Just like any application, WordPress websites require maintenance to keep the site working properly and updated.
However, a successful business is not just about designing an engaging website and following some white hat SEO techniques. It is also about keeping your WordPress website well maintained and up to date that keeps the site smooth and ticking.
Nevertheless, ongoing maintenance is one of the most neglected strategy today. Avoiding website maintenance is like you buy a brand new vehicle but neglecting it when the time comes to spending on the maintenance cost. It’s obvious that your vehicle would turn out to give some problems. This is same when it comes to maintaining a WordPress website.
The online world becoming an increasingly competitive space; almost every business now coming up with their individual websites. Having good website maintenance helps to keep your site running successfully for customers and giving a pleasant experience.
Here are some common myths about website maintenance, to help you avoid this unpleasant scenario:
Myth #1: Web Hosting Doesn’t Matter As Long As It’s Cheap
Myth #2: Updates Are Optional
Myth #3: It’s Easy to Manage a Website
Myth #4: I’ll Use the Support That Comes with My Hosting Plan
Myth #5: Nobody Will Hack My Website
WordPress Websites are not “Set and Forget.”
If you don’t have website maintenance carried out monthly, you’re probably throwing money out the window. When visitors go to a website and find things wrong and not working properly or they don’t get what they expect, they often don’t stick around. Many website owners never check their website to ascertain how it’s functioning. The common website issues small businesses make with their websites that can end up losing them, potential customers.
The Benefits of WordPress Website Maintenance
- A Secure WordPress Website
- Better UX and Accessibility
- Improved SEO and Web Performance
- Better Conversions and User Experience
- 24/7 Website Uptime Monitoring
- Daily Cloud Backups
- Weekly Maintenance Reports
- Focusing on Your Business
Many people don’t realize the advantages of WordPress website maintenance:
The WordPress website performance, its load time, downtime and uptime are all hooked into the WordPress core software, plugin and theme functioning as they ought to and on the recent version.
The website growth, its fresh content, analytics monitoring and design changes are all dependent on you having someone ensuring all updates to the online website are done in a smooth and error-free fashion.
WordPress Website Maintenance Workflow
At WP Harish we take great care to first backup the WordPress website and check the website after our updates for any issues. Our software keeps a record of plugins we update so if there’s ever a problem we see what plugin version was changed and revert back. Also included in our WordPress monthly maintenance report are the performance and security scans. If within the event we ever catch a plugin issue, it becomes a support ticket and that we address it before you ever know there’s a drag.
Dangers of Do It Yourself WordPress Website Maintenance
Maintaining your site yourself could cost you quite you will think. If you simply update from your WordPress admin, you wouldn’t have a record of what was done. If an update to a plugin created a problem a few weeks later, it might be difficult to understand what changed and the way you must revert back without restoring a really old backup (and possibly losing content changes, contact entries, you name it).
It Costs More to Fix Than to Maintain the WordPress Website
Inexperience and neglect can damage the design and functionality of your website. When that happens, you’ve got an option to make. One, you are trying and fix it yourself, during which case you will do further damage. Or two, you’ll then pay the (sometimes hefty) price for somebody experienced to fix it. Just like your car, it costs more to repair it than it does to take care of it properly. Regular oil changes help keep your car running properly, regular site maintenance helps keeps your web site running properly.
Call in a WordPress Professional
Why not deal with what you know best and allow us to deal with what we all know best? Would you try to fight that court battle without a lawyer? Then why attempt to maintain your own website if you’re not a website professional? By securing an experienced web professional to update and maintain your site properly you’re actually saving potential lost sales and visitors.
If you’re interested in securing a maintenance contract for your website, contact us to learn how we will keep your site in proper working order.