Monitoring and Backup

Bit Spit #17, Part 4 The Importance of Backing Up WordPress

Part #4 Importance of Backing Up WordPress

The loss of any valued object is sure to cause anxiety, and considering the work you’ve put into it, losing your blog could to be the worst of all.

WordPress website owners are even more at risk than most, and that’s due to the WordPress’s phenomenal popularity. Its widespread presence allows the blackhats to hit the largest number of sites while expending the smallest amount of energy. Once the hackers have crashed your website or blog (if its not hardened, protected and monitored), it may not be so easy to get it back. While your host provider might perform occasional backups, there is no guarantee that they’ve done so recently.

If the self-hosted version of WordPress is the one on which you keep your website, you and you alone are completely responsible for every one of your files. This increases your susceptibility and makes regular backups even more important.

The Two Parts of WordPress (Site Files and MySQL)

First, WordPress owners/users need to understand that they are actually dealing with two distinct and separate pieces, each of which requires attention. The most important component, the MySQL database, serves as the home of the website/blog’s pages, settings, links, posts, name and description. The site file section houses the core files, admin panel, plugins, themes and media files. The severity of their loss will vary with the function and objective of your site.

No Website or Blog is Really Safe

While users of WordPress are not the only ones at risk, the fact remains that they are highly vulnerable. Regular backups (along with Hardening, Security Protection and Monitoring) are of major important, and when performing a WordPress backup users will need to consider both database and file section. Although the daily performance of this task will provide the greatest degree of safety, do you have the time to do this yourself? Do you even want to?  Are you able to RESTORE the files quickly and properly?

What is Your Website Worth?

If your website doesn’t mean a lot to you, its loss will not bother you much. However, the majority of websites today represent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours’ worth of work. In the absence of a regularly performed WordPress backups companies may lose more than their carefully crafted posts. They may also find that their followers have left for greener pastures. Worse, any company that relies on WordPress as a marketing device faces the even more serious loss of potential clients and customers.

Safeguarding a WordPress website means more than merely guarding against hackers, its about the old adage…”always be prepared”.  When your protection includes a daily offsite WordPress backup you can rest assured that the site that is perfection today will still be whole tomorrow.

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Bit Spit #16, Part 3, The Importance of Monitoring WordPress

Part #3 Importance of Monitoring WordPress

According to the April 2013 TechNewsDaily, approximately 90,000 WordPress websites were attacked by hackers. This has brought the need for increased security and monitoring to the forefront of many WordPress website owner’s minds. While no website is safe from potential hackers, WordPress is one of the most popular web hosting services in the world, making it an attractive target for hackers.

Monitoring WordPress

Consistent monitoring is one of the best defenses a website owner can do to ensure the safety of their online presence and business. By monitoring the website, you can react to unauthorized entry to the site quickly and correct any issues caused by the hackers. Every attack leaves a trace, either on the file system as changes to files or in the logs. You can also see if the hacker has installed MalWare or other viruses that are designed to infect users who visit your site.

In truth, most website owners don’t perform either automated or manual checks of their websites. This is because either they don’t have time or they do not know how to monitor their website and identify changes made by someone else.  No need to worry, we offer a 24/7 WordPress monitoring service help protect your websites for hackers: WordPress Whiz. We offer constant monitoring of your website as part of their Protection Services package. This service includes monitoring the website’s up-time, identifying MalWare and CORE WordPress file changes, and recognizing bots or individuals trying to gain access to the website through random passwords.

Other Security Measures

Besides monitoring your WordPress website, it is important to continuously update your WordPress website. Updates provided by WordPress are meant to allow your website to run more efficiently as well as to correct any programming that would allow hackers to easily enter your website and make changes. Ideally, you should setup a regular schedule for updating your WordPress website, so you keep your website up to date.

Backing up your website regularly can also add protection to your website. Having a current back-up can help you restore your website quickly in the event a virus or MalWare infects it and dramatically changes the pages or takes it offline.

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Bit Spit #12 | WordPress under heavy attack…what are you doing about your WordPress Website?

WordPress Security Issues

WordPress Security is of the utmost importance. As part of our commitment to our clients, we like to provide quality information and resources.   See the following article by Bit Defender, (Bitdefender is the creator of award-winning, internationally certified Internet Security and Antivirus software for Home and Business PC’s)…which details the importance of keeping your WordPress Website up to date.

Attackers are aiming at blogs running poorly-secured WordPress configurations in an attempt to create a powerful botnet that, according to independent security researcher Brian Krebs, already counts some 90,000 IPs.

The attack appears to use “brute force” password–guessing, as revealed by security and networking companies in separate investigations and incident forensics…..READ MORE!

 

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