How to build a secure website without compromising on design aesthetics

How to build a secure website without compromising on design aesthetics

Creating a new website is not exactly a daunting task; however, maintaining the design and the security features are the time of drafting the site is more important these days. Since hackers manage to get into almost anything, it’s imperative to keep your head above your shoulders and design a site which is secure, and hacker proof. This will be relatively helpful, especially when you are dealing with customer sensitive information.

The million dollar question: with the intent of designing an aesthetically pleasing website, should security be compromised? The answer is a strict no.

Here are a few tips you can follow, to ensure design and security go hand in hand, at the time of implementation:

Choose your content management system (CMS)

These days, everything is available online. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a programmer or a tech geek to be able to design and create your own website. If you have a little knowledge of CMS solutions, say, Joomla or Drupal, you too can make a website on your own. These solutions often provide customizable templates as well, so that you can pick and choose whatever pleases the eye.

Choose a good hostname

Part of the designing process is to choose the right domain name for your site. Until the time the domain name is not catchy, people would not even visit. Anything beyond the first visit will be useless. In order to make your domain name secure, you should check with your host provider if they have Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to ensure safer and faster uploads.

Hire a well-informed security company

It’s said, that some things should be left to the experts. If you are dealing with customer sensitive data, it’s best to be safe than be sorry later. You should ideally hire an expert security provider, like Trend Micro network security to facilitate your security features within the website, to ensure that everything is in place and there are no loopholes.

Make your website user-friendly

Creating the website in a user-friendly manner will help you go a long way. However, in order to make it a little more pleasing to the eye, it’s best to embrace a simple website design, rather than go for an elaborate design which is going to drill a hole in your pocket. No matter whichever design style you choose, make sure it complies with all the security checks you are inputting into your website’s security model.

Make use of Web Application Firewalls

Make use of Web Application Firewalls: As soon as your site enters the cyber arena, chances are, it will be exposed to a lot of cyber criminals. By adding a Web Application Firewall, you can do away with all the automated bots, which are on the lookout for vulnerable, easy prey.

Conclusion

In lieu of trying to achieve one segment, it’s imperative to ensure that you don’t compromise on the other. Design and security can go hand in hand; you just have to make sure you take the right steps, while keeping yourself safe from all unscrupulous people.

Surjith is an experienced Web/UX Designer and Developer based in India. He helped different startups and MNC's to make their websites/applications more efficient and usable using latest web technologies. He is also the Editor of Web3Canvas