sounds like your site probably got hacked.
tutorial how to fix hacked WP blog: http://www.jtpratt.com/how-to-fix-a-hacked-wordpress-blog/
Then implement security tips of this guide to harden your WP installation: http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress
Thanks so much for the links! And yikes…hard to believe a site could get hacked so easily. I’ll definitely try to amp up the security.
I’m not convinced, though. I don’t see any malicious or out-of-place code in any of the places the articles recommended I check. The problem is only on the homepage. On other tabs, the sidebar (and the donate button) functions as expected. And the weird, misplaced link goes to a page on our own site. Does this still sound like a hack?
Again, thank you! These articles were super informative – definitely a wake up call, as I hadn’t even thought about security for such a small endeavor.
I agree – thankfully, it’s not a hack on this occasion. 🙂 If you examine the source of your generated home page. just above the sidebar, you’ll see:
It’s the unclosed (malformed?) link that is causing the whole sidebar to turn into a link.
Thank you, esmi! I think I got it fixed. Thank you thank you thank you!
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