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How to Increase Website Security without Sacrificing UX

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A friend of mine recently stayed at a luxury villa in the South of France which was so high-tech that the toilet seat could pick itself up and flush automatically, and on the shower wall was a computerized touchpad that they could use to regulate water temperature, intensity etc.

Now, far from basking in all this luxury, my friend realized something new about himself through this experience; that sometimes when we try to simplify things, we make them even more complicated.

I’ve chosen to open this post with this story because it demonstrates our need to make things harder in the name of innovation and technological advancement.

This same problem is present in the online security industry today, where you’ll find countless industry gurus that employ complicated technical jargon to sell you seemingly effective security products that are actually overpriced and will negatively affect your website’s functionality, as shown in plenty of artist website examples.

The good news is that we’ve got some simple, easy and practical tips that you can apply to increase website security without sacrificing UX (user experience). Read on for more.

  1. Use reCaptcha to Verify Forms

The great thing about this particular feature is that once you apply it, your website will become exponentially easier to browse while you will simultaneously protect it from hackers and spamming.

Of course, you’ll have to invest a considerable amount of time in order to setup reCaptcha for all the purchase and lead forms on your website but it will be well worth it in the end.

And while some users might get annoyed at the requirement to confirm that they’re not a robot, the whole thing takes less than a second and most users are most likely used to it by now as more and more websites are using it, according to many artist website examples.

  1. Limit the Number of Plugins

While downloading many plugins that promise to improve website UX might seem like a good idea, it actually isn’t as shown by numerous artist website examples. The only true way to ensure improved UX is to take care of the basics, such as ensuring fast loading pages, a streamlined and simple design, as well as easy manoeuvrability.

Plus, the only result that you’ll get from overloading your website with plugins is compromised security which beats the whole purpose of what you’re trying to achieve in the first place.

For the best results, choose your plugins carefully and only go for those that will add value to UX while staying within the CMS rules and guidelines. It won’t hurt to consult with your website builder as well.

  1. Have a Secret WP Login Page

To avoid getting hacked, create a separate and secret login URL for your WordPress page, as that’ll provide an additional barrier to entry for unscrupulous hackers that might guess their way through to your admin dashboard.

To change your current website URL to a custom address, you can use ManageWP or a similar plugin that will create a significant stumbling block to even the most advanced hackers.

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