One of the main FAQ is: Do I need to maintain my site/blog every month?
The answer is YES!
Any CMS (Content Management System) based website is vulnerable to hacker attacks. Keeping your WordPress website core, plugins and themes up-to-date will prevent your website from being vulnerable to malware infections and outside attacks.
WordPress releases an update an average of every 2 months.Typically to fix bugs and a variety of security issues. Updates also add new features and functionality that can improve the overall design and performance of your site.
The main components that need to be updated regularly are the WordPress core, themes, plugins, and other software that powers your site so that everything continues to run smoothly.
In order to keep a site/blog secure we have chosen to use the WordFence Plugin. These plugin sends a notification of every new change that has happened in WP and your site/blog. Once we receive this notification we follow these steps.
1. We update Plugins, (usually several times/month)
Plugins are independent pieces of software designed by various developers outside of WordPress. When WordPress releases updates to it’s core software, it’s the developer’s responsibility to keep their plugins up-to-date. This is why before even choosing to install a plugin, it’s important to research the plugin, read reviews and check the last updates performed. Once installed, it’s important to continue updating the plugin as developer’s make updates for compatibility with WordPress.
2. We delete unusued plugins
In a nutshell, every single active plugin on your site should be utilized by your site. If not, it should be deactivated it or better, deleted. Remember, the more plugins you have on your site, the more likely you are to find one that conflicts with another.
3. We monitor plugin conflicts
Updates usually go smoothly, but occasionally they conflict with each other and can trigger malfunctions that can cause a poor experience for your visitors, or worse yet bring your site down entirely.
4. We monitor Security Issues
The idea is to prevent possible security breaches. When updates are installed, there are changes to your files making your site vulnerable to hacker attacks.
5. We update your WP version, (as soon as it is available)
WordPress itself is a fast-moving platform, and new features are added and regularly improved. If the WordPress Core is not up to date, your website gradually becomes less secure and stable, and will not be performing at the level it should be. Not only can this cause a poor experience for your visitors, it can have a negative impact on search engine rankings.
6. We update your Theme
Themes are the framework that make your site look and act the way it does. Like the WordPress Core, Themes are frequently improved and updated for security and performance. Using an out of date theme limits the function, security, and form of your web presence.
7. We keep an eye on your site´s speed
Any change in your site could make it slower! Studies have shown that site-loading speed of more than 2 seconds usually results in about 47 percent of visitors bouncing off the website.
Search engines (like Google) rank websites with fast-loading times higher than the slow-loading ones. So, if you want to improve your position in the SERPs, improving speed should be one of your priorities.
Note that one of the major factor that influences the speed of a website is the hosting of your WordPress website. It might seem like a good idea to host your new website on a shared hosting provider that offers “unlimited” bandwidth, space, emails, domains and more. After testing many of the mayor hosting providers we have chosen SiteGround, that we strongly recommend when creating a new website.
8. We manage user accounts
9. We backup your site once a month
10. If necessary we manage comments
Please contact us for any questions you may have.