Starting a web site these days is both at the same time easier than it has ever been as well as harder. It is easier in the terms that you do not have build everything from scratch anymore. There is enough technology that is available to you that will allow you to be able to easily construct a basic site. And even if you want to build a web site from scratch, the technology that you would use to do that is so sophisticated that it also would not take as much time as it used to so that you are able to get it done. This is why you are seeing more web sites being put up every day. The technical geniuses do not have the only access to this technology anymore. Everyone is able to get involved. But even though putting up a decent looking web site is easier than ever on the web, there are still some things that you have to worry about when you decide to put one up. There are a lot of security issues that you will have to contend with when you are placing the site on the web. In this article, I will go over some of the security issues that you might have to face. After that, I will also go over some of the things that you can do to counteract those issues.
The security issues of putting up a web site
The security problems that you may come across when you are putting up a web site will depend on what kind of site you are putting up. If you are putting up a web site that is non dynamic and just has some simple text on it, then there is not much that you have to worry when it comes to security. If you are building a web site that takes in a person’s input, then this is when the concern starts to come into play. The first thing you will have to do is to make sure that the data that is being inputted by the person is sanitized. That means that they are only allowed to put certain characters in the form. If you allow people to put whatever they want into the forms then they will be able run scripts inside of the document. These scripts that can be run are very dangerous. So you must make sure that you block that ability. Besides scripts that they can run, if you do not sanitize the data, they can also send fake commands to the database that is storing the data. They can make the database erase all of the data or even worse, show all of the data to that particular user. This means that the user will be able to see all of your other user’s private information. This is not a good thing and is something that will lose you the trust of even your most dedicated visitors. No one wants their data to be open to the public like that.
There are many more security issues that you have to worry about when you are placing a web site on the internet. That’s why if you are new to the web site building business, you are going to want to read as many security tutorials as you can when it comes to web sites. In the next paragraph I will show you some techniques that you can use to be able to counter act some of these points.
An easy way to help your web site when it comes to security
An easy way to be able to counteract some of the security pitfalls of your web site is to use some the technology that is already out there. It is tested by a large amount of people and so there is a good chance that most of the major security holes have been found. One technology that you might want to think about using is WordPress. It is the easy way to quickly build a web site. Also, as I said earlier, it has a large amount of people who look over the code that will help you to find holes in it. WordPress is very flexible and it will allow you to shape the web site into whatever you want. Even though WordPress is known to be a blogging platform, it does a lot more than that.
If you still want to build the site from the ground up, you might consider going with one of the web frameworks that are available. Again, this will save on security concerns. You will be able to have more control of the web site and at the same time have the tedious parts done for you. Each language has a web framework out there including the most popular web language, PHP. The key is to depend on the community to help you out.
Building up a web site is fun and rewarding. Just make sure that your final creation is as safe as it can be.