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As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for your website software to become several versions out of date, and as any website management company will tell you, you need to decide how you’ll manage this.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:
- Do nothing.
- Perform the updates yourself.
- Get professional support from a website management company.
|Not managed||Self managed||Managed by GO Creative|
|Website likely to keep working||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Get new software features||No||Yes||Yes|
|Existing bugs get fixed||No||Yes||Yes|
|Existing security holes get fixed||No||Yes||Yes|
|Upgrade issues get fixed||No||No||Yes|
|Avoid potential website downtime||No||No||Yes|
|Fixed costs when issues arise||No||No||Yes|
|Restore a backup instantly||No||No||Yes|
|Restore individual files or settings||No||No||Yes|
|Understand technical software changes||No||No||Yes|
|Receive a regular website report||No||No||Yes|
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.