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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 4.9.4 Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.4 is now available. This maintenance release fixes a severe bug in 4.9.3, which will cause sites that support automatic background updates to fail to update automatically, and will require action from you (or your host) for it to be updated to 4.9.4....

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WordPress 4.9.3 Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.3 is now available. This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 4.9, including fixes for Customizer changesets, widgets, visual editor, and PHP 7.2 compatibility. For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog. Download WordPress...

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WordPress 4.9.2 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.2 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. An XSS vulnerability was discovered in the Flash fallback files in MediaElement, a library...

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Protect your website.

New Service Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

The Wordfence team regularly discovers security issues with commercial services, such as WordPress hosting providers, that put their users at risk. In some cases, the issue is quite severe, putting thousands of websites at risk simultaneously. In these instances, our...

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WordPress 4.9.1 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.9.1 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 and earlier are affected by four security issues which could...

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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.
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