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Cloud, CMS and Security

The Growing Interest for Security and CMS

CMS services are allowing more people to run their own successful websites without needing to know HTML or any web programming languages.

CMS, which stands for content management system, is software you install on your web host/server that allows you to manage the content of your website through an admin control panel. That way you don’t have to go into the coding and manually add the content, which is what you used to have to do with HTML websites. Some of the most notable CMS services are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal which are all free services.

Along with the increasing popularity of CMS services running in the cloud, there is also an increasing demand for security. Since CMS software is open source and many people use it, this allows hackers to study the programming and develop strategies for intercepting the basic security that comes preinstalled with the software. Once they figure this out, they will be able to hack multiple websites that run on the software because it is the same software everyone else is using.

Therefore, businesses need to take extra measures to secure their website in order to make sure hackers cannot access their website’s content management system. Whether you run a personal blog or business, maintaining the security of your CMS is just as vital as protecting your servers. You are not only protecting your information, but you are protecting the information of the customers and subscribers who have signed up through your website as well.

The type of security you will need depends on your hosting in general. For big business CMS websites, they are likely going to be run on dedicated or cloud hosting servers.  As for personalized websites, they are typically run on shared web hosting servers. These are more susceptible to attacks because the servers are shared with potentially hundreds of thousands of other users. Many of these users could very well be the same type you are looking to precisely guard and defend your site against. So you must be careful.

Backup Plan

There are several methods which can help protect your website such as utilizing security Plugins (WordPress), CDNs (Incapsula, CloudFlare…) and Backup/Storage services (Box, VaultPress, Dropbox…) Keep in mind, nothing is 100% guaranteed as seen with the recent Sony outages nonetheless, you’ll sleep better at night knowing you are trying to do something about it.

Provided is a sponsored infographic by websitesetup.org which offers a comparison between the 3 leading CMS website builders in the market today.

CMS infographic

By Glenn Blake

About Glenn Blake

Glenn Blake is a writer for CloudTweaks and has been writing about technology trends for over 25 years.

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