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Website: M.D.

A website, like most things with your business, is a responsibility. Like employees, or your products and services, or anything else, you need to invest in your website. And I’m not talking about keeping it fresh by frequently changing content, which is also important, but for another article. You can find one here… but I digress.

I’m talking about keeping your website up to date. To keep it healthy. And virus free.

Marketing Matters, like a large portion of the website building world, typically employs CMS (content management system) platforms to build websites. There are many popular platforms and we use several of them depending on the need/situation. These typically include WordPress, Joomla!, Magento or Drupal.

We employ these platforms for a number of reasons, one of which is that it creates a much easier website to keep updated with fresh content. This may be a little more work upfront in initial programming and you pay way less to perform edits. Gone are the evil days when you had to call a programmer just to make simple changes on your website.

But there’s another tradeoff. Because of their popularity, hackers are constantly coming up with new ways to annoy you/us. Exploiting websites (on a large scale) through outdated CMS websites has become very popular.

Notice I said “outdated” CMS websites. Whether it’s next month, next year, or three years down the road; given time, I can almost guarantee you that your website will be compromised if left unattended.

The good news is that CMS platforms spend hundreds of thousands (probably millions) of dollars staying ahead of hackers by patching known flaws in previous versions, and they do a pretty good job at it. So it’s pretty simple, take your website to the doctor every once in a while and have it checked out. I promise you, it will save you heartache down the road.

If your website is already infected, our programmers can help clean it for you, but it’s monotonous, time consuming work, and not fun for anyone. And frankly, we’d rather be designing a kick-butt website for someone else. So here’s a quick recommendation for your benefit. We highly recommending a third party platform to keep ahead of malware infection, and it’s proven very beneficial for us and many of our clients. Sucuri (https://sucuri.net/) will clean an infected website and offers an additional level of protection by way of running it through their firewall. They also give you a heads up if your site is breached. It’s not free, packages run from $200 to $500/year – and worth every cent.

Sucuri is not the final solution, as you still need to keep your website updated, yet it helps. If you want to check if your site is infected, use their SiteCheck tool (https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/).