While WordPress is one of the most popular website development platforms around (and has been for years!). It is a two edged sword. WP is the most functional of all web-dev platforms out there! And for good reason! There are thousands of themes available (Free and Paid) that can change the look and feel of your entire website instantly!
Tired of the Green and Blue color scheme? No problem! a simple edit of a single file (or in the case of many themes, checking a box) and the entire color scheme has changed to oranges and yellows!
While the core source code of the platform is Free, that means that anyone that wants to look for holes to attack your site can simply download the source code and spend as much time as they like to find the holes that give them access to your entire site! And you can even search Google , Yahoo or Bing and find the exact code you need to copy and paste into a comment form and take over an entire site in literally seconds! (We actually have a YouTube video showing a Whitehat hacker doing this in ten seconds flat!)
Now, does that mean that we do not condone the use of WordPress? Absolutely NOT!!!
We use WordPress for practically ALL of our own sites!
The main thing we want to point out is....
WordPress developers roll out numerous updates almost weekly. And every time WP updates, many of the plugins you have on your website need to be updated to keep up with the changes (This is one way you can tell if a plugin you are thinking of implementing is safe, how often have they updated it and when was the last time it was updated).
Don't get me wrong, Plugins are amazing little snippets of code that are designed to do one thing and they (usually) do it quite well. But they need to be kept up to date along with your WordPress core code. As code gets more intricate, coders and hackers find more sneaky ways to get around the code and dig their way into your site.
A hacker could simply place a bit of code on your site that tracks every keystroke you make on your keyboard, or they could upload a virus, trojan ransomware or worm that would infect the system of every visitor that comes to your website. Or, worse yet, they could install a bot that would automatically use your server and bandwidth to broadcast emails to thousands that contains a virus or ransomware (that can be traced back to your domain blacklisting you from search engines and getting your entire account shutdown! But we have the answer.....
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