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Has your website been hacked and infested with links and malware that doesn’t belong there or has it been ‘blacklisted’ for some reason? If so it can really be a nightmare cleaning it up and getting back your traffic and good reputation.
I know from experience because three years ago it happened to one of my ministry sites. I ended up having to spend several hundred dollars and a hundred or so hours to move the site to a new host to start over clean and flush all of the old infected files and databases. In the process I lost a number of posts and considerable traffic.
It all started one morning when I noticed that the Footer on one of my blogs seemed to go on forever with hundred of links to pornography and different business sites in Russia. Every time I erased the garbage it all showed up again the next day. Then I looked at my files and databases and found that they were infested with all sorts of stuff that had nothing to do with my website. My files and database had become a host for hundreds of sub-domains and I was paying for it all!
Worse yet when I tried to erase it all I found out that I no longer had control of my own files and couldn’t get rid of it. If that wasn’t bad enough the very well regarded host I had at the time refused to help me gain control and suggested I flush the whole site and start over.
I ended up taking their advise but first hired a tech group that knew what they were doing and duplicated my unaffected files for me and moved them to a new host. Then I rebuilt my blog post by post, transferred the domain, and then terminated and turned off everything at the old host. Lesson learned the hard way!
Now there are far easier ways to backup and restore a blog. But the focus of this post is how to monitor a site and keep it clean the easy way. First of all you can check your site anytime and see if there are any problems at:
Just go to their ‘test’ page and type in your domain and in a few minutes you will get a complete report for your site. The manual check is free but you can also hire them to automatically monitor your site and clean it up if any malware or hacks are found.
Here’s another service that will monitor your website and help you make it secure. They also offer several plugins for monitoring and securing a WordPress site: