Your safest option for storing form data, FortressDB works with existing form plugins to store data in a separately hosted, secure and fast database.
Is WordPress secure enough for storing form data?
We love WordPress. It’s fantastic for managing content and blogging, and scales up to serve large, complex websites. WordPress is good at what it’s meant for, but do you really want to store sensitive data in the same database?
Why do I need to separate sensitive data from content?
Should your web or content team be looking at data that’s meant for the HR or legal teams? Does your content writer need access to a sales enquiry? Should your developer be able to access CVs from job applicants?
FortressDB solves this problem. Sensitive data is stored more securely in a separate database. The whole team won’t have access to sensitive information and instead only specific users can log in to FortressDB to access the data. They won’t even need access to your WordPress website to do this, simplifying your need for various user roles across platforms.
Separate data into different user groups
FortressDB enables you to create different user groups to control who has access to which data. This can be further separated into either read only or full edit access.
WordPress manages content. Its database structure is intrinsically complex, joining pages, posts, media, and many other variables such as custom post types (CPTs) or advanced custom fields (ACFs).
In contrast, data for forms is simple and discrete. This enables FortressDB to be significantly faster. FortressDB is hosted on a separate server, and has been optimized for speed. Watch this million-row demo to see the difference.
WordPress is often harshly treated in the media for security vulnerabilities. By using a professional hosting company, trusted plugins and themes, and ideally a security plugin, you are less likely to be hacked, and your site will be even safer if you stay on top of updates to avoid any vulnerabilities.
FortressDB offers an extra layer of security by keeping sensitive data in a separate database, on a separate server.
For files and images, obscure isn’t secure
FortressDB has been designed with security in mind. In WordPress, files and images are stored in the wp-content/uploads directory. Any files stored here can be accessed online. This is great for content and blog posts (after all, we all want better SEO), but not so great for sensitive data.
It’s possible to use an obscure file name, but search engines can still find it. Bots can search PDF documents to find email addresses, phone numbers and names, and they might list your files on page 1 of their search results!
In FortressDB, images and files are stored differently. You can’t view a file by its URL. Instead, you can only see a file if you are logged in with the correct credentials.
The consequences of a GDPR breach are severe and expensive.
You are probably acutely aware of GDPR. You have a duty to only store data you need, and to restrict access to such data to the people who need to see it.
FortressDB can give you peace of mind for storing sensitive data. One less thing to worry about. Read more about GDPR here.
We are launching FortressDB in partnership with WPMU Dev’s Forminator plugin. In the future, we will support other form plugins too. Connect your form plugin to FortressDB. See this page for a guide.
Easy to use
If you know how to create a form, you already know how to create a database table. The concept is exactly the same. There are different field types, such as text or integer, but these will be familiar. Some plugins will even auto generate the corresponding FortressDB table for you.
FortressDB is flexible!
FortressDB lets you create your own data structure. There are no limits, it’s totally flexible. Simply work out what you want to store. You can create a new data table in less than a minute.