The safety and security of your website depends on regular maintenance. Just as your car needs oil changes and tuning, your website also needs updates to keep it running smoothly. It is vitally important to keep your WordPress site up to date.
WordPress makes continual updates to it’s software to guard against the latest threats and to increase ease of functionality.
Themes and Plugins
The themes and plugins you use on your site are also frequently updated. This is done to correct glitches, extend functionality, and in general improve the way they operate.
Software Backups and Security Scans
In order to keep your website safe, regular backups and security scans need to be done. If your site ever goes down a backup is vital to get it back up and running again. Regular security scans need to be done to check for any hacking or viruses that may have infected your site.
Up-Time Monitoring and Speed Tests
It’s important to monitor the up-time of your hosting site – if your website is not up 99.99% of the time, you are missing out on customers. If you web site host is not providing adequate up-time, then it’s time to move your site to a new host.
There are a number of things that can slow your website down – poor hosting, images that are too large, and software conflicts are a few of them. Most customers will leave a website if it does not load quickly enough. Testing the speed of your website regularly will make sure that it loads quickly enough so that you don’t lose customers.
Many themes and plugins are licensed and need to be renewed – usually on an annual basis. For your website to continue to function as it should, these licenses need to be kept up to date.
All of these items and more can be taken care of by enrolling in a Website Care Plan.