Website maintenance is the process of keeping a website up-to-date, secure and running smoothly. Think of it like your car – without insurance and regular services, you are going to run into problems!
In this blog, we will explain the process of website maintenance, and why it is so important.
So, what is done during maintenance?
There are five components that are vital in this process. Keep reading to find out what they are and why they are so important to keep on top of…
A back-up is a copy of your website’s files and database, which can be used to restore the website in case of a major problem like hacking, corruption, or data loss. It’s like having your own personal time machine in case anything goes wrong! An integral part of website maintenance is creating these back-ups on a regular basis so you always have a recent version to revert to in case of emergency.
Content Management System (CMS) Core Updates
In the digital world, improvements are made all the time – and this is no different for your website and the Content Management System (CMS) it uses. Regular updates will fix bugs, provide you with new features and generally ensure your site is running smoothly.
Website plug-ins add extra functionality, design, and features to your website, like integrating your social media profile into your site or adding an e-commerce feature. Just like your CMS, your plug-ins need to be updated regularly or they will not function correctly. Updating them during regular website maintenance will mean these features run like a well-oiled machine!
Compatibility and Quality Assurance Checks
Once the CMS and plug-in updates are complete, it is important to check that these updates are compatible across all browser types and device types. This ensures your website looks beautiful and functions correctly no matter whether you’re viewing it on a large computer or a tiny smartphone. This is also when a quality assurance check will be completed, which is a general check that everything is working as it should, which can include checking links are working or testing forms on a site.
Unfortunately not everyone who uses the web has pure intentions. There are some online who seek to exploit others. These people distribute spam and infect computers and websites with malware. Why? To make money. Security patches are released regularly and installed during the maintenance process to fix website vulnerabilities as they emerge, which will keep your website out of harm’s way!
At SWiM, we know how important it is for your site to be kept exactly how you intend it; your company to be represented as you want and your customers to see you in the perfect light.
This is why we have developed the ultimate website maintenance package for customers to adopt.
This package is designed to keep your website up to date, monitored, and protected, so you can sit back and relax. No need to stress about techy stuff, we’ve got you covered.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our website maintenance package, please get in touch.
(03) 9326 8000