Small or big, every business today has an online presence. If you want to be noticed or accessible, an address on the information highway is absolutely necessary. WordPress is the most popular content management system among website owners. It is easy to set up and maintain, but it can be a tad challenging for some and bothersome to many.
For a website to attract visitors, it is important that it is fast, efficient, and performance oriented. To maintain a SEO friendly website, a fair amount of maintenance is required on an ongoing basis. The content on the website may be just great, but you are not going to keep up the traffic to it unless it works like a finely tuned machine.
This can be a great distraction to a business. You don’t want to spend time tinkering with your website which you’d much rather devote to core business activities. For such busy people and for those who don’t care too much for technology, WordPress maintenance services is a great solution. You can leave the nitty–gritties to them and focus on your business.
There a quite a few service providers who can take care of the entire WordPress maintenance for less than $100 per month. For this price they take care of WordPress updates (core, plugins and theme), backups and restoration and can even throw in some extras like developer time.
To check whether it is a good option for you, it may be a good idea to the math and see how much time you will be spending on maintenance and the money value of this time. Even if this doesn’t quite add up, you may not want to do something that is not familiar to you and have the website perform at less than optimum.
Websites also need protection from hackers on the prowl and lurking malware. Hackers have become more sophisticated and malware more damaging. When security is a concern, it may be better to leave it to professionals.
Website maintenance services take away the worries attached to website ownership. Most services offer solid support. Often, they can detect issues before you do and can identify and explain them better to other third parties like host service providers. They also tend to be proactive and can see disasters coming.
In a nutshell, why you should leave maintenance to a maintenance service provider,
- Saves time, and probably money.
- Leaves you free to concentrate on core business.
- Saves on the requirement of in-house expertise.
- Solid support from service provider.
- Service providers can interact with third parties like hosting services.
- Preventive action is possible and potential downtime is avoided.
- Service providers can notice downtime, even before you do.
- Security concerns are taken care of.
- Peace of mind, leaving niggling problems to experts.
If you have made the decision that you will leave WordPress maintenance services in hands more capable than your own, the next question would be – whom can I trust this task with? There are many WordPress maintenance service providers, and we have sifted through a few here to make it easier for you.
WP Site Care
WP Site Care was started in 2012 and has one simple objective – to make the online lives of bloggers and business owners easier. They have a holistic approach to maintenance. Starting at the code level, they take a close look at faulty codes and plugins, bloated images, hosting services and any ad networks. They scan for glitches and set it right so that speed and performance improves.
They make sure the website is SEO friendly so that Google can read, find and rank your website easily. Backup is executed in real time. Only incremental backup is done which means server space is used efficiently. Backups are created to Amazon cloud.
For real time cloud backups, WordPress update management and round the clock monitoring and security cleanup, you would pay $99 per month or $79 per month, if you pay for the whole year in one go.
Their Professional Package offers additional services – site care optimization, monthly security audit, site care boost, uptime monitoring and eCommerce support and will cost you $349 per month, $50 lesser on a monthly basis if you pay it annually. For support at Partner level, you can ask for a quote.
All tickets receive a response within the hour. And to bypass the cumbersome threads, Site Care has started a walkie talkie feature by which you can put in a request from the WordPress backup.
The impressive numbers on the website of WP Curve are an indication of how popular WordPress Maintenance Services have become.
With their various packages, you can purchase unlimited number of jobs. Here, jobs refer to the different WordPress services that you can ask the developers at WP Curve to do for you in 30 minutes or less. This can mean anything from speed optimization, security fix or updating and altering themes or plugins. Their jobs can help increase search engine traffic, reduce bounce rate, speed up your site, increase conversion, boost your brand and prevent your site from being hacked. Any task that runs beyond 30 minutes is not covered by them.
Jobs can be requested via email and you will receive attention within 8 hours on an average or latest within 24 hours, if demand is high. 24 hour email and chat service for urgent issues makes the service attractive.
For unlimited number of jobs, one at a time, the package costs $79 per month per site. For updates, monthly security scans and offsite backup, an additional $20.
WPLift Support works on the same 30 minute job basis as the previous service, and claims to resolve issues in 6 hours.
This is a UK based company and work hours will coincide with UK working hours. But they plan to add time zones to their service. The founder, Oliver Dale (whom I can say is an awesome chap and is really good at what he does, from personal experience) has been blogging about WordPress since 2010, so you can visit their website to check out credentials.
The starter pack comes at $49 per month and packs in 24/7 uptime monitoring, daily backup to cloud, WordPress Theme and plugin updates, monthly reports, free domain name, one year free hosting at Inmotion Hosting and 300 ad word credit.
