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 “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:

WordCamp Winnipeg – A Barrier-Free Experience


WordCamp hits Winnipeg
this weekend, and it’s something to get excited about if you’re a person who works with websites. Statistically, 100% of people use websites, but statistically, only around 0.1% of people develop websites (according to 2006 Statistics Canada data). Of those, probaby half of them probably have used WordPress, or use it on a regular basis. (Recent data shows that WordPress has a 17% market share of websites in general.)