Your website is an investment and is a crucial element for your business. Can you afford your website to go offline? You certainly don’t want your brand tarnished by a hacker defacing your site or a software change to crash your website. We take care of your investment so you can take care of your important business tasks.
Keep your site running smoothly and minimise the risk of your website from being hacked. You will have peace of mind your site is backed up in the event of failure.
Your website will be monitored for malware or suspicious activity daily. To help keep out the constant threat of intruders, we can install software modules that harden security to minimise the risk of hacking breaches.
Never lose your website with access to daily backups.
For extra peace of mind, your website can also be backed up to the cloud on a regular basis. If anything goes wrong, the backup can be restored and disruption minimised.
Never worry about those WordPress updates again. We will update the core wordpress software, all plugins and your website theme. Keeping wordpress up to date gives you access to the latest features and maximises your website’s lifespan.
Why do hackers target websites? Some of the reasons are:
to store files for free by using your web hosting account
to send spam
to make political statements by defacing your website
to redirect traffic to unsavoury websites
or simply just to prove they can do it.
I have seen all these examples first hand and had to repair the damage done. Imagine your clients reaction at searching for you online, clicking the link and copping the landing page of a hardcore porn site. Does not help your brand at all. On top of that, Google will drop you like a hot potato. So how can you minimise this risk?
You should have solid security plugins to minimise the risk of attacks getting through. When you see the log files of these security plugins, you realise that your website is constantly under threat in some form. We need to make your website a difficult target and deflect attention elsewhere.
How real is the threat of being hacked. Very real. I have uploaded an unprotected site to a well known hosting company and had the site hacked within minutes. Do not go online naked. Check with your developer that you have security software in place.
Popularity becomes a vulnerability. According to W3Techs, WordPress powers 35% of all the websites on the Internet. This means it is a target for hackers and known vulnerabilities are spread very quickly. If you have an older version of wordpress, your chances of being hacked greatly increases. Your core wordpress CMS must be regularly updated.
Website software is constantly evolving. Hosting companies update their software constantly. This means that some parts of the original code that your website was built with, will eventually be out of date and your site will start to stop functioning as the web server software changes. In other words, websites get old and fail.
By keeping your website software (wordpress and plugins) up to date you will increase the lifespan of your website.
Your website has many pieces of software that need too work together. These include Wordpress (CMS), plugins that add functionality, and your website theme (creates the look and feel of your web design). They all have to work together to provide a functioning website.
When you leave the time gap between updates too long it increases the chances of update failures and makes it more difficult for your web developers to isolate the problem. This means an increase in costs to fix the problem.
Regular Wordpress website maintenance should be done on a monthly basis. Updating your website at regular intervals makes it easier to isolate the problem and get it fixed quickly.
Your website is working fine one day and the next day your home page is a blank screen - yes it occurs more often than you think. It can happen for any number of reasons and is sometimes difficult to pinpoint the root of the issue. Mostly it is a simple fix for your developer but other times not.
What is important is that you have the peace of mind knowing that you have a solid backup plan to restore your website if it is required.
If you don't currently have a website support plan, chat to us about the options we have available. The alternative is to learn to do it yourself by reading up online. Either way this is something the website owner cannot ignore. Don't leave it too long as it can become costly when things go wrong.