Anything that is not maintained falls apart. It’s a fundamental law of the universe.
And that includes your website.
Maybe you’ve got a WordPress site. (If so, you’re in good company. WordPress is the most-used website platform in the world.) You’ve heard that it’s reliable, easy to maintain, easy to customize, and trouble-free.
That’s all true, relatively speaking. But even your WordPress site needs regular website maintenance.
You can ignore your site until something breaks:
- Hackers make it into a spam factory or change the front page to read something obscene
- You get a numbered error with an explanation that seems like English but is incomprehensible
- A site visitor complains that it’s not working
- You look at it one day, and find the dreaded “white screen of death”
Then what do you do?
Well, you can spend hundreds of dollars fixing the error. That’s not even counting your lost revenue, reputation, and possibly even Google Pagerank.
But what you really wish is that you could roll back the clock and do the small daily and weekly tasks that will prevent these problems or fix them quickly with no lost time online:
- Regular updates to the WordPress software and your add-on programs: Keep your site secure and functioning correctly
- Frequent backups: So that you can quickly restore your site in case of a problem
- Backups kept on Amazon’s S3 servers: Offsite backups provide extra security and keep you out of trouble with your web host
- Security system: With features to lock out hackers before they get in
- Comment spam control: To keep out malicious comments that make your site look like the scum at the bottom of the internet and may even be an entry point for malware
- Someone to call when you find a problem: Who knows how to talk to your web host and can get it solved as quickly as possible
You may not have time to maintain your website, but you don’t have time not to.
I can help. I offer:
- Daily updates to WordPress core files
- Daily updates to plugin files, checking for incompatibilities or plugins going obsolete
- Regular backups to Amazon S3 servers (weekly or daily, depending on how often you update your site, with 15 backups kept onhand)
- Security system, regularly checked for problems
- Comment spam deleted daily
- Quick response if you find a problem, including dealing with web host, domain registrar, or plugin developers, as needed
Your website is your digital storefront. If it’s not working, it looks like you’re out of business.
Keep it up and running for only $40 per month.
Here are some organizations whose websites I maintain:
- Oregon Women Lawyers
- National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations
- Oregon Writers Colony
- Sedum Chicks
- Eisman Books
- Many more
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