Various website maintenance packages
There are various website maintenance packages available on the market and depending which web design agency you work with, they themselves will offer their own website maintenance packages which can make the process of choosing a maintenance package more confusing than it needs to be.
The most common website management and maintenance packages are based around hours and if your digital agency are the same agency who offer your SEO then it is likely that a website maintenance and SEO retainer will be rolled into one.
It’s very important that you get a website maintenance package that is right for you, your budget and your business needs as they can often range from a few hours a month into more tailored packages encompassing development, design, SEO and other digital resources that you may require to maintain your website.
eCommerce Website Maintenance Packages
If you run an ecommerce website than a website maintenance package may be absolutely perfect for you.
With your ecommerce website all about generating sales and return on investment, the great news is that an ecommerce website is the easiest place to measure return on investment with a maintenance package.
Ecommerce websites require a lot of focus and attention – An ecommerce website maintenance package could include anything from adding new products to your website to optimising your product pages and checkout stages as part of a conversion rate optimisation campaign.
Website Maintenance Packages
Website Maintenance Plans
When looking for or comparing website maintenance plans it’s worth looking at the monthly cost vs. return on investment. By having a website maintenance contract, you can recover your website should it be hacked – Which you may not know how to do. You can save time adding products by having some else add products for you.
You can get the power of a web design agency maintain your website all working to improve your SEO, Conversions and website sales – whilst keeping your website running efficiently and smoothly.
Website Maintenance Definition
Website maintenance can span a broad term, as mentioned above its everything from updating WordPress plugins to ensuring website security adding new products, updating content and maintain SEO, these items can all be done as part of website maintenance.
In summary website maintenance is about keep a website up to date so that it looks, functions and is found across all devices and ensuring it performs optimally.
WordPress Website Maintenance
Maintaining WordPress websites are at the heart of what we do. With WordPress powering a high percentage of all websites and being the most common Content Management System on the market it’s easy to see why WordPress maintenance is essential.
Our WordPress maintenance service includes basic things such as theme updates, plugin updates, security updates, improving page speed along with further WordPress Development. Our WordPress developers know the platform inside out and have over 12 years’ experience working with the platform.
Website maintenance is a number of tasks that are required to keep your website themes, files, coding, plugin and more all up to date.
Over time websites can become slow and suffer from security vulnerabilities, by performing regular website maintenance you can ensure your website always stays in the best possible health.
A website maintenance package will cover all of the basic things such as: Ensuring third party software is patched and up to date, ensuring plugins are up to date, ensuring theme files are up to date, ensuring your page images are compressed, ensuring your scripts load optimally and often checks to ensure that your website as a whole hasn’t been hacked and that there have been no hack attempts on your website.
Website maintenance is performed across all platforms and vital for any website on the internet no matter the platform it is built on.
Over time code runs the risk of becoming vulnerable and at risk to hackers so all websites should have website maintenance performed on them.
Whether your website is WordPress, Magento, PHP, ASP, .NET or another platform/coding language, you should regularly perform website maintenance activities.
Website maintenance and support packages include many things related to improving the performance and security of your website.
Website maintenance often includes a basic security audit, a page speed audit, a plugin audit and a third-party script audit should you be running any third-party scripts. This will ensure everything is up to date and identify any potential vulnerabilities to be sorted.
A good website maintenance package will also include detailed reporting as to the work carried out and any suggestions that your web developer provides.
The website maintenance process is usually quite straight forward and often resulting in no down time for your website. The process first is often to take a backup of your website or push to your staging/development server should you have one. From there, the plugin upgrades are often done 1 by 1 and the site checked thoroughly to ensure no single plugin has caused an issue. Once everything is upgraded and tested your website is then pushed live which usually takes a minute or two depending on the size and is then running live without issues.
Website maintenance is important because it not only helps offer a better user experience it also prevents any future downtime and can help prevent your website being hacked.
Should your plugins become outdated and not kept up to date then your website could be come hacked or even hijacked resulting in damage to your brand as well as lost business opportunities.
Also, heavily customising themes and not updating them can cause update issues in the future when WordPress or the theme gets updated, leaving things not updated for years and then tyring to update them can cause serious issues along the way so it is always best to have the latest plugin to ensure maximum compatibility.
Website maintenance packages and cost vary depending on the time required to maintain your website on a weekly or monthly basis. The bare bones maintenance tasks typically take 2-3 hours a month and you would expect to pay around £250+vat for up to 5 hours a month.
If you have other requirements above general technical maintenance to include general day to day things such as changing images changing text and adding new pages you may be looking at 10 hours for £500+vat per month.
Contact us on 0121 663 0202 with your website maintenance requirements and we will be happy to advise.