The Power of Dedicated WordPress Hosting: Unlocking the Benefits for Your Website

There are several benefits to having dedicated WordPress website hosting:

  1. Speed and Performance: Dedicated WordPress hosting provides faster website load times, as the hosting environment is optimized specifically for WordPress sites. This results in a better user experience and can improve your search engine rankings.
  2. Security: With dedicated hosting, your site is less vulnerable to security threats and hacking attempts. Dedicated WordPress hosting providers typically offer enhanced security features such as malware scanning, automatic backups, and regular software updates.
  3. Customization: With dedicated hosting, you have more control over your server environment, allowing you to customize your site’s settings and optimize its performance to meet your specific needs.
  4. Scalability: Dedicated WordPress hosting can easily accommodate high traffic spikes, ensuring that your site remains accessible and responsive even during peak periods.
  5. Technical Support: Dedicated WordPress hosting providers typically offer specialized technical support, with experts who are knowledgeable in WordPress-specific issues and can provide assistance quickly and efficiently.
  6. Backup and Recovery: Dedicated WordPress hosting providers often offer regular backups of your site’s data, which can be crucial in the event of a website crash or data loss.

Overall, dedicated WordPress hosting can provide improved website performance, security, customization, scalability, technical support, and backup and recovery options.

To run WordPress on a web hosting server, it is recommended to meet the following minimum server requirements:

  1. PHP version 7.4 or greater: WordPress recommends running the latest stable version of PHP for improved performance and security. We use PHP 8.0 as it’s a major update of the PHP language. It contains many new features and optimizations including named arguments, union types, attributes, constructor property promotion, match expression, nullsafe operator, JIT, and improvements in the type system, error handling, and consistency.
  2. MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.1 or greater: These are the two most commonly used database systems for WordPress, and the database stores all the content and settings of your website.
  3. HTTPS support: HTTPS is a secure protocol that encrypts data between the server and the user’s browser, and it is essential for securing your website.
  4. Apache or Nginx server: Apache and Nginx are the two most commonly used web servers for WordPress hosting. Apache is the most popular web server on the internet, while Nginx is known for its high-performance capabilities.
  5. Minimum disk space of 1GB: You will need enough disk space to store your WordPress files, themes, and plugins.

In addition to these requirements, our server configuration is optimized for WordPress. This includes caching mechanisms, PHP accelerators, and other optimizations that improve the performance and security of your website. We offer WordPress-specific hosting plans for Basic WordPress Website and WordPress E-commerce site that come preconfigured with these optimizations.

Hundreds of GoDaddy-hosted sites backdoored in a single day

In my opinion, hosting on big platforms like GoDaddy with all the features they showcase, but cost per application to use is pointless. Most website owners or developers think you’re secure by using the free Wordfence versions! 

We provide our managed dedicated servers in South Africa Xneelo and European server Hetzner to manage our client. All clients hosted on our servers @ €5.50 monthly includes updating theme, plugins, and core framework to the latest version of WordPress. We install Akeeba Backup and Akeeba admin Pro on all sites hosted and on a monthly bases as part of your hosting cost. In addition, we backup the sites to our external cloud servers.

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Internet security analysts have spotted a spike in backdoor infections on WordPress websites hosted on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress service, all featuring an identical backdoor payload.

The case affects internet service resellers such as MediaTemple, tsoHost, 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet, and Host Europe Managed WordPress.

The discovery comes from Wordfence, whose team first observed the malicious activity on March 11, 2022, with 298 websites infected by the backdoor within 24 hours, 281 of which were hosted on GoDaddy.

backdoor infecting all sites
Backdoor infections monitor (Wordfence)

Old template spammer

The backdoor infecting all sites is a 2015 Google search SEO-poisoning tool implanted on the wp-config.php to fetch spam link templates from the C2 that are used to inject malicious pages into search results.

The campaign uses predominately pharmaceutical spam templates, served to visitors of the compromised websites instead of the actual content.

The goal of these templates is likely to entice the victims to make purchases of fake products, losing money and payment details to the threat actors.

Additionally, the actors can harm a website’s reputation by altering its content and making the breach evident, but this doesn’t seem to be the actors’ aim at this time.

This type of attack is harder to detect and stop from the user’s side due to this taking place on the server and not on the browser, and as such, local internet security tools won’t detect anything suspicious.

Supply chain attack?

The intrusion vector hasn’t been determined, so while this looks suspiciously close to a supply chain attack, it hasn’t been confirmed.

Bleeping Computer has contacted GoDaddy to find out more about this possibility, but we have not heard back yet.

Notably, GoDaddy disclosed a data breach in November 2021 that affected 1.2 million customers and multiple Managed WordPress service resellers, including the six mentioned in the introduction.

That breach involved unauthorized access to the system that provisions the company’s Managed WordPress sites. As such, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the two occurrences might be linked.

In any case, if your website is hosted on GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress platform, make sure to scan your wp-config.php file to locate potential backdoor injections.

spam search engine results
What the injected encoded backdoor looks like (Wordfence)

Wordfence also reminds admins that while removing the backdoor should be the first step, removing spam search engine results should also be a priority.

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It takes courage to create and grow a business. You’ll need a reliable hosting partner to help you get your business online and to support you as you grow. We’re here to make sure your website stays up, stays fast and stays supported.

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