Summer is here and, it’s time to hit the road longing for sun, tan and swimming fun (unless you are a mountain-type person). Wherever is your destination, one thing needs to remain intact for as long as you’re away: your amazing WordPress website!
During holidays, your website will continue running. If you are not part of a big company with a dedicated IT department, you’re probably running the whole thing by yourself. WordPress is so easy that allows for literally anyone to manage a website, that’s why millions of people love to use this CMS.
Here is a list of things you can do before and after you leave office:
- Backup your website. This is an all-time classic, but it fits perfectly this occasion. The web server will not go on vacations, neither will the aspiring hackers. For that, you must ensure you have a working copy of your website in case something happens. And make this copy available on the web, so you will be able to restore your website even from any working device.
- Keep your passwords in a safe place so you will be able to log in the soonest you come back. You can also keep a hard copy of your passwords’ list in your office drawer so, even if a device fails and you can’t reach the files, you won’t be locked out of your website and your favorite applications.
- Update your website to the latest version: this includes WordPress code, plugins and Themes. Do that a few days before you leave and check it out again just before the beginning of the journey. This way you won’t only have the latest versions but, you will also know that the website is working regularly.
- Add a Security plugin like iThemesSecurity which will help you fortify your website against any type of attacks, including brute force, spamming etc. It will keep you updated with email while you’re on the beach.
- Lockdown the standard login screen to make it harder for anyone trying to connect. This can be done with your security application or with a standalone plugin.
- Check with your hosting provider. If your audience is located in one or only a few countries, you can ask your provider to prohibit access to any other country, minimizing the risk of malicious attack attempts.
- If you have added an e-commerce application to your website, you can use a plugin like https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-store-vacation/ to notify your audience you’re away. Most will come back later and, it’s far better than having a ton of purchases waiting for you when you come back, delayed for weeks.
- Periodically check your website on any accessible device to see if it’s online and working as expected. If you need to stay away from work during holidays, you can configure your security application to send you notices whenever someone tries to break in (and effectively gets locked out because of too many failed attempts).
- If you have stored your password on a cloud service and it’s synchronized with any of your on-the-go devices make sure all of them are password protected.
- Keep a simple cell phone for emergency calls instead of carrying your flagship mobile phone with all your personal data in crowded places like beaches and cafeterias.
- Let a friend check your website while you’re missing. In case, your good friend has another schedule and, is at the office while you’re laying down on the beach, ask her to take a look every now and then at your website.
- Get your best mood and enjoy the trip! After all, one of the reasons you selected WordPress among other available CMSs is the high-security level it offers.
- Use an Availability monitoring service like Pingdom to regularly check that your website is up and running and notify you if something goes wrong.