WordPress monitoring and updating service.
Who needs this service? Anyone with a WordPress website.
Out of date and abandoned themes and plugins are a significant security risk and can eventually lead to a compromised website, a website that’s down for hours or days without you knowing or even to an expensive rebuild. That’s why WordPress, its themes and plugins, need to be updated regularly and frequently. But what a pain. Updates can fail and cause hours of wasted time trying to fix. That’s why it’s not a good idea to rely on automatic updates. But what a bother to busy businesses with more pressing problems than signing in and checking for updates and problems. That’s why for most of us our websites are not kept up to date as they should be for security and performance.
For a special price of $17.95 a month we will take this chore off your hands. We will check your website every month and update your WordPress, themes and plugins as needed, do routine maintenance, and monitor your site and let you know if we see an outage. Each month we will send you a notice of the percentage of uptime for your site detailing any downtime for the previous month and any problem beyond the routine that needs to be addressed.
A one-time $35 setup fee will apply to all new signups.
Why you should be using Updates?
Yes. Sign me up!
Why use parcWebs Updates?
We will monintor your website and keep your WordPress plugins up to date so you can concentrate on what matters.
# 1 Websites break.
Although we think of our websites as brochures that once they’re done they’re finished, websites just don’t work like that. The internet is constantly updating causing incompatibilities with our code which causes things to break. When plugins break, sometimes just one aspect of your site doesn’t work, but often the whole site goes down, and you can’t even log in to fix it or even know that it’s down for days. That’s why it’s so important to keep your theme and plugins up to date on a regular basis. If you let your plugins go too long, they can even get so out of date, they can’t be updated to a current version causing serious problems.
# 2 Automatic updates not reliable.
The WordPress dashboard indicates when an update to a theme or plugin or even WordPress is ready. And you can even put them on automatic update. The only problem with that is, often enough the update itself causes problems because maybe the version of WordPress needs to be updated first. But if you do that, other plugins might break. So what do you do? You have to follow up, check that the updates are actually being made and incompatibilities have not occurred. And, of course, you keep backups to restore plugins or themes that need to revert back to an earlier state if necessary.
# 3 PHP 8
Remember those internet updates we talked about? Well a major one just happened. As happens every two years around the end of November, PHP, the code upon which WordPress is built, comes out with a new version. PHP just released PHP 8 with huge changes. For years, there have been complaints that PHP coding is too loose which makes it less glitchy but also less secure than it might be. This new PHP will make WordPress faster and much more secure, but in the process, some very popular pieces of PHP code will be going away, pieces of code used by thousands of plugins; and the whole PHP architecture will be less tolerant of errors. In short there will be some big gains down the road, but getting there is going to be a rough ride. A lot of plugin developers are going to face the hard choice of re-engineering or rebuilding their plugins or deciding it’s not worth it and ending support.
# 4 It’s smart business.
So monitoring and updating is necessary at least monthly. But who has time, and who needs the hassle? That’s why it’s smart business to leave all the updating and monitoring to us. It’s our business to we keep up with WordPress and plugin issues, so we are on the lookout and know when to update and when not to, and what to do when the update goes awry.
For a limited time, save over $55 and sign up for just $215.40 for 12 months ($17.95/mo.) plus $35 setup fee. We’ll make sure your plugins are updated safely on a regular monthly basis, and we’ll monitor your website and notify you if it goes down and needs attention.