What is the cost to your business when your website goes down? Are you running a lead generation website, where if potential clients can’t find you you’re missing out on potential business, or are you running an ecommerce website and missing out on actual sales?
If your website is running on Wordpress, good for you, it is one of – if not the most popular website platform in the world, with 1 in 3 website built on it. It’s also very well supported, with updates coming out all of the time. Some of these updates are feature updates, while others are bug fixes and security updates.
Here’s the thing though.
Because it is such a popular platform it is a bit of a target for hackers.
You might think – “why would anyone hack our website?” or “well, they’re not going to get anything if they hack my web site” – but in truth the hackers probably don’t care whose website they are attacking.
The most common thing we see is websites that have been hacked and are sending out spam or phishing emails. You see, the bad guys don’t actually want anything from you, they just want to use your website to run their scams.
Fixing a hacked site is one thing, and ideally it should be back up within a few hours, however longer lasting effects can take weeks to clear up. If your site was used to send spam you might find that – even though the site has been fixed – your valid email goes into peoples spam folders for weeks to come.
Here then are 3 simple things you can do prevent a website catastrophe.