The truth is that websites get hacked from time to time. It’s the reality website owners have to face, whether they like it or not. Even if they never get hacked, they still need to prepare for it eventually happening. It’s important to note that no matter what site you are using, whether it is WordPress or something else, you can still get hacked, so you always need to be prepared. Getting your website is never is a pleasant experience, and it can greatly impact the success of your website as well. So, you need to learn how to prepare and protect yourself against it!
The first thing you should think about is whether or not to hire a professional. If you have the means and money, you should hire one. Even if you know what you are doing, a pro can probably do it better than you, so if you have the money to spend, just be safe. If you don’t have the money, and you know how to protect your website well, you can rely on yourself. If you don’t have the money to do it, and you are not very knowleadgeable in this area, follow the tips we give you here, and try your best.
So, let’s talk about what you can do yourself, if you get hacked.
The first thing would be to identify the hack. You need to keep calm, and check the following things on your website. Is it possible for you to log into the admin panel? When you go to your WordPress, does it redirect you to another website? Is Google saying that your website is insecure? Asking all these questions will help you identify the hack. You can even write down the answers to these questions, to better remember them, if when talking with your hosting company, they ask you some of these questions.
After you have answered these questions, you should talk with your hosting company. If you’ve been using a reputable hosting company, they are more than likely to assist you in your troubles. Talk to them about what is going on with your website, and you are most likely going to get a lot of help. They can even clean your website for you, if they identify what the cause and the hack is.
A great scenario for you would hapen if you backed up your website at an earlier point previous to the hack. If you haven’t updated your website much since the point you last backed it up, you can with ease restore it to the way it was at that point. The trouble would be if you backed it up a long time ago, and your website has considerably changed after that. You will lose a lot of information, which is something you never want hapenning.
Lastly, you should remember that you need to change your password after you clean your website. And when you do change it, change it to a strong password. It’s not a guarantee that you will be protected, but it’s much better than getting a weaker password.