Responsibility for site security

Hi everyone,

I’ve recently been contacted by someone who’s looking for me to build a relatively small online shop for their local business. My concern is that it will be the first time that I’ve launched an e-Commerce website so the security challenges are all somewhat new to me.

I’m happy to go ahead and design a shop with the help of a web hosting solution such as Shopify or [URL=“”]BigCommerce, but before I get myself in to anything I’d like to know where my responsibility as the developer ends and the responsibility of the host will begin.

Should any security breaches arise, under what circumstances might I be considered liable for them? Are there any precautions that I should take or things to watch out for?


I would go with BigCommerce and get web development contract that limits your liability. You could also get business insurance for yourself.