Okay, so let me enlighten our WordPress fans about updates to your WordPress website and their importance.
In your WordPress dashboard, you may often see a notification flag asking you to update. It’s important not to ignore these, like a lot of people, do. Otherwise, you can be leaving your site open to additional risks.
WordPress is a class favourite and one that our team loves to work with. Its flexibility and scalability allows for growth and adding extra functionality. Whilst it’s simplicity empowers users to control most aspects of their site. A great option for businesses.
So why is Hosting and Maintenance something I need to think about for my WordPress site?
Firstly, were you aware that WordPress is open-source software? Basically, this means that the platform code is open for anyone to inspect, modify, improve and share it. It has around 70 developers contributing to WordPress core files and over 400,000 lines of code. Whilst this is great in terms of enabling the platform to progress from an advancing technology perspective. It also leaves the platform open to sabotage and vulnerabilities.
If you don’t have someone in-house to manage the updating of your site to the latest version of WordPress and plugins, then your website is more open to attack.
Maintaining your website can be technical and tedious. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as clicking update, as backups need taking, conflicts need resolving and thorough quality assurance needs implementing to ensure everything works correctly.
We can help maintain your website for your peace of mind. Completing the technical tasks whilst you focus on what matters in your business.
With one of our Hosting and Maintenance packages we provide you with:
- Security foremost
As with most things in life, prevention rather than cure is key. You wouldn’t travel in a car without a seatbelt, for example. If a website is not kept up-to-date, then at some point in the not-too-distant future, some hacker, bot or bug will compromise it. We use the Fertile Frog Manager plugin to monitor for malware and updates through daily scans. After all, neither of us want panicked calls about your site being hacked.
- Backups for peace of mind
Our team will set up and store daily backups of your website and database daily. It’s important to consider how much it would cost to replace your website. We want to ensure that, should your website get compromised, we can quickly respond (like your fourth emergency service) and restore your website.
- Analytical data
Do you know where your traffic is coming from? Which keywords are driving this traffic? Such customer behaviour can help you make important business decisions about your marketing as a whole. We can provide reports to help you to make sense of this data, saving you time. We also can provide 6 monthly face-to-face meetings to discuss your marketing and analytical data.
- Technical updates and quality assurance
Our developers have the technical experience to manage, monitor and update your website. Including WordPress Core, Themes and Plugins, we fix software bugs to help keep your website running as it is supposed to. Any conflicts are managed and resolved, with monthly feedback reporting for accountability. Quality assurance tests are additionally implemented to reduce the risks of functionality or display errors.
- Performance audits and upgrades
A website needs to perform like a supercar amongst your competitors. We allocate time to monitor site performance and implement the necessary to keep your website loading fast. Having that additional edge can help you get higher rankings in the search engines and avoid losing visitors to poor load times. Or even pages not loading. Let us benchmark your performance regularly and react efficiently if something goes wrong.
For more information on how we can manage your hosting and maintenance and for a free security audit, contact us today. Freephone: 0800 014 8030