Is WordPress secured and enterprise capable?

We get many of questions about WordPress security and enterprise features and if it is suitable for large corporate and government.

Let’s get some understanding on some of the important factors that will help us determine this :

1) What is website security, how attacks happens and how to protect
2) What is Enterprise-level
3) Proprietary vs Open Source Website CMS
4) What are PHP, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal
5) Conclusion

Bonus : More about WordPress

1) Basic of website security, how attacks happens and how to protect

Website security is not a do it one-time solution. It as a continuous process that requires constant assessment to reduce the overall risk because all websites regardless of the language it is written in, can be hacked. You need a systematic layer by layer approach defensive mechanism.

Most attacks are automation and affect a large number of websites in the SMEs category (website owners in micro, small, and medium-sized businesses leveraging platforms like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and others).

There are various goals when hacking websites, but the main ones are:

  • Exploiting site visitors.
  • Stealing information stored on the server.
  • Tricking bots and crawlers (black-hat SEO).
  • Abusing server resources.
  • Pure hooliganism (defacement).

How to protect your website
From our experience over 90% of all websites are compromised for two simple reason:

1) Failure to upgrade CMS version
– Proper website maintenance plan

2) Implement Website Application Firewall (WAF) and Security Scanning
– WAF is the first line of defence against external attacks.
– Security Scanning is capable of crawling your website and looking out for any malware.

2) What Is Enterprise Level

In business terms “enterprise” generally means a larger business or organization which usually comprises of units with own budget and objectives. Their requirements for online marketing are usually different compared to small business outfit in terms of publishing needs, team structures and web technology needs.

Enterprise websites will have to add localization, WordPress multilingual content, and many smaller microsites. Enterprise solutions also often arrive with complex access requirements which include the need for clearly defined roles and permissions. An enterprise website would also need to be supported strongly by capable and reputable website developers.

Usually these are requirements are met by using proprietary software and licensing model that are too costly for SMEs.

3) Proprietary Website CMS vs Open Source Website CMS

There are proprietary Website CMS that cost over hundred of thousands Ringgit Malaysia to operate yearly that require heavy investment and long term commitment in terms of deploying capital and staff strength. This players are
– AEM
– Sitecore
– Kentico

For this article, we will focus on Opensource website CMS that cater to SMBs and SMEs like :
– WordPress
– Joomla
– Drupal

4) What are PHP, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal

PHP
Php is a programming language that create WordPress, Joomla and Drupal CMS. By itself, PHP can be used by programmers to create simple or advance websites. All websites created by any language inlcuding PHP are vunerable to attack. What we need to know is how easy it is for use to protect and how fast we can overcome the attack.

WordPress
WordPress is the world’s top and most popular Content Management System (CMS) with commmanding lead of 64% over other CMS, and the platform is used by 40% of websites in the world. Since its beginning days as a blogging and corporate website platform, WordPress has evolved to become a strong contender as an enterprise-level CMS.

A whole thriving industry in created out of WordPress. The support, community, accessiblitiy to feature enhancements and speed of technology is so vast that almost everything can be done with WordPress.

Joomla/Drupal
Other popular CMSs include Drupal and Joomla. Their market share in the CMS market is only 1.5% and 2.2% in 2021 respectively. They’re similar to WordPress in that they provide a basic framework on which to build your website, and various extensions to help you do so. However, both are generally considered more difficult to use than WordPress.

Most people will need development experience or help from a web professional to launch a site with Drupal or Joomla, while pretty much anyone can pick up WordPress with a bit of practice.

5) Conclusion

WordPress

WordPress is popular because of its flexibility to cater to both Enterprise and SMBs at a fraction of a cost compared to Kentico, AEM and the likes.

The third -party support, integration to thousands of feature pack softwares and availability of plugins expansion offers an extremely fast and robust turnaround time to execute marketing initiative.

Verdict:
Cost Effective for most organization.
Many features and growth, options to secure the website.
High availability of skills all over the world.
Specialized managed web hosting catered to WordPress.
Well established processes and support documents. Fast security vulnerability patch/upgrade response.

Joomla and Drupal
Joomla and Drupal on the other hand, do not have a wide adopation and hence difficult to support, lesser availability in features/skillsets and slower security recovery. Joomla and Drupal is as insecure as any CMS in the world is an attacker wants to attack a website.

Verdict:
High Cost of maintenance when problem happens.
Lack of plugins and support from developers.
Less and scattered information online.
Lack of skilled web developer to troubleshoot issue.

AEM, Kentico and others
Cater to MNCs and organizations who have worldwide presence and need many sub websites that requires a team of advertisers and internal staff to handle online marketing.

Verdict: Too expensive most businesses.
Not comparable.

Summary
To determine which CMS to choose, we have to look at the :
– development and long term support cost
– skills capability / availability
– in-house or outsource
– capability of vendor
– how easy to employ/acquire skill
– ability to stay relevant with fast online marketing turnaround
– move inline with new technology and SEO requirement

In website design and development, the CMS should be decided by the power of the tool to enable growth within the budget because security can be protected by :

1) Usage of DDos Prevention
2) Website Application Firewall
3) Server side hardening
4) CMS own Security plugins.

Verdict: WordPress website can provide all these while keeping cost within the company budget.

 

 

More About WordPress
Can WordPress be an enterprise CMS software?

As the world’s most popular CMS with over ten years active development behind it, WordPress is more than mature enough to handle these requirements. Automattic, a billion dollar company who owns WordPress.com, ensures that longevity and usability of WordPress for many years into the future. Some of the world’s largest companies using this establish platform lends tremendous credentials in enterprise space.

What Features in WordPress Make it Enterprise?

  • Multi-Lingual
  • Multiple Authors
  • User Roles and Permissions
  • Extensibility
  • Standards Compliance
  • Centralized Media Management
  • Own Your Data

How Powerful is WordPress?

  • Automated system updates
  • Powerful content publishing tools
  • Full suite of SEO tools and capabilities
  • Great user experience on the admin side
  • Massive developer support around the world – both paid and free
  • Flexible theme and features add-on
  • Easy to customized code
  • Easy upgrade path

You can add a web store, media galleries and video, contact forms, mailing lists, forums, analytics, SEO, carousel sliders, events calendars, social sharing, newsletter signups, advertising and affiliate links. And that’s just the plugins in the WordPress plugin directory with hundreds of plugins from other WordPress marketplaces.

Who Uses WordPress Globally?

WordPress boast an impressive list of high-trafficked publishers and large corporations that uses WordPress as their website platform with complex needs. The list includes Microsoft News Center, Sony Music, Mercedes Benz, The Rotary Club, The Walt Disney Company, Forbes, CNN, NY Times, Mashable, TechCrunch, MTV, Wall Street Journal, and NASA. Each of these WordPress sites is capable of successfully serving the high volumes of daily traffic that they receive.

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