WordPress has an amazing community and ecosystem. After all, it is used by 34% of the total websites on the web. WordPress is such a user friendly CMS that anyone can easily setup their website or blog with ease. All one have to do is just purchase a hosting plan, find a suitable domain from NameFresh and install WordPress.
This immense popularity brings in both good and bad things. The hackers are always on the lookout to infect WordPress website. Developers, on the other hand always try to ward off their activities, but that’s not possible all the time.
From a webmaster’s perspective, it is hard to get malware infected with professionally paid themes. They are built with care, and as a business name is associated with the product, the company takes extra care when releasing their products to the public. However, that doesn’t mean there are not other ways for your theme to get infected.
Your theme might be malware infected for the following reasons.
By injecting malware, a hacker can aim to do a lot of things. Let’s list some of them below.
So, how do you know that your website is infected with malware? Many signs hint at it. The symptoms that you should look at are as below:
Now that we have completely understood the different dynamics of malware infection, it is now time to learn how to scan your website and detect malware. We will also cover methods to remove the malware from your WordPress theme.
The best way to protect your website from malware is to understand the source of the theme. To make sure that you download it from the right source, we recommend doing a Google search.
By performing a Google search, you can get a hint from where you are downloading your theme. If you get a get a wrong impression or see a negative review, it is better to leave the website and search for an alternative download source. Also, users who have found malware infection earlier will inevitably leave their review on the site to alert others about it.
Now that you have downloaded the theme, it is now time to check the theme for malware infections.
You should always scan your theme before installing it on your website. If you are not confident about the technicalities of a WordPress theme, it is a good idea to hire a developer to do setup your blog for you. This extra step will ensure that your website is not infected from the get-go.
You can also use tools to do the scan yourself. Let’s list them below.
This leads us to the end of the guide on how to scan and detect malware in WordPress themes. By following the guide, you will be able to detect and remove malware. We also listed precautionary steps on how to make sure that the theme you download from the internet is free from malware. If you find the guide useful, don’t forget to share it with your friends. Also, do you always scan your theme before installing? If so, comment below and share your method with us. We are listening!
About The Author:
Mark Coleman is working as an Editor at MarkupTrend. He is a passionate writer and loves to share his knowledge with marketing community.
It is believed that around 30% of newbies in the website world create their websites using WordPress. The popularity of WordPress has remained almost unabated since 2003 and the reason is the many benefits that you get while using it and given below are some of them:
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Plugins play an important part when it comes to WordPress. You cannot do without a few plugins when you create a website, a few of the top are given below:
Akismet- it comes in both free and premium forms and is brought to you by the folks of WordPress. In fact, every core installation from WordPress has Akismet as a default plugin. Because it does such vital work, it’s an incredibly useful plugin. What task might that be? Akismet is an anti-spam plugin. Essentially, it goes through every comment made and removes anything that doesn’t fit the ethos of your page. Akismet also gives you status history for all the comments so you’ll be able to better understand what the plugin found offensive. The reverse is true as well-you can see what the approved comments are as well. If yours is a personal blog or site, you don’t have to pay for it. But there is a monthly subscription requirement for commercial sites. Pay more and get even more advanced security for the site.
WooCommerce- you can’t talk about plugins for ecommerce without mentioning WooCommerce. You need it to sell pretty much anything on your site. From an actual product that you want to sell, or a digital or affiliate one, whether it is tickets and passes for an event, if you prefer cash on delivery or prior payment, no matter what your requirement is, WooCommerce will be there for a client. At less than $13 dollars per month for its highest, most feature-filled package, WooCommerce is definitely worth the money spent.
Contact Form 7- coding is not everyone’s cup of tea and here to help is Contact Form 7. It uses reCaptcha verification, creates and controls quite a few contact forms and is the first step before Akismet- it removes spam. What’s more, with this plugin you can easily bypass all the coding you’d otherwise have to go through to make such superlative contact forms that customers will be lining up in your inbox. We’d go as far as to say that this is the best plugin for forms, pretty much everywhere. No wonder it has more than a 1000 5 star reviews and well above 5 million users. Check it out and you won’t be disappointed.
Jetpack- if you want your website to soar and touch the skies, you’ll have to look at Jetpack. It monitors your website traffic, performance and safety, it makes your site look better with image optimisation and it does a lot more too. For instance, its distribution feature maximises your reach by automatically sharing your content with search engines and other third parties. This means you don’t have to do this yourself. Sitemaps created by Jetpack allow these search engines to index your website with ease. We were not kidding about the protection Jetpack provides. It watches your page like a hawk- every five minutes, in fact and keeps you posted about anything of concern.
Yoast SEO- Search engine optimization is essential if you want your website to be viewed by one and all. Search engines need to be told that there is a website out there and this is done through SEO. When it comes to search engine optimisation today, no one does it better than Yoast. Once you know the basics of SEO, trust Yoast to take you and your content where it needs to go. It connects your page to the people who are looking for it. From H2 tags to keyword density and metadata, Yoast does it all.
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