Designing, building and commissioning a website is an important first step to a new and exciting web presence. However, how many website owners think that once the website is published, the work is done? The work on a website is never done, as a website is something which will always be in a state of evolution. Website maintenance is one of the most important things to consider for your website, if you want it to remain safe, current and secure. Why?
As well as you needing to keep your content up-to-date, you must also think about keeping the structure of your website, its templates and plugins up-to-date. You will generally find that there is an update of some sort most days. If the various elements of the website are not regularly updated, you are at risk of a security breach - in the worst case the loss of data and your website. The updating of your website is a key element of good website maintenance.
Security is of paramount importance. Hackers and the like continuously look to breach the security of websites and steal data or change the layout of the website.
If you already have a website, does it have the generic login address and username? If yes, please call Cotswold Websites so that we can help you overcome this big vulnerability to hackers.
Security plugins can help eliminate the worst security threats, but these plugins also need regular attention to see how the website is being attacked and to place the attackers on a blacklist so they have no ability to cause further harm. You will be astounded at how often malicious attempts are made upon every website. Keeping your website secure is a fundamental of good website maintenance. If you do not have the time, or inclination, to regularly review your website's security, the you should think about asking Cotswold Websites about our website maintenance packages.
Backups are another vital component of good website maintenance. Your web host will normally carry out server backups, which will also include your website's data. They will normally charge high fees to recover data from these backups.
However, the competent owner of a website should also be managing their own daily backups and keeping an offsite copy of the website and its database. Daily backups can usually be automated, but keeping an offsite backup of all the website's files and data is a time-consuming task, as it involves downloading 11,000+ files plus the database to your own computer or cloud storage. Having the support of an organisation such as Cotswold Websites means you do not have to worry about managing backups. We can take this task off your hands and manage it for you.
Cotswold Websites can support you by making sure that your website is as safe and secure as it should be. Please contact us with details of how we can help you manage your website maintenance so that your website is always fully up-to-date and secure.