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Why you need to hire a WordPress Maintenance Service Provider


I see it all the time, business are very excited to get a website launched, they forget the ongoing work on maintaining the website, I’m not talking about creating content, or adding new products to sell, I’m refering to keep the site safe, software maintained with latest versions.

We all have the same amount of time each day, as I wrote about in

You have a problem if you are always busy

Time management will be key for running any online business, there are so many tasks that need completing, it’s easy to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

If you running a WordPress website and is serious about keeping your WordPress site up to date with new releases of WordPress and updating plugins so your site is running smoothly.

If you do not have the time to keep your site up to date and take regular backups, you should think about hiring a WordPress maintenance service provider. I did that by hiring ThunderBear Design, they worked with me to create a website maintenance routine.

I can not be more happy now, as I do not need to worry about my website being out of date as to WordPress version and plugin versions. I highly recommend the folks over at ThunderBear Design.

The folks at ThunderBear Design pointed out to me that backing up a site isn’t especially complicated as there are many plugins to choose from that makes the job easy. It’s getting the routine to regularly do the backups, and where to store your backups, there are so many choices, and if you have an outage and need to restore, what is best practice.

The folks at ThunderBear Design helped me understand not only to backup my site but also back it up in the right way, here are some WordPress backup tips that I learned from ThunderBear Design that I want to share with you.

WordPress Backup how to keep your data safe

Take a look at the what you need to do, to keep your site backed up safely, and how your data will be kept safe, also when you read this, think about if you have the time to schedule backup activities into your schedule, what takes priority prospecting, backup, SEO, marketing it all depends on what your website is about.

These are the pitfalls to avoid when you backup your site:

Infrequent backups

How often do you update your website with new posts, or how often does your visitors leave their mark on your website. If you have daily updates on your website’s posts, visitor comments, new sales, you should backup daily so you do not loose any data, compared to a site that may have only a few updates in a moth.

A good strategy is to backup the database more frequently because that’s where your posts, comments, sales data are stored. If you only update your plugins and themes once a month, you only need to take a backup once a month. With the ThunderBear Design service, they separate database backup from your site directory backup (software file), they make it easy for you to recover in case of an outage or if your site got hacked.

Not carefully choosing a backup plugin

There are many ways you can go about backing up your data, with some hosting companies you can take a snapshot of your server which acts as your backup. You could just backup your database with phpmyadmin, if you have that installed.

There are may plugins to choose from to make backups easier from the admin menu, you have to watch out some plugins do only backup your database, while others backup your directories and finally the most sophisticated plugins that backup your databases and directories.

A number of backup plugins automates and manage backups and also do restoring. It’s preferable if you do it yourself, to find a backup plugin which can schedule backups in a regular basis.

Working with ThunderBear Design they came up with the backup plugins suitable for my installation of WordPress.

Not backing up your site while doing tweaks or during a big change

If you are like most WordPress admins or site owners, you’re constantly tinkering with your site. Before you start tinkering with your site, you should take a backup, even the smallest of a change could shut down your website. Always take a backup before you start.

It’s also a good practice to do a backup just after making your changes. That way, you can come back to it later.

Where to store your data

Some backup plugins stores the backup file on the same server as your website. This is called as local backup, and they are not recommended. What if your server goes down, our you hosting company looks you out, then you have no access to your backup file, you need to think about where to store your backup files.

ThunderBear Design recommended to me a two fold backup strategy, in which my directories was backed up to GitHub and my database backup was store G Suite Drive. I also store a copy of my database files on Dropbox. This gives me peace of mind.

Not doing a full backup

A full backup of your WordPress includes much more – themes, plugins, the wp-content folder, important WordPress configuration files like wp-config.php, and .htaccess files.

On the recommendation of ThunderBear Design, I had a staging host setup for me, it sounds more than it is. In my case the staging host is on my local laptop, I running a MAMP installation. I keep the same setup, as on my live site, my staging host syncs the directories from GitHub, and I restore the latest DB copy from my G Suite Drive backup location.

This allows me to test themes and plugins is particularly important if you’re using a custom version of any theme or plugin. I can tweak configurations on plugins and test outcomes, this way I do not break my site.

Not testing your backup

Unfortunately backups do fail from time to time, for various reasons (corrupted data, missing files). You would need to test your backup, if you follow the advice to setup a staging host or you get in contact with ThunderBear Design, you are covered, as you would recover any production databases to the staging environment and that will you if the backup is Ok and working.

Relying on your host entirely for a backup solution

Most hosts provide backups as an add-on service. While this is a convenient option, you shouldn’t solely rely on this backup.

Additionally, you’ll also want to ask your host questions like:

  • Does the restore function work smoothly?
  • For how long does the host retain a backup version?
  • Is it possible to restore files selectively?
  • Can I get a copy of my backup files?
  • What if a dispute, do I get a copy of my backups?
  • What is backed up and how often?
  • What happens if the site is hacked?

