What To Do If Your WordPress Site
Has Been Hacked?
The best way, by far, to avoid being hacked is to keep all your themes and plugins up to date, and make sure you have nothing which has security vulnerabilities or are otherwise insecure.
BUT WHAT IF THE WORST HAS ALREADY HAPPENED?
What if you look at your WordPress site one day and it’s not loading, or it shows all sorts of text and images that shouldn’t be there? You could, if you’ve thought ahead, reload the backup you have in your hosting account. But not all hosts offer this feature, even today. And even if they did, whatever security vulnerabilities that were there yesterday will still be there today.
Once any website has been hacked, whether WordPress-based or not, it makes its way onto a ton of hacking lists that circulate in online forums. Once hackers know your site is insecure, they will keep attacking it and doing damage.
AND IT DOESN’T STOP THERE
Hacked websites are also penalised by Google and other Search Engines. No matter how well your site is ranked, once it has been hacked, Google will remove it from all search results. Your site will also appear in lists produced by Blacklist compilers, which can end up in you even losing your hosting account.