Broken, Hacked, and Deleted…When Good Blogs Go Bad

It’s happened to the best of us. Everything is running smoothly and then one day you log over to your blog to find an error page, or your posts appear to be missing, or God forbid you are redirected to a porn site.

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WHAT HAPPENED?

Here are just some of the common problems that might create issues for your site:

1. You installed a widget or a bit of code that is not playing nice with your other widgets and codes and instead of working out their problems they decided to crash your site.

2. Your server is down.

3. You upgraded WordPress and things went downhill from there.

4. Someone hacked your password and slipped in while you were sleeping.

WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT TO ME?

Because they’re hackers and that’s what hackers do. They want information and ultimately your money. Crooks know your home has your valuables and they know right where to go to find them. Same can be said with your online identity. If they can crack the code to your site it opens the window to so much more valuable information.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Here are some tips to help get your site back online…

1. Stop hyperventilating.
This has happened to SO many bloggers. Chances are your information is backed up somewhere and someone, somehow, is going to restore it to it’s beautiful self. Trust in that and keep reminding yourself that it’s going to be okay.

2. Contact your host.
If you’re on self hosted WordPress than you probably pay someone to host your blog. You will need to know who your host is and how to access your account with them. Sometimes we have our programmers set that all up for us when we switch from Blogger to WordPress…if you don’t already have that information than you should get it from whoever set your blog up for you. I advise you to collect that information now so that you have it ready just in case you need it down the road.

3. Change your admin/Password
And while you’re at it, make sure your password varies across the spectrum of accounts you have with the different social media sites, email accounts, banks, etc… Don’t make it easy for hackers to access every piece of your identity.

4. Get Help
I can’t imagine running into this problem and NOT having someone in my back pocket to turn to for help. Whether it be your site programmer, the friend who helped you switch or your tech savvy spouse…you need someone to help you retrieve your hacked blog. Keep a list of people you can go to for help and if all else fails…ASK TWITTER!

5. Research
While you’re waiting for your hacked blog and peace of mind to be restored…read up on other people’s experiences. It will help to educate yourself and you will find a ton of other things you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Here are a few to get you started!

FAQ My Site Was Hacked
How to Keep Your Blog Hacker, Spammer, and Spyware-free
Prevent Your WordPress Blog from Being Hacked
15 Things I Did When My Blog Was Hacked

Am I missing anything? Have you had to deal with a hacked blog? What other tips can you share to help someone through this problem?

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Comments

  1. Oh. This is SCARY. I hope this never happens to me.

  2. Today, I lost a post by my own hand that had taken me hours to write. HOURS and hours.
    I’m still totally bummed because it was NOT backed up in any way that I know of.
    I want to cry.

    Getting hacked must suck green weenies.

  3. My site was hacked about a month ago. I have a self-hosted wordpress site and although my site content was fine, the hackers ultimately hi-jacked my SEO so that when people googled my site, a money site would pop up. This wasn’t so bad but what was inconvenient was that they used up a great deal of my server share. My site was horribly slow and because I sell digital goods through my site, customers were being “timed-out” of the download time and thus we had alot of technical support to handle.
    Luckily, my husband is a computer engineer and he contacted Google to reindex my site and Dreamhost to recommend de-hacking procedures. My husband set up a system to announce where and when the hackers were getting in. They were from the Island of Skye in the UK and it really was quite dramatic to see them infiltrate my site.
    The piece of advice you gave about finding a friend who knows code is invaluable. It took alot of effort to shut out the hackers and I know we saved a great deal of money by handling the problem oursleves. But the problem was very sophisticated.
    My husband feels it was my easy password that allowed the hackers in but it also could have been a widget that I uploaded.
    Hope my story helps you!

  4. This does happen a lot…scary!!!

  5. Excellent article.

    I downloaded this program to save my HTML and I love it. It is so easy to use and I know if my site ever crashes I can at least get my design back. It’s called Notepad ++ http://notepad-plus-plus.org/ It will save your HTML just the way it is so you can copy/paste it right back to your site. Sometimes other word processing programs will parse your HTML and it can’t be copy/pasted easily.

  6. I just saved my blog template and I save my posts as well, but this helps me learn that I need to do more! Thanks

  7. We had our site hacked continuously for nearly 3 months and it was awful. Every time we’d get it back up and running, within a week there was malicious code back on there. We ended up moving our site to a new hosting account, changed all passwords and kept plugins to a minimum. So far, so good. All of your tips are excellent and if I could add a tip for “before your site gets hacked”, it would be to back up your site regularly!!!! The backups were the one thing that kept us from having to rebuild from scratch.

  8. Gesshhh thanks for scaring me. :0

  9. I had malware once and it scared the heck out of me! I was at such a loss for what to do. The only affiliate that I have on my blog is the online company that saved me:)

  10. Should we backup our posts before hitting publish? If so, what programs would work best? I was thinking maybe Evernote…

  11. Good tips!

  12. Scary to think of someone hacking your blog. Thanks for the info.

  13. Great info! I have the fear that it is always just around the corner. I have enough problems with the little “glitches” that pop up. I guess it can all be considered a learning opportunity? That’s what I tell myself ;)

  14. Why I stay on blogger.

    NO LIE.

  15. wow. i am so nervous right now. good, scary read.

    chach
    the third boob…and other adventures in mommyhood

  16. This is completely and totally valuable information!! Also? This post freaks me out and I may need a third cup of coffee to recover from the terrifying thought of someone hacking into my little blog. Just saying. :-)

  17. Stop hyperventilating! I laughed out loud. This is ironic since I had my first experience on this subject just a few weeks ago :( I am a designer though and so I seen all the nasty coded they put on your site, it was ALL embedded within my database so yes stop hyperventilating is an excellent first thing to do…hehe. You can catch my story of being hacked on my website as well with some pointers on how to prevent it from happening to you.

    -Dawn with a View

    http://chicswithaview.com/blog/wasted-days-and-wasted-nights/

  18. This is a good reminder. I should see what all my host backs up, how, etc. Never have bothered but really should know that I bet!

  19. I’m so worried about this. I just made the switch to WP from Squarespace. I’ve got a security plugin but I’m sure that’s not the answer. I’m off to read the other articles you shared.

  20. I’m been thinking of getting a self hosted blog and this makes me cringe. But with every obstacle comes opportunity. Thanks for sharing the experience.

  21. So scary to even think about!!! Seriously makes me cringe. Thanks for having our backs!

  22. Really good stuff here! I’m about to make the switch from blogger to wordpress, and I’m glad to read this before I switch so I can be prepared.

  23. VERY informative. Thank you! Here’s to not letting the hackers win. xo

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