I want to go over our website maintenance plan and i want to address the reason why you need to have a protection plan for your website. So let’s start by answering the question – Why would I need a maintenance plan for my website? Well, honestly website hacks are happening these days and it doesn’t matter what kind of website you have. If you’re a large corporation, a business you’re taking credit cards or if you’re a non-profit, it does not matter. Website hacks are happening to all kinds of sites and there’s different types of website hacks. Think about a web spider that’s crawling over pages and trying to find ways in and injecting malicious code or malicious malware, that can really do some harm to your website.
Other hacks are basically where somebody hacks into your website or breaks into your website and just takes your website down or distribute malware throughout your server so it can be very devastating. Worst-case scenarios i’ve seen sites go down and they can actually get blacklisted from google which means that google will display a little warning on your site says this “site may be hacked.” That’s a great way to lose traffic and ultimately to lose business and to lose money when people are afraid to visit your website. This can take months to get remedied and clean because we need to talk to Google, there’s quite an extensive process there.
It’s more important than ever to have your website protected. We’ve created a custom plan that includes four main parts:
#1 – In our plan is maintenance this includes us updating wordpress, updating the theme, making sure all plugins and all the tools used in your website are up-to-date. This is the best way to avoid a hack because as soon as a tool gets out of date it’s vulnerable and somebody may be able to find a way in. #1 is to keep everything up to date. We also will clean the site out daily on this as well so we’ll clean out spam comments, we’ll make sure everything’s optimised, we’ll clean the database and some other technical, geeky stuff that will help your site perform better.
#2 – A firewall. Think of this as a security net around your website so it’s basically a net that is protecting your site from bots and spammers and hackers and things like this so it’s basically something to catch that will only let good real computers in good traffic coming through. So that’s kind of the security end of our plan.
#3 – Backing up the website. This is extremely important because no matter how cautious we are, we want to make sure we have a fresh backup ready to restore at a moment’s notice. We take hourly, daily, weekly or monthly backups of your website depending on how frequently you update it and we can restore at a few minutes notice.
#4 – Reporting. We offer a monthly report to all of our clients on the maintenance plan where you’ll not only see what we did to update and maintain your website but we give you a Google Analytics report of your site traffic so you can see site page views.
Those are the four main parts to our website maintenance plan. I highly recommend it – it’s very important when you have a site that’s live on the internet that you have it protected, secured and maintained. A website hack can be devastating to your business. It can really hurt your business if you are hacked, so I highly recommend having a protection plan for your website if its not protected already.
If you have any questions just let me know..