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Options for updating your website software

When your website is developed, it will likely have various software packages (called plugins) installed, to make it look and function how you’d like it to. Your web developer or website management company can guide you on which plugins you have in your website, and what they do.

These plugins are created by web developers all over the globe, and they’re continually being updated. If not managed properly, this can lead to all kinds of issues with the website.

How often is software updated?

Many plugins are updated daily or weekly, and most are updated at least several times per year. There’s also the underlying software — WordPress — and usually one or two “theme” packages which control the design of the website. These are also updated quite frequently.

As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for your website software to become several versions out of date, and as any website management company will tell you, you need to decide how you’ll manage this.

What are my options?

You essentially have three main options when it comes to managing your website software, which are outlined in the table below for quick comparison:

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Perform the updates yourself.
  3. Get professional support from a website management company.
Not managedSelf managedManaged by GO Creative
Website likely to keep workingYesYesYes
Get new software featuresNoYesYes
Existing bugs get fixedNoYesYes
Existing security holes get fixedNoYesYes
Upgrade issues get fixedNoNoYes
Avoid potential website downtimeNoNoYes
Fixed costs when issues ariseNoNoYes
Restore a backup instantlyNoNoYes
Restore individual files or settingsNoNoYes
Understand technical software changesNoNoYes
Receive a regular website reportNoNoYes

Why hiring a management management company is crucial

You can see why hiring a website management company is a no-brainer, as you can focus on running your business instead of worrying about software issues.

Forget about headaches, stress, and wasted time. Engaging a website management company is an affordable, fixed price service which ensures everything is handled for you. You can also upgrade the basic package to include security management, updating your website content, copywriting, and more.

Michael and Grant were an absolute pleasure to work with. Previously, we had an absolute horror of a website build [with another developer], but they both went out of their way to understand our problems and work in an unfamiliar environment to produce exactly what we needed. Communication was fantastic, professional and pretty much constant to understand exactly what we wanted from the system – even when we didn’t know exactly ourselves! I can’t recommend GO Creative more highly.