Things move fast in the world of WordPress. On average, a new WordPress update is released every couple of months and these releases can target bugs, security issues and/or introduce new features. It’s important to ensure your site is always utilising the most recent WordPress release, as this will help it run as smoothly as possible and provide the best experience to your visitors.
Updates are incredible easy to install and both your WordPress version and plugins can be updated with a single click of a button. However, you can still run into unexpected problems, such as plugins not working correctly with your current WordPress version. This is why it’s a great idea to look to an agency to handle your WordPress support and maintenance.
WordPress maintenance comprises a number of different elements that keep your site performing at its best, and include many jobs you may not have the time or experience to undertake regularly. Activities covered in WordPress maintenance may include:
- Upgrading WordPress and plugins
- Fixing broken/dead links
- Backing up your site
- Optimising the database
- Performance monitoring
- Spam removal
Another important reason users opt to outsource their WordPress support and maintenance is for security reasons. An experienced agency can ensure your site is as secure as possible, reducing the risk of any potential security breaches. As well as keeping your site safe from hacking attempts they can also make sure your site is regularly backed up, as an extra security protocol.
If you’ve worked with an agency to bring your vision to life you’ll rightfully be disappointed if they disappear in a poof of smoke after you’ve paid their last invoice, so it’s important you work alongside an agency who offer ongoing support and maintenance packages. If they’ve worked on the initial build of your site then they know better than anybody how it works and the best way to keep it running in tip top condition.
Developing an ongoing relationship with your WordPress agency is key for peace of mind and if you can find one agency who does everything you need, you’re onto a winner. When you’re looking for an agency to design your site, go for an organisation that will not only design and build your site, but will offer ongoing support, maintenance and security packages, as well as future redesigns. That way you get to build up a trusting relationship that’s valuable to both parties involved.