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A word of warning

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website templatesI, as you probably will be aware by now, am a big advocate of WordPress – it’s a marvellous content management system that allows an individual to produce amazing websites with relatively low outlay.

One of the reasons that I think it is marvellous is the way it offers you the chance to plug in features, change the look and feel of your site, create networks and basically grow alongside your business.

It’s what’s called an open-source platform, which means lots and lots of developers are creating products and features for you to use on your own site every day, and from all corners of the planet.

Here comes the warning.  Because it is so ‘open’ and because you end up using code written by a number of different people, with different rules, there is the possibility that you might inadvertently add something to your website that will ‘break’ your site.

And even worse may provide hackers the space to drop malicious code into your site, which could corrupt your files, redirect your site to someone else’s site or even worse wipe your site completely.

computer securityI speak from experience. Last week I had a client contact me, extremely worried as a number of the sites he had created were ‘acting weirdly’. We took a look and discovered that there was a malicious attack on his domain and 50 of his sub-domains.

We started working on them immediately but because they were all connected via one user account they all got ‘infected’ at the speed of light. We couldn’t keep up with the virus and lost 10 sites completely. Even the back-ups on his hosting account were wiped.

So, what can you do to avoid this situation?

Well, before we go a step further go and back-up your website – and save that back-up to your local drive. Go and do it now!

And remember to back-up your files regularly, so if there ever is a problem you can restore your whole website from these files.

Next – always, always, always keep up with the updates of plugins and the theme that you are using. If you don’t do this you may be providing holes for hackers to get in. If  you are concerned about doing this you should seek someone who knows what they are doing.

protection for websiteAnd lastly – install a security plugin like Wordfence. This runs scans on all of your files and tells you what files are security risks. It even restores files to original code for you. You should run regular scans, particularly if you are adding new plugins.

If you’d like help with your site call LJ on 020 8815 9965 or visit muswellhillmedia.co.uk

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