Why not? Everyone’s doing it. We might as well talk about it.
So, if you’ve ever read any of my posts, you probably know that www.mikesmull.com was really just a place to build out new client sites, experiment with plugins and try out some new things in WordPress that I’d read about. I finally cleaned it up a bit and occasionally do a post or two. It’s been a bit since my last post but I really had to write something about hacking because, you guessed it, this site got hacked. And, all of those installs of WordPress that I had in subdirectories also got nailed. So here are a few things I’ve learned.
- WordPress is great. Great community. Lot’s of super cool plugins and just a lot of fun to work with.
- WordPress is very popular.
- It’s attacked often and relentlessly by hackers.
- Plugins, even the best ones, have vulnerabilities. (Gravity Forms caused my issue and it’s a favorite of mine!)
- Cleaning up the mess can be a real pain in the you know what.
This is important for web designers like myself and it’s very important for clients to understand and to have a plan in place in case this happens to their live sites. I’m currently using Backup Buddy for most WordPress sites and I’m experimenting with WordFence and a few other plugins. I’m also looking at a third party service called Securi.net. I’m in the testing phase so I can hopefully put together a good plan for all of my clients going forward. Unfortunately, I don’t think the hacking is going to stop so we have to do our best to keep it at bay.
What’s your anti-hacking plan? Have one that’s working well? Want to share? Give me a shout!