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Let the WordPress experts take care of the tech stuff, whilst you get on with what you do best.
As business professionals, we understand you’ve got a lot to do. Our dedicated WordPress maintenance service is set up to help you focus on running your organisation and achieving your marketing goals, leaving us to do what we do best: taking the techy bits off your mind.
When you trust an experienced maintenance provider like Illustrate Digital, you benefit from decades of knowledge, methods and practices for securing your site in the best way. Paired with the friendliest support team, available to help when you need them most, you’ll feel more looked after and confident than ever before.
Streamline the way you look after your site.
Secure Cloud Backups.
Covering your worst case scenario, our WordPress maintenance includes secure off-site cloud backups. Should your website be hacked or damaged, we restore from the most relevant backup.
WordPress Software Updates.
Keeping the WordPress software and related plugins up-to-date is vital to ensure security and future-proofing of your site. We look after this without affecting your up-time.
Testing & Bug Fixing.
Regular testing (non-live) allows us to identify issues and provide fixes for your site on the WordPress platform, keeping your site as error-free as possible and maintaining a great user experience.
If you’re not quite confident in the security of your website or it’s been hacked or damaged before, we apply the latest security techniques and help to eradicate any potential issues.
If your site is running quite slow, whether that’s front-end or back-end, our team work to identify potential issues and review a number of factors including hosting setup and misuse of plugins.
Our wider team are specialists in the WordPress platform, allowing us to use years of experience to easily identify and clean up inefficient code and anything that would put your site at risk.
Damaged Site Restoration.
Our team are really good at handling WordPress emergencies, whether that’s a malicious hack or an employee who has damaged your site. We help to mitigate or restore potential damages.
General WP Support.
If you just need a friendly voice and a helping hand with using WordPress, we can help. We’re available to provide advice and training on your WP admin area where needed, just give us a call.
How you benefit from a specialist support relationship
The support team exists to help you make your website one of the easiest things to manage in your business. Our WordPress maintenance services are at their best when you’re not even aware anything is happening. We’re here to give you confidence and take the background challenges off your hands.
No more unwelcomed distractions
You shouldn’t need customers to tell you that your website is broken or offline. With monitoring tools and a passion for proactivity, our WordPress maintenance team works hard to keep on top of everything and keep your customers from bringing you bad news.
Finally be confident about your platform
We know how it feels to worry about what could go wrong. You can have total confidence that we’re not just ‘on it’, we’re also experienced at it. Knowing what could go wrong and how to fix it is invaluable to preventing issues and swiftly fixing the few that remain.
Real expert support when you need it
Knowing that you can call someone when you’re stuck makes all the difference to your day-to-day content management and marketing. Give us a call and one of our WordPress specialist team members is ready to help and share their nerdy wisdom with you.
WordPress Maintenance Common Questions
WordPress maintenance services are a broad topic. Essentially, your final website isn’t a one-and-done affair – it needs to be properly maintained to ensure it runs smoothly in the long-term. For that reason, WordPress maintenance is there for a few key reasons:
- Providing support services that maintain security and performance.
- Ensuring backups are audited and kept safe with maintenance and updates.
- Ensuring the site remains fast, responsive and suited for the end user.
- Ironing out any problems in the code as the website develops.
Websites are not static entities; they’re constantly evolving and changing. Without maintenance and long-term WordPress support, your website would essentially have a solid foundation that gets worse over time.
To keep up with security updates, new technology and updates to your own service, there needs to be a thorough website maintenance and support framework in place. Websites which neglect to incorporate support services see:
- A higher risk of security flaws.
- Issues with plugin updates, management and incompatibilities.
- A flawed backup protocol for important files and documents.
- A worse end user experience.
- A tendency to not use the latest software updates to their full potential.
For the most part, businesses and digital enterprises feel as though they can save money by not utilising WordPress maintenance services. However, it costs more to not use these services; in the long run, a lack of maintenance will lose you business and put you at risk.
Absolutely! We’ve had many clients come to us over the years, frustrated with the way their previous agency or developer has looked after their site. Whilst this is always a shame to see, it’s given us a wealth of experience in taking on existing sites for maintenance, and we treat them with the same care we would with any site we’ve built ourselves.
Whilst it does make life a little easier to host with us, there’s nothing to say you have to. We have a small number of clients who still host through their own provider and we offer them the same level of support and care that we would to our hosted clients. If using your own hosting provider, there are a couple of services that help hugely though – see hosting requirements below.
Hosting companies that provide a staging environment are a big winner for us. ‘Staging’ is a separate environment for our team to run tests of all updates before they’re deployed to your live site. Doing updates in this staged approach gives a greater level of confidence that everything has been tested fully and therefore won’t break your live website. All of our sites hosted with WP Engine have staging environments as standard, but if hosting with someone else we’d strongly recommend choosing a provider that offers this.
As well as staging environments we’d always recommend using a hosting provider that offers 24/7 support. Our team is highly experienced with WordPress support but there will likely be times where the help of a server expert will come in handy if something goes awry outside of the site itself. Having easy access to server support is a massive benefit for this reason.
And finally, when it comes to hosting, it’s important to work with a provider that has considerable experience in hosting for WordPress. There are many providers that will advertise WordPress hosting, there are a lot less skilled at doing this in the most secure and optimised way.
In order to properly provide our service to you, we need full admin logins for the backend of your site along with FTP logins. In certain situations we may also need to request logins for DNS management and access to cPanel.
This is dependent on a few factors such as how big your site is, the hosting situation etc. However, generally speaking, we’re able to get a site fully set up on our maintenance system within an hour or two. Pretty quick, right?!
Unless otherwise requested, our offsite backups are stored using the secure Amazon S3 infrastructure, in EU datacenters. Clients who host with WP Engine also benefit from an extra layer of backups through their own overnight automatic update service, also stored in EU datacenters.
If needed we can also provision custom backups tailored to store data in any region that your organisation may be required to do so.
We have automatic monitoring in place using services provided by Norton, ESET, Google Safe Browsing and a list of others. This security check scans the pages on your website, compares the code against the known malware knowledge base, and alerts us if anything is flagged as a potential issue or vulnerability. This allows us to be proactive rather than reactive, and ensure that your website doesn’t get breached.
In addition to this we install Sucuri (the industry leading security plugin for WordPress) on all sites. Using this plugin we apply levels of hardening to the site which offer amazing levels of protection against brute force attacks and other common types of web threats. Should the worst happen and somehow your site does get breached, Sucuri offers a fantastic post-hack clean up service.
We also recommend all sites we look after have an SSL certificate. When a web browser contacts your website, an SSL certificate enables an encrypted connection, meaning the data being transferred through your site (via contact forms or product purchases for example) is protected behind a layer of encryption.
In addition to the above, we have private security protocols (that we’ll not reveal here for obvious reasons) which are in place to ensure the safe and secure operation of your website and its data on a daily basis.
Finally, the passwords we use for your site are stored securely in-house, with access restricted, and changed routinely in order to add a further level of security.
We use industry-leading uptime monitoring software which scans your site regularly. If the monitor detects the site is unreachable for any reason, we are alerted immediately and can troubleshoot from there. If there is a problem we’ll always do our best to let you know promptly that we’re working on a fix – that way you’ll hear it from us first rather than from your customers!