In the past few months we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of companies contacting us about their website being hacked, often causing it to be taken offline by their web host or blacklisted by Google. These sites typically have some sort of content management system, such as WordPress or Joomla, which are far more complex in their structure and are not simply a number of pages sitting on a web server. This makes repairing the website or removing the threat considerably more difficult, and so the best and fastest resolution is to restore from a recent backup of the website.
It is therefore worth considering:
Is your website backed up regularly?
Is your website software updated periodically to prevent intrusion (just like your PC updates)
Who carries these maintenance functions out?
Most content management systems have plugins that can be installed that provide a manual or automatic backup service to a choice of destinations, such as to your Dropbox account. There’s a good article on WordPress Backup Plugins which has reviewed some of the best backup plugins available.
If you would like your website to be maintained for you, with software updates installed and regular backups taken, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch with some reliable companies who offer this service.