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How much is peace of mind worth to you?

wordpress maintenanceHere at Gloucestershire Web Designs, we offer our clients a monthly WordPress maintenance package which includes regular updates and backups.

However, these ‘behind the scenes’ services can be difficult to quantify.

Just what do you get for your investment every month?

Several clients have mentioned they can get hosting much cheaper than ours.

And they’d be right.

But is it better value?

And is it worth taking a risk with your valuable website in order to save a couple of hundred pounds a year?

Included in our monthly fee is fast hosting on our secure servers, core updates, theme updates, plugin updates, backups and hacking monitoring.

Let’s take a look at each one in detail. This post is long and detailed, so if you’re pushed for time, feel free to skim to the end where you’ll find the recap:

Secure servers

Many website operators use cheap shared hosting. It’s often cheap because it’s not as secure as other hosting, is slow to deliver your content and doesn’t offer a comprehensive backup solution. We don’t offer shared hosting to our clients and only provide WordPress personalised hosting through specialist companies.

A little-known SEO fact is that page load time can affect your search engine rankings, so it’s important pages are delivered fast to your users and the search engines. This is why we use the servers we do. Our servers are built for the WordPress environment and are constantly updated, backed up and maintained to provide seamless long term reliability and uptime.

Even if SEO is not a priority for your website, research shows that most web users will bounce off your site if it takes more than 5 seconds to load a page.

Updates

Core updates

By not installing updates, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to hackers and the frustration of a site that doesn’t work properly.

Updates to the WordPress core are issued to fix a bug, address security issues and keep all aspects of your site working well.

Would you know how to update the WordPress core if you had to maintain your site yourself?

Theme updates

Updates to your WordPress theme increases security by patching vulnerabilities and strengthening against attacks.

By keeping your site updated and maintained, you make life much easier for yourself. For example, WordPress recently changed the way images were uploaded and managed. If you had a plugin or theme that uploaded images as part of a feature, which you didn’t update, the plugin failed to work – all because WordPress changed the way images are uploaded.

Plugin updates

Updates to your plugins, is arguably one of the most important updates as they can be a greater source of security holes than WordPress itself.

Would you know the first step to take in keeping your plugins updated?

According to research, 83% of hacked WordPress sites haven’t been updated and it’s easy for a hacker to figure out if your site is not up to date. When they learn of a vulnerability they’ll exploit it, therefore, all updates need to be done as soon as possible to reduce the time that your site is vulnerable.

Backups

Have you ever written a few hundred words in a document and had your computer crash on you?

Maybe you’ve had a computer virus and lost all your data.

Frustrating and time consuming isn’t it?

Imagine if you’d spent weeks, months or even years updating your blog and keeping your site looking fresh. If your site was hacked tomorrow, or your server disappeared, would you know how to restore the content and files?

Backups are one of the most important maintenance functions we do for our clients. Should your site disappear we can restore your backup and get your site back online and ready for business quickly.

Hacking monitoring

What would you do if you woke up one morning to find your site had been hacked?

Would you know what to do next?

Would you roll up your sleeves and spend the rest of the day fixing your site yourself?

While technical-savvy people might be able to get back online, you might not be fully aware of the extent of damage done to your site.

Even if you manage the restoration, the most recent backup won’t necessarily fix the problem. Some hacks involve inserting code that doesn’t activate until a period of time in the future, which means you need several backups on hand and the time to constantly monitor what’s happening.

Hacking isn’t just frustrating; it can be damaging to your business too. Not only does the hacker know your site is vulnerable, but Google knows too. A hacked site can lose position in search engine rankings and in a worst-case scenario can be penalised and de-listed on Google.

If you are using your site for lead generation, sales or marketing, stop for a moment and imagine how your business could suffer if you are offline and have to start from scratch.

While we don’t like to use fear tactics, we do like to give our clients a headsup on the real value of our monthly WordPress maintenance packages. Now you know what you get for your money, you’re in an empowered position to make an informed choice.

To recap:

Secure servers

We do not offer shared hosting because this can be less secure, slow to deliver content and doesn’t always include backups – three vital resources your site needs and will get with our hosting packages

Core updates

Updates to the WordPress core are issued to fix a bug, address security issues and keep all aspects of your site working well.

Theme updates

Updates to your WordPress theme increases security by patching vulnerabilities and strengthening against attacks.

Plugin updates

Updates to your plugins, is arguably one of the most important updates as they can be a greater source of security holes than WordPress itself.

Backups

Backups are one of the most important maintenance functions we do for our clients. Without them, you’ve lost weeks, months or years of work. Should your site disappear we can get your site back online quickly

Hacking

What would you do if you woke up one morning to find your site had been hacked? Would you know what to do next? We monitor your site daily for hacking attempts and should the worst happen we’ll take care of it.

What about you? Is your hosting company providing the maintenance and after care you need? Contact Gloucestershire Web Designs or call us on local rate: 0845 45 99 100 if you need help or advice.

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