Increasing CMS Security

22 May 2019
Website Security

Luke Wakefield

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Without proper security protocols in place, your CMS can become a prime target for hackers. With many well-known CMS providers facing on-going security threats, the vulnerability of a poorly secured content management system has been well documented in recent years.

Despite this, many website owners continue to use unsecure content management systems. Of course, no-one wants to put the security of their website in jeopardy so why do people persevere with systems which are known to have security issues?

Some owners may not realise just how vulnerable their site is or how long it takes for upgrades to actually respond to known security threats. Others may assume their site won’t be targeted by hackers or realise the negative potential a security breach has.

With recent changes to data protection laws, however, the consequences of a security breach have never been more damaging. A vulnerable CMS platform doesn’t just put your website at risk, it can put your business, your livelihood and your reputation at risk too.

What makes a CMS vulnerable?

Wordpress, Joomla! and Drupal are the three best-known CMS platforms and between them they provide the basis for a staggering number of websites. Wordpress alone powers over 18 million websites, which only increases its attractiveness to hackers.

However, Wordpress, Joomla! and Drupal are open-source platforms. This means that any developer can release themes, plugins and patches. For website owners, the customisation options which come with an open-source CMS platform are endless and many site owners find this an attractive prospect. Furthermore, the perceived economic benefits of using open-source platforms can be a big factor when it comes to choosing your content management system.

Although there may be some benefits of using an open-source CMS platform, relying on numerous developers to effectively create your content management system can be a recipe for disaster. Even developers with the best of intentions can run into problems and may leave gaping holes in the framework of your site, allowing hackers an easy way to access your data.

As site owners add plugins to their site and continue to mix features from different developers, the risk only increases. This, combined with poorly updated sites and out-of-date software, means hackers can easily access a large proportion of open-source CMS websites.

Using A Secure CMS Platform

Increasing CMS security doesn’t need to be a choice between protecting your site and accessing the best features. In fact, you can benefit from a highly secure CMS platform with a vast range of features, without a hefty price tag.

Siteglide takes security seriously and we understand the need for your website to be impenetrable. With AWS hosting, closed-source development and SSL certification, you can be sure your Siteglide website keeps your content and your data secure at all times.

With a whole host of built-in features, your secure CMS platform won’t need to be modified with risky plugins or patches from an unknown origin. In fact, everything you need is brought to you by our own trusted developers.

To find out how Siteglide could work for you, contact us today.

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