Do I need Monthly WordPress Website Maintenance?
To be sure, answer these questions:
- 1. Do you want your WordPress website to stay as safe as possible from potential hackers and spam bots?
- 2. Do you want to stay in good standings with search engines?
- 3. Do you want to not worry about making changes to your website and have a go-to webmaster and graphic designer to handle any changes or questions you have about your website?
- 4. Do you want to have a hard copy of your web files in safe hands at all times?
- 5. Do you want to review a monthly report to make sure your website is performing for you like it should?
- 6. Do you want someone you trust checking all the pages and files of your website for you each month by hand and not just relying on a plugin or a feature that your hosting company up-sells you on that doesn’t really work?
- 7. Do you want a professional designer and developer who keeps up with the latest and greatest advances in online marketing giving you feedback if there are potential areas where you can improve upon your online presence?
If you care about your business and the investment you put into your website, you most likely answered “yes” to all of these questions, and you need monthly maintenance. In fact, everyone who has a WordPress website needs to have monthly WordPress maintenance, and because I am so insistent on my clients taking advantage of this, I am happy to offer monthly WordPress website maintenance at a great price.
But do I really need it? Tell me more!
A lot of folks think that websites can be a “set it and forget it” project, but that thinking can get you in trouble. Not properly maintaining your website after it goes live creates a great deal of problems, such as decrease in performance and speed, increased vulnerability to hackers and spam bots, penalization by search engines, less visibility by search engines, and it can cost you a lot of money should something go wrong. Having a professional WordPress developer maintaining your website for you can give you piece of mind in knowing that the site is looked after at all times and if you choose a plan with content changes, you will have a professional WordPress developer and graphic designer at your disposal to make graphic, photo, file, and/or content updates and changes for you every month!
Maintenance and updates are especially crucial with increasing hacking techniques, and having outdated files is one of the biggest ways to invite malware. Keeping out-of-date files, themes and plugins on your server is comparable to laying out a welcome mat for hackers and bots. Some of the biggest widespread malware infections of the recent past came about because of vulnerabilities in out-of-date WordPress installations and out-of-date plugins. You should NOT attempt to update your website by yourself. Updating WordPress plugins, core files and themes require a WordPress developer to handle, because with every update, the code in these files can break the website and if you don’t know what you are doing, you will frantically have to find someone to fix what broke, which can potentially cost you thousands. I have had a ton of clients reach out to me because they tried updating their site on their own, or making changes to the website on their own and broke something, and then they have to pay me to fix it, which is a huge reason I started offering maintenance plans.
Think about it like oil changes or tune-ups for your car, would you rather pay a small amount periodically to keep your car running well and performing it’s best for you or would you rather go a long time paying no attention for years and then have your car completely break and cost you a fortune and potentially even force you to buy a new car? It’s a no brainer!
How much does monthly WordPress Maintenance cost?
See below for 3 options you have for monthly maintenance. If you have different needs or requests than what is outlined below, please contact me and we can come up with a custom solution for you.
Need more info or help deciding which package to go with?
No problem! Just shoot me a message and I will be happy to help you decide how to proceed.
*Please note that although it’s rare, serious issues can arise when updating website files. (Many people think the solution to this is to just not update your files. That is completely wrong and a terrible practice.) If issues arise that exceed 1 hour to address, you will be notified and asked to approve the additional needed time. Most issues are minor and can be resolved within an hour.
**If the website is hacked, extra time could be needed to fix the site. The sooner it’s caught the quicker it will be to fix. Please note that even with all of these important extra measures, I still cannot guarantee that the website will be 100% safe from all hackers. Hackers work very hard to stay ahead of the game finding new ways to sneak into sites. Having a monthly maintenance plan is the first step in fighting against these attacks and making sure your site stays in good standings with Google. (Outdated code, malicious files, hacked sites, etc are flagged and penalized by Google and it can be hard to recover from that.)