WordPress Hacked

If you’ve read this blog, or the posts on my Top Design Blogs service blog, you’ll know I bang on about WordPress security quite a bit.

Yet, webmasters don’t seem too concerned that their WordPress blogs are potentially vulnerable to being hacked. I offer a free service over at Top Design Blogs that tests 8 potential weaknesses on a blog but few webmasters take me up on the offer.

So is there an attitude out there that hacking is something that only happens to other people? That the likelihood of your particular blog being hacked is so small that it’s something you can worry about another day?

I’ve …

With Google now using page loading time as a metric on how to rank websites, it now makes a lot of sense to tweak your WordPress blogs so that they load as quickly as possible.

And, surprisingly, there’s little or no information available about how to tune your blogs for a bit of a speed boost. Not all in one place anyway.

To fill that gap, Luke Corden as released Speed Demon, a video tutorial course (with accompanying 111-page PDF for those who prefer to read rather than watch).

The course is broken down into 5 sections, as you can see in the screenshot below of the Members’ Area:

Some of …

Article Builder is an online spinning tool that creates quality, readable articles for 130+ niches.

It was created by Jonathan Leger who also created The Best Spinner which you may have heard of

I don’t do word/phrase spinning any more with tools like The Best Spinner or SpinRewriter because it takes too long

To use those tools, you really have to manually review all word/phrase combinations in your head as you read through a spintext article to make sure those words and phrases are used in the right context in the sentence and article. That’s what takes time. That’s why I don’t do it any more (I can’t afford the time).

Instead, …

Today I launched a new service for getting WordPress blogs built. It’s called Top Design Blogs. Not everyone is familiar with WordPress or is able to create a site focused on promoting a product; not everyone has the time to write content. Some people just want a business in a box that they can run with.

That’s what this service offers.

There Are 3 Types of Blog Available
  • A Base Blog– this is a blog that’s built using a Premium theme and uses Premium plugins to make the blog much more secure from ne’er-do-wells. Other installed plugins improve SEO and site management. All you need to do is add the

One of the things I’m asked quite often by my customers is if I build any sites with WordPress (I have a few products that are not WordPress-related so my customers wouldn’t necessarily know about my blogs).

Well, this blog is built with WordPress. As are many of my other sites. Though not all my sites are built on WordPress.

For someone not familiar with WordPress, building a site with it can be a daunting prospect. There’s quite a bit to learn. And WordPress doesn’t have any security built in, so those new to it won’t be aware that tweaks and plugins have to be added to make a blog less prone …

My Relationship With WordPress

Those of you who are regular readers of this (or some of my other blogs), know I’ve had a – I was going to say a love/hate relationship with WordPress, but it’s pretty much just been a hate relationship with it, over the last couple of years.

I consistently found my blogs were offline, had 500 Internal Server Errors, nginx errors, were very slow to load (some page load times exceeding 60 seconds). And in addition to all that, I hosted the sites with what turned out to be some very crappy webshosts which resulted in some sites going offline for weeks and others going offline permanently with …

2012 saw two major updates to Google’s search engine known as the Panda and Penguin updates. These changed the landscape by introducing new criteria by which websites are ranked. It’s fair to say that while Google intended to scrub thin, spammy sites from its index and boost quality sites to the top of the rankings, the exact opposite happened.

There are plenty of stories about legitimate online businesses (not internet or affiliate marketers) who saw their sites (and earnings) tank overnight as a result of the Google updates (particularly Penguin). Despite the hue and cry that was raised at the time, Google remained uncharacteristically quiet in the aftermath. Perhaps they were too …

Hacking of WordPress blogs is becoming a major problem, as I’ve outlined in my Repairing a Hacked WordPress Blog report.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a big business or a small-time webmaster who gets little of no traffic. If you have a WordPress blog, then you’re ripe to be hacked.

Especially if you give no consideration to securing your site.

And most people don’t…because they think it’s too complicated.

Ok, let me throw some statistics at you…

  • Only 15% of the 75 Million+ WordPress Sites run the latest WordPress Version!
  • 26 million of 36 million self hosted WordPress sites run little or no security
  • Website security is your problem and not your

I’ve had a number of my WordPress blogs get hacked over the last year so I’ve learned the hard way how to repair a hacked blog and how to secure my blogs against future attacks. And now I’ve put what I’ve learned into my new PDF report: Repairing a Hacked WordPress Blog.

The report is only $5. I wish I’d had info like this when I found my blogs were hacked – it would have saved me a huge amount of time. I’ve heard that it can cost $100 to get a pro to clean up your blog though I never used such a service myself.