Finding out that your website has been exposed to a digital predator can be a stressful situation. Particularly if you use it to gather personal or financial information about your audience, it's easy to panic.

A more productive approach, of course, is to immediately begin to think of ways you can fix and secure your website once again.

To make that possible, you first need to know how the hack happened in the first place. Here are 5 of the most common reasons your WordPress website has been hacked.