Nine Steps to Keep Your Website Safe

Nine Steps to Keep Your Website Safe

There is nothing worse than having your website compromised by a hacker. It can cause so much customer distrust if you compromise your customer’s security and just in general leaves you with a huge mess to clean up. So you want to make sure that you have a safe website.

Here are nine ways you can keep your website free from the dangers of hackers.

1. Know what threats are out there.

Hackers are always coming up with new ways to get into your website. You need to stay one step ahead of them by knowing the latest in tricks to compromise your site. There are tech sites which can help you know what the latest and greatest hacks are out there so you can protect your site from that danger. If it’s above you, then hire someone who can keep it all safe for you.

2. Lock it up.

Make it harder for them to get in by having stronger passwords and more securities like limiting the number of password guesses on your site. Make sure passwords are strong and changed frequently. Frequent automatic logouts and re-logins will help keep you ahead of those hackers. Refrain from sending passwords through email just in case your email has been compromised and you’re unaware. Make sure you don’t use generic usernames such as admin as this is one of the biggest ways hackers can gain entry!

3. Stay up to date.

If you always update your computer software and security software when updates are available instead of waiting, then you will keep your website safer. Software companies are always looking to protect their clients. Following step number 1 above, they are aware of the latest hacker tricks and work to find ways to prevent that from happening with their software. So as soon as an update is available, don’t drag your feet on accepting it.

4. Use firewalls.

Put up a firewall that will help keep people out. This might require a monthly fee, but it’s well worth it if it stops any unauthorized people from getting into your website. In the long run it could save you so much time, money, and heartache. Wordfence for WordPress users is a great solution and free too!

5. Admin pages should be hidden.

You never want an admin page to be found through a search engine. There’s a way to prevent these from showing up in search engines, preventing access to the entry portal of your website. There are robots you can use to prevent your admin page from showing up in search engines. If you’re using a plugin like Yoast SEO then you can use the noindex option to prevent the page from being indexed and found by google and other search engines.

6. Stop file uploads.

Well, not entirely, but you should limit them. Bugs can get into your system through file uploads, even if they are scanned. Speak with your website developer about setting up an outside directory, or even use something like dropbox. If you are uploading files keep them to the likes of PDF and not word documents as word documents aren’t as secure.

7. Use encryption.

You know what’s so reaffirming to customers? When they go on your site and see “https”. The “s” means secure. Adding this to your website’s database will prevent information from being read during transit. Speak to your host about getting an SSL certificate added to your domain.

8. Don’t allow auto-fill.

While it’s great for customers and they may love it, it has its risks. If a user loses their phone or computer, then anyone who gains access to the person’s phone/computer can then fill out information, giving them access to the user’s private information. They might not know that your site caused that, but you don’t want to be the reason someoneí’s information is compromised.

9. Always back up.

In case the worst happens it’s always best to have information backed up in more than one location. Back up in multiple locations. Back up often. Back up off site. If you’re a WordPress user then Updraft is a great plugin to create regular backups of your sites.

Following these nine tips will help keep your website and your clients safe.

What other tips do you have for keeping your website safe?


How to cover your ass when selling online

Ok so you want to sell your products, courses, events blah blah online. You have a gorgeous website set up, you’ve spent weeks making it look beautiful, thinking about the perfect copy that will enchant your potential customers.

I bet you’ve forgot one thing, the legal boring dull bit… Terms & conditions…and not to mention your privacy and cookie policies.

You’re probably thinking well “no one even reads it” “I’m just a small business” “it’s just boring anyway”

These are all valid points, but yep, you REALLY REALLY do need these on your website, in fact, it’s probably the most important, if not THE important part of your site.

Terms and Conditions <yawn>

100% the dullest page on your site, however, this sets out the rules of using your website, however, there’s actually no legal requirement for defining terms and conditions.

(NOTE: If you are gathering user’s personal data, you are required by law to have a formal Privacy Policy – even if you don’t have a Terms and Conditions page.)

Terms and Conditions may not be required by law, but it’s still a savvy thing to include.

These pages can limit your liability and cover your ass if a customer decides take you to court, as well as protect your rights to the content you’ve added to your website.

If you’re ever facing a legal battle (hopefully not!), a court will look at your website terms & conditions to determine the contractual terms between you and the customer. So when you’re writing them, make sure you have this in the forefront of your mind.

So what should I include?

The actual content included will be specific and unique to your own website and the type of content you supply. However, if you look around within your own niche/industry you’ll find that they’re pretty much the same.

Limit Liability

So this is basically a section where you hold your hands up and waiver any liability from errors within your web content, really what you’re saying is that you can’t be held responsible for any errors in content.

So this will apply to anyone commenting on pages, blog posts etc,


You should always include a notice about copyright/trademark. For example, “Copyright © 2016.”

Privacy Policy

If you are collecting any information from your customers (such as email addresses or credit card information), then THIS IS a legal requirement. This outlines how information will be used – check out mine as an example

Set Governing Law

This bit is to mention where your website is operating from in terms of the governing law (state/province and country).

For example, “These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales”

But I don’t really know where to start! HELP!

If you’ve never put terms & conditions together before, it can feel scary and overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! there are easy peasy solutions….

1. Copy someone else’s

Ok, I don’t actually mean copy it word for word. That is NEVER a good idea. however, you can use it as a guide and amend according to your own business requirements and rules.

