Since its inception in 2003, WordPress has provided millions of users with a platform for content management and blogging. It is the largest self-hosted blogging tool on the planet, providing support to an estimated 60 million users and powering close to 28 percent of the top 10 million websites on the planet.
WordPress provides website services to its users, including a completely customisable content management and publishing system which enables the user to go about his or her internet activities without an in-depth knowledge of coding or website design.
Every well-functioning machine needs to be oiled and maintained, however, and bearing in mind the large volume of users on the WordPress platform, and the ever-increasing vulnerability of internet-based services to hacking, malware and just good old-fashioned coding errors, it’s easy to see the need for constant and continual maintenance of your WordPress site.
It is a rule of the thumb in cyber security that if you have a website with valuable assets or a large volume of traffic or public interest, then it is pretty much certain that the security of your website will be tested at some point or the other.
WordPress maintenance is a catch-all term that covers everything ranging from security monitoring to off-site backups,. In the course of this article, the importance of having constant security monitoring on your WordPress site will be covered, with the rest of the maintenance services to come.
Having proper security monitoring on your website is perhaps more important now than ever, with the ever-increasing number of worldwide cyber attacks. It is a rule of the thumb in cyber security that if you have a website with valuable assets or a large volume of traffic or public interest, then it is pretty much certain that the security of your website will be tested at some point or the other.
Even web browsers have started to require stricter security for websites, especially those that require passwords or banking and credit card information. These web browsers prominently display a “not secure” warning when your viewers access your website, which could ultimately lead to them losing faith in your websites security and consequently leading to a reduced revenue from your site.
According to Google, close to ten thousand websites are quarantined daily due to suspicions of hacking or malware attacks. Aside from this, it has been reported that about 2 to 5 percent of websites have an Indicator of compromise signifying a website attack.
Your website’s vulnerability extends to social media, as websites are increasingly linked with both professional and private social media accounts resulting in an unprecedented level of vulnerability.
According to the MD of Information Security Forum, Steve Durbin:
“From a hacker standpoint, social media is rich picking. We have an environment where by nature the people have very low guard. They will quite readily engage with a third party. It’s a great opportunity to gather information that you can make use of from spear phishing to social engineering to push out malware,”
The above statistics serve as an important reminder about why it is essential to have your WordPress site regularly maintained by professionals who know what to expect, and how to put measures in place that will ensure the smooth running of your website with monitored website security.