Why does WordPress require maintenance?
Have you ever looked under the hood of your car and thought that it doesn’t look too complicated and you can easily DIY, but when the car breaks down, it’s a completely different story? We’ve all been in a situation like that before; and it always costs us more after trying to DIY! Ouch ☹
Websites are no longer a “set and forget”
Now, with content management systems such as WordPress powering over 25% of the world wide web, maintenance is more important than ever. WordPress, like all software, has regular updates, both to the core platform, and its plugins. Regular updates ensure the site remains secure as well as optimised for performance.
The benefits of monthly website maintenance plan
Many businesses are not aware of the benefits of regular maintenance
- The performance and load time of your website, and its ability to stay online, all depend on WordPress and its plugins running smoothly — and on the most recent version. WordPress and plugins are frequently updated to fix bugs and add features, among other things.
- The growth of your website, gaining new traffic, maintaining your search engine ranking, and keeping your site updated all need to be done in an error-free fashion.
Our maintenance workflow
At Robertson Web, we have the experience of many years working with WordPress as a platform. In that time, we have developed a systematic approach to maintaining sites, so if there is an issue with an update, we can revert to the previous state while we address the issue and update it accordingly.
The dangers of “Do It Yourself” maintenance
The problem with making WordPress and plugin updates yourself is that if there is an issue, such as plugin incompatibility, you may not be able to diagnose the problem straight away. If you notice it several weeks later, it will be harder to pinpoint exactly which plugin was causing the issue.
It costs more to fix than to maintain
When things break due to inexperience and neglect, you may end up in a state where you can’t even make edits to your website. You could experience downtime and possibly lose potential customers. You can then hire someone experienced to come in and fix everything, but that could get pricey in an emergency and who knows if they’ll be available right away. Being proactive, preventative, and maintaining your site with a professional is much cheaper in the long run. And it will give you peace of mind.
We’ve got a dedicated team that manages backups, updates & security. Our monitors will keep us alerted to any potential issues, and if a site does get hacked, we will fix it for you at no cost.
Being proactive is the way forward with any business website. We’ve seen client’s sites get infected with malware because they haven’t updated their WordPress; we’ve witnessed clients having to redo much of the work as they didn’t have a recent backup.
An example of a potential issue that can arise from updates is the plugin. These are independent pieces of software designed by various developers outside of WordPress. When WordPress releases updates to its core software, it’s the developer’s responsibility to keep their plugins up to date. Therefore, it’s important to do your homework before hand. Software updates usually go smoothly, but occasionally they conflict with each other and can trigger malfunctions that can cause a poor experience for your customers, or worse yet bring down your site entirely!
If you’re interested in securing a maintenance plan for your website contact us to learn how we can keep your site in proper working order.