Back in the day, websites were built using CSS and HTML. Websites weren’t complicated and there was no such thing as website maintenance or keeping your website 99% secure at all times. But then came WordPress and all of a sudden, creating a website wasn’t so hard. In fact, anyone nowadays can build a website using WordPress after watching a few YouTube videos. Unfortunately, as much as WordPress has made it easier to create websites, it has also made the process of maintaining a website a little complex. Below is a list of WordPress maintenance tasks that are absolutely necessary:
Imagine one day waking up to find your website gone. All your data has vanished or the website is just messed up. Now imagine not having any backed up data that you can use to restore your website. This is why it is important to regularly do a cloud backup of your website as well as an offsite backup. You can backup your data both offsite and with your website host.
Regular Updates to Your Plugins, Theme and WordPress Core
WordPress is always under development. They are always adding new features, fixing bugs, patching security loopholes, etc. When WordPress updates are rolled out, all other components such as plugins and themes need to be updated as well.
It is important to note that updating plugins and themes sometimes could break your website. An update to a plugin could conflict with other plugins or developers might launch a plugin with bugs only to realize them later. This is why you always need to have a backup for your website in case of such issues.
WordPress Security Updates
You might think that your website is not big enough to gain the interest of a hacker but hackers don’t necessarily hack websites just to disrupt their services. Sometimes a hacker might need to hack a website to use it for something else like phishing. Therefore, there is no such thing as a small website to a hacker.
Your website needs to be updated regularly with content. Content is essential for search engine optimization. It also keeps your audience engaged and interested in visiting your website because they know they will find informative and interesting information on your website.
A slow performing website will make people click the back button on their browser. Poor website performance affects your ranking on search engines and it will reduce the amount of traffic it receives. You can optimize your website using a number of methods one of which is known as database optimization. This includes proactively cleaning out the junk in your database such as deleted posts, post revisions, unapproved comments, etc.
Why You Need to Hire a WordPress Maintenance Service
You’ve probably heard about all the WordPress plugins that can help you update your website on a regular basis. The free plugins can do a decent job at maintaining your website but the paid plugins have added features such as automatic backups. One plugin cannot do everything for you and therefore you need to install several of them to perform different tasks. You will spend a lot of time doing research and doing a lot of trial and error while trying to find the right one for your website. You can save a lot of time by simply hiring a WordPress maintenance service. We already know what works and what doesn’t. You can spend less time worrying about the security on your website and more time trying to increase your bottom line.
If an issue arises on your website, you can rest easy knowing that it’s being handled by professionals. Whether it is a bug on the website or a brute force attack, we can handle it.