Secure WordPress Hosting, what is it, exactly?

wordpress_developmentIn February, I wrote about ways to secure your WordPress blog (you can see that post by clicking here). One of the 5 points I made was to have a WordPress specific hosting account. Since that post, we’ve had numerous people ask about what exactly our WordPress Hosting has to offer, and how it differs from regular shared hosting. Because of that, I decided to make a post about it.

So, what do you get with Secure WordPress Hosting?

1. Automatic Malware Scanning – Allow me to be a little bit blunt here. WordPress websites get hacked, and they get hacked a lot. It’s the reality of using WordPress. There are a countless number of themes, plugins, addons, and all sorts of other things that you can use to customize your WordPress. Each one of these presents a hacking risk. How, you might ask? Most themes and plugins are created by the community. That means WordPress has no hand in their creation. As such, there’s no telling how secure they are from the get-go. As these themes/plugins get older, if security holes aren’t patched (or if a user chooses not to update them) then hackers have an easier time gaining access through these vulnerabilities. Through these vulnerabilities, they gain access to your account and upload malicious content.

What the automatic malware scan does is scan every single file that is uploaded to your account, and checks for any malicious code in these files. This protects you on two levels. Any time you upload a plugin or theme that may have vulnerabilities, it will stop those from getting to your account. Also, if by chance you let a theme or plugin get out of date, and it does happen to get compromised, any attempt to upload malicious files will be automatically blocked.

2. Automatic Malware Quarantine – Of course, detecting malicious files is only good to you if something is done with them. Any file our system detects as being malicious will automatically be put in quarantine and won’t affect your account, or website. Any time this happens, an email is automatically sent to you letting you know these files were detected and removed from your account. After 24 hours, these files are automatically removed from the quarantine area.

3. Premium Backup Service – An important part of website security, WordPress or not, is having a fail-safe. A fail-save, in terms of websites, is a backup. It’s imperative to have backups of your website in case something goes wrong. Our premium backup service offers two tiers of protection. One form of protection is our automated backup service. Once a week, we will automatically backup your account. This will be kept on our backup servers and if you need it restored, we can take care of that for you.

The other option you have is to take backups yourself directly inside your cPanel. You will have access to our backup on demand tool, which will allow you to take a backup any time. This is especially handy if you are making significant changes to your account and want to have a backup just in case something goes wrong.

4. SSD Database Storage – WordPress is largely database driven. Most of the data you store is done in a MySQL database. As such, it’s important that the database runs as quickly and seamlessly as possible. In order to do this, all databases are stored on SSD drives (solid state drives). SSD drives run faster, and are much more reliable than standard hard drives because they have no moving parts, which means there’s less opportunity for them to fail. Think of it as your information being ready on demand, without it having to be searched for.

These are only some of the features you’ll get with WordPress hosting from WebHostingPad. We offer three different packages, based on what you need, so to find out more specifics you can visit our WordPress Hosting page.