Help I think my WordPress has been hacked

Taken from the WordPress FAQ

So you’ve carefully installed WordPress, you’ve made it look exactly how you like with a decent theme, you’ve maybe installed some fancy plugins and you’ve crafted some fine posts and Pages. In short, you’ve put a lot of time and effort into your site.

Then, one day, you load up your site in your browser, and find that it’s not there, or it redirects to a porn site, or your site is full of adverts for performance-enhancing drugs. What do you do?


Joeff LAN – Time Lapse

Verlede week was ek by ‘n LAN van die NG Kerk Pierre van Rhyneveld. Dit het Donderdag om 14:00 begin en het geduur tot die Vrydag 17:00. Die organiseerders het elke minuut ‘n foto geneem en dit saamgestel in ‘n video. Dankie aan BigfootMk120 vir al die reëlings en moeite; dit was feeste!


Eugene Marais (1871 – 1936)

O koud is die windjie
en skraal.
En blink in die dof-lig
en kaal,
So wyd as die Heer se genade,
Lê die velde in sterlig en skade.
En hoog in die rande,
Versprei in die brande,
Is die grassaad aan roere
Soos winkende hande.

O treurig op wysie
op die ooswind se maat,
Soos die lied van ‘n meisie
in haar liefde verlaat.
In elk’ grashalm se vou
blink ‘n druppel van dou,
en vinnig verbleek dit
tot ryp in die kou!

Essential plug-ins for your WordPress 3.1 website

I use WordPress every day and find that some plug-ins are just better than others. A robust plugin will be compatible with most WordPress versions or at least degrade gracefully when others will break the design or even show a blank page.

Here are a few plug-ins I use regularly (listed from A to Z):

  • Akismet
    Anti-spam plugin from the guys at Automattic. Included with WordPress by default.
  • All in One SEO Pack
    Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. For when your theme needs further optimization.
  • cforms
    Recently turned open source. Easily create multi-page form-to-emails while capturing it in the database as well.
  • Google Analyticator
    There are plenty of good Google Analytics plug-ins availible. This one creates a dashboard widget with a graph and popular keywords.
  • Google Analytics Dashboard
    Google Analytics graph integration. Shows a mini graph along side every post and page.
  • Google XML Sitemaps
    Generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and to better index your blog.
  • Twitter Tools
    A complete integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter. Show your tweets in your sidebar, and post tweets from your WordPress admin.
  • WP-PageNavi
    Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog.
  • WP Security Scan
    Perform security scan of WordPress installation and helps reduces the risk of being hacked.

Which plug-ins you will use depends on what you want to do, but these are the ones I most frequently use. Post your favourite plug-ins in the comments below.