Website Maintenance?! What do I need that for I hear you ask? Don’t websites just take care of themselves once built and don’t need to be changed unless I want to change the content? Is website “maintenance” worth paying for or is it something I can do myself?
The short is yes you can do it yourself and whether or not it is worth the money you pay for it entirely depends upon if you want to do it yourself and can do it yourself.
If it works hard for you, it needs to looked after.
I’m a car lover, and mechanics has always fascinated me, so the first chance I got when I got my first car (a red 94′ VR Commodore), I was under the hood seeing how it all worked. Every 3 months I made sure to service my car; change the oil, the fuel filter and gave it a polish and a shine. I not only loved the technical side, but I also had the confidence that my car would run reliably.
I had that car for 8 years and even though it was 24 years old by the time I got a new car, it ran better than the day that I first got it. That car had been up and down the east coast of Australia with me several times so it had worked hard for me and as such, there were more than a few times when it needed repairing beyond a simple service. Most of the time, I relished the challenge but there were times when I had to accept it was beyond my skillset as a hobbyist and needed get a professional to do their thing.
That Commodore worked hard for me throughout the years…. I say it earned its retirement.
Why is website maintenance important?
Your business website is just like my old Commodore, if your website is working hard for you and is an essential part of your business then it needs to be cared for.
Just like the car, maintaining a website can be simple to do when you have the technical knowledge to do it, but if you don’t then it will just be a frustrating endeavour.
In the same way that my car eventually needed some more intensive repairs, your website may have the same needs from time to time. For example, if you use a plugin that is no longer supported or it breaks down, then additional attention will be needed. If it’s being used and adding on the “mileage” then expect for this to occur at some time.
As life went on and my time got more precious, I began to get a mechanic to do all the servicing and work on my car. Even though I have the technical knowledge to do it myself, it became worthwhile to me because it gave me more time and I still knew my car would run reliably. I mentioned above that website maintenance is only worth it if you either can’t do it, due to a lack of technical knowledge or if you don’t want to do it, because your time is better spent elsewhere.
Our Care Plans are designed to:
- Fix security risks on your website that happen as web technology changes.
- We will perform needed Updates on your website and its software.
- Make sure your site stays online.
- Our Uptime Monitor regularly checks your website is live and operating and regular Backups make sure your data is always protected.
- Keep your site functioning how it was made to.
- With scheduled Site Reviews and Health Checks we can ensure that your site doesn’t change in unexpected ways as it is updated.
- Provide you with simple technical help so you don’t have to worry.
- Our ongoing personalised support makes sure that you always feel certain that your website is being cared for properly.
FLIC specialises in Websites and Care Plans for Small and Solo Business Websites.
Visit our Care Plans page to learn more.