Your web hosting choice is important because it determines your websites performance and security. Many websites provide you with free, high-quality domain names, but most of them contain potentially malicious or unencrypted private keys. They can also contain network communication information that could be used to infect your site with harmful software, giving hackers an unprecedented level of access to your machine. If you plan to host your site on a secure cloud platform, ensure that the cloud provider monitors user activity for malicious activities, and encrypts your data before sending it to your website, and there are also services that offer dedicated servers for business sites and others.
Tip: Do not forget to update your browser, hosting service, or hardware when new software is released.
1. SALT Technologies’ SALT Administrator and Dashboard
Salt provides a user-friendly, easy-to-use network administrator interface. It includes a firewall, a rules engine, a firewalls inspector, and access control with OAuth support, so you can set up your own security policies in minutes.
To run Salt, you need to run its daemon in a supervised mode and include it in your code. A supervised Salt installation consists of a Salt master server with minions, each of which is a group of Salt servers or workstations. One Salt master provides your network and application resources, while another allows you to install Salt minions and configure and manage them. If you decide to run Salt as a service, it uses a Salt master to manage the minions. All Salt master processes run under the local user, which allows Salt master to be run in the background, in a secure manner, while serving and maintaining your database and tables.
You can quickly deploy Salt master on your servers by copying the Salt master repository and running Salt-master in a Linux-based virtual machine on any system, with any amount of RAM.
Salt has three main features:
A fast and easy to use firewall which allows you to configure firewall rules.
A firewall inspector that allows you to inspect and find firewall violations.
The firewalls inspector supports multiple operating systems: Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, and Mac OS X.
Salt is so user-friendly that you can be up and running in just minutes and not have to know anything about it. You can use it to protect your network, database, and applications. If you decide to setup your own monitoring, then you’ll want to check out Salt’s advanced features, such as the remote access feature.
Tip: If you find a Salt bug, please file an issue or pull request.
2. Magento PHP Framework
Mage is a powerful web framework that powers many of the most popular sites, such as Shopify, Cloud9, and Redmine. Mage provides a server-less, features-based framework that lets you rapidly set up a new website in a matter of minutes.
Magento’s central “shopfront” serves as a hub that lets you easily add and edit products, manage them from the front-end, build forms and pages, and preview the page before it is created and published. This allows you to rapidly iterate on new features, add new functionality to existing pages, and create a website without having to constantly maintain a back-end server and database. Magento features an extensible component architecture with modules (called “component systems”) that are customizable and extend and optimize the core framework.