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Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the care of your WordPress website by a Spokane WordPress Consultant.
Q: What is website maintenance?
Dynamic websites are constantly being updated and for that reason, they require regular maintenance. It’s the act of regular monitoring and care to ensure that your website is running properly. Some common website work includes:
- Corrupted behavior
- Website errors
- Slow website speed
- Hacked website and malware injection
- Broken websites, broken themes, broken plugins
- Server issues, DNS issues, Domain issues
- Website changes and updates
- Website Migrations
Q: Why do I need to keep my website updated?
Parts that make up a modern website include WordPress, Plugins, Themes, PHP, Domains, Emails, Databases, Hosting environments, and much more. These features are all independently updated and require they stay up to date with one other, or things start becoming incompatible, insecure, and corrupted.
Phones, apps, computers, and cars, require regular maintenance to function well. The same goes for your website. Protect your business and your investment by making regular updates.
Q: How much does website maintenance cost?
Every web developer will come up with their own website maintenance packages to offer. Thats why prices will differ greatly from on provider to another. My fees can be found on this page ranging from $150/mo to $250/mo. That does not include hourly labor requests outside of the scope.
Hourly rates differ greatly from one developer to another depending on experience, knowledge and services provided. My hourly rates range from $100/hr to $150/hr for requested labor. Often times, if the span of work is foreseeable a developer could also be willing to provide a flat rate for requested work.
Q: How to choose a website maintenance company?
Get 3 quotes and make sure one of them is from me. You should always choose a company based off of trust. If you cannot trust the company you are working with, you should probably consider working with someone you are more comfortable with. Let cost be a secondary reason for choosing a web design and website maintenance company.
Q: How to fix website errors?
There are a number of different errors a website can experience. From 404 errors on your websites to websites that have been injected with malware. Errors can be obvious and display themselves, while others can go undetected for months.
You can learn how to fix a broken website by reading my in depth, step-by-step, article on The Ultimate Guide to Debugging Divi, WordPress Themes and Plugins.
Q: How long are websites usually down for maintenance?
That would depend on the severity of the website issues. Websites can be down for days in some circumstances while it might only take a few hours.
Q: Is my website hacked?
Did you know your website is trying to be penetrated right now? It’s true. There are thousands of malicious robots scanning your site every minute just searching for an exploite it can take advantage of. That doesn’t even include the hackers who are manually trying to gain access.
Hackers like to target businesses that can’t afford high end security teams devoted to monitoring a businesses traffic. They know your site is the most vulnerable for that reason. read more on Why and How Hackers Hack websites in my article.
Q: How to recover website that has been hacked?
If your website has been hacked, there are many options for repair. You can hire a malware removal service, you can download your files and scan it with antivirus software, and you could also restore a backup.
The severity in which it has been attacked can be as extreme as complete obliteration and deletion of a websites database and files. It can be a simple script in 1 file or multiple scripts in hundreds of files. It could also be a piece of software injected which acts like a virus multiplying even once you’ve deleted it.
I’ve seen clients lose entire websites, even with backups because they were too late on taking action.