Why Website Maintenance is Key to a Successful Website

Just like any software, websites require maintenance to keeping the site working properly. Avoiding website maintenance is like not having regular oil changes on your vehicle. You wouldn’t drive your car very long if you didn’t look after its maintenance, would you? Well, the same process is true for your website. Your website should always be live, ready for customers, and presenting your business at its finest.

Websites Are Not a “Set and Forget”

If you don’t have website maintenance carried out monthly, you may actually be throwing money out the window. When visitors go to a website and find things wrong with it, 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.

The Benefits of Maintenance

Many people don’t realize the benefits of site maintenance:

The website performance, it’s load time, downtime and uptime, is all dependent on the WordPress software and plugin functioning as they should ( and on the recent version).

The website growth, it’s fresh content, analytics monitoring and design changes, is all dependent on you having someone making sure all updates to the website are done in a smooth and error-free fashion.

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Maintenance Workflow

At Roquepress we take great care to first backup the website and check the website after our updates for any issues. 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.

Dangers of Do It Yourself Maintenance

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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).

It Costs More to Fix Than to Maintain

why web maintenance is important

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 web site running properly.

Call in a Professional

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Why not deal with what you know best and let us deal with what we know best? Would you try to fight that court battle without a lawyer? Then why try to maintain your own website if you’re not a web professional? By securing an experienced web professional to update and maintain your site properly you are actually saving potential lost sales and visitors.

If you’re interested in securing a maintenance contract for your website, check out our Web Care Plan to learn how we can keep your site in proper working order.

Jargony copy

If your copy doesn’t connect with your customers in a meaningful way or if they have to try to decode it they’re, probably not gonna, stick around long enough to actually figure it out so really resist that urge to try to impress by using the biggest words and don’t also expect that your customers know as much about your industry as you do and there’s actually a really simple fix for this just right.

The way you speak, conversational copy actually works great across most industries.

Unless you’re, you know heavy into the B2B medical or government space, and even then I wouldn’t get too informal with it, but I would definitely try to write a little more conversationally than you think.

You should, and I actually have a really actionable tip you can use to get more conversational copy, and that involves recording yourself talking about your business as if you’re talking about it to a friend talk about what makes your business unique or special and why they should care about it, then you can take that recording and use it as the basis for your copy and when you’re, actually writing that copy forget about all the rules. You learned about grammar back in school. You can use sentences, fragments, contractions and slang. In fact, it’s gonna generally help you connect on a much deeper level with your customers.

option overload

While you may think that your customers and site visitors want a lot of options. The truth is providing too many options can really affect your sales and your ability to generate leads from your website. So what you should do instead is really narrow down your focus to only the most important things that people are really going to need to know before they’ll be interested in what you offer so include a short overview about what exactly your offer is. Three main benefits that they’re gonna receive from your offer, a list of features that show them exactly what they’re gonna get and then some nice reviews and testimonials and then end it all with a really strong, clear call-to-action telling them exactly what to do.

You know people actually love to be told what to do next because it takes the guesswork right out and it makes the path forward very clear.

So I hope that shed some light on what may be going wrong on your own website and some actionable ways that you can take to fix it. But now I want to hear from you and I want to know which of these tips are you most excited to put onto your own website? I want to know all about it.

Of course, any questions you have or comments just put them in the comment section below and I’ll answer all the questions that I possibly can.

So you learn as much as you possibly can about your website. If you’re ready to step it up to a more strategic website. Like all the stuff we’ve been talking about today, go ahead and schedule a free strategy session. Just between you and me, you can get that by clicking the button below

Alright, guys, till the next blog post. Ciao!

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Why Website Maintenance is Key to a Successful Website

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