How to Build a Secure Website

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secure-websiteIt is important that your website is safe at all times from hackers. These hackers do not just intend to acquire any important information about you, such as you credit card number or any other information, but also, they penetrate your website so they can acquire a temporary web server for illegal files, and also to make it a haven for viruses that your visitors will unknowingly acquire.

Now if you have just set up your website and you are not sure how to do it, here are some advices that you have to follow immediately so as to ensure that you are safe at all times:

  1. Always update your software. Whether you are running a CRM or a forum, it is always important that you have it updated at all times as even the slightest bug can be a good pathway to be exploit by hackers. However, if you are using a hosting solution, there is no need to do so as the company immediately updates your website to avoid such occurrence.
  2. Use parameterized queries to ensure that hackers who use web form field or URL parameter will not be able to insert rogue codes in order for them to get information and delete data on your website.
  3. Strip out any HTML or habitually check the data being given on your form to ensure that hackers won’t be able to run any malicious codes when accessing your web form.
  4. Use generic error messages such as “Wrong log-in information,” and the like. Never let the person know that either the username or password is correct because you are giving him an idea that he is on the right track and he is only required to concentrate on a particular field just to be able to access your website.
  5. Bolt down your server. There are a number of ways to hack a website, the most basic way is to enter through the CMS system. However, a more sophisticated way to do this is to go through the server. You should secure your server with a user application such as iptables. This is a great guide on how to setup iptables.
  6. Use hard to decipher passwords – preferably a mixture of lower and upper case, numbers and characters. Additionally, long passwords are also hard to figure out, so make sure that you use something that has more than 8 characters.
  7. Be careful in letting your visitors upload files on your website, even if it is just a simple picture, because hackers can include scripts that can immediately give them an access on your website – yes, that’s how smart they are so you really need to watch out!
  8. Add security tools. There are several security tools available online that can be acquired for free or by purchasing their plans. These are guaranteed efficient in keeping your website safe from exploitation. Just check out online reviews from reputable users so that you will be guaranteed that you will be using the right security tools that can cater all your needs.

Remember, a well-secured website is what you need most to either keep your integrity and protect you in the World Wide Web. Do not be too lax on your website if you do not want to be sorry in the end.

The Basics of Web Design – Learn to Apply Small Tweaks

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If you want to learn the basics of web design, then you’re on the right place. We are going to help you learn some basics of web design and by that, we won’t go into any kind of theory, just the very basics so that you can apply small tweaks by yourself without calling your web designer to do a simple color change that’ll cost you $10. I’m sure you are eager to learn, let us begin.

CSS Selectors

The very first thing that you need to learn is using CSS selectors. Without knowing how to use these CSS selectors, you won’t be able to do anything. The first kind of selector is the element selector; this is the simplest of all because this selector targets a particular HTML element. Below, we used an element selector targeting the <p> tags or all paragraphs and telling the browser to align all paragraph texts to center and color them red. Take note of the semi-colon, that means your rule ends, for example, you set a rule for “text-align” then put a colon and place the rule value, which is “center” and end it with a semi-colon to tell CSS that it ends, apply it now. If you don’t put a semi-colon at the end of your rule, things will get pretty messed up.

p {

text-align: center;

color: red;

}

 

In a nutshell, we do this: “selector {property: value;}”, and the indentations are there for the sake of readability, but you don’t have to put them at all, but of course, it’ll be easier to read than this one:

p {text-align: center;color: red;}

 

Now that you learned how to use the simplest selectors and how to apply rules, let’s move on to the next type of selector: the id selector.

#para1 {

text-align: center;

color: red;

}

 

As you can see, everything is the same except for the #para1, which is what you call an ID. The ID selector is the attribute of a selected HTML element. Remember that an ID is tied to a single html element. No two html element has the same id, even if they are of the same tag. Now, let’s move on to the last, the class selector.

.center {

text-align: center;

color: red;

}

 

As you can see, instead of a pound sign, it used a dot as a selector. Class applies to elements with a specific class attribute. Unlike the id selector, a class can be applied to many HTML elements. Another use of class is here:

p.center {

text-align: center;

color: red;

}

 

The example above will apply the rules only to those <p> elements of class center. That’s it! You have the very basics. To learn more, go to W3schools.

Why Web Design is Important?

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In the early days of the internet, only few people were able to access websites because of the costs of a personal computer and bandwidth. Therefore, ancient websites aren’t really designed to be pleasing to the eye; instead, they are designed to look like a simple Word document, with hyperlinks to enable easy navigation and document switching. However, as time passes by and personal computers became cheaper and cheaper and bandwidth becoming faster and faster, website developers started to improve how websites look. They began adding stylesheets to a webpage to add colors, change font face and font size or in other words, beautify them. But the most beautiful website of early 2000s looks like a prehistoric website nowadays.

Today, there are several technologies used in developing a website. There is JavaScript, a scripting languages used to add interactivity to websites and it also plays a role in designing a website. There are many JavaScript frameworks developed within the past couple of years, one example is jQuery that adds a lot of interaction and design tweaks to a website. Then, with the combination of HTML5 and CSS3, responsive websites can be designed and created, even without the need of scripting language. You can create a simple interactive website by maximizing HTML5 and CSS3 and not worry about JavaScript, PHP, Ruby or ASP.net slowing your website.

Now, that you have a very brief history of websites and their designs, let us discuss why web design is important.

Your Business is Your Website

If you are going to setup a website for your business, then your business is your website. That means you have to create a good looking, professionally designed website in order to cater to your customers. As you’ve learned on our earlier paragraph, websites in the “ancient” history of the internet are just simple. That means they only have to inform a user about something or in other words, they are static. They are just like an online flier that conveys information to uses.

But since the internet evolved and websites were created for all sorts of purposes, their complexity and design were also increased multiple-fold. A website today isn’t just about a webpage with bunch of texts, images and videos. They consists slides, web forms, interactive images, image maps and more. They are more than just static websites; they are your business interacting with your potential clients or customers.

Therefore, a good website design will tell your “online business” apart from competitors. It will be your advantage if you’re able to provide an excellent website design that can provide an excellent user experience to your audience, customers or clients. By deploying an excellent web design, you will improve your professionalism and credibility to your clients.