You may need to make adjustments in your backup practices accordingly.

Not updating the plugin you use for backups

Don’t forget to keep your backup plugins up to date, if they are not unpredictable issue could occur, just keep them up to date. This is one plugin you always should update.

How long should you store your backups

You don’t need to store every single backup forever – but keep at least a few from various intervals over the past year.

Keeping your site safe isn’t just about backups

These tips will help ensure the backup integrity your WordPress site data. You need to look at security, keeping your WordPress site safe and secure goes a long way from needing to use the backups you have not created.

Why you need a WordPress Maintenance Service Provider

Running a business takes a lot of time, and some tasks are more important than others. Client prospecting, strategizing, and analyzing your marketing channels will all grow your business and add to your bottom line, and driving revenue to your business.

Have your heard about the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule that states that 20% of your actions will drive 80% of your value. I think there is actually a 70/20/10 rules – 20% of your actions will drive 70% of your value and 10% are actions just being ignored. Site maintenance is one of these tasks that often falls into the 10%. If you look at these rules you serve your business best by focusing on the 20% tasks.

All tasks matter, the 70% tasks are no less important than the 20 %, what concerns me is the 10% tasks that are completely ignored, and for me these were the tasks like security, maintenance and backups.

If you want your business to operate like a well-oiled machine, the 10% tasks matters, and if you do not have time for them, then find yourself a WordPress Maintenance Service company.

I picked ThunderBear Design as my 10% partner, I could afford their Core Plan, at Euro 59/month for 12 months. The way I Looked at it was how much time would I need to spend per month on website maintenance versus the opportunity cost in terms of writing content to drive ads revenue and increase my reader base.

The math worked for me, as I can spend the Euro 59/month with ThunderBear Design , who handles the important tasks like site backups, WordPress updates (core, theme, and plugins), if you go with the Professional Plan they even offer small amounts of developer time for quick fixes and secure your site with CloudFlare.

Conclusion

If you do your math, you might actually save far more from your time per month by signing up for one of ThunderBear Design service plans.

If you go down the path of hiring a WordPress Maintenance Service provider you get peace of mind that your website is in good health that what I got from signing up with ThunderBear Design. This frees up my time and focus for the tasks that add real value to my website that only I can do.

What are your thoughts on WordPress support and maintenance services?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

4 Responses

  • Chad Barnes on July 20, 2017, 06:53:49

    Torbjorn, thanks for writing. I totally agree that WordPress maintenance services are necessary… so I started one that just crossed the 100-client mark.

    I’m the President of SkyrocketWP, an all-in-one WordPress maintenance, hosting, and support service that offers Kinsta hosting, free SSL, weekly WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates, daily on-site and off-site backups, 24/7 up-time monitoring, hack prevention, real-time security monitoring, and malware removal for $99/mo.

    For an additional $80/mo., clients also get page speed optimization, page speed monitoring, local SEO (schema markup), lead generation tool, up to 1 hour of development, and a mobile app that integrates keyword rankings, Google Analytics, Google Search Console, social media management, email marketing tracking, and call tracking.

    I know there are gazillions of services like this, so, for fun, I’ll throw out a challenge: we’ll set you up with one month of our Saturn 5 plan (valued at $179, it includes everything mentioned above). If your page speed doesn’t improve by at least 1/10 of a second on the best of 5 consecutive Pingdom FPT tests, then I’ll write a blog post recommending one of our competitors. If we improve your site by 1/10 or more, then you write a post recommending us. If the latter happens, we’ll also extend your free trial to 2 months and hook you up with what I suspect is the best affiliate deal you’ve encountered.

    What say you, good sir? 😉

    Reply to Chad
  • RADJ on October 1, 2017, 08:43:06

    Hi, I’m RAD.
    I have purchased an Android source. However, there is no place to get support anywhere.
    So I leave a post here.
    Please let me know the answer to your question.

    Q1. How can I delete the footer’s ad?
    Q2. How can I delete ads that appear when I move from the detail page to the list?
    Q3. Possible to write to post?

    Please let me know if there is a way to resolve it.

    Many thanks,
    RAD

    Reply to RADJ
    • torbjornzetterlund on October 6, 2017, 10:07:38

      Rad,

      Here is my answers to the questions, just a questions to you – which version of WordPress are you using?

      Q1.
      Two ways you could do this, in the folder app – make a chnage in the file Const – public static final boolean ADMOBService_ACTIVE = true; set to false.

      The other ways would be to remove the ad is to go to folder res/layout and remove the ad frame in activity_post_view.xml

      Q2.
      You can remove the ads transition and or switch of ads.

      Q3.
      The software do not support you writing a post entry, you could add that code in and add in the WP POST API for it.

      Reply to torbjornzetterlund

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