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Managing your WordPress Website in 2019

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There was a time, when websites were static and more stable, and the internet was safer and more forgiving. That time is over! Websites are now built on dynamic and constantly evolving platforms that integrate with a wide variety of online services, for example that monitor and protect from hacking and malware attacks, generate and save backups to the cloud, insert cookies on browsers, communicate with search engines, provide downtime alerts, and so on.

As you can imagine, keeping up with these developments is an ongoing process, requiring constant tweaks and adjustments. We do our best to balance the costs of management with exposure to risks.  However, 2 of the approximately 40 websites managed by High Peaks Media were hacked this year, despite reasonable precautions.

For Owners of Websites Hosted by High Peaks Media – Please be Advised!

Websites require active management. High Peaks Media provides premium offsite backups, automated plugin updates, and active monitoring of downtime and security alerts. We also actively update websites in response to critical security-related concerns. However, time commitment and costs of such management are increasing, and we will be passing some of these costs along to you. For context, you may wish to visit WordPress Website Maintenance Costs You Should Be Paying in 2019 and the 2019 WordPress Website Maintenance Survey (see summary below).

Security plugins installed on our managed websites provide alerts of possible security vulnerabilities. However, we cannot fix all possible vulnerabilities under our standard management packages. Please contact us to for a security audit of your website.

WordPress recently released a major update (called Gutenberg). The update affects the visual editor, so please get in touch if you are having difficulty editing your site. The update also affects the integrity of numerous plugins. Please check your site, and get in touch to review your plugin suite.

We recently updated spam protection on most website forms on our managed sites. However, email spam is an ongoing issue. Please contact us if you wish to review spam protection options for your web forms and email accounts.

Older websites are especially vulnerable to breaches. Please contact us to review and update your website accordingly.

Does your site show the https:// security lock on the browser bar? Google marks http:// sites as ‘Not secure’. We highly recommend upgrades of all http:// sites to https://. Contact us.

Check your website often. WordPress is reasonably stable, but sometimes things break. Check sliders, images, sidebars, etc. Test contact forms to make sure they are working property.

That’s it for now. Happy New Year!!

Resources

WordPress Website Maintenance Costs You Should Be Paying in 2019. In a nutshell:

  • Personal blog or website, no more than $15-30/month
  • Professional blog, ~$50/month
  • Company website, upwards of $100/mo
  • Complex websites, $100-$200/mo

2019 WordPress Website Maintenance Survey. In a nutshell:

  • Median monthly cost: $50/month

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