WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool, more than 60 million websites have been built on the system since August 2013! This makes it an ideal target for hackers, but don't panic, because there are so many developers around the world working on it, any security flaws discovered are quickly fixed in new versions - but it's vital these are installed. Most cases of hacked WordPress websites are due to not keeping up with the latest release.
This isn't unique to WordPress, all content management systems, or any website for that matter, are vulnerable to hackers.
So what should I do? Check to see if you are running the latest version by logging into the Dashboard, if there is a newer version it will tell you top left hand corner. At the time of writing the latest version is 4.6.2. and before attempting to update you should always take a full backup of not only your files but also the database. If you would like us to install them we charge a flat fee of £30.
Note updates can be released at any anytime so you may prefer our maintenance package which include all updates as and when they are released. Some updates may affect custom designs so we will always take a backup of the site so an update can be reversed if an issue is detected. In such a case we will then contact you to discuss the best cause of action.
Our maintenance package also includes implementing many other security recommendations such as changing the default login page. Blocking automated scripts from trying to guess your password, a daily backup of the site and much more.
If this sounds of interest please give us a call.
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