Plugins, Maintenance & Updates
A website isn’t something you build and then walk away from. There’s plugins to address, maintenance and even occasional updates.
Professionally Licensed Plugins
Your website is built on the WordPress platform. A WordPress website runs on plugins – small pieces of software that acts as an add-on for added functionality. These can range from security and speed enhancements to page enhancements and special features. You can read this article to learn about the main plugins that I install on every website.
Some of these plugins are free. Some have a one-time fee. Others have an annual license fee to continue to use them. When I build your website, so long as you continue to have me as your web designer, these paid, professionally licensed plugins remain with your website. Some of these plugins include Elementor ($49/year), iThemes Security ($80/year), Croco Blocks ($91/year) and WP Rocket ($49/year). If you were to pay for a single license of each, the cost would be $269/year or $22.41 a month. Because I can buy these in bulk (multi-site licenses), I can pass those savings on to you. Your cost is only $7/month (paid annually). This is a required maintenance fee.
Plugin LicensesWebsite Maintenance (Required)
From time to time, plugins are updated by their manufacturer. They may update them with additional functionality. Sometimes it’s to fix a known bug. There’s also security enhancements that make updating a plugin very important. Failing to update a plugin on a regular basis can result in an unstable website! This leads to crashes and lost websites. I recommend updating plugins every week.
WordPress itself as a platform will have an available update from time to time. Like plugins, WordPress is updated with new features, bug fixes and security enhancements. WordPress updates are available about 3-4 times a year.
It’s also a good idea to have a backup of your website from time to time. On the off chance that your website does crash or goes down, it’s nice to know there’s a backup available. I recommend a monthly backup as a minimum.
You can do all of this maintenance by yourself at no cost. Hiring me is optional and costs $4/month (billed annually).
Website MaintenancePlugins, WordPress & Backups (Optional)
Updating Website Content
There are some websites that are static. That is, their content never changes. But most websites will have content that needs to be changed from time to time. New hours. Current employee pictures. New products or services. Depending on your website and your needs, you may find that your site needs a update on a regular basis. Maybe not. Who does these updates and what are the costs? You have options.
You can make these changes yourself. The Elementor page builder is pretty intuitive. I can create an Editor role for you so you can change copy and photos without being able to touch (and break!) anything else. This DIY option is free. But it’s not for everyone and it does come with risks.
You can hire me to make your changes. This works well for most of my clients that don’t have the time or skills to maintain a website. My rate is $75/hour (billed in 15 minute increments). If you find that there are regular updates needed for your website, you can pre-pay for 4 hours of updates at a discounted rate of $250. I’ll keep track of my hours and let you know when they’re used up.