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Denton Website Building 2017 Forecast for WordPress and Your Websites – HACKING

Hello again! Welcome to 2017, the year of the HACKER.

Not only has hacking grabbed the headlines for the November 2016 election, it is now spreading like wildfire in the general website community of North America. Why is this?

There are a lot of reasons why this is happening, but the main reason is the oldest reason known in history, and it’s spelled M-O-N-E-Y. Unregulated as the internet is, we can’t even call website hosts (the people who actually host the website pages on their servers) “unscrupulous” when they allow hacking (they could easily prevent) to occur for one primary reason: They want to sell you products that will do the jobs they used to do as a “good business practice.”

The hackers are not in it nearly as much for the money. The odds of them gaining anything from hacking a site like www.dentondigital.com, www.shannondrawe.com, www.texasflycaster.com – or any of the other websites I have had hacked in the last 30 days – the odds of their gains are ZERO. And I have learned a lot in the last 30 days – my gain.

However, the hassle factor is hard to estimate, and if time is worth money, then it is going to cost us all something to continue to have functioning websites going forward.

Until recently wordpress websites were very robust against internet hackers. However the landscape has changed as a) hosting companies find new profit streams by allowing hacking, b) hacking has become trendy, c) WordPress plugins and themes have aged and their creators have abandoned them – and the code is not being updated. That is about as simple as it gets.

Here is a good BLOG about fixing your own WordPress website at the root level of access – https://fixmywp.com/category/blog .

There are steps to help you secure your wordpress website from clandestine hackers, but you will not get out of this for free. That’s just not anybody’s goal in 2017. The goal by the higher powers is to allow hacking to get paid more money to prevent hacking. It’s just that simple. If this weren’t true, we would have been hacked a long time ago!

HOW TO START THE PROCESS OF STOPPING HACKING of WORDPRESS

I would advise my clients, who have their own hosting to talk to the hosts and ask them to block certain countries. If they are unwilling (they are completely able to do this), you know they are marching under new orders – TO PROFIT by protecting you from their own allowed weaknesses. You probably won’t get too far with this, and they will immediately begin to pitch more security services, more expensive hosting, site monitoring, site cleaning … essentially saying, “We can do nothing,” from the very moment contact is made. These are the times when we find out what our hosting providers really are made of.

Delete all plugins that have not been updated to latest WP version compatibility as soon as possible. Find new plugins that are up to date, and replace the old ones.

SPEND MONEY – Purchase a plugin for your WP site that can backup and protect your website. It will be an “inside job” by you – to watch it, control the settings and adjust to the bad guy’s adjustments. Be prepared to watch this all the time.

SPEND MONEY – Move your website pages hosting to a “Managed Hosting” company that monitors, cleans and protects your site(s) on an ongoing basis – and does this constantly for you.

In coming posts, I will tell you about what the YEAR OF THE HACK (2017) means for millions of websites of all kinds – in the USA. Stay tuned, and lock your doors.

Denton Website Design using WordPress

You have found the first website business in Denton, Texas, that ever specialized and still specializes in wordpress websites. These sites are designed for ease of use, and being turned over to customers so they can run the site themselves. Nothing is ever held hostage, and all files are yours. It’s not magic! It’s wordpress for those who demand quality and functionality from their sites.

I do sites for all purposes. And as I always say, and as it applies to this crop of University students here in Denton, Texas, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him / her think!” Your professors are not telling you what you need to know to get a job – bottom line. And that’s if you actually are taught by professors! Typically, in the corporate education world (where educational institutions are actually now churning corporate machines), you are taught by adjuncts, you are passed through without knowing what you need to know, and you are not a threat to anyone in your professional field (including those adjuncts) upon graduation. ONE OF THE THINGS they don’t tell you is that you need a professional online presence, and you need it by the time you begin your third year of college (sooner is even better). Feel Free To Think!

I hear horror stories from established businesses and professionals about their websites being held hostage, hacked, ineffective and expensive. And that’s just in Denton, Texas! You think creating a site and doing it yourself is the way to go? All I can say to that is, “If you think a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur!” Denton businesses and professionals are typically way behind the curve when it comes to attractive, professional, functional websites that generate business. Heck! Some of them even still use print advertising! Imagine that? Talk about the most expensive ROI in the world? try print advertising!

 

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