All websites need general and regular maintenance. Websites need as many tune-ups as are possible too. Without these, the websites would not run smoothly. As an artisan, you need to pay more attention to your website. Failure to do this would make your website difficult to use. Visitors would flee upon discovering that the site is not user-friendly. Websites need maintenance. Websites are like cars in that you can’t expect them to work well without any care.
Regular maintenance is necessary to provide the server with all the patches and small tweaks it needs to perform optimally. Most websites are built on popular CMS platforms such as Joomla, WordPress and Drupal, which all need updates to remain safe and relevant to users. If the platforms undergo maintenance and updates, your site would be unsafe because it shall lack the new features needed to make it safer and securer.
Therefore, what can an artisan do to take care of his website well?
If you have the admin rights, you will receive regular notifications. Most of the notifications will revolve around the updates that you need to permit on the website. The updates ensure that your website doesn’t stop humming along. The updates ensure that content on your website remain safe. The updates keep the website safe and secure from all manner of spambots and the works of nefarious individuals such as hackers.
It pays to be safe than sorry. Your website can’t or shouldn’t continue operating with the same password every year for the last decade. At some point, you will have to change the password. Contrary to what you believe, passwords are never 100% safe or secure. Therefore, form a habit of changing the password on a quarterly basis. Don’t give admin access to just about anybody. Give such access to people that you trust only.
Many hosting providers are renowned for offering excellent backup services. If your provider offers these services, don’t hesitate investing in them. Failure to invest some money in backup services could lead to plenty of regrets later. Backup services are helpful in situations where you lose control over your website because of hacking. The services are necessary to protect your website against the likelihood of losing its content.
The pros are good at what they do. Therefore, leave what you can’t handle to the pros. You can mess up your site while trying to do its coding. You should only handle coding if you’re 100% confident with your skills. Otherwise, you might discover that you’re unable to undo something that you did. Fixing a coding error could cost you thousands of dollars to fix; not forgetting the time wasted and lost opportunities waiting for the solutions.
Additionally, even though artists can be professional painters or designers, they may not be trained in professional website design. Reach out to trained pros when it comes to your design, since you don’t want your website to come across looking shabby.
In most cases, you should leave maintenance of the website to professionals. Do only the minimum but leave the bulk of the work to professionals. Hiring pros and experts to do the job ensures that you get somebody who is capable of doing it right the first time, thus saving you money and time. Proper, effective and regular maintenance of the website is mandatory. For this reason, you should invest some money in it.