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WordPress is hands down the most popular CMS in the world. Astonishingly, it runs 30% of the internet today. It’s open source, which means anyone can install it on the host of their choice for free, it has thousands of different theme options and even more plugin choices resultng in the ultimate customization.

However, if not maintaned regularly, it can be the source of a bad headache – to put it mildly. 

Because WordPress is so widely used it has become a favorite target to malicous hackers. In the short time it takes for a hacker to sink his teeth into your website, he can completely shut it down and suddenly all of the time, energy, and money you spent on your website is at risk of being wiped away…permanently.

Why You?

You may wonder why a hacker would want to target your website. Well, it’s really the same reason why Windows computers are more targeted than Mac computers. Hackers tend to create malware and find the most used platform to deploy it on. It’s less work for them to find a Windows computer than try to find the one Mac computer for every 100 Windows computers.

Owners of small businesses often think they are immune because there seems to be no gain from a hack. A hacker really doesn’t care about the size of your business, the amount of traffic on your website, or anything else. To a hacker, it’s a matter of opportunity. 

How Most Hacks Happen

Hacks generally aren’t personal or targeted unless you are a big corporation. Most websites aren’t even hacked by a person…they are hacked by a bot. Hackers deploy a script that crawls the web and searches for vulnerabilites in websites. This method allows them to hack multiple websites simultaneously. 

What's in it for the Hacker?

If your website stores or processes sensitive information, that could be a high value score for a hacker. But what if your website doesn’t handle sensitive data? What’s in it for the hacker? Here are some of the most common reasons for a hacker to take control of your website:

1. Hackers can use your website to infect your visitors’ computers with malware in order to gain access to their sensitive information such as passwords, credit cards, and other data. 

2. Your website may be redirected to another website in order for the hacker to gain affiliate credits based on your traffic.

3. A hacker can take control of your server in order to send out bulk spam emails or performing brute force attacks and more. All of this can get your website blacklisted quickly. I know from experience because it’s happened to me.

What Can Be Done to Protect Your Site

In short, you need to be proactive. At Digital Hive, we recommend regular backups of your site, updating plugins, themes, and WordPress core updates as they become available, setting up a limit for login attempts, employing strong passwords, securing the site with a firewall, and regular monitoring of the site for vulnerabilities. 

“Hackers attack WordPress sites both big and small, with over 90,978 attacks happening per minute.”

Wordfence

“Only around 40 percent of WordPress sites are up to date.”

TorqueMag.io

“Every day, Safe Browsing discovers thousands of new unsafe sites. Many of these are legitimate websites that have been compromised by hackers. Google blacklists around 20,000 websites for malware and around 50,000 for phishing each week.”

Google

“The four most common WordPress malware infections are Backdoors, Drive-by downloads, Pharma hacks, and Malicious redirects.”

Smashing Magazine

WordPress Maintenance Services

Weekly Updates

Weekly updates to your WordPress plugins, themes, and core WordPress Installation Files.

Hosting

High-quality hosting you can count on.

Secure Website

The annual cost to renew and install your SSL certificate is included.

2 Factor Authentication

Provides an extra layer of security by requiring a one-time code to be sent via SMS when you log in.

Advanced Firewall

A stand-alone firewall that sits in front of WordPress. The firewall works as a powerful filtering engine and can hook, scan, sanitize or reject any HTTP/HTTPS request sent to a PHP script before it reaches WordPress or any of its plugins. It can also detect Web Application Firewall evasion techniques and other tactics used by hackers.

Website Reports

You'll get a weekly report detailing every aspect of the package you choose. Prefer not to clutter your inbox with weekly reports? No problem. They will be stored in your client portal if you ever want to access them.

Vulnerability Scan

The worst thing about malware is that it could be on your website for months without being detected. We are vigilant, proactive, and check regularly for malware and known vulnerabilities

Design Work

Free design and development hours to use monthly for updates to your website.

Google Analytics Report

You get an overview of the number of sessions, returning visitors, social media, organic search, page views, page sessions, time on site and bounce rate.

SEO Ranking

Keywords: Analyzes the number of keywords assigned to your website. Check which keywords are ranked higher than the previous week and optimize your keyword search even further. Top rank: Shows the number of your keywords for which your website is the first Google search result. Visibility: Ranking algorithm helps you track how well your website is doing by looking at the combined ranking of all its keywords. Over time the SEO tool will build up a ranking history, so you can compare your current ranking with the results from last week, last month and 3 months ago. Based on the given set of keywords, the algorithm finds your top competitors and gives you an overview of how your website stacks up against them.

Optimization

Optimization will tidy up your spam, post revisions and MB Overhead (date free of a table – allocated but unused bytes). Optimizing your spam and post revisions rids your database of needless data and unwanted pingbacks and trackbacks

Sign Up For a Maintenance Plan

Basic

$ 65
Month
  • Updates (weekly)
  • Hosting Included
  • SSL Certificate Included
  • 2 Factor Authentication
  • Advanced Firewall
  • Full Report emailed to you
  • Vulnerability Check (weekly)
  • Optimization (weekly)

Enhanced

$ 125
Month
  • Updates (weekly)
  • Hosting Included
  • SSL Certificate Included
  • 2 Factor Authentication
  • Advanced Firewall
  • Full Report emailed to you
  • Vulnerability Check (Daily)
  • Optimization (Daily)
  • 1 hour of Design work/mo.
  • Google Analytics Report (weekly)
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Pro

$ 195
Month
  • Updates (weekly)
  • Hosting Included
  • SSL Certificate Included
  • 2 Factor Authentication
  • Advanced Firewall
  • Full Report emailed to you
  • Vulnerability Check (Daily)
  • Optimization (Daily)
  • 2 hours of Design work/mo.
  • Google Analytics Report (weekly)
  • SEO Ranking Report
  • Uptime Monitor

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To begin your maintenance plan with quarterly billing, please select the package you’d like on the form below and it will be on it’s way to me! 
I’ll send you an invoice for the price listed beside your package below, then an invoice every three months thereafter. Let’s go!

To begin your maintenance plan with quarterly billing, please select the package you’d like on the form below and it will be on it’s way to me! I’ll send you an invoice for the price listed beside your package below, then an invoice every three months thereafter. Let’s go!

To begin your maintenance plan with quarterly billing, please select the package you’d like on the form below and it will be on it’s way to me! 
I’ll send you an invoice for the price listed beside your package below, then an invoice every three months thereafter. Let’s go!

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