What is WordPress?

What is WordPress?

No more is a blog just a single page with a “what I did at the store today” kind of dialog. Blogs
are the lifeblood of the Internet, bringing publishing to the masses. Gone are the days of
individual page creation to post an entry, too. With WordPress you can have enterprise-level
content management capabilities for your blog and Website, for the same cost as the air you
breathe: Free!
So what the heck is WordPress, anyway?
WordPress is a Web-publishing platform frequently used for Web logs, or “blogs”, that focuses on
speed, ease of use and one of the best user experiences available. With WordPress, you can
manage anything from a simple personal site with just a few pages all the way up to a
commercial site with hundreds of pages. The sky is the limit with WordPress, and thanks to that
ease of use, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Web expert or just getting started. Anyone can create a
fantastic website using WordPress.
WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the
world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it
for anything from your dog’s home page to a Fortune 500 website without paying anyone a
license fee.
Started in 2003, WordPress has become the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used
on hundreds of thousands of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
We offer a Managed WordPress option for our clients to make it very easy to create and maintain a WordPress website.  You can easily set up the infrastructure of your new site in a matter of minuted.  If you haven’t registered a domain name yet, you can use a temporary domain to set up your account and register your official domain later.  We also make it easy to stay up to date and secure with automatic WordPress core updates.  Give it a try today!
WordPress Plug-In Concerns

WordPress Plug-In Concerns

Morrissey said, “I’ve seen it happen in other people’s lives and now it’s happening in mine.” I don’t think he could have imagined that line would get appropriated to talk about WordPress® security.

When you install a plugin on your WordPress® site, you get the good with the bad — along with the increased functionality, you also inherit any of its security risks. By installing a plugin, you add more code to your site. The more code your site has, the more ways a hacker has to enter your site and do with it as they please. And when someone leverages your site to attack someone else, you’re making the Internet that much worse.

It’s easy to shrug that off as alarmist, but when you’ve seen thousands upon thousands of sites compromised because of a plugin, you feel less like Chicken Little and more like someone trying to save a lot of people a lot of grief. This is all to say your WordPress site is susceptible to compromise unless you follow some best practices:

  • Where’s the plugin from? Only install plugins from the official WordPress repository.
  • Do you need this plugin? If not, don’t install it.
  • Does this plugin seem shady? If you’re unsure, don’t install it. Or, at the very least, check out its reviews.
  • When was the last time I used it? Delete plugins if you don’t use them.
  • When was the last time you updated it? Update your plugins often.

By minimizing the number of plugins you use (or not using any) and continually updating the ones you do, the less likely you are to have your site compromised. If you’re careless, though, you run a great risk of getting hacked. It’s doesn’t only happen to “the other guy.” It can happen to you, and it won’t be pretty.