This past week a client from way back reached out to us because her WordPress website got hacked — and it wasn’t a basic, easy-to-fix hack. She had several websites all in one shared hosting account running out-dated versions of WordPress (Some were running WordPress 2.7!) and the entire account was obliterated!
Naughty, adult-only links and content were injected into her sites and a lot of malicious code was added too. By the time she contacted us and we took a look at the damage, Google had already blacklisted more than one of the sites!
If you have your main “money” website in a hosting account with other websites to save a few bucks, I highly encourage you to rethink this approach. We keep this site in its own hosting account separate for all other sites be are building and running for this exact purpose.
We recommend your main “money” site (the one that is tied to your main income), be in its own hosting account and that you change all of your passwords often.
Thank goodness we practice what we preach and use this approach too, as it saved our behinds last week in a big way. On Monday, the private server that we had our WordPress website on crashed and burned! Not a single tech person at the host company could fix it or provide a decent solution either.
That meant big problems for our website. THANK YOU to all of you who emailed us and contacted us, wondering what was going on! We actually learned of the problem from a client!
Luckily we have our site backed up automatically, so Brian was able to open a new hosting account and rebuild the entire site in just a day. While it was stressful for Brian (I am so happy this isn’t my job anymore), he was able to make some code adjustments we’ve been meaning to do during the switch and now the site is running faster!