This covers what you’ll be paying for monthly.
While our plans appeal to different sizes of websites, all include Cloud Hosting + Compliance.
Cloud Hosting has been defined in other blog posts and throughout the site – for example, here.
Website compliance means keeping your web elements updated.
Compliance is the bit that we think is quite amazing, and beneficial to anyone savvy enough to understand how to update their website’s content and information, but isn’t sure how to check updates in technology and keep their website up to date. Every time a new update for WordPress or a plugin or widget, we used to get a ton of emails asking whether or not clients should update to the latest version. What are the pros/cons of keeping your website elements up to date? Will updating break elements? The questions go on and on.
All about WordPress updates:
To start, the WordPress CMS is free, and it is developed by a community of developers. With each new release (update), they fix bugs, add new features, improve performance, and enhance existing features to stay up to date with new industry standards.
By updating, your website immediately receives updated security. Why, you may ask? WordPress actually powers 27% of the entire internet, as of January, 2017. Around 15,886,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress. Due to this popularity, that has made WordPress a popular target for hackers, malicious code distributors, data thieves, and wanna-be hackers alike.
WordPress is also open source- anyone can study the code to learn and improve it. This is great for you because your website is always improving. However, this is also great for hackers, because they can also study it to find flaws to break into WordPress websites. This isn’t exclusive to the WordPress CMS either, but plugins and widgets can also be exploited by hackers. Making sure all your WordPress plugins, themes, widgets, and code are always up to date ensures your best immediate defense against the apparent weaknesses. This is a basic explanation as to why outdated websites are bad (among other things).
WordPress updates also add new features and changes to the core software. For example, the WordPress 4.0 update included improved plugin installation experiences, 4.1 added inline image editing, and 4.2 added faster plugin update capabilities. We’re currently at WordPress 4.7.4, which was a maintenance release. The full release (posted April 20, 2017) contained 47 maintenance fixes and enhancements. Mainly, a Google Chrome compatibility update. All of these updates are geared toward enhanced speed and efficiency overall.
Compatibility is another key element in WordPress updates. Often times, plugin and theme developers coordinate updates with major WordPress releases to ensure they’re taking advantage of any new features. In some cases, a WordPress update can break your existing WordPress plugins if they weren’t following the latest coding standards.
This is why it’s important to keep website backups, and/or trust your WordPress updating to professionals.
We ensure compatibility between code elements, and in the event something does go wrong, can revert the changes quickly. Ensuring your website is up to date (compliant), yet protected completely.