WordPress is the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) on the market. It dominates the CMS spaces with 60% market share, followed by Joomla (13%) and Drupal (7%). With its popularity it’s a big target for hackers.
Keeping your WordPress website site takes time and effort to keep everything up-to-date. This includes doing regular updates to WordPress core and any plugins running on your website. Some hosting providers, like WPEngine, perform regular updates to WordPress core as part of their hosting package. Which is awesome. However, many security holes come not from WordPress core but WordPress plugins. Make sure to keep them up-to-date as well. Make sure to always pull a backup before doing any updates so that you have something to revert back to if something goes haywire during the update.
If you’re not comfortable doing updates on your website get in touch with us. We offer an Annual Maintenance Plan to help keep our customer’s sites up-to-date and secure.
When your website gets hacked it’s not always obvious. SEO link hacks, for example, hide links to various websites in your source code. Another common hack will load your website just fine if you type in your domain name from your web browser, but if you browse to your site from a link in a search engine it will direct you to another website. This hides the hack from the website owners, who are more likely to type in their domain name directly into their browser.
If you’re curious if your website has been hacked you can use Sucuri’s Site Scanner to analyze your website.