One of the challenges with maintaining any website is security. Because WordPress is such a popular content management system, it is vulnerable to potential hacking attempts and script injections, that could leave your local business website unavailable for potential customers or worse, in a position to infect your customer’s computers with malware.
And it’s not just WordPress that is the issue. Any content management system that allows users to install themes and plugins that create the great design, functionality, and experience for your end user also open the door to potential hacking attempts and script injections.
This is why we at Gator SEO take WordPress security and maintenance very seriously.
What happens when a website gets hacked?
When websites get hacked, WordPress or otherwise, there are lots of different results. Some are superficial and not easily detectable by website owners or visitors. For example, you may not know your website has been hacked until you look up your website in Google search results and find that your website is optimized for pharmaceuticals and other keywords not related to your business.
There are other hacks that are more obvious. These hacks may create popups or redirects on your website that lead visitors to other websites that they did not want to go to. Simultaneously, they download malware to your visitor’s computer that makes their browser have other issues as well.
Once Google detects that your website has been hacked, they may issue a notice in search results that your website has been hacked to searchers. Browsers may prevent visitors from going to your website as well.
For your business, this means a loss of traffic, and a loss of trust amongst your visitors.
How hard is it to fix a hacked website?
A lot depends on the type of hacking that occurred. In some cases, every page on your website will need to be cleaned of malicious coding implemented by the hacker. With content management systems, this could be a matter of opening dozens of files, finding the malicious code, and removing it. It could also be a matter of finding a file that was added to your website as a “backdoor” for re-entry for future re-infection of your website.
In short, it can take a long time to take care of.
How can Gator SEO help?
Gator SEO doesn’t want you to be in a situation where you have to fix a hacked WordPress website in the first place, which is why we will help maintain your website through timely upgrades and maintenance, constant security scanning, and daily backups. This should ensure that your WordPress website doesn’t get hacked in the first place.
In addition, if your WordPress website is hacked, Gator SEO will have the tools in place to get alerted to the problem immediately and the experience to take care of the problem quickly and efficiently so that you have little to no downtime.
Don’t let WordPress security get you down. Contact us and find out how we can ensure that your WordPress website is and stays secure!