Recent WordPress Malware Highlights the Need for a Paid Webhost

If you’re on a WordPress site and you saw your search engine traffic suddenly dip to alarming levels, you might want to check if you’ve been using the Revslider plugin on your WP theme, and yes, it was Google that specifically blocked your site.

According to recent reports, Google has blacklisted over 11,00 WordPress domains and more than 100 thousand sites due to being affected by a new malware campaign from The malware was Javascript that was injected via a vulnerability found in the WordPress plugin RevSlider, which is used in many WordPress themes so many site owners don’t even know that they are using the plugin.

The issue highlights the need for a paid webhost, for a number of reasons:

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Majority of the users who have been hit are free users on The RevSlider plugin is a premium plugin, which has been bundled into the themes used by some free users. They cannot upgrade or replace the plugin easily. Next is that users of free wordpress sites are pretty much left in the mercy of Google. They can’t as easily change domains or migrate their website to a different host without a lot of work.

Last but not the least, it is an issue of security (or lack thereof,) that could have been prevented by a paid web host that constantly monitors the traffic coming to and fro from their servers. The SoakSoak malware redirects sites to a different server that downloads malware into the visitor’s PC – something that a web host that is invested in monitoring the behavior of sites on its account would have caught before it became too much of a problem, that Google itself had to step in using drastic measures.

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