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A Forensic Guide to WordPress Hack Cleanup

So you’ve been hacked, now what?? In my last post on WordPress security, “How Secure is WordPress“, I suggested hiring a professional ASAP when you’ve been hacked. I’m sticking with that advice — especially if your site is important to your business, better to let someone that has experience cleaning up these kind of messes take care […]


How Secure is WordPress?

Let’s face it, WordPress is a big target for hackers. It’s used by a huge number of sites, powering > 20% of all websites by many estimates. Builtwith reports 20% of their sample of 1.7M sites use WordPress, including 11% of the top 10k sites. Anyway you slice it — that’s a lot of sites, and […]

mod_php Apache Memory Usage

For me, one of the most rewarding things in systems architecture is taking something that is slow and laggy and making it way faster. Seeing an HTML call drop from 800ms to 200ms is probably a lot more exciting than really it should be. But there’s real danger in just “optimizing everything” without real knowledge […]

Do I Need a CDN?

When creating and launching a new site, the question of whether to use a CDN (content delivery network) and which one to use will inevitably come up. So we’re going to try and identify the different ways in which a CDN can be used, and when you really need one. What is a CDN? We’re […]