Do you need a Website Care Plan?

Since I became Care Plans Certified and introduced my Website Care Plans, dozens of smart business owners have chosen me as their Website Manager.

Not one of them has to worry about things like WordPress updates, discontinued plugins or other security threats, because they’ve left it all in my capable hands. This means that they can devote their time and energy to serving their own clients!

Sadly, not everyone understands the importance of a properly maintained website. Some of my clients have chosen not to sign up for a Care Plan, and more than one has been the victim of a hacker.

Removing malware from a hacked website can be an expensive proposition, especially if you factor in the time the website isn’t up and running. If no one can access your site, or if it’s displaying content that you didn’t put there, it’s definitely not going to help you reach your business goals. And if you’re not monitoring your website, who knows when it will even come to your attention?

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I recommend checking your WordPress site for updates at least once a month. That may be enough for a very simple site, but if you have a blog, ecommerce, or other regular activity, you’re better off doing it every week.

If you’ve got the time and know-how to manage your own website, that’s great! But if you’re too busy to stay on top of it, or if you know just enough to be dangerous, you might be better off leaving it in the hands of an expert.

This flow chart will help you easily figure out whether a Website Care Plan would be a worthwhile investment for you.

Do you need a website care plan?

In a nutshell, if you answer “No” to even one of the following questions, we should talk.

  1. Do you know how to update your WordPress site?
  2. Do you have time to manage your website?
  3. Do you know what to do if something breaks?
  4. Are you maintaining your site on a regular basis?

If you’re still on the fence, read my previous posts about the importance of website maintenance:

Bonus Website Security Tips

Although regular maintenance is vital to keeping your WordPress site secure, there are a few other steps you can take to prevent security breaches.

  1. Don’t use “admin” as your username. That’s the first thing someone will try if they want to try and hack into your site!
  2. Don’t use an easily guessed password, including proper names and words that can be found in the dictionary. A strong password consists of at least 10 characters, combining uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  3. Use two-factor authentication. With this feature enabled, a verification code is sent to you by text when you attempt to log into your WordPress dashboard. You must then enter that code to confirm your identify. Even if someone manages to guess or get hold of your username and password, they won’t be able to complete the login process because they won’t have the verification code.

Do you have questions about website security? Leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll be happy to answer them!

The “Do you need a website care plan?” flow chart was created for me by Hazel Thornton. If you’re an organizing professional, be sure to check out her Custom-Branded Flow Charts for Professional Organizers.

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Comments

  1. I love your clear decision-tree flowchart! How lucky WordPress users are to have you looking over their websites for regular maintenance. My sites are on the Squarespace platform. I do look at the backend regularly and have run into some glitches over the years. It’s been essential to have a few people to help fix the issues. I’m in the process of a revamping and consolidating since it’s been over eight years since I last redid things. The Squarespace version I’m using is no longer supported, so it was time. That and a few other “issues” that have come into play. It’s simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking.

    All this is to say that without the tech and design support, I wouldn’t be able to do this on my own.

  2. Yes. Yes. Yes. You need a web site care plan. Janet is great at teaching you the basics but she knows so much more. Just her monitoring of your site alone is worth it, but she’s available to help with anything beyond your skills. I love it.

  3. Ah yes, you know I have certainly been there with this. I may need to add a few more layers of security after reading this. Websites are fun and necessary, but when they go bad, it is very stressful. So great to have resources like you to step in when things go awry!

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