WordPress has many working parts: PHP, HTML, CSS, WordPress core, theme and plugins are often updated to improve security, to make them faster and to make them compatible with other upgrades. Sometimes they can break, be exploited and conflict with each other. That’s why we recommend regular maintenance.
Does my website really need maintenance?
Multiple offsite backups and monthly maintenance are vital if you have any of the following:
- contact forms (which bring you leads 24 x 7)
- shopping cart (which bring your income 24 x 7)
- online bookings (which bring you business 24 x 7)
- vital information (which inform your customers/prospects 24 x 7)
- you rely on referrals from Google/search engines (which bring site visitors 24 x 7)
And even if you have a simple information website, then your business can still be affected. Can you afford to lose business while your site is fixed? In this case, maybe offsite backups and quarterly maintenance might do the trick.
Can I do website maintenance myself?
Updating PHP, WordPress core, themes and plugins is not as simple as clicking an update button (oh, how we wish it was). Each of these can conflict with each other.
Regular website maintenance by professionals can help avoid conflicts, optimise your website’s uptime, improve the security, health and speed of your site (which benefits visitors and Google rank).
Depending on your needs, we also offer uptime monitoring, extensive backups, security and malware scans, premium caching and on-site optimisation to improve the speed of your site.
The real questions are: if your website breaks, how expensive will repairs be, how long will it take to repair, and can you afford to lose business or have your website offline for hours, days or weeks while it’s restored or fixed?
WordPress maintenance doesn’t guarantee that your site won’t ever have problems… but it does reduce the chance of problems and improve recovery speed. Please contact us or call 3366 8166 to discuss your needs.