same server as yours, it can affect your website as well.

With a VPS, your website has its own partitioned space, operating system and (usually) unique IP address, isolating it from cyber attacks. A VPS also provides access to the console, something that shared hosting usually doesn’t allow, which can be helpful when removing malware.

Neill Feather, President of SiteLock, has written a blog post explaining more security benefits of a VPS and website firewall on IT Toolbox – you can read it by clicking here.

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