When it comes to a personal blog or a small website, the go-to choice for web developers is usually a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress or Drupal. When we look at how the web has evolved over the past decade or two, is we all started with a static web hosting and then moved to a CMS which usually runs on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server(s). When you look at a CMS hosting such as a blog, it usually is somewhat cheap however, it comes with it’s own fair share of problems. The main aspect of the problem, in my opinion, is Security. You have to make sure your application such as WordPress and all the plugins are updated at all times. This is where a hacker would try and exploit a WordPress site or any of its plugins as soon as a vulnerability is spotted.
The solution is to implement a number of security measures on the website and manage it yourself. This option would be very cost effective, however, it does require a fair bit of technical knowledge. The other option is to go with a fully managed WordPress hosting, where the provider will manage the security aspect of your website. Even though having a fully managed hosting doesn’t usually guarantee your safety because there are other factors such as third-party plugins. If you have a secured LAMP server with the updated WordPress installation, it is still not guaranteed to be secured, because a hacker will find a way through to your website via a poorly corded or outdated third-party plugin. When it comes to choosing the plugins, make sure you ask yourself whether you really need it and keep the plugin-count as low as possible.
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