There is a common misconception among website owners that once your website is built, you can set it and forget it. You can just let it sit and linger forever without having to touch it. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Much like a car, you need to regularly have it serviced to ensure that is operating efficiently and fix any issues before they become critical problems.

Why do I have to do updates?


WordPress is under constant development. New features are being added. Bugs are being fixed. Security holes are being plugged.

This means that the code upon which WordPress is built is constantly being updated. Therefore, when WordPress is being updated, all of its component parts, including themes and plugins, need to be updated too.

A Quick Primer on WordPress Core, Themes, and Plugins


WordPress core is just that. It is the core set of files that make WordPress work as it does. It is built on a series of thousands of files that all work together in concert to bring you the WordPress experience.

Every single WordPress site needs to have a theme. A WordPress theme is a series of files that determine the look and feel of your website. It is essentially the website's design.

WordPress plugins add features and functionality to your website. WordPress can only do so much out of the box. However, it is built to be easily built upon. That's why there are thousands of WordPress plugins that allow you to make it do whatever you want.

Regular Site Maintenance

Whenever there is an update available for core, theme, or plugin installed on your site, you should make that update.

If there is a security update, then you should apply it sooner than later. Security updates correct issues that are discovered and make your website less vulnerable to hackers and other malicious actors.

The constant cycle of development of the WordPress Core, Themes and Plugins undertaken by multiple teams of coders, makes for a never ending task of ensuring that your site is operating at its peak efficiency and protected from malicious actors on the internet.

The time involved in this constant task of maintenance adds up, preventing you from doing what you do best, running your business.

Our site maintenance service removes that burden and frees up that time so you can spend more time working with your clients and making them your priority.

Database Optimization

Or in English: keep your WordPress database clean of extra junk.

WordPress is a database-driven website content management system (CMS). That means that all of the content of your site, including the content of your blog posts, pages, and even the name of your website, are all stored in a database on your webhost.

Over time, this database can become bloated and full of extra junk. Examples include:
  • Post revisions
    • If you hit "Save Draft", "Publish" or "Update" multiple times over the life of your site, a new revision is saved to the database.
  • Deleted posts
  • Unapproved or spam comments
  • Unused categories and tags
The longer the database doesn't get cleaned up, the more junk accumulates, and the more your website has to sort through to find the actual current content to display, slowing things down. This has a negative impact for your site visitors as it takes longer and longer for pages to display.

Part of our maintenance service involves proactively cleaning all the this accumulated cruft will help keep your website healthy and fast.

Site Security

You might be thinking "I don't have a very big audience for my website. Why would anyone want to hack me?" These days, no website is too small to be hacked. It's not necessarily about disrupting your services because hackers have something against you.

The vast majority of hacks performed against websites are now fully automated, and there is not actually a person specifically targeting you. Sometimes hackers just need a vehicle to carry out whatever they're trying to do elsewhere. If your website is vulnerable, and they can get in it and use it as that vehicle, then they will. You don't have to have a BuzzFeed-size audience to have that happen.

Our security service puts a firewall between your site and bad actors on the internet by using real-time blacklists and identifying malicious traffic to your website.

Malware Scanning

Sometimes things go wrong and  something slips through the cracks. By regularly scanning your site to detect if something is happening that shouldn't be you can prevent

Uptime Monitoring

The Internet operates 24 hours a day, but you have to work and sleep some time. Do you know if your website has stopped working before your customers ring up and inform you that something is wrong?

If your website has become inaccessible to your customers means you have lost a potential sale. Using an

Link Checking

Our regular scans provide feedback on any broken links on your site before they become a problem

Offsite Backups

Backing up your site offsite to ensure it can be recovered in case a disaster occurs.

Reporting

Reports emailed to you to notify you of all activity that been undertaken, and any issues identified.

Management Service Plans

Monthly

Monthly updates to your site and installed plugins.

Backups stored offsite for 90 days.
$
25
/month
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Fortnightly

Regular updates applied to your site and installed plugins.

Backups stored offsite for 90 days.
$
35
/month
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Weekly

Frequent updates applied to your site ensuring you are protected
$
45
/month
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