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LeakedSource recently reported that Weebly, the world-renowned website builder, had suffered a data breach back in February 2016.

As a result, over forty million records were stolen, including customer names, email addresses, and IP addresses.

However, LeakedSource, a reliable hacking news source, spoke of their relief when it came to reaching out to the Weebly team about their data breach:

“Unlike nearly every other hack, the Co-founder and CTO of Weebly Chris Fanini fortunately did not have his head burried deeply in the sand and actually responded to our communication requests. We have been working with them to ensure the security of their users meaning password resets as well as notification emails are now being sent out.

This mega breach affects not only tens of millions of users but tens of millions of websites and with Weebly being one of the most popular hosting platforms in the world, this breach could have been far more disastrous in the wrong hands had they not strongly hashed passwords.”

So, kudos to Weebly for cooperating with the LeakedSource team (instead of shunning them, like Twitter once did), and also for safeguarding passwords with a relatively high level of encryption.

Customer Payment Information Remains Secure

Thankfully, Weebly also confirmed in an email to customers that they don’t believe any of their hosted websites were improperly accessed. They also made it clear that they don’t store credit card information, so their customers are safe on that front.

LeakedSource also claimed that password resets were being issued by Weebly – but if you’re a Weebly user and you haven’t changed your password since February, I strongly suggest changing it right away.

To follow this news as it develops, LeakedSource’s official Twitter page seems to be the place to be. So far, they have reported details on the data breaches at Yahoo, LinkedIn, and DropBox.

And of course, we’ll keep you updated here on FreeSites.

Have you had any security issues with Weebly over the last few months? Let us know in the comments section below.

GoDaddy Makes Building WordPress Websites Easier With New Product Introduction

WordPress Websites helps small businesses – or anyone with an idea – create a powerful, scalable WordPress site.  Wordpress is one of the great free sites using absolutely free open source code.

According to PR Newswire as told to them by GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY), they’re the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures.  They recently announced WordPress Websites – the easiest way for those looking to build a WordPress website to get up and running quickly. The new offering features an exclusive WordPress Quick Start Wizard that simplifies the website creation process to get people started quickly, plus free, high-quality images for virtually any industry. It also includes professionally built premium themes, and a Visual Page Editor for easy drag and drop customization. Since it’s built on WordPress, the world’s most popular tool for creating websites, businesses have the ability to add new site features using the tens of thousands of free WordPress plugins that are available.

GoDaddy developed WordPress Websites for small business owners, and any looking to put their ideas online, who want a professional-looking WordPress website, but may not have experience with website development.

With the Quick Start Wizard, users can quickly get started with a choice of premium quality themes and layouts that include essential pages and features (e.g. blog, photo gallery, contact form, social integration with Facebook, Twitter and more) and access to a library of thousands of free images. From here, the Visual Page Editor allows you to edit text, drag and drop columns and rows, and insert images directly onto your page.

Faster Publishing with Scalable Solution

Small businesses are already seeing the benefits of this faster, more intuitive experience with new professionally designed themes. During the beta release, more than three times as many customers have been successful in publishing a website and the average time to publish a site has decreased by 73%. For additional data about how GoDaddy has made WordPress easier to use, their blog post on the GoDaddy Garage.

As their business needs grow, a small business’ GoDaddy WordPress website can also expand in functionality, via the installation of free feature plugins on WordPress.org. 45,000+ feature plugins are available to extend website capabilities to include the likes of online reservations, ticket sales and discussion forums. In the past nine months alone, GoDaddy has seen website builder plugins grow in usage by 60% across millions of GoDaddy-hosted WordPress websites.

Expert Managed WordPress Hosting Support

Powered by an optimized WordPress hosting platform, technical hosting tasks are also taken care of by GoDaddy including WordPress installation, server-side site load optimization, a multi-clustered server platform so websites are ready to scale for high traffic, and secured with automated software updates and free daily site backups. Customers also have access to GoDaddy’s free 24/7 expert support.

“WordPress is a massive ecosystem, powering over 25% of the top 10 million websites worldwide.  At GoDaddy over 50% of our Hosting customers use WordPress. It’s an incredibly popular platform, but it can be technically complex for business owners who want to create their own website,” said Jeff King, senior vice president of Hosting at GoDaddy. “Adding WordPress Websites to our portfolio helps provide a full range of DIY site building solutions for our small business customers. With them in mind, WordPress Websites is designed to be the easiest way to create a powerful, scalable WordPress website.”

Additional Features

Email signup form integrated with GoDaddy Email Marketing: Users can create mailing lists with a built-in email signup form, then send promotional campaigns and newsletters to drive sales and build influence. Additionally, GoDaddy provides the first 50 sends free, and on GoDaddy’s Up & Running and GoDaddy Pro plans, users can directly convert WordPress blog posts into email newsletters.

SEO Wizard: GoDaddy’s Search Engine Visibility is included with the Deluxe and Ultimate plans. This fully integrated, step-by-step SEO instruction prepares your site to get found on major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

WP 101 Lessons: The videos allow users to learn the basics of WordPress website building.

Get Online Package: Includes a free Domain* and Microsoft Office 365 Business Class* email.
(*First year free, renews at list price.)

Pricing & Availability

WordPress Websites from GoDaddy has three different user options:

  • $7.99/mo Basic: 1 site, 10 GB storage, 25,000 monthly visitors
  • $9.99 mo Business: 1 site, 25 GB storage, 100,000 monthly visitors, SEO wizard, a site to test changes before publishing
  • $14.99 Ultimate: Up to 2 sites, 30 GB storage, 400,000 monthly visitors, SEO wizard, a site to test changes before publishing, Malware removal, SSL certificate for secure communications and transactions

Includes free Domain*, Business Class* email powered by Managed WordPress hosting. (*first year free, renews at list price.)

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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