Last Wednesday started just as any Wednesday does in my home- I woke up, got the kids off to school and then spent the rest of my morning teaching 14 little preschoolers their ABC’s. So you can imagine the shock and worry I was hit with when I finally checked my email for the day and was overloaded with messages from so many of you telling me my site had been hacked!!!
Remember this lovely message?
Talk about worry and confusion! How did this happen and what did this mean?
Would I ever be able to restore my site again?
I am certainly no website expert, and to be honest, I had no idea where to look or where to start!
And that is where my new best friend comes in!
Ladies (and gentlemen if you’re out there), please meet Debbie from Lagniappe Marketing…
I remember hearing about Debbie maybe a month ago in a skype conversation I was having with some other bloggers. A couple girls were ranting and raving about how helpful Debbie was and how they would be lost on WordPress without her!
Debbie came to my rescue last week and I will be forever grateful for her kindness!
According to her, she has been building websites and saving the day since Al Gore invented the internet- she knows it all!!!
We skyped for the better part of the afternoon that day and she told me exactly what to do and how to fix the problem. She cleaned up the back end of my site, gave me tips on certain things I knew nothing about, and pumped me up and prepared me for the dreaded conversation I had to have with my hosting company about why this happened to begin with!
Apparently someone hacked into my site at 2am Wednesday morning. I don’t know how they got in- it could have been an outdated plugin, a spam comment that went undetected somehow or someone guessed my password! Either way, they got in and made a mess! Google blacklisted me for 2 days- not fun! I had 3 separate phone calls with GoDaddy, my hosting company, and they found the code that was alerting Google and cleaned it up. I don’t want to blame GoDaddy because they too were very helpful and they insisted their servers were secure, but in talking with several other bloggers, it turns out quite a few of them who also use GoDaddy had the same thing happen to them that very week… go figure! The fix was fairly simple, it just took time. I ended up purchasing Site Scanner- a program the scans my site everyday to alert me of any weaknesses my site may have so I am sleeping a lot better at night!
A couple days after the issue was resolved, Debbie checked back in on me to make sure everything worked out and then she made a few tweaks to my site so that it runs better than ever before! Somewhat Simple is virus free and very well taken care of, and I owe it all to Debbie!
Debbie offers some great services for anyone who may need or want it. She offers online workshops for those who want to switch to WP and one on one tutoring for those who need a bit more help with their WP blogs. She has a rock star client portfolio featuring some big-name bloggers who trust her with their sites.
Let me say that I am writing this post without getting any compensation- Debbie is not my advertiser, I am just her fan!
I am writing this post because I am so thankful for her and I want all of you to know where to go if (heaven forbid) this should happen to you!
Debbie is so kind and thoughtful. She knows her stuff and she can help you. Bookmark her site- you’ll be glad you did!