After a few painstaking months, your WordPress Website is up and running with perfect CSS and proper commenting system. All the hours and effort you did optimizing the website and trying to maintain your search engine rank has finally paid off and you are now starting to reap the benefits of all your hard work. Then one morning, as you logged in to your WordPress Admin Panel, you discover that you’re locked out. You try again and you still can’t log-in. You check the website and your worst fears have been confirmed: your website has been hacked.
What Can You Do?
There are many things that you can do to try to resolve this problem; depending on the cause and severity of the security breach, the actions you can take will vary as well. The results will vary as well. Some might get their account back immediately and go on as if nothing happened while others will have to totally redo everything from the start as their page rank has been affected and their users have shifted out. Sometimes, it really does pay to be pessimistic about things since you will be prepared for the worst case scenario anytime. You can prepare yourself for anything that might happen to your website by constantly making a backup.
Everything Goes Wrong
Murphy’s law states that “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Once things start going downhill, we all think in hindsight that we should’ve done this, or probably avoided that. Sometimes you’ll wish that there was simply a rewind button and do everything all over again. Fortunately, for websites, there really is such a time machine. Backups are a saved state of your website. All your content, data, and information can be stored as is. It’s like a slice of frozen time for your website wherein you can go back to. If your website is hacked, you can minimize the damage done by reverting your whole website back to a previous backup. In most cases, this will solve the problem; although there are probably still some things to do to make sure that everything is okay.
Backup, backup, backup
Depending on your service provider’s policy, backup policies differ. That is why it is important to choose a company that does backups often as compared to companies that does it less frequently. Depending on how often your website content changes, you’d have to contact your service provider or web designer.
So how often do you really need to backup your website? It really depends on the type of content you have for your WordPress site. For static websites that only contain texts and images, then a weekly or even monthly backup will do. However, if you are catering to an ever changing content such as a blog or online shop, then you would have to backup your date more frequently. Ideally, you’d want to backup every time there is new content on your website which could be daily, hourly, or even every fifteen minutes.
How Do I Backup My Data
If you are a bit tech-savvy and has some technical know-how, then backing your wordpress site is quite simple. First, you will need the access codes to your website and an FTP client. You will need this to download your files. Then you just need to open up your website from the FTP client and download all of your content to your hard disk. Remember that your service provider will also provide a backup of their own but it is far safer to make your own backup as well just in case something happens to data on their end such as server problems and whatnot.
Of course, if all of these sounds to technical to you, then you can ask your web designer and server guy to do it for you. It’ll be a different service and you’ll probably have to pay for it separately, but it’s well worth it if you consider the possible worst case scenario.
In most cases, hackers usually attack a website for two reasons: they are simply doing it for the fun of it or they are specifically targeting the information that you have inside your website. Whichever reason your website was attacked, you can mostly wave it all away by simply restoring your backup.
I have just returned one of my hosting accounts to productivity. Will this happen to you? I hope not, so please take precautions now.