This is exactly why you need to maintain your website on a regular basis, but what does that mean? What does it include?
In this blog, we will cover all of these questions and more.
What is website maintenance?
To properly maintain your website you first need to know what is involved and what website maintenance is. Website maintenance is the process of keeping your website in good working condition. This can include a wide range of tasks, from ensuring your site is secure to keeping the site theme up-to-date.
Do I need website maintenance?
One of the most common questions we are asked is “Do I really need website maintenance?” It is one of those things that you won’t realize you need until it’s too late and most likely very costly.
It is very likely that your website uses a variety of different plug-ins and possibly a custom theme. As time goes on these things may encounter issues such as becoming less compatible or more vulnerable to attacks. If you do not keep these up-to-date you may find yourself with a website that has a number of issues or has gone down.
If your website goes down, it starts to become very costly. Not only will you most likely need to get third-party support, but your customers will also no longer be able to visit your site, potentially stopping them from making a purchase or contacting you.
Should I pay for website maintenance?
You can usually manage your website updates and maintenance yourself, but as your website becomes more complex and/or critical to your business it is a good idea to hire a professional to manage your website.
Having ongoing website maintenance and support provides peace of mind. You can expect your website to continue to load quickly and maintain a great user experience. Another benefit is that you will usualily receive on-going care and support in case unexpected issues arise, and if they do arise you will have backups available to restore your website.
In moat cases, paying for website maintenance is mich more cost effective than fixing major issues comes up. If your website goes down you will need to hire someone to fix the issue while you are missing out on potential website revenue.
What does website maintenance include?
Depending on who you choose to handle your website maintenance, the services provided can vary somewhat. The most common areas that are covered or provided are:
- Monthly Updates
- Core files
- Website theme updates
- Tech support
- Analytics and reporting
- Website and Database Backups
- Search engine optimization
- Web design and development
- Access to premium plugins and support
- Security and uptime reporting
How much does website maintenance cost per month?
The cost of website maintenance can vary depending on what you need and how complex your website is. Here is a rough breakdown of some of the costs you can anticipate:
- Hosting plan ($0 to $500 per month)
- Domain cost ($5 to $20 per year)
- Platform costs ($0 to $45 per month)
- Technical updates and security ($0 to $500 per month)
- Web development ($0 to $10,000+)
Do you need help with your website maintenance?
If you need help keeping your website up to date or just don’t want to worry about it anymore. Contact Digital Giants to discuss what options are available.