My WordPress site is being actively hacked!

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My WordPress site is being actively hacked and I want to disable it with an Out of Service visible to the visitor until we can get a handle on the hack. How can I do that?

Arnel C
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Hello Dean,

Sorry for the issues that you're facing with your site being hacked.  There are a few ways you can take care of this issue.  You can add a plugin - they are generally called Maintenance Mode plugins - but most are free and you can create "Under Construction" pages or "Site down for Maintenance" pages that provide information to your users while preventing further access.

If you are unable to access the WordPress Administrator Dashboard and add a plugin, then you can also do this manually outside of WordPress, but it will take a little more effort.  Follow the instructions in these articles:

If you have any further questions or concerns, please let us know!

Kindest Regards,
Arnel C.