Websites Hacked, Website Strategy

I just recently had one of my old sites hacked with malware, so my hosts shut down my whole account.

A bit of an emergency, I was aware I had far too many old sites that were not updated and not protected and were vulnerable, because I didn’t update the wordpress installs so that certain vulnerabilities that were never patched with their regular updates were way open to exploitation as time went by.

This but me in a bit of doomsday scenario in regards to my websites – what would I save if my server was on fire, are my back ups good enough to cope with a total fail, is this in line with my wider concepts of minimalism? That you focus on what you need and you do away with the rest in order to ensure it’s the proper and important things that are priority.

I decided that it was time to bring forward the work I knew I had to do this year bringing my web assets up to par – there was just too many loose ends I found unacceptable, to get the best results you can’t allow things to go on in a permanently unmanageable arrangement – paying for domains and services I am barely intent on using.

Too many domains I’d purchased with the thought that I would develop them into something, costing me hundreds of dollars a year. I have a hard time knowing when to quit. Now these old sites were risking my profitable sites and my personal sites by compromising my hosting account.

It’s just not worth it, I’m forced to make decisions about why I can justify keeping some of my domains and sites going.

1 group are great freelance white label sites for graphic design, video production, blog services, web design etc., and I have an idea that when I’m working with more people overseas I will have labour resources to spare that I will need to utilize, freelancing is a big part of where I’m thrusting forward with my ideas I’m developing in eastern europe and asia.

It has been something I recognised recently that the needs of communities are not about homes and nutrition as much as income and productivity. People are attracted to opportunities, and I have to hold those opportunities in hand to bring ambitious and motivated people around me.

The other group is related to another core business concept I am investigating overseas, and would not want to be rid of those valuable domains and undeveloped but still aged sites when this concept is still very much alive.

The rest are simply a few I have retained on a whim, and others that are still part of the core business I run that is still making money, so I can’t make a call right now to shut them down while they are part of a larger whole that is still putting money in my pocket – they are part of the broader kurb promotions business holdings.

This means narrowing my focus down to the actual active websites I am managing and developing and it turns out there’s only half a dozen.

Very specific criteria have to be met before I activate any of the former groups of domains I was discussing for freelance and other overseas business ideas, and so it seems suitable to me to simply power them down, hibernate them, and wait for a spring time when they are activated to be a part of a focal business effort.

This site and cd dvd duplication and video production and promotion sites attached to it remain the operational core, while my music marketing blog remians a bit of a distinguished relic, I have barely posted on it the last 5+ years, but once upon a time it was a thing of value, and the concept still holds value and so it sits alongside those other groups, that a more sustained effort in business to develop freelancing and overseas concepts could see a greater role for this site being expanded by staff or interns, freelancers, people I am working with.

My pirate site and my modelling site, similarly, I am not going to keep so much because I see business opportunities there, but more because I think it is an interesting part of my personal brand narrative that I have had dealings and operations in these areas.

It’s very much like this blog here, and this is what this whole exercise has shown me, that you start to ask, well what web properties do I absolutely need, and why?

My video production and copying and printing websites are not so important given I’m not actively looking for that work right now, I’m not sure if I’d really like to take that on.

If I don’t need the work and no opportunity arises to expand on that, then we’re not moving forward with it, we’re not committing to it.

Whereas my pirate site, my music marketing site, my modelling site, they are all a bit more fun and interesting, it’s not so much of a chore, I’m expressing myself, I’m doing me.

It also as I mentioned, has opportunities that connect to my next moves that I am planning overseas, but what I realise is that I don’t think there will be a major push on that for 15 months at least and I don’t think I will be activating any initiatives from any of my websites in that time and I think this is what the whole hacking issue comes down to, is that many of these sites I won’t really do much with for a couple of years, and I need to make sure they don’t become a liability.

 

The important thing is that they are backed up of course, and that the back ups are organised in such a way that it is easy to find everything.

What I’ve done is set up all the files so that if I ever did lose something significant, you’re not left with that blitzing feeling that you’ll never even know what you lost! I have all the folders downloaded update to now, and the wordpress databass which has the blog posts of important blogs, even though most of it is just rubbish.

It’s my rubbish!

Because in most cases – this case as well, I discover I didn’t have that much to lose, because I was able to recover it all and deal with the situation but it reminded me how vulnerable I am.

 

 

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