WordPress websites are made up of plug-ins, templates, themes, drag-and-drop builders, codes, snippets, widgets, and all sorts of different integrations; these need updating from time to time as their developers improve them, or when they need to be updated to fit in with each other. All these things become susceptible to spam, hacks or other attacks if not updated regularly.
When you host elsewhere, paying $10 a month, that’s all you get – hosting. Literally an address for the website files to sit on. When something inside the website needs updating, some host providers will help you for a fee. Other host providers do not offer WordPress support, and they will refer you to a web developer. In either case, you usually only find out you need help when the website looks broken or stops working. Then it’s panic stations – and the fees become high to figure out what needs to be done.
Our hosting plans are ‘managed hosting.’ This means, as well as providing a secure home for your website (and emails if required), we keep an eye on it! We run regular backups, health checks, speed checks and plug-in updates, we try to keep ahead of updates so any work is preventative and not reactive, and we are basically on call for any issues with your website. Our annual hosting fees include all of the above.
Plus, as an added bonus, as we built the site, we know all the ins and outs, so if something needs attention, we know exactly where to look to fix it up.