What is included in a WP maintenance?

”We sell WordPress as “easy” and it is easy to a point… The expectation is that everything is that simple. However, behind the WordPress dashboard are PHP, CSS, and JavaScript code files that connect to a MySQL database.”
Code Poet ~ Locking Down WordPress

Updates to latest version
Your WordPress core, themes, frameworks and plugins are updated to latest version. Before we start, we make a backup of your site. This is the pre-update backup because you never know these days! When the update finished we check via comparison algorithm to make sure all is ok and it is usable if needed. Then, the fun part begins, where we update each item in the required order, individually on your website. If all is ok, we start an automated test suite, that checks core functionality on your website to make sure everything is working. This process is similar to software development quality assurance, where unwanted changes are detected. When all tests are passed we do another backup series and this one will contain the updated version of your latest backup. If the test fail we first try to remediate the problem. If that fails, we restore the site to the pre-update configuration, run a single update and then the batch of automated test. This identifies the culprit and makes the correcting touches solve the problem.

Database Optimization
Your WordPress website’s performance is vital to your visitors and search engines. By performing database optimizations, we significantly reduce the risk of database and data corruption. A large database can greatly affect the performance of your website as it takes longer to retrieve information from database tables. By removing unnecessary data, we can improve the efficiency of your database and make your website load quicker. Slow sites will not only frustrate your visitors, they’ll get you penalized by Google. We make sure your site is running quickly and efficiently. Enjoy a faster website.

WordPress backup
Backing up WordPress should be a one click solution. Anything else becomes a prone to fail solution for the long run. The last thing you want to fail is the latest backup when you need to restore your website. Full files and database are mandatory. Incremental is nice to have. Daily database backup is a luxury you can really fast accommodate yourself with. These backups saved where you deem is the best solution for you: online with us or with you or a third party storage solution like Google, Dropbox, Mega, etc. Whatever the decision, it should be

Security and malware scan
You are an online business, reputable and trustworthy since the first day of business. Must strive to keep it like that no matter how much time is needed to invest in this area. Nobody should access your hosting environment nor your WordPress installation. All files should be clean to avoid generating problems for your visitors. These visitors sometimes are hard-earned, paid for each visit from various marketing campaigns. Imagine their disappointment towards your brand when they hold in their hands their hard-earned cash to purchase something you sell and Google point them your infected website and they get the warning labels. Think they will return … again?

IP and email blacklist checks
There is a segment of online business whose sole existence is just to steal and make easy money. Their target is anybody that fits their specific search. It can be from simple spam sending from somebody else server for free or something bigger like domain hijacking, where they take over your entire online presence. Sometimes even running a perfect copy of the entire site from their server, cashing in all the sales as long as they can get away with it. It is your problem to wash away the flood of complaints that suddenly hit your company.

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