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How To Completely Clean Your Hacked WordPress Installation

by Michael VanDeMar

Getting hacked sucks, plain and simple. It can affect your rankings, cause your readership to be exposed to virus and trojan attacks, make you an unwilling promoter to subject material you may not actually endorse, and in many cases cause the loss of valuable content. However, once it happens it is usually best to not procrastinate on the clean up process, since a speedy restore will most times minimize the damage that was caused.
Following is a step by step process on how to completely clean out and restore a WordPress installation that has been hacked.

1. Backup the site and the database.
2. Make a copy of any uploaded files, such as images, that are referenced.
3. Download a fresh version of WP, all of the plugins you need, and a clean template.
4. Delete all of the files and folders in the WP directory,
either through FTP (slower) or through cPanel’s File Manager (faster).
5. Re-upload the new fresh copies you just grabbed.
6. Run the database upgrade (point your browser at /wp-admin/upgrade.php).
7. Immediately change your admin password.
8. Go through the posts and repair any damage in the posts themselves.

UPDATE: 9. If you are having issues cleaning the installation yourself

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24 Ecommerce Plugins for WordPress

by

Sig Ueland

Once WordPress was just a place to blog. Then came over fourteen thousand plugins. Today WordPress is a highly customizable platform, with everything you need to run your ecommerce business.

Here is a list of 24 plugins to help you run your business on WordPress. These plugins will help you promote and sell your products, manage your customers, and maintain your site.

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WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

The distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org can cause some confusion for people. Let’s clear it up.

WordPress.com Benefits

  • It’s free and much easier to setup
  • Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc
  • Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
  • Your posts are backed up automatically
  • You get extra traffic from blogs of the day and tags
  • You can find like-minded bloggers using tag and friend surfer
  • Your login is secure (SSL) so no one can get into your account if you use wifi

WordPress.com Cons

  • We provide 100+ themes (and adding more every day) which you can modify and edit the CSS, but you cannot run a custom theme*
  • You can’t hack the PHP code behind your blog*
  • You can’t upload plugins

WordPress.org Benefits

  • Ability to upload themes
  • Ability to upload plugins
  • Great community
  • Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded

WordPress.org Cons

  • You need a good web host, which generally costs $7-12 a month, or thousands of dollars per month for a high traffic site
  • Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run
  • You’re responsible for stopping spam
  • You have to handle backups
  • You must upgrade the software manually when a new version comes out
  • If you get a huge spike in traffic (like Digg or Slashdot) your site
    will probably go down unless you have a robust hosting setup

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What to do when Auto-Update Fails

Posted on: April 11, 2011 by Jeff Starr

Ahh yeah, WordPress just rolled out another update to version 3.1.1. If
you’re able to upgrade via the Admin, updating your site(s) should be a
piece of cake: just log in, click a few buttons, wait a few minutes, and
done. The convenience of automatically updating the WordPress core,
plugins, and themes is awesome, but things can go wrong once in awhile
and auto-updates can fail. If this happens, getting back on track is a
bit tricky, so here’s a quick guide to help restore site functionality
and ensure a proper update.

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WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

The distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org can cause some confusion for people. Let’s clear it up.
Let’s clear it up. Read on…

Beginner’s Guide: How to utilize Google resources in WordPress

 By Brian Krogsgard

There are many ways to utilize the seemingly endless resources of Google in WordPress. The following list includes what I consider to be the most important Google tools, some others nearly every web developer uses, and hopefully even some that you don’t know about yet.

 

In this post we’ll be looking into 18 Google services and applications, including:

  • Google Analytics
  • Goo.gl url shortener
  • Google Chrome/Developer Tools
  • Google Website Optimizer
  • Google Docs
  • Google Custom Search
  • Google Maps
  • Google Reader, and
  • Google Adsense/Adwords

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9 Useful WordPress Video Player Plugins

WordPress is an open source self-hosted tool you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. To enhance your site or blog’s capabilities, WordPress offers a lot of plugins which can do almost anything you can imagine like allowing easy modification and customization of your blog. To embed videos into your blog without having to post to YouTube or Vimeo, a WordPress video plugins will suit your needs.

Here is a list of 9 Useful WordPress Video Player Plugins that are essential to have on a self hosted WordPress blog or site. Check out the examples below if you would like to start embedding videos from services like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Video, Metacafe etc.

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