This week we are discussing Website Maintenance and it’s importance. This subject is near and dear to our hearts because it often gets neglected.
As a business owner you invest money in a website. You should make a small investment to ensure it stays in tip-top shape because websites are like people, they need to be taken care of. If your site goes down without any backups, you will find yourself at square one. This is a very bad situation to be in. You might be asking what kind of web maintenance you need to do other than backups.
Building Blocks for Website Maintenance Depends on These Factors
Do you have a backup for both your WordPress database and your file system? Remember, you need both in case your site gets hacked, or the hosting server has a problem. Trust us, this happens more than you would like on certain servers. You will need those backups to help bring your site into working order again.
Do you update your plugins on a weekly basis? Most people don’t even realize how important it is to keep up with this. It is a great way for hackers to get into your website. Psssst! Never update plugins without backing up your website each time before you install a plugin. If you don’t and the site goes down, you won’t know which plugin caused the problem and how to fix it. It’s a little like controlled trial-and-error.
It’s always a good idea to keep your spam comments under control. There are many plugins available for this. Knowing which ones to use is the key to success. Some clients ask me, how do I know that it’s really spam? Usually, it’s pretty simple to know. If you are getting comments about Oakley glasses and you are a business coach, or comments about handbags and your a healthcare coach, it’s a red flag. The comment usually gives it away, but if not, look at the sender name and you will likely be able to tell.
Do you check for broken links on your site? Broken links show up as dead links in SEO. If you have moved information around on your site, or changed permalinks, you could end up with several broken links.
These are just the basics of website maintenance. There are other things you need to keep an eye on to keep your site in good working order including: website speed, firewalls, image sizing, alt tags, and SEO optimization. It can be a long tedious list at times.
Website maintenance can be a struggle for many website owners. If you are looking for a hassle-free way to keep your site in working order, just drop us a line. We handle all of that and more so you can get on with what you love to do. Get your peace of mind back when you invest in one of our website maintenance packages.
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