Pathfind Media has a simple goal: to make creating and maintaining websites easier for their clients. They offer a turnkey, managed web marketing solution: from hosting to website design to Google Ads, so that their clients don’t have to jump around between service providers. “I always say your website works 24/7 – no other employee will do that!” laughs Jo Wagner, the Creative Web Director of Pathfind Media. “We create websites for our clients, but we also offer uncompromising personal service: faster than you think and with less hassle than you care to handle.” That’s why Cloudbric is such a natural fit – it’s an all-in-one security solution that can be used by all WordPress sites.
Finding the right security both for Pathfind Media’s website and to recommend to their clients was a task Jo took seriously. “Most of our clients don’t have an in-depth understanding when it comes to online security, so they have to rely on our advice,” explains Jo.
The open source nature of WordPress is what makes it such a creative platform. It is maintained by a community of developers, designers and testers around the world, and regularly tested and audited to ensure that it stays secure. But there are risks: running an outdated version of WordPress or using untested plugins or themes opens your website to attack. Weak passwords and incorrect configuration also makes your website vulnerable.
That’s why Pathfind Media turned to Cloudbric: a hosted security solution that detects and blocks attacks against your WordPress website before they even get to the site. Cloudbric is an all-in-one solution – a Web Application Firewall (WAF), offering website-level DDoS protection and blocking specific IP ranges and countries – exactly what Jo was looking for.
“Cloudbric came at an affordable, flat rate and because it is ‘Hetzner approved’ I know I can trust the software to protect my clients’ websites,” he explains.
Jo has been a Hetzner customer since he created his first website, making frequent use of the advice and knowledge base to upskill his team. “Honestly, my business would not have grown to where it is now if it weren’t for Hetzner,” he says. The local data centre presence that guarantees minimal lag (despite the sophisticated security running in the background) makes it more conducive to his South African clients, too.
Advising clients which security service to trust is part of the job – and one that Jo doesn’t take lightly. “Cloudbric gives me peace of mind that malicious attacks are filtered. I had two sites hacked in my web development career. But both of them have Cloudbric now!”