Have you ever experienced the following on your website?
- getting hacked
- pages taking a really long time to open when you click on them
- broken images (that’s where photos should be on a page but instead are boxes with ‘x’es in the corners)
- weird code appearing on pages where actually good stuff used to be, like a contact form or a photo gallery
- a bunch of red alerts when you log into your website dashboard
The truth is a website is like a car, you can’t just drive it forever with no maintenance and expect it to not break down on the side of the road.
If maintaining your website is one more thing on your giant list, it goes on the wayside. We get it. Especially if you are small, you can’t do it all.
But bad things happen when you ignore problems. What are some types of sad websites that need some maintenance?
Sad Website Type: Hacked Websites
Every website we’ve unhacked in the last five years has one thing in common. When we ask ‘When is the last time you updated your website?’ people either can’t answer or say hesitatingly something like “Um, six months I think?”
You might not even know your website has been hacked, until you see this alert in Google:
If your website is secretly sending out spam, your server could be blocked, making email from you undeliverable. Point is, being hacked is not only bad for your website visitors but bad for your company and anyone you interact with online.
Sad Website Type: Websites That Don’t ‘Work’ Like They Used To
Often times, software can get out of date. Like Ford can decide to stop making the Ford Escort, a particular developer can decide to no longer make a piece of software. That means you have to find a replacement that does something similar for your site to continue working:
If you perform website updates, you’ll notice these things before anyone else can. But if staff, customers, or the general public are complaining about your website, you know it’s gone too far.
Sad Website Type: Sluggish Websites
You know what people AND search engines don’t like? Slow websites. And if you have been uploading content to your website (full resolution images, video, etc.), chances are your website as started to move ssslllooowww.
When we onboard a new maintenance website, one of the things we do is make it as light as possible. It makes it easier for us to maintain but also, it just makes your site work better… for everyone coming to visit.
Website Maintenance Level 1: Software Updates At $25/month
It’s hard to remember to log in regularly and backup and update your software. Not to mention that 1 out of every 300 times, something breaks and you have to fix it.
We have a weekly backup and WordPress updating service that can take care of problems before they even become problems and keep your site from being hacked… all for $25/month.
We know your intern can do it, we know you can do it… but, be honest, is it getting done? If not, get it on our radar and take it off yours and free your mind to do more important stuff for your business.
Website Maintenance Level 2: Software And Content Updates at $300/month
There is always more to do on a website, isn’t there? Besides keeping your website error and hacker free, sometimes you need new information to freshen things up. Some items include:
- Changing out visual elements like slides in a slideshow
- Posting new content on your blog (your staff member wrote something great but no one knows how to get it online)
- Adding unique titles/descriptions to your pages to help with search engine ranking
- Updating your hours, staff page, etc. with new information on a seasonal basis
By contracting with us to set up monthly updates, we can lower our hourly rate for you, saving you money for being the forward thinker that you are.
We’ll email you quarterly and see what’s new… and if nothing is new, we’ll work on a hit list we create together of things that can get done to improve your website over time.
Let your website age like a fine wine, for your website visitors and the health of your business. Sign up and we’ll get your website on our maintenance schedule!