You ever go to a WordPress website and get attacked with an onslaught of digital confetti and a shady pop-up box telling you you’ve won an iPhone? That’s probably the most obvious sign the website’s hacked, and you should definitely not click the YES button. Other times, it’s just straight out blocked and telling you to better get out of here. Anyway, the website’s kind of done for you after this, you’ll probably never revisit it. Imagine it was your website that’s hacked and throwing that ridiculous confetti at people. Not only would it be awfully embarrassing, but it would also probably mean saying goodbye to potential leads and customers. Better make sure your site is all safe and snug, then!
Signs that your WordPress site is hacked
How else to tell your WordPress website is hacked? Some signs are pretty visible, like the inability to login to WordPress. Others are more subtle but still noticeable, like a sudden drop in website traffic or slow and unresponsive site. Some you won’t be able to see without a certain level of coding knowledge, like unusual activity in the server log, strange files and scripts on your WordPress server, or malicious code injected into your website. While you can’t see and recognize these things, Google sure can and is quick to take action — it will block your site as dangerous and poof! — you disappear from the search engine. Now, we wouldn’t want that, would we?
Malware Security Plugins and WordPress Security Audit
You might have stumbled upon WordPress security plugins or WordPress malware removal plugins. They sound great but their ability to actually clean or protect your site is as real as that sad confetti animation. We all love easy and quick fixes, but website security isn’t worth the risk. If there’s something you ought to invest into, it’s this – ensuring that all the data, including your clients’, is safe and secure. So, no plugins, no free online scanning tools. What you need is a professional WordPress website security audit conducted by a WordPress development agency.
Yes, you’ve guessed it — besides all the fantastic services we offer, like custom themes and plugins, or WooCommerce development — we, CODETOWP.com, also provide reviews and audits of WordPress websites! How does it look? We access your server and check every nook and cranny to see if any files are infected and need to be removed. We also clean the server up, so it’s nice and cosy and works like a dream. We check your passwords to make sure they’re secure and add a Two Factor Authentication (2FA). Finally, we update WordPress and your plugins while removing those you don’t need. The fewer WordPress plugins you use, the more secure your website is, remember?
Our development agency offers website administration if you don’t want to worry about remembering updates, changing passwords and other issues concerning your website. We have experts ready to take care of your WordPress website, including its security features so that you can focus on more important matters. You know, like business. Or marketing. Sounds amazing? Great, so hit us up and let’s talk about what’s most important — your needs.