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RD Blackburn

You know there’s something about creating my own websites that I never get tired of. There are times that I literally want to pull my own hair out because it can be very frustrating. Most of the things I have learned about designing websites has been self-taught and very painful at times.

Just the other night I was working on a website and kept hitting the frustration wall. I spent hours trying to correct a problem and then I finally realized I didn’t clear my previous floats. Once I did that, problem solved.

The design possibilities have come a long way since I first started using HTML. The tools we have today are just phenomenal and truly do help simplify the process of creating a terrific user experience.

Having said that there’s probably NOT a better tool for building a website faster than using WordPress. WordPress is traditionally a blogging platform but is being using all over the internet for personal and business websites. The WordPress PHP platform and automatic updating potential mean you don’t have to know anything about coding which really simplifies the creative process. All you have to do is go find a theme, upload it to your webserver, activate said theme and you’re done. But as great as WordPress is, it still seems to have some security loopholes.

I like to use search engines to see where my website is ranking. Google keeps showing one of my competing websites as possibly being hacked. The reason I bring this up is because I would almost be willing to wager that they are using WordPress. The biggest reason I believe that is because I’ve seen it before. There was a time when US Challenge Coins was ranking on the first page of Google for seemingly all of their major keywords and they got hacked – and I know for a fact they were using WordPress.

I’m not going to speak disparagingly about WordPress or anyone using WordPress because I’m one of those people. But this example or occurrence just goes to show how diligent you have to be as a webmaster to keep your website safe and in turn your website visitors safe.

The thing I’m having the hardest time trying to figure out is – why is it taking that website so long to fix their website – or do they even care that their website has been hacked? I’ve been seeing that message for well over two weeks now. I’m pretty sure an active retail or commercial site wouldn’t want their website carrying the “This site may be hacked” stigma. Know what I mean?

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