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WordPress Updates and Maintenance

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Sterner Stuff was founded with a focus on relationships. This means that working with Sterner Stuff isn’t a one-off affair. We don’t build websites to be lost and forgotten. The web changes every day, and your website needs to keep up.

Of course, you shouldn’t have to worry about that.

All of our clients enjoy a worry-free updates and maintenance plan. Every month, we tend to your website’s health and well-being, as well as field minor support requests from you, without starting the timer. Instead, you get a flat fee, no matter what happens.

So what exactly does this cover?

The short version:

  • Stay hack-free and get the latest performance optimizations with monthly software updates
    • Any conflicts introduced by updates are covered under this plan
  • Recover quickly with priority cleanup of (unlikely) compromises
  • Get help whenever you need it with 1 hour of monthly support time
  • Cut down on load times with automated image optimization
  • Ensure contact form submissions find your inbox with an SMTP email relay for outgoing mail
  • Sleep easy with uptime monitoring and nightly backups
  • Encrypt traffic and speed up your website with a free security certificate

Plus hosting from Sterner Stuff, the Worry-Free plan is available to all WordPress customers for $112/mo.

I’m already sold! Let’s chat.

How Often Is Your Website Down?

White-screen, “briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance”, or scary error screens with what appears to be code. And form of “website down” means your business is losing money. It shouldn’t happen.

And at Sterner Stuff, it doesn’t! As of writing, the last 30 days showed 100% uptime for all our clients. The last outage was a planned hardware update for one client. The site was down for 3 minutes.

Is Your Website Secure?

If your website doesn’t have a security certificate (SSL) installed, your users have started seeing “Not Secure” messages in their browser when visiting your site. Not exactly inspiring confidence, eh?

Hosts like GoDaddy want to charge you upwards of $200/year for an SSL. At Sterner Stuff, it’s included. Period.

Prevent Hacks with Managed Updates

For my WordPress clients, this means first and foremost updating WordPress itself. WordPress receives several updates each year on an irregular basis, depending on the discovery of potential security flaws, performance improvements, and the addition of new features. Additionally, third-party plugins and themes that may have been used on your site receive periodic updates for the same sorts of reasons.

Why is this important?

Security is no joke. Many hacks go unnoticed, operating in the background. If you have email enabled on your server, they’ll make a slave out of it, blasting spam to anyone and everyone until your server is blacklisted from sending email, disabling your contact forms. And of course, if Google has a hunch that you’ve been compromised, they’ll slap a label on your site in search results.

Security flaws can be discovered and patched in days or weeks, so regular managed updates are important, as well as the ability to deploy updates on the fly the moment a vulnerability is disclosed and fixed. At Sterner Stuff, you get both.

What makes the update plan worry-free?

With the Sterner Stuff update plan, not only are you receiving regular updates, but if for some reason your site does get hacked, or an update breaks functionality on your site, it’s fixed on our dime. The timer still isn’t running, and everything will be cleaned up.

Security, got it! Let’s chat.

Call Me, Beep Me

The update plan also includes an hour of time each month for small support requests. Forgot how to change a photo on your website? Want someone else to change a photo on your website? Maybe a button isn’t working or an external link was updated. These ticky-tack items come up, and we don’t want to run the timer on you to take care of it. On the monthly update and support plan, you’re covered.

You’ll do stuff I can’t be bothered with? Let’s chat.

You Can Start Now!

Going Worry-Free starts with a $350 website tune-up, so fill out the form below to get started. We’ll review and audit your existing site, take care of any red flags, and get you up to date. Then, every month, you get the great benefits above. It truly is worry-free.

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