What are these updates, why do I need them, and why shouldn't I do them myself?
WordPress has become perhaps the most popular content management system in the world and powers around 25% of the entire internet. WordPress is versatile enough to meet any of your needs through it’s extensive add-on features and extensions, but it will require ongoing maintenance and updates.
Popular content management systems such as WordPress and the code used to provide this functionality occasionally has bugs in it, which could allow a hacker to take control of your website. So working on the same principle as updating the security on your computer the same would apply to your web software.
The network of WordPress developers are continually amending their code and releasing updates to limit the potential security issues. Therefore to reduce the chances of your website being compromised it’s important to keep it’s core framework and any add-ons up to date.
These updates will occasionally cause your website database to become corrupted, so it’s essential to back up your database prior to any updates, but this is not a job for a novice.
Backing up the database, updating the code, and checking the site is functioning correctly is time consuming, particularly with the possibility of having to restore the website from the back up.
WordPress releases 3 major updates per annum, which we would recommend instigating to maintain optimum functionality of the website. As long as these updates are instigated, the future security updates are installed automatically.
How can I get these updates carried out free of charge?
To help businesses that struggle to afford essential updates, we offer a scheme where in exchange for reviews of our services and activity on our social media pages, we will carry out the updates free of charge.
You would be expected to leave three reviews per year, about the various services we have provided and these would be posted on our Google Plus or Facebook page. We will also copy these reviews and place them on our website. You would also be expected to share at least one Facebook post per month and we would appreciate regular likes of our Facebook Posts, Tweets and/or our Google Plus posts.
We can also arrange a support fee, if you would prefer to just pay for the updates to be carried out.
Your website might use premium plugins that require an annual licence to be renewed. If this is the case, you will be required to keep your licences updated, so that we are able to access the latest updates for your website.