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Hosting in a Secure Way

- Updated August 12, 2021

Enabling HTTPS in your site, means you’re hosting with a secure IP. It’s no fun to have an open channel over HTTPS in the world. You might be the first to do it and as you go along it will improve.

1 Be certain that you have all of the required web servers and available hardware

How much time do you have to devote to developing new stuff on your site? Do you know what you want to achieve, are you going to do it?

Every project should be scaled down and scaled back if possible. When it comes to moving your project forward, it’s imperative that you have all the development resources you need on your side. This means the right hardware and enough power. (Sorry for the long stretch here).

2 Consider adding more security features

Do not trust the security features on all of your sites. That’s not very beneficial. Just be sure to have an SSL certificate for every site you’re going to develop on.

In some cases, you might need a different sort of solution. In my case I was building a new bot which was intended to talk to Twitter but also chat with agents from other platforms and applications.

3 Make sure that you have all of the necessary apps and integrations in place to meet the requirements

Social media platforms are quickly becoming a critical part of an organization’s infrastructure. That means that you should have all of the tools you need, from apps to integrations to desktop apps.

The easiest way to do this is through open source applications and I think that’s what a lot of organizations are lacking. I know that there are plenty of great third party tools, but I also know from personal experience that the web is not fast enough to keep up with all of these third party applications.

4 Deploy and update your web servers regularly

Manual updates are not enough and you must always try to keep your server up to date. There are some tools which are not much more complex than the ones that have been around for a while. Also keep an eye on your system updates. Be sure to wait for at least 90 days between server upgrades and also be sure that you don’t have any outages.

5 Post a notification on your domain about any security issues

If you’re using WordPress you can add a default security status for all of your posts. When a visitor clicks on one of these posts they will receive an email to inform them of the security status of the post. This is a very useful feature if you’re building a service that is always up to date with new releases, even more if you’re using the top wordpress hosting for this purpose.

6 Keep in mind that each project is different

A simple yes-or-no answer about a service should be used for the whole of your life. There will be times when you will need more technical information on a site. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with your web developer or security expert to get the answers you need.

7 Have a comprehensive security policy

All of the projects that you’re working on need to have a security policy. There is no point in developing something if you’re not confident that it will be secure in the end.

We had a team set up for our own Drupal sites. In every sprint they created a new task and put up a new policy. They then implemented all of the rules in the policies they created.

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