Security of Content Management Systems (CMS) and why Wix is good for SE.

Security is one of the most important things when managing a CMS. With major security flaws in WordPress coming out quite regularly, although not surprising, it makes using it particularly worrying. But using builders like Wix or Squarespace might actually be easier and better for freelancers or small enterprises, if built correctly can be more secure and could helpfully lead to further growth and easier transitions to a bigger platform.

What brings security flaws to self hosted CMS.

Security flaws are much more common in self hosted CMS platforms, not because the system is poorly built, but because it’s built to be adaptable. It lets people add bits of code, new themes, and even whole new features e-commerce or particular plugins and this is where your security flaws are likely to come from.

These additions to the CMS and third-party plugins open up what are best called doorways. They usually have or require application programming interface (API) calls to other services or servers to create the product offered. These doorways are quite regularly the reason that these plugins and adaptions cause security issues and compromised websites.

That is not the only reason you’ll get security flaws however. The second most common reason for flaws is an outdated CMS or plugins. Most of the CMS providers will give you the ability to regularly update to a newer version and although this is annoying and could break things on your website, it is incredibly important to make sure code holes are sealed. Self hosted CMS platforms make this difficult and a hassle, especially if you work with some developers who charge to update. I’ve found this to be the case many times and you’re not alone if you currently find yourself in this situation.

Why is WordPress so badly affected by flaws?

I picked out WordPress at the start of this post because it’s a good example of how popularity in a platform has led to security issues. If more people use a particular system then there is more likely to be errors or holes in code found, this is what happens with this system. It’s not because it’s poorly built, quite the opposite, it’s so good at what it does and so popular that more people find flaws.

We could say the same about any other system that is as popular as WordPress but at the moment there isn’t a competitor close enough.

What makes Wix different?

For one simple reason. You cannot self host a Wix website, everything runs off a centralised server which is secured and monitored and last time I checked that included all the apps that you could download and add to your Wix website. This works on the Wix system but doesn’t on WordPress simply because of server ownership – for example if WordPress couldn’t scan my server because it’s separate from their system. They can look through code but have very little else but Wix can, and probably do, look at everything.

They’ll also be more aware about backdoors and API calls and can quite quickly identify unusual behaviour coming from websites, cutting access to anything that looks slightly amiss. This ecosystem as a whole makes it a whole lot safer for a small business, although there’s a higher overhead you get piece of mind knowing that servers are secure.

Wix will also be able to fix CMS flaws without you knowing because they’ve got full control over the code backend of their software they can close things immediately. This makes things easier and safer for owners, especially sole traders, who will likely struggle to keep on top of updating.

So should small businesses consider Wix?

Yes. I have previously mentioned about thinking twice about WordPress because of its deployment headaches, complex codebase, and security issues. These ready-to-go website builders are becoming much more feature rich, easy to use, and secure which makes it a much better prospect for people looking for digital presences without any need to worry about anything else.

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