Having your WordPress site hacked is one of the biggest nightmares for any website owner. From one moment to the next, your site is shut down. Traffic plummets and all the energy, effort, time, and money you put into your site is on the brink of being lost entirely. Finding and fixing the problem is hard work, however, not as hard as winning back your audience’s trust or getting your site off spam blacklists. While getting hacked is never pleasant, it is much more common than you would think. The ascent of WordPress has painted a large bullseye on the back of the CMS and turned it into a favorite target for hackers. In 2012 alone, more than 170,000 WordPress websites were hacked — a number that is likely much higher by now. To spare you this unpleasant experience, in this article we will look at the reasons hackers target WordPress websites, the most common ways they gain access and what measures you can take to protect yourself. This is compulsory reading for any WordPress website owner, so take notice! Why Would Anyone Want To Hack Your WordPress Site? Especially owners of smaller websites often think themselves an unlikely target for hackers. After all, why would anyone care about
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