Part of the success of WordPress is how it rolls out updates on a frequent basis to ensure all websites built on it stay up to date and as secure as possible. This helps to protect your website from hackers, improve performance and continually adds new features.
This does require regular maintenance to stay on top of though and should be checked at least once a month. Think of it like a monthly health check and let me take the pain out of it for you.
The WordPress Maintenance Plan
Every month I would:
Check regular backups are being made
Update all core files, database and any plugins used.
Monitor your website’s uptime.
Occasionally I would also:
Do any emergency updates
From time to time WordPress maintenance updates are released that require urgent attention, especially with large plugins like Yoast SEO or WooCommerce etc. These are often because the developer has found a security hole which has had to be fixed or it clashes with another plugin or new WordPress feature. When these sorts of urgent updates are released they will be updated as soon as possible rather than waiting until the scheduled monthly maintenance is done.
WordPress release updates on a regular basis, these are usually small improvements or tweaks to the system. However, they do also release large updates and often they will involve a lot of changes or new features.
Check website performance.
Over time, all websites can become bloated or slow when you are continually adding content. From time to time, as part of the WordPress Maintenance plan, page loading times will be tested to ensure your site is continuing to perform as well as it should, and therefore help it to get better rankings in search engines.
Each month, I allow one hour to do the standard maintenance per website. On average the process takes approximately 30 minutes. This gives you 30 minutes of ‘banked’ time each month, and a maximum of 6 hours at any one time, just in case any additional work is needed. Think of this like savings stamps for technical support.
This banked time will be used to do any of the occasional tasks listed and in the unlikely event issues occur with the theme or plugins after all of the updates are run, the time would be used to investigate those as well. Giving you the peace of mind that your website is up to date and running smoothly without receiving any unexpected bills.
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