My mom (and sometimes my dad) blog quite regularly on a site called Mom Pop Pow. I can’t post the link, because it’s thrashed with spam right now. The site was hacked. Last time Mom checked, there were many WordPress plugins that needed updating. Those might be the culprit, too. WordPress maintenance can be a part time job, I swear. And even if everything were 100% buttoned up, there are still malicious people out there looking to take over your site. It’s happened to me. Twice. Expensively.
So Now My Mom and Dad are Drug Dealers
You’d think that if you visited their site on the day I wrote this. But they’re not. Mom writes book reviews. She writes about trips to museums. She writes about things that face the Boomer generation. It’s a pretty awesome blog, says her biased and overly proud son, because it’s about what SHE wants it to be about.
I Wrote About Rainmaker on Facebook Yesterday
I use and promote the Rainmaker platform. It’s hosted WordPress, with a really powerful suite of other tools added on, but styled in a way to make it look somehow more gentle.
The reason I did this is 100% related to the fact that my site, which was once hosted on one of the most famous hosting platforms in the world, was hacked by a bunch of nice people from Turkey. They felt that shoe sales was a great side business for my website. Which, who knows? Maybe. But they didn’t let me in on it.
Here’s what I said about Rainmaker yesterday (and what I’ll tell you about it now that I’m going to move my parents over to it to fix all their issues):
* Hosted on a powerful platform (Synthesis), which cares about me all the way from server to app – I once had a several-day outage that the largest and most famous host in the world wouldn’t help me with because it was a “WordPress hacker attack.”
* Protected by Sucuri – see above.
* WordPress and plugins always updated without me thinking about it (old WordPress installs are where hackers get in).
* Don’t have to fish around for plugins. They’ve selected the ones that will best grow my business and ignored the other 100,000 that are “cool.”
* Lets me focus on building my business, not maintaining a site.
* Integrates with Stripe (Merchant Platform)
* Integrates with Aweber, InfusionSoft, Mailchimp (Email platforms)
* Super high quality themes (all mobile responsive).
* Optimized for SEO so I don’t have to care.
* Sales landing page software built in (saves me from buying lead pages)
* Podcast hosting built in (you can launch an entire network)
* Membership site tech built in (another revenue stream)
Now That My Folks Were so Brutally Hacked
I can add to the list that my mom won’t have to worry about whether plugins are up to date. She won’t try to sell drugs I can’t pronounce. She’ll just get to blog and do her thing.
Maybe later, she’ll start a podcast or something. The tools are all built in. Or if she wants to open a private group? Sure. Come on in.
But maybe, she’ll just feel safe and Mom Pop Pow will be riding high on the power of Sucuri and Synthesis and “it’s all handled for you” love and magic.
All my flagship sites (this one, included) run on Rainmaker. If you want to do your job and not worry about the hacking and misery, this is the site for you.