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malinerick
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Hi,

Ok Im really getting insane lately for. I own around 50 wordpress websites. (some are from clients). But the damn wordpress is keep getting updates all the damn time. Yeah sounds great, but its not! because it starts with wordpress > plugins > themes. (which 100% of the time I manually changed, so I have to go file by file)

In the past, I just didnt care, but some got targeted by hackers so not updating them is not really a solution either.

It seems its getting a daily task to keep everything updated like this. Im getting scared to go on vacation. Last time a blog which was only 2 months old, already got hacked!

Anyone know a solution to this?

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sevenspark
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Depending on your exact situation, using WordPress MultiSite might greatly reduce your workload.

As for actually updating the themes and plugins that aren’t in the repository, hopefully the new plugin that Envato is developing to allow automatic updates will start to alleviate that issue as well :)

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SyamilMJ
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There’s no easy answer to that.

WP itself is not as secure as most people imagined, and various themes/plugins/scripts added more vulnerabilities. Keeping up with the latest hacking technique/security rules etc is also a tricky business, you seriously do not want to go down that road.

Unless you’re running a super busy site that needs to be online 100% of the time, the easiest solution, and perhaps the most practical one, is to ensure that your host keeps daily backup of the website.

Also, don’t use ‘admin’ for the username.

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wickedpixel
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Multisite can’t be a bigger pain? Some themes may work with certain plugin versions and wp versions… In that case you need to check all the websites when making an update – to me seems more trouble.

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sevenspark
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Multisite can’t be a bigger pain? Some themes may work with certain plugin versions and wp versions… In that case you need to check all the websites when making an update – to me seems more trouble.

Like I said, depends on the situation :)

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wpAddicts
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SyamilMJ is right.

try to use o combination of weekly backups (or daily DB only backup), and heightened security.

here are a couple of useful plugins (all are free):
  • BackWPup
  • Antivirus
  • Bulletproof Security
  • Exploit Scanner
  • Login Lockdown
  • Semisecure Login Reimagined
  • WP Security Scan

try to find out which plugin(s) work best for you.

regards, andi

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micemade
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What about this http://managewp.com/ ? Heard some great things about it but never used it myself.

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SyamilMJ
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SyamilMJ is right.

try to use o combination of weekly backups (or daily DB only backup), and heightened security.

here are a couple of useful plugins (all are free):
  • BackWPup
  • Antivirus
  • Bulletproof Security
  • Exploit Scanner
  • Login Lockdown
  • Semisecure Login Reimagined
  • WP Security Scan

try to find out which plugin(s) work best for you.

regards, andi

I can highly recommend Bulletproof Security & Login Lockdown if you’re looking for easy front-end security solution. I am particularly fond of Bulletproof Security, awesome plugin! :)

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malinerick
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Thanks for some suggestions, Im trying out some plugins.

Also, Im really no expert in this, so forgive me if Im talking totally non sense here. But I heard, they execute things through comment or contact forms. Anyone knows if this is true? Else I might just disallow comments and contact form on some websites.

Would that help?

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