Are you aware that from May 2018 all websites that hold customer data are bound to comply with EU regulations and anyone holding private data without an SSL certificate could find themselves in very hot water? This means that every business that collects data on their website, be that a form, e-commerce or analytics will have to have an SSL certificate protecting their website.
Even though Article 50 has been triggered, GDPR still applies to all businesses in the EU that controls or processes EU data, wherever they are in the world.
All businesses must comply with GDPR regulations by 25th May 2018. Once this date rolls around there will be no room for interpretation of the legislation from member states, and all organisations that wish to trade with data within or with the EU must comply in order to reduce the risks to personal data throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
If you don’t keep on top of your website maintenance on a monthly basis, you may actually be putting your website at risk of hacks or security breaches. When visitors go to a website and find things wrong with it or flagging up with an 'Un-Secure Site' message, they often don’t stick around. Many website owners never check their website to see how it’s functioning. Missed website issues or downtime can lose you, potential customers.
A Flourish After Care plan will look at website performance/security, load time, downtime and uptime which are all dependent on the WordPress software and make sure all plugins are functioning as they should and on the most recent version.
The website growth, fresh content, analytics monitoring and content changes all dependent on you having someone making sure all updates to the website are done in a smooth and error-free.
At Flourish Studio we take great care to first backup the website and check the website after our updates for any issues. In the unlikely event of a corrupt update, our software keeps a record of plugins we update so if there is ever an issue we see what plugin version was changed and revert back. Also included in our monthly maintenance report are the performance and security scans. If in the event we ever catch a plugin issue, it becomes a support ticket and we address it before you ever know there’s a problem.
Maintaining your site yourself could cost you more than you may think. If you just update from your WordPress admin, you wouldn’t have a record of what was done. If an update to a plugin created an issue a couple weeks later, it would be difficult to know what changed and how you should revert back without restoring a very old backup (and possibly losing content changes, sales orders, contact entries, you name it).
Inexperience and neglect can damage the look and functionality of your website. When that happens, you have a choice to make. One, you try and fix it yourself, in which case you may do further damage. Or two, you can then pay the (sometimes hefty) price for someone experienced to fix it. Just like your car, it costs more to fix it than it does to maintain it properly. Regular oil changes help keep your car running properly, regular site maintenance helps keeps your website running properly.
If you’re interested in Flourish After Care agreement for your website, contact us to learn how we can keep your site secure and in proper working order.