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Website Maintenance

As part of our Website Design Service we offer ongoing website maintenance — security updates, plugin updates, etc. Why does that matter ?

WordPress is popular

We build 95% of our websites with the WordPress CMS (Content Management System). WordPress is much like Microsoft Windows; very popular and really quite secure, but a hot target for hackers to go after. With nearly 20% of the web running on WordPress, hackers are always looking for a way to get into your site. Fortunately, with thousands of developers backing it, any security holes that are discovered in WordPress are fixed almost immediately.

The problem is that you need to update your software to be able to take advantage of each fix, and many sites don’t bother with them. In fact, when a WordPress site gets hacked it’s almost always due to outdated software. The breakdown of why a site gets hacked:

  • 83% are WordPress blogs that have not been kept up to date
  • 14% are web hosts that are not upgraded properly (such as GoDaddy, often)
  • 3% are for other reasons

Updates are a click away, but be careful !

Keeping WordPress updated has never been easier, website maintenance isn’t rocket science but proceed with a bit of caution. It only takes a single click to update your site, but if something goes wrong you may end up in a bit of trouble. It’s becoming rare for an upgrade to cause issues, but when it happens it can be quite a pain. A quick backup will help protect you if anything does go wrong, but many don’t take the time to do that.

website maintenance - upgrade wordpress infograph

WPBeginner has a nice chart showing a typical WordPress update process, which is almost exactly how we do it. Click on the chart to see a full view

Plug-ins

Perhaps a bigger issue are outdated plugins. Keeping core WordPress updated is more important as part of your website maintenance, but those updates only come out once every month or so and they’re widely publicised. Plugins are constantly being updated, and it can be difficult to know when an update is a crucial security fix or just a small new feature being added. We spend a great deal of time researching plugins to make sure everything is good, but as a general rule we simply keep all plugins updated as often as possible.

Things can break

While updates can cause items on your site to break, a lack of updates can hurt as well. In the past few weeks we’ve worked with a few companies with their website maintenance that had a variety of odd things happening on their sites. In both cases, we updated WordPress and all of their plug-ins to the latest version (after grabbing a full backup first, of course) and their problems went away!

Get it done

One way or another, it’s very important that you stay on top of your updates. For our clients, we take care of all of the below items for a small monthly fee:

  • We keep your site updated on the latest version of WordPress within one business week of a new release.
  • We keep all of your plugins updated weekly.
  • We connect your site with Google Webmaster Tools so we can be alerted to any other issues that may come along. In addition, we use this service to keep a fresh Sitemap in Google’s hand so they’re aware of every page that is published on the site (which helps a little bit with search engine optimisation).

If you’d like us to take care of YOUR website maintenance for you, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help. If you’d prefer to do them yourself, Great ! One way or another, just make sure those updates are being taken care of !

See Our Website Maintenance Packages Prices Here !

Our WordPress Maintenance Packages are just like having an alarm system on your website. We cannot guarantee that your WordPress website won’t get hacked or break but we can try & minimise the downtime, deter hackers and enable your website visitors to enjoy your website.

We backup your site before each update and then once updated test for any potential problems that need troubleshooting and resolving. These packages gives you peace of mind knowing that your website remains secure, up-to-date and fully functional.

Here’s what you get in your WordPress Maintenance & Security packages:

WordPress Maintenance

Update WordPress and all plugins as new versions become available
Update WordPress premium theme (if installed) when new versions become available
Broken links detected and repaired, both external and internal links (Advance / Ultimate)
Install and set-up new plugins
Recommend new suitable plugins for your website

Website Backups

If your website is hacked or content accidentally deleted, a backup will be available to restore it*
Backup your entire website including database, content, templates, themes and plugins to your backup server or storage each week
Backup your website to our backup server once per month
Should your site go down, then will restore it from the most recent backup asap*

Google Webmaster account

This will ensure you always know exactly what’s happening on your website, check for malware, recommended SEO fixes, see which sites are linking to you and a monthly update report sent to your inbox.

Google Analytics account

To give you a birds eye view of what your visitors are doing at your website, who they are and where they’ve come from.

Technical Support

Up to 120 minutes technical support each month to edit, repair, tweak or install features to enhance your website; depending on package purchased.

Discounts

10% discount on any theme updates or website development work

WordPress Training

Access to our WordPress library of video tutorials
2 x 30 minute one-to-one coaching session – additional sessions at £20 each



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