Encryption

Recently I’ve had a run in with security and have seen why encryption can be a powerful tool. Earlier this year, I had two sites hacked – a WordPress site and a Joomula! site. My host, which will go un-named at this moment (I’m pretty mad at them), pointed out the corrupt files and asked if I would like to pay to have them removed. Nice.

After jumping on to FileZilla and backing up the database, I decided to try to clean the WordPress site. Things immediately got worse and the site crashed. Not pretty. You can read about it up in the first link but the point to this is I’ve installed WordFence on that site and this site as well. But that doesn’t totally secure the site. I have to get an SSL.

Well, one of the items that came out of WordCamp US last year is support for letsencrypt.org. And if you dig deeper into that link, you’ll notice that GoDaddy isn’t on the list. Not even for “up-and-coming.” There are probably a number of reasons for encrypting your site, but the two big ones for me are security and SEO.

That, coupled with increasing prices, along with no desire to haggle over the phone (yes, I did) about; I’ve decided to leave GoDaddy. Adios, sayonara, toodles! So that drama is going on. But, that drama prompted me to find a provider that offers lets encrypt support, so there ya have it.

The narrow list, derived from the letsencrypt site, is OVH or Dream host but I’m leaning towards OVH. I figure the price has something to do with it. I’m making zero profit from this site and have no freelance work lined up. Need to pinch some pennies.