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Use an SSL Certificate with Your Website

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There are no excuses for running a website without the addition of an SSL Certificate.

Not when Lets Encrypt enable you to add a FREE SSL certificate without having to pay high subscription charges.

And not when reputable web hosting providers make Lets Enscrypt SSL available for use via their Hosting Control Panels.

Here are FIVE reasons why we use an SSL certificate with our website.

Keep yourself informed about security threats

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Hardly a week goes by without hearing of a serious security vulnerability which threatens to compromise this or that app, email client, web browser, website or operating system.

So it is tempting to stick your head in the sand, look away and just hope for the best.

Tempting yes. Sound? No.

Subscribe to The Hacker News newsletter for timely prompts to check your device or whatever isn't at risk.

See link below.

Is your Joomla! CMS website up to date?

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside ukIf you are not using the latest Joomla! CMS release and your website is important to you, then you should be!

An out of date CMS website or Content  Management System (regardless of platform - Joomla!, Wordpress, Drupal) is like a ship with a broken propeller waiting for a torpedo to strike!

If your website is the ship with a broken propeller,  fix it quick or head for the life rafts!

We are Joomla! specialists so here we outline why you should use the latest release of the Joomla! CMS.

Have you lately checked how fast your website is loading?

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What did you  find?

Following a recent Joomla! CMS update we checked the Page Load Speed of the Home Page of one of our demonstration websites.

We used the YSlow Browser Add-on (no longer available).

We were not impressed when we saw the result!

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So we decided to check a few things, including whether:

  1. Page Caching was enabled,
  2. Gzip compression was enabled and supported by our hosting provider,
  3. we could make some changes to our website's .htaccess file to further improve performance.

All of the above helped, but we saw the biggest improvement when we installed and configured 3rd party extension: JCH Optimize.

When we re-tested our website's Page Load Speed we were mighty pleased!

See for yourself ...

ALWAYS be on the look out for Joomla! Updates

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You have got between 8 and 48 hours after an announcement by The Joomla! Project of a Joomla! CMS Security Fix before the hackers launch an attack on your website.

This was the view of AKEEBA, developer of the Admin Tools extension, back in 2016. Source: Akeeba Admin Tools.

And we have no reason to believe things have changed since then.

If anything the hackers will probably get to your website even quicker in 2020.

So you had better act fast when news is announced of a Joomla! Security Release!

Knowledge is power - so it is important to be on the look out for Joomla! Updates.

WordPress is better than Joomla! Really?

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside ukI could not believe what I was reading when, admittedly a few years ago, I happened upon a Wordpress developer's website and read their hatchet job of the Joomla! CMS.

Now, to be sure, no Content Management System (CMS) is perfect, back then or today!

But those who live in glass houses would be well advised not to throw stones.

More websites are created using Wordpress than Joomla! but which is more secure?

You could take a few hours to read complex evaluations to form a view.

But if time is a luxury then you could do worse than visit the following two SUCURI Blog links to see what this security specialist has had to say in the present and recent past about each CMS.