The info below is NOT for you if your website was built with HTML (like all of my sites were until I got into WordPress), Drupal or is hosted on a platform like Shopify, Squarespace, or Etsy.
Option 1: Do nothing. Most of my clients have never had an issue with hacking, so you could see if your luck runs in that direction. As a courtesy, I have added a free security plugin to many of my clients' sites and I'm getting notifications about regular illicit login attempts. Most of these hackers aren't getting in, but If your site does get hacked, it'll take time and funds to fix ... and that's why this isn't the free choice.
Option 2: Do it yourself. You can learn how to make regular local and cloud backups, as well as the proper way to update the core WordPress software, theme and plugins. You'll also need to know what to do if something goes wrong. Plugins and the core WP software don't always play nicely together, so knowing what to do after an ill-fated update is advised. This is the free choice (if you don't consider your time to learn as a cost).
Option 3: Hire an online service. There are a number of companies and individuals out there that will be happy to take care of your WordPress website maintenance and security needs. I'm sure many of them would be fine choices.
Option 4: Use our Bald Guy Studio Website Maintenance and Security Service. If you'd prefer to use a reliable company that you may already know (did we build your WordPress website?), then check out the features below. Hiring us will mean you won't be relying on luck, you won't have to learn how to do maintenance and security on your own, and you won't have to research and hire a company you know nothing about.
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Regular Full Backups
Your hosting company backs up your files and data, but they're probably not liable if your data is lost. You should have your own backups. We prefer redundancy.
WordPress Software Updates
The folks who created WordPress release regular security and functionality updates. Your website needs these to remain safe. What version of WP is your site on now?
Plugin developers are independent. Their products are not guaranteed to work together, and conflicts happen. We'll handle updates for you, and test afterwards.
The theme is the template that governs your website's design and functionality. It's advisable to keep your theme updated periodically to take advantage of new features and security.
We use a plugin that blocks brute force attacks and keeps a watchful eye on all traffic on your website. We will be alerted when something needs attention and will fix it.
Do you know what pages your visitors are most interested in or what search terms they're using? We'll send your Google Analytics and other key reports depending on your plan.
Bonus: Minor Updates
On the Pro Plan, we'll be available to make one or two small updates for you such as swapping out a bit of text, changing a photo or going over a how-to as part of our service.
Time to Change Hosts?
Would you like to learn about switching hosts to make your website more secure? We have a new favorite company and will be happy to go over this with you,
Unfortunately, no one can make that promise. When sites like the US Army and major retailers are susceptible, you know hackers can be good. Just like double-locking your home's front door, however, the point is to harden your site so the bad guys (often amateurs) move onto another target.
Yes, after a three month minimum. You can stop at any time after that by sending email to chuck [@] baldguystudio.com.
We may be able create a special option for you. Send email to chuck [@] baldguystudio.com to discuss it. We do have special pricing for non-profits.
Our service fee is $69 to $139/month depending on the features you choose. We have special pricing for non-profits. We also offer quarterly plans for very static sites. Contact us for more info.
Once you've signed up and we have the information we need, we will be protecting and monitoring your site within three business days.
These are preventive services that uses industry standards to keep your site secure. If your site is hacked, cleanup is included on the Pro Plan. If you choose the Basic or Business Plan and your site gets hacked, we offer a service that will manage the cleanup at a reasonable cost.