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The Best WordPress Maintenance Services
If you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably searching for the best WordPress Website Maintenance Service. Furthermore, it’s likely you’ve come to the realisation that WordPress isn’t foolproof. The reality is, nothing in today’s tech-intensive society really is.
Although this might sound obscure, WordPress is not dissimilar to a motor vehicle, clothes dryer or personal computer. How so? Well, very simply, withoutthe best WordPress maintenance service (also known as, WordPress management service) in place, there will come a point in time when your WordPress website will stop working, slow down, or become infected with malware.
Of course, if you implement your own sequenced and methodical WordPress maintenance care plan, you may never need our WordPress technical support services. Our WordPress managed services are provided to those businesses who are seeking professional WordPress help and on-going WordPress maintenance support. If you would like to perform your own WordPress maintenance and servicing, you can follow our guide, below, implementing your very own WP management care plan.
There is, however, one very important fact to consider: The very best WordPress maintenance plan will be useless, unless you action all of the items in your WordPress maintenance plan. These tasks must be done frequently, almost religiously. In other words, planning alone will not keep your WordPress website safe, secure and fast. You will need to do what’s listed in your WordPress maintenance plan.
WordPress maintenance tasks that should be performed weekly:
Back up your public_html folder in its entirety
Back up your WordPress installation’s relevant MySQL database
Login to your WP Admin panel and check for Theme updates
Update your theme as soon as new versions become available
Test your website or operational status immediately following a Theme update
Check for WP Plugin updates
Update each plugin (one-by-one), then
Check the operational status of your site before updating the next plugin
Resist the temptation to execute multiple plugin updates simultaneously
Access your cPanel, go to phpMyAdmin, then
Optimise your MySQL database by deleting unnecessary revision history, including expired transients, edit_last and edit_lock post meta
Ensure your wp-includes index is hidden from being publicly visible
Securely store your WordPress backup in multiple, secure off-server locations for emergency restoration purposes.
WordPress maintenance is cheaper than cure
The best way to keep your WordPress website working perfectly, is to regularly service it. We’ve all heard the saying, ‘Prevention is better than cure’. When it comes to keeping your WordPress site operating in tip-top condition, ‘Prevention is also cheaper than cure’. Far cheaper.
WordPress is the leading content management system (CMS) in the World, occupying nearly 60 per cent market share within the CMS segment. It’s clear why WordPress is the CMS of choice for so many businesses, including multi-national companies and Government departments. Here’s why.
Generally speaking, WordPress is incredibly easy to use. In fact, Dymond Digital specialises in WordPress design and Affordable, Fast WordPress Hosting for this very reason. We design a WordPress website for a client, and the client can then edit, delete and add new content quickly and easily. Even with little or no previous web design experience, WordPress makes content publishing and distribution ridiculously easy.
The downside is: WordPress’ popularity has, unfortunately, made it a prime target for hackers. If an individual, with malicious intent, can find a backdoor entry (vulnerability) into WordPress, they will. With such a large market share, the extent of exploitation can be catastrophic.
Reasons why a WordPress management plan should be considered:
Outdated WordPress software, themes and plugins can (and often do) compromise the security of a WordPress website
Poorly coded or outdated plugins often cause compatibility issues
WordPress core updates and theme updates are released to address (fix) known bugs
Updates are released to improve user experience
Some updates are released to ensure compatibility with new PHP server versions, including PHP 7.2
Updates are sometimes released to improve your WordPress website’s performance (speed), which assists with search engine optimisation (SEO)
Search engines, such as Google, and anti-virus software, such as Norton, often flag an infected site as being dangerous. Naturally, this discourages customers from clicking on the site
We’ll take care of your WP site maintenance, leaving you to do what you do best
1 x MySQL database backup each week (database associated with the managed site). Every WordPress website or blog requires a database. A database contains meta data, registered user details and transaction history for online payments. The database also contains the content within your WordPress website.
Checking the site to ensure operational status every 3 days. This includes logging into the site, checking for WordPress core updates, Plugin and Theme updates, executing these, and then checking to ensure that the deployed updates have not caused conflicts or errors.
Conflicts vary in nature and might include broken navigational links, missing content, page distorsion or fatal errors.
Even if Dymond Digital does not provide your WordPress Hosting, our comprehensive WordPress Maintenance Support Service does include server-side maintenance.
As part of this service, we will perform a variety of tasks, including upgrading your PHP version to the latest version that is compatible with your theme, as well as the plugins you are using. Depending upon your web host’s limitations, we will also make tweaks to improve the speed at which your WordPress website loads.
In addition, we will optimise your WordPress site’s MySQL database once per month to maintain performance. This activity prevents database ‘bloat’ and includes deleting unnecessary revision history, expired transients, edit_last and edit_lock database records. It is an essential aspect of keeping your WordPress website operating fast and efficiently.
Your site will be assessed for potential security flaws. For example, your wp-includes index will be checked to ensure that it is not publicly visible. Where security flaws are identified, they will also be closed-off as part of this service. We will often do so using your WP website’s .htaccess file, as opposed to adding a plugin to resolve the issue.
Our WP maintenance care plan service also includes providing recommendations to address possible risks. For example, we will alert you if your server’s web space is becoming exhausted, we are concerned about excessive use of plugins, as well as possible security threats.
Engage Dymond Digital to provide our trusted and respected WordPress website maintenance service, and we’ll connect your WordPress website to CloudFlare’s Content Delivery Network (CDN), absolutely free.
If you’re wanting to take your WordPress site speed to a whole new level, CloudFlare can seriously improve its performance. In addition to making your site faster, CloudFlare will also make your site far more secure. In most cases, our clients also experience an improvement in their WordPress site’s search engine rankings. Click on the link to learn more about our Australian SEO services.
Of course, if you do not require our WP maintenance service, we can still connect your website to CloudFlare. And, we can do so for just $75 (including GST).
A small price to pay for 100% peace of mind!
Our WordPress Maintenance Support Service starts at just $110 (including GST) per month for a single website up to 500MB in total size.
Let’s face it: $27.50 per week (including GST) is a small price to pay for 100% peace of mind, knowing that your site is being professionally maintained and fully operational.
For example, should your site be compromised or hacked, restoring it to the last point of backup, which is no older than 7 days, will take us no longer than 15 minutes to fully restore.