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Most of the new websites I build are now developed using Wordpress, which is web-based and free to install. Schools have found this much more user-friendly than Dreamweaver for maintaining their websites and it has the added advantage that it can be accessed from anywhere and not just from a single computer in school. A new Wordpress site can usually be developed on the school's current web hosting alongside the live website, which can continue to be maintained until the new website goes live.
The website of a primary school in Greater Manchester has recently been hacked by a group claiming to be involved with Islamic State (Isis), though it is possible the attack was the work of an individual as an ‘irresponsible’ prank. The site for St Luke's Church of England Primary School in Heywood, Rochdale, displayed a cryptic logo featuring a suited body wearing a Palestine flag and a red star.
In order to reduce the likelihood of this happening to you, if you have a website developed using Wordpress it is important that your password is secure and changed regularly. It is also important to ensure that any updates to plugins, themes, or the core Wordpress software are applied, and that regular backups are taken.
Passwords can be changed in the Dashboard by selecting 'Users' and editing the relevant user account. Wordpress will generate a 'strong' password - you can change it but the stronger the password, the less likely it is that your website will be compromised.
Updates can be applied by selecting 'Updates' from the Dashboard. It is recommended that you don't apply these yourself unless you are confident in what you are doing as updates may affect the display or functionality of your website. Whatever you do, take a backup first so you can restore the website if anything goes wrong.
Please contact Alison Bellerby if you need help with any of these issues - see panel on the right for contact details.
If you think your website has been hacked, contact your website host or Alison Bellerby as soon as possible.