2. Use a Terms and Conditions Generator

Hope onto Google and search for “Terms and Conditions generator” and you’ll see loads of sites to choose from that will do just this for you – generate Terms & Conditions.

Again though, be sure to read through it and make sure it covers everything we’ve already gone over.

3. Get a solicitor to do it for you

If you’re really not sure and still scared, then the best thing to do is to find a solicitor you can work with to put together your own Terms & Conditions. Obviously prices will vary but ask around your network to find a reliable company.


Case Study: Dawn moves into the digital world

Case Study: Dawn moves into the digital world

Let me start by saying I LOVE MY JOB!!

I just love love love working with clients and blowing their minds!!! Gosh that sounds so anal I know but really, when I work with clients who are so comfortable doing what they do in a physical capacity. Whether it being speaking, teaching, coaching etc in a classroom, on stage…whatever, and then they ask me to help them get online, I just love it!!!!

This is exactly what happened this month.. well yesterday was go live actually.

When Dawn contacted me she was just overwhelmed by the thought of having to move her business online. She had a website, but it just wasn’t working for her. She wasn’t sure how to get things up and sell them to the big wide world.

Dawn Breslin, is absolutely amazing at what she does. She regularly features in the Psychologies magazine, she’s a Hay House author, speaker, tv & radio presenter.

Dawn realised that she needed to be able to deliver her coaching online. It’s the way it’s going now isn’t it? But she just didn’t know how.

TA DA.. Tech Angel to the rescue!!

I re-vamped her site and just brought it to life. A nice, fresh look, full of visuals, just how she asked.

This week we also launched her very first online course!! Well actually two courses!!!

Introduction to Harmonizing Life Design and Mindfulness for beginners with Maggie Kay. I am so proud of her.

We created brand new sales pages, added a shop to her website and dished out a gorgeous campaign via Mailchimp…

This is just the beginning of her journey, and much more to come! Head over to her website to check it out!

If you would like to discuss how you too can set up your material online to generate a passive income, then get in touch now!

5 Tips To Writing Better Copy

5 Tips To Writing Better Copy

Writing web copy for your website is an important part to make sure that you educate your readers to the extent that they can possibly buy something from you or join your list.

Writing better copy than you normally can could help tremendously when you’re trying to get sales and develop yourself as an expert. If you need some instant help, here’s 5 tips to writing better copy.


Proofreading your work can help a lot with your success at writing good copy. Most people tend to write good articles with the best content, but they don’t really know how to write grammar free.


Read outloud

Proofreading outloud is often thought of as weird and useless. You can actually capture up to 70% more of your mistakes when you read your articles outloud.


Explain how it can help them

People just want to find something that will help them, and when you’re writing web copy, you need to make sure that you tell them how this service or product is going to *help* them.

When you explain everything in a concise and powerful manner, they will respond better to what you’re trying to offer.


Format (but not always)

Formatting is a great way to get your copy done quickly and almost instantly. The only problem that you may experience is that not formatting your articles may give you better ideas than you thought.

So, make sure to format your web copy, but don’t format everything all the time so you can let your natural words flow through.


Read sales pages

When you read other convincing sales pages of other products, try looking at the way the copy was written. Pay attention to the detail as to how they deliver what the product is offering.


These 5 tips to writing better copy are extremely effective. Each one can be done and followed, and following them in your writing can make you a better writer than you thought.

Sell and make money effortlessly and efficiently

Over these past few weeks I’ve been so busy (hence no blog posts), I’ve been really busy working on affiliate programmes and wordpress sites. Which I love!


I just wanted to share with you a couple of really cool plugins for WordPress that I have come across (thanks to Alicia Cowen for the tip!)

First is my very Favourite plugin!! is WordPress Affiliate Platform. If you’re familiar with Affiliate Programmes this might excite you a little.

If you’re not familiar with affiliate programmes, well basically Affiliate marketing is a way of selling products and receiving a commission in return. So you sell someones product from your website using a unique URL and you generate commission in return. Great way to get extra income.

Well, the WordPress Affiliate Platform is a way for you to offer your visitors a chance to earn income by selling YOUR products! cool huh?

No need to spend $99 a month to use 1shopping cart (sorry guys!) for the small ONE OFF fee of $49.95 you can set up your own affiliate program right from your wordpress site! and believe me, it’s SO simple to set up! bye bye 1shopping cart, this is the way forward!

PLUS it integrates seamlessly with Paypal, Mailchimp and Aweber!! LOVE IT – yeah ok you’re using 3 systems now instead of 1 but you’re saving your pennies and my opinion it’s much more flexible than using 1shopping cart, they’re so restrictive in design! bugs me.. and a lot of my clients are already using it and love it.

The second is from the same developers and it’s WP E-store. Again, completely by-passing the big e-commerce platforms, for the same price as the Affiliate Platform you can get your hands on this amazing powerful yet simple plugin to sell products right from your website.

You can develop a whole shop front, or you can add buttons and products within pages or posts simply by using shortcodes.

Again, it integrates amazingly well with Paypal and Aweber and you can set your own autoresponder based on individual products (something 1shopping cart can’t/won’t do!) and subscribe people to your lists in Aweber on a per product basis!

Go and check them out and see for yourself.

Got any questions about these two plugins? just ask and I’ll be more than happy to answer any questions for you.

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