For a Professional Pack you can add unlimited WordPress jobs and for their Enterprise pack, you can add 1 free site migration, SEO recommendations and eCommerce site support.
Once you have trusted your website to Maintainn, your bouts of wrestling with WordPress will come to an end. They take care of all things WordPress, from development, to security, to site updates and more.
If you are unsure of any change you want to make to your website, Maintainn can set up a test stage for you to test the changes without affecting the functionality of your site. Each package with them includes a subscription to Sucuri for server side monitoring and nightly offsite backups to Amazon S3.
For $49 a month per site, they take care of WordPress core and theme updates, 24×7 security monitoring and secure off site backups. To this you can add $50 per site for one hour support and 30 minute response time. For customized services to suit your unique needs, they are open to discussion and service level agreement.
The WP Butler
Familiar with Dave Clements of Do it With WordPress? Well, he’s the man behind The WP Butler, a maintenance service that tends to your WordPress site meticulously. He does not offer fixed packages, but you can pick from his basket of services and add it to cart – a pay as you go service.
Backups, site development, regular updates, WordPress video tutorials, a choice of some premium plugins, malware scanning and uptime monitoring are all on offer. And whichever service you pick, security audit, site restoration and expert guidance are free add ons. If you are not certain, you can always fall back on one of their recommended packages, the lowest of which is $30 per month, making it the most affordable service in the market.
Valet is a pricey WordPress Service, but what you get is consultations with a team of experts. Valet maintains, develops and even migrates high end WordPress websites. They fix issues and help in website development.
Design and development, migration and conversions, ongoing support are all on the table. They ensure that your site is always up and running, and take both preventive and remedial action.
Their pricing is not immediately accessible on their website and you have to fill out a form based on which they will assess your needs and price it. With 50+years of collective experience, your entire WordPress needs can be left to their care.
WP Maintainer offers services at a flat $99 per month per site, with access to additional developer hours at reduced rates. What you get is scalable support and peace of mind knowing your website is taken care of.
Maintenance, security, backups and support are included in this plan. Malware cleanup and bugs are handled by security professionals at Sucuri. The service aims at keeping your site secure, updated, backed up and running smoothly.
Unlimited site jobs, round the clock maintenance and unlimited support is included in all the packages from WP Radius.
The Basic Plan comes at $67 a month, the Professional at $97 a month and the Enterprise at $297 a month. For the higher packages, eCommerce support and enhanced performance optimization are added. You also get to interact with a dedicated account manager and phone support. Test any change to your site or any new content on a staging site and WP Radius will upload it, after they have a look at the changes.
WP Radius covers all technical aspects of anything WordPress that a website owner needs. They improve, support and meet your WordPress website’s regular requirements.
WordXpress offers a simple hands-off monthly maintenance service for WordPress websites. You will no longer have to hear from your visitors when your website is down because WordXpress will have it back online before anyone notices.
Great support from a young team, unlimited content changes, safe updates, malware scanning, uptime monitoring, premium plugin access, and even marketing tools are all available under the “Dining Car” plan at $199 per month. All the same features, minus the included hosting, are available at $149 per month on the “Boxcar” plan. If that’s too much, the $67 per month “Flatcar” plan has limits on the amount of edits and changes plus a few other premium features removed, but still includes a lot of helpful management and security for your site.
WP Minder offers the whole range of WordPress maintenance service under 4 schemes, the lowest one starting at $19 and running up to the highest one at $99. It is specifically designed for small businesses and offers the most support and protection at affordable costs.
Hack cleanup, site migration, plugin help, security audit and performance check are all offered outside the schemes as well, on an as-required basis.
No contracts are needed and you can change or cancel plans at any time. Discounts are available for multiple sites and you can discuss any special needs with them for customized packages.
WP Copilot is based out of Australia and their support hours may work better for those in Australia or Asia. They offer most of the regular WordPress Maintenance services at prices starting at about roughly $30. You can also avail of 30 minutes of WordPress help monthly and you get access to their WordPress tutorial videos worth $288.
Final Thoughts on WordPress Maintenance
There are many more WordPress Maintenance service providers out there and you can take your pick after assessing your own needs. The team at WordPress does a good job of keeping the WordPress Content Management System in great shape with regular updates and improvements, but to get all the benefits from this, website owners must be attuned to the changes in WordPress.
WordPress maintenance service providers fill the gap nicely. They also add a layer of security to your website to ensure you have a bug free site. Periodical security audit, cleaning, patch up of security holes and constant monitoring keep the site safe round the clock from hackers and malware infections. Potential downtime is avoided and actual downtime is reduced.
So go ahead, secure your website and be assured knowing that your website is safe and has excellent uptime.