Cleaning up a Hacked WordPress Website

What happens when you find out your website has been hacked? The short answer is that someone has to clean up the mess, and make sure the hacker doesn’t just get back in the same way. The web development site Smashing Magazine has a good article that asks, “Are You Prepared Against A Hack?“, though the content of the article is really a recovery plan. Even if there are no visible signs that your site has been compromised, you’ll want to have it cleared because your search rankings will suffer. Some site visitors may see large ominous-looking warnings before they enter your site, and will report that they can’t get to it.

The Ultimate Small Business Owner’s Guide To Creating a Great Homepage

Ultimate-Homepage-Conversion-Lab Elegant Themes makes some beautiful and well-built WordPress themes that we recommend. Their blog is worth following as well — the latest post there is The Ultimate Small Business Owner’s Guide To Creating a Great Homepage, and it makes an excellent how-to for anyone wondering what the front page of their website should feature. Even if you aren’t wondering but are thinking perhaps your website’s home page could perform better, this piece is a great introduction to rethinking your site’s landing page.

USA to Relinquish Control of Internet DNS

internet-3d-textA couple of weeks ago, the US Government’s NTIA announced they would relinquish coordinating control of Internet DNS to a to-be-formed non-governmental international body. Missed the announcement? I’m not surprised. As Byron Holland points out, most of the media coverage has been sensationalist politicizing of the event out of the USA, getting the facts wrong in the process. The actual press release states:

Why “Unlimited” ≠ Unlimited

infinite-speedAnyone who has shopped for web hosting or similar services will know that some services are described as “unlimited.” Sounds great, decision made! We all like unlimited services, because we never have to worry about how much we use… we don’t even have to think about it. Back in the days when we sold dialup internet, we used to say we could offer people 750 hours per month and they’d ask if we didn’t have an unlimited plan — never mind that a month doesn’t have 750 hours in it. “Unlimited” removes all the guesswork, and saves us from doing any analysis. But is it that simple?

Why has WordPress Become so Popular?

wordpress_600_badgesIf you’ve looked at website content management systems, or CMSs at all in the past year, you’ll have seen people talking about WordPress and that fact that about 20% of websites now run WordPress — and if you only look at the web’s busiest sites, the percentage is actually higher. Of the 20% WordPress sites, about half are at WordPress.com and half are hosted elsewhere at a variety of web hosts, including here at 100%. Earlier this year, WordPress marked its 10th anniversary, but its popularity has really exploded in just the past four or five years. Having used and watched WordPress for all of this time, I can offer a number of thoughts about what has helped recently to make it gain such popularity with mainstream users. Here are five significant ones, in no particular order: