Keeping Your WordPress Site Safe & Secure
As businesses become more dependant on the internet and their websites it is critical that this resource is protected from the bad guys and also from potential conflicts as the software is updated. This is where our WordPress Maintenance packages can help.
With WordPress being one of the most popular platforms online, unfortunately it also makes it one of the most attacked. The ease of use means that there are many people who run sites without the knowledge of how to keep their site safe & secure. This leaves many sites vulnerable to attack, the most common reasons being through poor security or through vulnerabilities in out of date themes, plugins or WordPress core platform.
Over 50% of sites we check have an out of date WordPress platform and we suspect that it will be even higher for themes and plugins! To make the situation worse the open source nature of WordPress (and many other platforms), which contributes to the continued development also means that vulnerabilities are released into the public domain fairly quickly after they are found. This also means the hackers also get this information!
Don’t panic though. For a small monthly fee we can ensure that your site is kept up to date greatly reducing the risk of your site being compromised with one of our WordPress Maintenance plans. If the worst were to happen you will always have an up to date copy of the site which can be quickly restored to get you up and running again. Backups are stored securely in an offsite location so even if the website failure is with your hosting company’s servers failing we can still restore your site.
How To Decide The Best WordPress Maintenance Plan For You
Apart from the monthly cost the decision on which WordPress maintenance plan to use depends the type of website you are running and how you manage your risks (or don’t!)
This is the absolute minimum requirement. If you do not carry out these actions on a regular basis then you stand the risk of your site being hacked and potentially losing the site content. You also have a greater risk of something going wrong when you do upgrade the site as you will probably be upgrading all your plugins, themes and WordPress core by several updates. So if you don’t want a contract please make sure you take some time out at least once a month to update and backup your site yourself.
The minimum requirement – suitable for sites with little or no content change where a one month old backup being restored will not be a big deal.
This is the package that suits the majority of small to medium business sites who are maybe adding a few posts every month or updating site details regularly. There is a risk that if something goes wrong you may lose a few days of content changes, but nothing that will cause major damage to the business. With a free restore service if the site is hacked or infected with malware you have all the bases covered.
Ideal for sites where there is a lot of activity, especially if this is business critical such as customer registrations or e-commerce. With the knowledge that your site is being backed up daily you have the peace of mind that you will never lose more than a days worth of information. (If you require more regular backups than daily then please contact us to discuss the options available.)