WordPress has become the most popular CMS (Content Management System) on the Internet. Its architecture based on PHP and MySQL databases has allowed thousands of developers to freely contribute to the project, making it one of the best Open Source software on the market for over 16 years.
It is estimated that approximately 30% of web pages worldwide are made with WordPress, and also, that of the 100 most important Internet pages, 14.7% are developed with WordPress. So much popularity has turned the prestigious platform into the focus of attention of hackers and defenders around the world, who are constantly trying to violate the security codes of the platform to meet their egos or commercial needs.
However, this has not been a break for big names to bet on WordPress to develop their websites. Companies such as BBC, Bloomberg, Sony Music, TechCrunch, The Walt Disney Company, Facebook Newsroom, Chicago Sun Times, and many more have delegated to WordPress the power to manage and publish their content on the web. This represents a great endorsement for the platform, and it is worth saying that it deserves it because the benefits offered by WordPress are endless, being its cutting-edge technology in constant evolution and under development consort the main and most concise. The aforementioned, combined with many other virtues, far exceeds the potential vulnerabilities that the software may have when it is not constantly monitored.
Having a web page in WordPress is not only to make and hang it on the Internet, it is important to manage and continuously nurture it with new content so that you can gain visibility in the Google and Bing rankings. But beyond that, it is vital to have it updated to the latest version of WordPress, as well as keep up to date with all the plugins and themes that the page uses. Relaxing in this sense will lead sooner or later to a possible attack of cyber pirates, so it is vital to have a good webmaster who keeps the website up to date, otherwise the consequences can be catastrophic.
The ease of creating a website with WordPress has led the common Internet user to create very powerful sites with a few clicks, in many cases, skipping the step of hiring the typical web developer. What these users do not know is that sooner or later they will pay the hazing, since, although they end up creating their sites on their own, then they forget them … Until they are hacked …
Throughout our professional career as a WordPress developers we have seen many cases like this, and it has been my turn to remove the feet of the mud in countless cases to a quite a few clients. We are convinced that there are a number of basic security rules that must be taken into account when you have a WordPress site, We previously mentioned having the system, plugins and themes up to date. However, it is also important to use security software, SSL certificates, uninstall plugins that have not been updated for at least the last 6 months, and simple points such as having a secure login and password. We could also say that that represents only the tip of the Iceberg, the security of websites is a constant job; you must always be alert, monitoring frequently to identify any possible attack in time.
Sometimes it may be too late, and you may already be a victim of malicious code injection, phishing, brute force attacks, server attacks, etc. Depending on the case it can be more or less serious, but in all it will be a headache since you lose control of your website and your contents.
This is the time when you decide to find a professional company to solve the problem. If this is your case, look no further, contact us and we can surely help you rescue your WordPress from the grip of hackers and defenders.
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