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Website Maintenance Plans

Our on-going website maintenance packages for WordPress websites help keep your site running smoothly.

Our services include routine maintenance as well as customized hours for additional bug fixes or development (as indicated in each package).

Why do I need to update my website?

Your website is built on software called WordPress, you can think of this as your website engine.

On top of WordPress we add themes to design the “look and feel” of your site.

Then we add plugins, plugins add extra features to your site such as e-commerce, membership, additional security, backups, statistics, newsletters, etc.  (there are currently over 45,000 plugins available).

But just like Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX, WordPress issue regular updates to fix bugs, improve security and add enhancements.

As WordPress, themes and plugins are software you need to update them just like you update your operating system (Windows or Mac OS)

Is it really necessary?

Do you really want to pay $1000’s to restore your WordPress website if it goes down?

This could be a reality if you, like many WordPress users, don’t give a second thought about the security of your website.

The statistics* are worrying:

  • 76% of users are not using WordPress backup plugins
  • 69% have experienced a plugin failure after an update
  • 63% of users have deleted a file that was not backed up
  • 21% have seen the ‘white screen of death’

If your website is hacked, subject to malware or you simply make a huge error, your livelihood could be at risk.

* 2015 WordPress survey by CodeGuard

How do I update WordPress myself.

Fortunately, WordPress makes it pretty easy to update. You’ll see notifications when you log into your site. If you don’t log in daily, you should get email alerts by installing a plugin like WP Updates Notifier.

Before updating you should review your plugins and themes and remove the ones you’re not using. In general, the less code you have in your site, the fewer places there are for hackers to get in.

Recommended update process:

  1. Read the release notes or changelog to see what the updates change.
  2. If possible, test the update on a development site. That way, if anything breaks, you can troubleshoot before updating your live site.
  3. Back up your site. You should already have it backed up automatically and routinely using a backup plugin like Updraft Plus, but it never hurts to make another backup.
  4. Install the updates.
  5. Review and test your site. Focus on the items that were noted in the release notes or changelog.
Browse latest WordPress updates.

WordPress 4.9.8 Maintenance Release

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of WordPress 4.9.8.  This maintenance release fixes 46 bugs, enhancements and blessed tasks, including updating the Twenty Seventeen bundled theme. Following are the highlights of what is now available. “Try...

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WordPress 4.9.7 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.7 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.9.6 and earlier are affected by a media issue that could potentially...

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WordPress 4.9.6 Privacy and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.6 is now available. This is a privacy and maintenance release. We encourage you to update your sites to take advantage of the new privacy features. Privacy The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25. The GDPR...

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Arbitrary File Deletion Flaw Present in WordPress Core

The security community has been abuzz this week following the disclosure of a vulnerability present in all current versions of WordPress. The flaw, published in a detailed report by RIPS Technologies, allows any logged-in user with an Author role or higher to delete...

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Updates to WordPress core, plugins, and themes often increase security by patching vulnerabilities and strengthening against attacks.
Hackers and other malicious parties watch the release notes. As soon as they learn of a vulnerability, they start exploiting it. So, you need to update as soon as possible to reduce the time that your site is vulnerable.
Surplus monthly available hours may be used for feature development, bug fixes, site optimization, consulting, code review, integration work and custom modifications.