Out-of-date software is the #1 cause of malware injections. Keeping your site plugins, themes and WordPress core up-to-date is the first, and easiest, line of defense against malware attacks.
If you have a wordpress web site, you can’t just “set-it-and-forget-it”. Regular site management is smart, and protects your site from getting hacked.
The internet is constantly changing & updating. Software must stay caught up with these changes to function optimally and to maintain security against malware intrusion. An outdated theme or plugin is an easy way for a hack to find its way into your site.
How are WordPress Updates detected?
Every 12+ Hours, WordPress automatically goes out and checks if a plugin needs to be updated via the WordPress Repository. There’s 3 cron jobs that WordPress runs to check on things:
wp_version_check– Checks for Core Updates
wp_update_plugins– Check for Plugin Updates
wp_update_themes– Checks for Theme Updates
When a security breach is discovered in a plugin or theme, professional responsible coders immediately get to work to repair and update that code. Updated versions are sent out, along with documentation (or changelogs) describing exactly what was not working, and what was fixed or changed. This documentation is helpful for web designers/developers as it gives us a lay of the new land so your site continues to perform well and look good. Professional hackers can read this documentation, as well. They read the specific weakness of the plugin that was just repaired and know right where malware injections can gain access. The documentation gives them the key…to the not-yet-updated plugins and software out there! Ergo, any outdated software it is vulnerable to attack.
Why You Need A Monthly Maintenance Package
You’ve got important things to do in your business. My business is keeping your website working smoothly so that you can do your business.
Full Service: Maintaining websites is tedious and technical. If you are a small or mid-level company with no internal web team, you don’t want to slow down your company processes by handing maintenance tasks over to someone who isn’t familiar with web site updates and internet hacks. Let me handle the tedium for you so you can focus on running your business.
Security: Hackers are working round the clock looking for ways to break into any and all internet web systems These attacks are nothing personal but simply the way it is. Taking a few steps of protection in a monthly maintenance plan can save you a lot of headache, heartache and money in the end.
Peace of Mind: My job as a professional is to stay on top of the latest updates and possible web hacks that are out there. I know the measures to take to keep your site protected. In the event that a hacking of some sort does occur, I will have the necessary backup files to get your site up and running fast.
What You Get
UPDATES: 2x every month, (1st & 15th), I will log into your site and make sure all themes and plugins are up to date. In the event that a plugin update interrupts or changes the effectiveness of that plugin, I will research to find a suitable substitute or make appropriate changes to address the issue. If any work resulting from updates wildly exceeds 1 hour (including excessive phone time/support), there will be additional charges.
Things to note: possible snafus when a plugin gets updated:
- plugin update breaks the site
- updated plugin doesn’t perform the way it used to
- plugin is abandoned, or no longer being supported by it’s author. This means as time moves on, and other updates are happening, this plugin will not be be protected by future hacks.
BACKUPS: I back up your site and send the files to a secure offsite location. You do not want your site backups sent to your host, where your site is kept, because if your server goes down, so does access to your backups. Depending upon on site traffic, and blog post frequency, backups are scheduled acordingly.
• I will review all usernames and passwords to make sure they are smart and secure.
• I will rotate the WordPress security keys
• I will harden your file permissions
• I will install a selection security plugins tailored for your site for added protection.
• I will look at error logs to see if any erratic behavior is showing up
If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur – Red Adair