WordPress is a very popular platform for Web sites with nearly 28% (and growing) of all sites built on the WordPress platform. This also means it provides the biggest target for the bad guys. Occasionally they will target a specific site, but that is fairly rare. Typically they just look for any site that has an opening they can attack and exploit.
Just how bad is it? Google recently released their year in review for 2016 and they saw a 32% increase in hacked sites over 2015. They say that prevention is key, so it is simply a case of making sure your site is far less likely to be a target for hackers.
The simplest way to keep the bad guys away is to make sure you don’t have any of those openings. Updates to the core WordPress system as well as theme and plugin updates are released regularly to address security issues. Are you installing these updates? How many of you don’t even know if they are being installed? We’ve found that very few site owners install the updates on a regular basis and we wanted to provide an economical solution. For this, we built our WordPress Maintenance Services.
Our Bronze plan takes care of the updates for you. If you want to install the updates yourself, please do. For those who don’t want to go into their site multiple times weekly to install updates, we can do it for you. It really isn’t something that is optional. Somebody has to do it or it is only a matter of time before the bad guys hack your site.
While installing the updates helps, it doesn’t actively track and block the bad guys. Nor does it backup your site in case something does go wrong. Our Silver plan includes those services and more so that you can know your site is being protected.
Each person or company has a site for a specific reason. For some, the site is a major source of income. As one of our clients often says, “the site pays my mortgage.” Should the site not work for even a short period of time, it would be very costly. We’ve designed our Gold plan and our Platinum plan to provide detailed reporting, more maintenance help and more.
We’ve detailed each of the features offered in our plans and which of those features are included in each plan. Look over the plans we offer and choose the one that is best for you. Even if you don’t choose one, please make sure your site is actively maintained!
Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.