You may have read towards the end of last week that Wordpress, the ever popular website backend system, was patched for a vulnerability in something called the ReST API. It made the regular news, such as the BBC who reported that up to 1.5 million websites and blogs could have been defaced.
Many websites I create use Wordpress, I’ve perhaps a dozen client sites sitting on the platform. The vulnerability wasn’t however, news to me as it was flagged up by my hosting platform the day before, and I’m pleased to say that none of my websites were affected by the hack.
Although hosting websites isn’t in any real sense a revenue stream for my business, I have ensured I’ve got the best hosts I can find. The ReST vulnerability highlights a couple of things they do well, advantages that I can pass on to my clients, to give them a sense of security too.
Firstly, when the makers of Wordpress patched the hole and pushed an update out, they didn’t publically release the problem with ReST, but they did tell various partners, including my hosts. The hosts then patched the hole at a top level, preventing any hack via the ReST system.
But, more pertinently to my clients, I have my hosting setup to “Auto Update” Wordpress websites. It’s a pretty powerful offering that isn’t a standard service provided by the more budget hosts. Auto Update is great, but it’s not work-free. I have to check any updates don’t break the more custom aspects of sites I’ve created and fixed any issues if they do. When 4.7.2, the patch for the ReST issue was pushed to my sites, it was pretty small, and in this case, I was able to confirm that everything was working as expected.
It’s worth looking at what your hosts offer when working with Wordpress. It’s such a powerful and popular tool that any vulnerabilities are quickly abused. If you’re considering a site, or on one that’s been hacked, get in touch and you can get the above, plus some other good things, for a pretty reasonable price.
Kieran Harrod is a Creative, Professional & Reliable Graphic Designer skilled in branding, print and web design, with bags of integrity.
Based in Derby, UK, Kieran set up his own business in May 2011 after practicing design since 1997 including 7 years as an in-house designer and marketing manager for the UK arm of a multinational. Get in touch to get something designed for your business.
Kieran did a terrific job with the Henmore Health branding and the solution expertly met the brief we provided. It was great to work with a professional brand designer who offered significant value for money and someone we would be happy to recommend.
Kieran understood the importance of embedding local culture in a brand that enjoys its heritage but is strong enough to venture anywhere. We are proud of Henmore Health, proud of the brand and proud to serve the people of Ashbourne where it was born. Few I think can capture this in graphic design the way Kieran has. Thank you.
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