Your WordPress website is a complex combination of technology and engineering, much like your car.
You can purchase your car and just drive it, or you can protect your investment and maintain your car so it remains safe, reliable, and effective in getting you around.
The regular service intervals your car manufacturer recommends are there to ensure it gives you years of reliable use, and also helps keep other road users safer because your car is kept is good and safe running order… ‘road worthy’.
You can have your website built and just let it run, or your can protect your investment by keeping it up to date and running well.
Regular WordPress site maintenance is recommended by the platform manufacturer to ensure your site is safe, reliable, and performs well. Less issues for you when a hacker tries to ‘run you off the web’, and your brand and business reputation are also protected from the vast majority of preventable damage our there.
Is your website being kept ‘web worthy’?
“Why is it that some websites are being hacked? I don’t have anything worth hacking!”
These days, the web is an awesome tool, full of great benefits, uses, and reasons to visit. Yet at the same time it’s also home to a ‘few bad eggs’…
Most of the malicious attempts on websites are not just to steal sensitive or private data from websites and their systems, nor to take the site down or specifically target the businesses who own them. Those cases do exist, but make up a very small minority of all attempts or attacks.
The main reasons & ways websites come under attack these days include:
Placing small snippets of code, buried down in your site files, to make your site become one of thousands (or more) used to simultaneously attack another target, flooding it with traffic to take it offline. This type of attack is called a DDoS attack – a Distributed Denial of Service attack.
Using your site as an email channel to send copious volumes of email spam to inboxes all over the world. This typically results in negative impacts on your site, including:
- creating extreme load on your website hosting server, causing your site to slow down noticeably
- your site can end up on block lists or blacklists, labeled as a source of spam
- exposure of parts of your website hosting server that should not be public
Harvesting email addresses from your website database, including those of users on your system as well as any mailing lists they can gain access to, so they can add those addresses to their spamming lists.