Do I Really Need Website Care Plan?
WordPress is always on the cutting edge of website technology. This is great news, but also comes with the need for regular upkeep. If you have any additional functionality on your website (i.e. contact forms, widgets, e-commerce, social feeds, etc.) there are plugins in the background making that functionality possible. It is important to keep your WordPress site up-to-date and current or you risk having unexpected downtime and other issues. These problems can lead to negative user experiences which can hurt your website’s reputation. Besides keeping your website secure and running smoothly, having a Website Care Plan is a necessary part of disaster recovery. Below are some disaster scenarios that can happen.
Someone on your team might have access to files on the server that can get deleted by mistake. The people working at the data centers are human too. They can forget to plug important pieces of equipment in, accidentally erase files from the servers, etc. While this isn’t a common occurrence, it can and does happen from time to time. So even though you have website backups on your hosting account. It’s extremely important to have backups in off-site locations just in case.
Despite our best efforts, hackers can somehow find a way in. Hackers can take control of your whole site, inject links throughout your content, add popups, etc. This hurts your website’s credibility and can endanger your website visitors. If your website does get hacked we can try to remove the malware. If the malware is very difficult it may be necessary to restore the site from a backup prior to the site being hacked. This is why we keep backups in many locations at different time intervals.
Your website is located on a server in a physical location and can be overcome by natural disasters just like anything else. Even though they have disaster recovery plans, even the best of hosting companies can’t control the weather. Even though this is a rare event, it can happen and you want to be prepared with off-site backups in multiple locations. Your backup will be ready to be restored at a moment’s notice.
Whatever happens you don’t want to be in a position where your site is just gone. All of the time, money and energy that went into creating your site can disappear in an instant. Get some peace of mind with a disaster recovery plan.