Types of Hosting Accounts
Customers need to purchase their own independent, WordPress Managed Hosting account separately. I recommend and refer my clients to siteground www.siteground.com, because they have been reliable all the years I have been with them. They are one of the world’s most popular WordPress hosting providers.
You are welcome to enroll with any hosting company, but if you haven’t already enrolled, please ask me first as I have knowledge of some really bad hosters out there. Also, do not choose an “Unmanaged Hosting Account” just to save yourself money. That only works to techno-geeks.
Shared Managed WordPress Hosting is sufficient for a small standard website. It should have a Control Panel (or CPanel) and the size and cost of the account depends upon how many websites and mailboxes you need. For one website, and up to 5 web email boxes, the smallest hosting account on offer has the capacity to provide all the functions and space you require. However, if you are planning multiple mailboxes to carry huge traffic and regular file attachments, then the email service must be farmed out to a separate paid for Mail Service Provider, such as Google Suite.
If you are going to have a lot of traffic or an e-commerce site, or you plan for more websites on the same account, then you need the next size up, with higher capacity to expand.
I would research carefully and recommend the correct type of hosting to meet your website needs.
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WordPress back-end Site Maintenance Plan
Support, Security, Updates and Maintenance are tasks involved with managing a WordPress site. I offer a Maintenance action Plan for $50 per year, or $50 per hour if special tasks are required over and above normal theme and plugin updates.
This is what I provide with my Maintenance Plan:
- Create ”backups”, especially just after new front end content is added to site
- Upgrade the version of WordPress (every few months there is a new version)
- Upgrade the Theme to the latest version if there has been one released
- Upgrade the latest versions of Plugins
- Check security Plugins to protect the site against hackers
- Change passwords regularly and check the server for possible infiltration attacks.
- Test the site to check if the updates did not change anything that should not be changed.
The above steps should be all you need for a small site. Please enquire if you would like to hire me to regularly keep your WordPress site current and up to date.
Failing to update creates vulnerabilities in the website, where two things can happen:
1) The site either breaks because upgrades were not carried out soon enough.
2) The WordPress old versions eventually get cracked by hackers and they find a way to get in and mess your site up.