After your WordPress website goes live, you may think the website work is finished. Not so.
Cybersecurity challenges are ongoing. Your website maintenance should be ongoing as well.
WordPress is the most popular content management platform in use today and is constantly evolving. With its popularity comes security risks. This means that the core version of WordPress is constantly being updated as well as the plugins that are used to develop a site.
It’s important to regularly update these since many of them are security safety fixes. Think hackers getting into the back end of your website. Cybersecurity is a real and present challenge.
However, updating plugins can sometimes cause conflicts…. which might cause downtime.
When to update plugins.
We recommend waiting a little while to update plugins because bugs can cause your site to go down. If you wait a few days, the plugin creator should have ample time to fix any unexpected issues that arise.
Ongoing WordPress website monitoring is important to make sure that when plugins are updated they won’t cause your website to go down. And if it does, it can be fixed quickly.
It’s also important to monitor website uptime in case something happens with the web host.
Occasionally, we’ve had instances where either the hosting or SSL certificate was not renewed because the credit card on file had either expired or the account number had changed.
Unless someone is monitoring your site, this can go unnoticed. Which means you may be losing business!
These are only a few reasons we include six months of website monitoring and maintenance for all websites we build. After that, our clients can purchase ongoing monitoring for a very reasonable fee ….which most of them do.
It’s a small price to pay for knowing your online store or business is always open.
if your website is dated and no longer filling your business needs, we’re happy to chat. The start of a new year is the perfect time for a website revamp.