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.

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: