Do I Really Need A Website Maintenance Plan?

January 10, 2015 Website Maintenance, Websites

In a word, YES. But before we talk about maintaining your website, let’s first discuss what you should expect when it launches …

Getting a new website up and running smoothly should be an easy and perfect process for a skilled developer, right? Well, yes and no.

Yes, skilled web developers will have a process in place to test your website on all popular devices (such as iPhones and iPads), popular operating systems (such as Windows 7) and the most recent versions of popular browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox). These elements will be tested prior to launch as well as after launch. So, your website should look and operate perfectly for everyone under all circumstance upon going live, right? WRONG!

What if a visitor to your site hasn’t updated their browser to the latest version? What if Google releases a new version of Chrome that’s incompatible with your site? What if Apple introduces a software update for the iPhone? Unfortunately, your website cannot be guaranteed to work properly forever under every conceivable condition. Your web developer will ensure your site appears and operates properly under most conditions at the time it goes live. However, your developer cannot guarantee it will work under all conditions and can never guarantee it will work properly under unknown future conditions.

Ok, so now that your site is live and everything is running smoothly under most conditions, something suddenly goes wonky. What happened?!

Did you log into the backend and make changes? If you’re inexperienced, it’s easy to inadvertently damage your site by forgetting to click a button, clicking the wrong button, adding an incompatible plugin and so on.

What else might it be? Well, operating systems, browsers, plugins and WordPress theme and version updates are quite common and often spark glitches. It could be something like that, but it could also be any number of other things.

Now back to that website maintenance thing we were talking about in the first place… Just like a car, your shiny new website needs regular attention. And just like a car, no one should go under the hood (log into the backend of your website) unless they know what they’re doing.

If you’re not a “techie” person, be sure to enlist the help of someone who is. For information on Skidmutro’s website maintenance plans, contact us today!