Protect your website from hackers: Update your CMS

 In Connectivity

Are you having problems with your website? Maybe you’re experiencing errors because your website is old; or seeing viruses or other malicious code embedded in your pages. In some cases, you might even find yourself locked out due to a security breach.

If any of these things have happened to you, you may need to update your website content management system (CMS).

The security of your website is compromised when you don’t regularly update your CMS; leaving it prone to security risks and dangers from hackers able to find holes and new ways to attack your site.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Specifically, the following could happen to your website if you fail to update your CMS:

  • Spammy links to questionable websites may appear on your site. That could cause Google to penalise your site and may lead to loss of traffic and enquiries.
  • Important data including email addresses, payment information, passwords and other private customer information may be stolen.
  • Layout and other website functions may be changed or deleted; offensive content may also be added.
  • Passwords may change, restricting your access to your site.
  • Your site may become a host to viruses and other malicious code.
  • Other problems might occur; such as coding errors, bugs, and plugin incompatibility.

Why it matters

A solid and reliable web presence is an essential business tool.

If your website is not functioning properly, essential information may not reach your existing clients and potential customers. This will have a great effect not only on your sales and marketing efforts but on your business as a whole.

Website developers know this, and your CMS platform will periodically release updates for security and functionality patches that need to be applied.

You can update your CMS yourself

Before you get started, you must back up your website. This means that if you encounter any issues during or after the update, you can still restore it to the last point at which it was working. Most CMS’s provide instructions on how to back up a site.

Once you’ve backed it up, you can then proceed with the update/s. The CMS should guide you through the process.

But it’s better to call in an expert

However, it cannot be stressed enough that running a CMS update on your own, especially on older sites, can break the website.

For this reason, you may feel happier leaving this delicate process up to an expert.

Eventually there will come a time when simple updates will no longer suffice, and you’ll need to do a full site rebuild. This is already the case for websites built using Adobe Flash, for example.

ProITS can help you with both small CMS updates, and full site overhauls.

We can set up a schedule for applying updates so you never need to worry about security risks or compatibility issues; and, when it’s time to move on and rebuild, we can facilitate that for you as well.

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