What Is a WordPress Care Plan and Why Do You Need One?

The beauty of building a website on the WordPress platform is that the functionality and customization options are almost endless. If you can dream it, you can (often) build it. But building your website is the start of a journey, not an end in itself. Now that your website is live it requires fresh content, ongoing promotion and proper care and maintenance.

To handle the care and maintenance piece of the puzzle, many web developers and agencies have started to offer WordPress Care Plans. These plans typically contain three key components: website maintenance, backups and security.

Website Maintenance

Did you know that your WordPress website contains nearly 400,000 lines of code? And that’s before adding plug-ins for functionality and other customization features. Multiple times every month, developers are editing, fixing and improving those lines of code and sending them out via updates. When the updates address vulnerabilities they are urgent for security purposes.

Handling these updates can be relatively painless, or in the event of a conflict, quite a hassle. In either case, if you’re not keeping an eye on your website, it’s important to enroll in a Care Plan to ensure that someone is.

Website Backups

Like most things in life, you don’t realize the absolute importance of backups until you wished you had one! Websites can be backed up and saved at routine intervals to provide a “restart point” in the event of catastrophe. I recommend saving multiple backups of your site and my Care Plans include two backups sources running at regular intervals.

Website Security

The prevalence of website hackers is an unfortunate reality. While hackers have many motives for breaking into unsuspecting websites, the methods and results are the same: they want to take control of your site for their purposes.

A good WordPress Care Plan provides additional layers of security to protect and monitor your website. By following best-practices and installing security layers, the chances of getting hacked go down exponentially. Monitoring for suspicious activity, altered files or outdated code helps to catch small issues before they become big ones.

Yonder Moon Creative WordPress Care Plans

My monthly Care Plans are affordable and provide peace of mind that your site is secure and up-to-date. In addition to the features mentioned above, I also provide up to three basic site edits per month and a monthly report from your website. Learn more about WordPress Care Plans from Yonder Moon Creative!

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