Discover the 4 site foundation changes you MUST make if you don’t want to lose mass traffic or break your site in 2017 and beyond.
Jump on These Site Upgrades Now
The 4 must-haves are:
- PHP 7
See below for helpful articles and resources to learn more.
Why You Will Lose Traffic
Penalties are rolling out every day for sites that don’t get on the bandwagon with these upgrades.
Bottom line, your traffic will go down.
Site Owners Suffer From:
- Drop in SEO ranking for slow speed and too many ads, especially on mobile
- Drop in social media reach for slow speed
- NOT SECURE warnings from browsers for non-HTTPS – your visitors will RUN away
- High visitor abandonment due to slow speed, especially on mobile
Why Your Site Will Break
There are 2 main reasons your site is now at high risk for breaking in 2017 and beyond.
- PHP level too low
- DDoS, brute force, and hack attacks
Move up to PHP 7
PHP is the language your site runs on.
Most site owners have never needed to concern themselves with the PHP version at their host.
Those days are over!
For both security and performance reasons, hosts desperately need to move all sites up to PHP 7, but they can’t.
A sudden switch to PHP 7 could break a site. That’s why you need to test first.
The move to PHP 7 is being held up by sites that run older, unsupported plugins and themes and by site owners who don’t bother to check those things.
The PHP 7 train is already in the station.
Here’s what is already happening.
As supported theme and plugin developers upgrade their code to be PHP 7 compliant, they are dropping support for PHP versions below 5.6.
That means one big thing:
Your theme and plugins will start to break on lower PHP versions as you upgrade.
You don’t want that kind of unexpected surprise, do you?
Then get on the PHP 7 train now.
DDOS, Brute Force, and Hack Attacks
Security and performance go hand-in-hand.
Lack of security puts your site at risk for:
- Higher hosting costs due to overages
- DDoS and hack attacks
- Brute Force attacks on your login
- Man in the middle Peeping Toms that you never know are there
- Your hosting resources being used in a DDoS attack against other sites
- Slow page loads and lower SEO ranking
Get REAL Security
If you think paying a qualified webmaster to get your security fixed is high, just wait until you see the bill for any of the above!!!!
DIY security measures and plugins are a joke!
Those behemoth security plugins just waste more site resources and give you a false sense of protection.
Real site security starts at the host, below your WordPress files and extends outside your host to kick bad bots to the curb before they even reach your site.
Who’s Pushing For All These Changes?
Google is not the only one beating the drum on these site upgrades.
All entities involved with websites are standing in unity over it.
ISC2 – (International Information System Security Certification Consortium) – push for HTTPS and halt to DDoS attacks
Google – speed is a rising SEO ranking factor, non HTTPS penalties getting stronger
Yoast SEO – push for PHP 7
Host providers – push for PHP 7 for speed, push for security to avoid overages and DDoS attacks
WordPress – push for PHP 7 so themes and plugins won’t break and for security and speed
Facebook – push for speed
Yes, even Facebook is now considering site speed as a Reach factor for your links.
And more site related entities are jumping on the bandwagon.
Why Are You Waiting?
Let me help you get past your excuses.
- None of this is going away.
- It’s not going to get any cheaper.
- You won’t have any more time later.
- You can’t afford NOT to do it.
That last one is a biggie!!!
- Every site that has upgraded is zooming past you.
- You’re losing traffic.
- You’re putting your money maker at high risk.
If you wait until after penalties and breaks and attacks hit, you’ll be doing all of this under duress and at the least convenient time.
You’ll be doing it anyway.
Why not make a plan?
Why not get a guide to help step you through it and make it easier?
Get the Help You Need
Below are links to recommended reading so you can help yourself get going with all of this.
Some things you can easily do yourself.
Some things you might need to hire a qualified web tech to do.
Either way, these articles will help you make a plan and just get it done.
Run your own PHP 7 compatibility checks and make the switch at your host.
Step-by-step guide on running your own checks.
Security and Performance
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Get a site audit.
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