Last week, I taught you a few things about how to get your small business’ website back online after a hacker had gotten in and messed with a few things. Whatever they did, it did not represent the best interests of your company, so we went in and fixed it. However, now that we have your site back up and running, we turn to the more important topic: How to keep a hacker from pulling the same stunt on you again in the future.

I think the design of a company’s website is one of the most underestimated decisions, as well as the most under-discussed and under-developed decisions, that a business owner or manager can make for their website. It can be hard for people to grasp, but website design is a lot like building a house, or an office. Without a goal you are building haphazardly.