In fact, not caring for your website every month will actually cost you more money in the long run. For example, if you have potential customers visiting your website and it wasn’t functioning properly (links not working, pages not loading, contact forms erroring out), there is a slim chance they’ll stick around. Or worse, imagine your site was down or not loading at all. With 82% of consumers in the U.S. reporting that they will visit a company’s website BEFORE making a purchasing decision, those kinds of missed issues or downtime can cause lose you business.
In addition to that, if your website were to go down or get hacked and you didn’t have a backup (which is something a monthly maintenance plan takes care of), then you would have to rebuild your site from scratch, which you will have to pay for. So in most cases, it will actually cost you more to not maintain your website every month.
Here is a list of things that need to be done on a monthly basis to keep your website up and secure:
– Core WP Version Updates
– Bug Fixes
– Security Scans & Patches
– Third-party Integrations
– Plugin Updates
– Development Modifications
– Content Updates
– Database Updates
– Ongoing Edits as needed
– Backups (most important)
There are more than that, but those are the most important.
Why You Shouldn’t Try To Do It Yourself
Updating your website is not easy. First and foremost, if you are not running daily backups, and one of the updates caused your site to go down, you would lose your entire website & data. That’s why running backups is the most important thing. Between WP core files, plugins, or third party software, there are many different things that run your site and that you have to update. It’s important to do them in a specific order so if any of the updates break the website, you know which one it was. In this case you just load your backup so the site’s back up instantly, and then you can see why the update broke the site.
So sometimes an update to one thing can cause another to break, and if you are doing this yourself and don’t know how to fix it, you’ll most likely have to hire someone on an hourly basis, which can be very costly. In addition, if an update broke your site and you didn’t have a backup, you could potentially lose content changes, recent design updates, orders, new contacts, and the list goes on.
Updating your site and all it’s core components every month is not as easy as just clicking a button so taking this approach can not only cause further damage but as I mentioned, can end up costing you in the long run. This is just one reason why it’s actually cheaper to have someone who’s experienced maintain your website for you.
This is why we don’t even offer one-time website pricing and only offer monthly pricing. Because we know that if we just built you a new website and handed it off to you, it won’t last very long with out being cared for and we wouldn’t feel right about charging a company for a new website knowing that if it wasn’t maintained it wouldn’t last long.
By having a trusted partner maintain your website for you, it will save you time (and frustration) of trying to do it yourself, be cheaper than having to hire someone to fix it or build you a new one in the event it goes down, and save you from potentially losing new customers who would leave your website if it was broke or down.
You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Redesign My Old Site?
Absolutely! In fact, it’s our specialty. We love transforming an older / outdated website into a beautiful modern, mobile responsive website that will bring in more customers.
Do You Do Logo Design & Branding?
We work with trusted design & branding specialists who are great at logo design. We’d be happy to handle the project for you and coordinate it with your website.
Do I own the completed website?
Yes, you own 100% of the website. The one time design / setup fee is for the website design. If you decide to cancel the monthly website hosting & management plan, will will send you a zip file of your website to upload to another web host or give to another web developer to manage.
How long does a typical site take to build?
In General, most design projects last between 30 – 60 days, but it really depends on the project. Pending clear communication and all information provided at the beginning of the project, we will usually have a homepage and a few sub pages ready for review within 15 days. Once the design and layout is approved by you, we’ll move forward with the rest of the site.
Do you use templates or pre-made designs?
Absolutely not. Once we have a good understand of your business, we built a customized, unique website that best represents your businesses goals, values, and shows potential customers why you are the best choice.
Are there any startup fees?
Yes, there is a small one time start up fee for the design / set-up of your website. After that it’s one low monthly fee to host & fully manage your site.
Do you provide hosting & maintenance plans?
Absolutely. This is actually a big part of what we do, and one of the most important parts of your website. Once your site is live, making sure it’s always updated, secured, backed-up and online 24/7 takes quite a bit of ongoing work. We provide all of this (including site edits) for one low monthly cost.
Can I make changes to my site after it's live?
Once the site is live, we provide ongoing maintenance & support, which includes any ongoing edits & changes you need. You just send us the changes you want to make to your site and we’ll get it done, no hassle. We respond to all requests within 24 hours.
Can we cancel our plan at any time?
You certainly can. Wile we sure hope you love our service and are happy with it, we would never want you to pay for something you aren’t happy with and we would never hold you hostage!
If we cancel, what happens to our website?
The website & design is 100% yours. We will provide you with a .zip file backup of your website in it’s entirety. This will make it easy for your next web developer to bring it online for you elsewhere. We’ll also work with the new developer if needed to make a smooth transition.
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