Managed WordPress – do I have to buy it?
First let us explain what WordPress is and why it is important to keep your website that was created with WordPress up to date.
WordPress is FREE and as such, it is very popular and it remains free because it’s developed by a community of developers who donate their time and efforts for free. To stay up to date with new standards and trends there are always new releases that fixes bugs, add new and enhances features, or just improve the software. For us here at AAA Business Hosting, security is our top priority, and this is the reason why we have been keeping your WordPress up to date. WordPress currently powers 25%+ of all websites globally and because of it’s immense popularity, WordPress is a VERY popular target for hackers, malicious code distributors, data thieves, and wanna-be hackers.In a nutshell – no – you do not need to buy Managed WordPress from us. But you do need to have a comprehensive plan to update your own WordPress installation if you don’t have us do it. That doesn’t mean checking it once a month – because WordPress can get hacked in an instant. It does mean at least every couple of days, you need to login and check if there are updates. It means you need to backup the WordPress plugins, themes and database yourself, and you need to plan on spending time and effort keeping your own site up to date.
We’re sorry it sounds like work – this is part of the double-edge sword that is open source software – and that is what WordPress is – open source software.
Did you know that Web Your Business has been updating your WordPress site to keep you free of hacks and so you aren’t missing out on any new features or improvements?
Here are a few of the items we do each month for your site:
- Updates: WordPress usually rolls out major updates twice a year, though minor updates roll out as needed. There are also updates for themes and plugins, which are much less predictable. However – we do much more than just run updates.
- Backups: Each website has a backup plan that fits with the needs of that website. A site with lots of content updates might have a database backup once a day at a minimum and a full backup weekly. Sites with fewer updates might not need such frequent backups, but they all have regularly scheduled, full-site backups that are stored off-site. When we backup your site, we secure it using industry standard tools, we add your site to our Content Distribution Network partner (Cloudflare) – if the site comes under attack, we actively manage your website and block the attackers.
- Security: Monitoring security and ensuring full recovery is a big task. We provide basic security, monitoring, updates and more. We are proactive and keep your site safe 24/7.
Maintenance of your WordPress website is tedious and sometimes technical. We have been providing this service free of charge. We are sorry to inform you that we are no longer able to provide this service without an added service fee. Please call our office to get a price for this service. We offer monthly, quarterly or annual payment plans. We can also prorate it to your hosting anniversary date to bundle it with your other payment.
Of course you may do the required maintenance yourself and we are more than willing to help you get started. Please understand that because of the security of our servers and our other clients on that same server, you will be required to stay on top of the latest updates and security warnings for your website if you are to continuing hosting your website with us.
If you need any assistance moving forward or if anything happens and you need us to step in and provide the fixes. We can do that for you at our hourly service rate of $90.00 per hour.
Remember, you do NOT have to add on this service, you can choose to do the WordPress Maintenance and updates yourself.
We hope that you will see the value of our WordPress Maintenance program and will sign up for the program as it will give you peace of mind that the website continues to be up to date so that you can focus on tending to your business or other important areas of your life.
We are very mindful of this additional fee you will be charged for this service and want to provide you the best hosting service for your money without compromising the security of your online business. If you have any other questions, please give us a call.