WordPress Website’s Monthly Maintenance Plan

Keep your WordPress website up to date and secure with a monthly maintenance plan. WordPress and the third party themes and plugins added to meet your website’s specific needs are constantly updating. Updates may be to improve and add features or to guard against a new security alert. Because WordPress and Plugins come from many different sources, not only is it important to keep them up to date, it is also important to know how to deal with potential conflicts that could disrupt your website. This may require contacting the plugin creator or finding a new plugin to replace one that has been discontinued.

What is a WordPress Maintenance Plan,
what does it include and why should I have one?

A regular maintenance plan for your website keeps WordPress, themes and plugins up to date. This in turn maximizes the security of your website. By preventing hackers from installing malware you are protecting your online presence.

A Monthly Maintenance Plan includes:
• Backup – Scheduled backups of all files and database based on your website’s activity (daily, weekly or monthly). Stored off-site so if server is compromised website can be quickly restored.
• Update – WordPress, themes and plugins.
• Troubleshoot – fix any problems caused by theme or plugin updates and conflicts.
• Security – scan for maleware and monitor alerts.
• Activity Reporting – basic website traffic activity.
• Monitor domain and hosting expiration dates.
• Submit detailed monthly report.

What other services do you offer?

• Website hosting and domain registration
• WordPress training $50/hour
• SEO – Monitor website SEO, track with Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools. Monitor GWT message alerts. Send GA reports with monthly activity.

WORDPRESS FAQs

What is a WordPress ?
Wordpress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS). It is the basic platform to which Themes and Plugins are added.

What are Themes and Plugins?
A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that create the underlying design of your website. A theme modifies the way the site is displayed without changing the underlying wordpress software and content files. WordPress Plugins are ways to extend and add functionality to tailor the website to your specific needs.

Is WordPress only for blogging?
No, WordPress Themes allow for any website page design and is used by many top brands such as Google, Sony and Disney.

Is WordPress really Free?
The WordPress software is free and there are many free themes and plugins. There are also many premium themes and plugins available at very reasonable prices. The benefit of premium is the support that goes with them for customizations and troubleshooting problems and conflicts when updating.

What are Theme and Plugin conflicts?
Because Themes and Plugins are created by different individuals worldwide, the code in one item may have a negative effect on the code in another item.

Why are Backups Important?
There are many reasons why you need an up to date backup of your website. A few include: Website host deleted all your files. Virus or malware deleted or corrupted your files. A recent theme or plugin update caused a conflict that disabled your website.

What is Malware?
Malware is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs.

Please contact Toni if you have any questions or are interested in a WordPress website maintenance plan.

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