5 Reasons Why it’s Better to Have Pros Update Your Website
WordPress is, in our opinion, the best platform to create a website. It’s free, open source, and easy to use. But did you know that when it comes time to make updates to your WordPress site, hiring professionals can save you money? In this post, we’ll explore some of the benefits of hiring professional web developers to update your WordPress site so that you can make an informed decision about whether doing this yourself or hiring someone else is better for your business.
Having Professionals Update Your Website Reduces Security Risks
You may find it hard to believe that an outdated website could be more vulnerable to security threats, but it’s true. Hackers often use outdated plugins and themes to gain access to your site. For example, if you’ve been using the same version of WordPress for years without updating, hackers will have plenty of time to find out what plugins your site uses and how they work. Once they have this information, they can exploit it—and if your site hasn’t been updated in years, there’s a good chance that you’re running several exploitable plugins.
It’s also important not to let people know when you’ve updated any part of your website because this information can also be used against you by hackers looking for vulnerabilities in older versions of software or scripts. Suppose someone notices something has changed on their favorite sites (like yours). In that case, they might try guessing which updates are responsible and then go back through their archives looking for evidence showing whether or not those changes were made before anyone else noticed them online (meaning before anyone else knew about them).
One of our client’s websites had been down for at least two days due to hacking, and the Smack Happy team pulled together to rebuild her website in less than 24 hours! She saved $11,200 just by having a backup of the website. Read more about Laura’s story
You’re Much Less Likely to Break Your WordPress Site
When you use a professional web designer or developer, they know what they’re doing and have the right tools to make everything work smoothly. They also have access to plugins that would make your life easier. On the other hand, if you chose to perform the updates on your own, you might end up breaking something that takes days (and $) for someone else to fix.
It’s not just about knowing how to update WordPress core or install new plugins; other things can go wrong when updating your site (for example, plugins get out of date and become incompatible). Suppose you do it yourself without fully understanding the steps involved in properly installing plugins. In that case, something may go wrong during installation or updating, and this could cause further problems down the road with future updates of themes/plugins/etc.
Security Updates are More than Just Plugin Updates
WordPress updates aren’t just about plugin updates. Plugins often provide valuable functionality, but they also carry security risks—which is why you should continually update your plugins regularly and know how to manage them.
Keeping your WordPress installation up to date is equally important.
Any website, no matter how well-made or secure its plugins may be, is vulnerable to a core software exploit. Let the pros manage your site’s security for you so that it remains safe and sound throughout the life of its existence.
You Get Better Support When Something Breaks
When you have a problem with your website, and you don’t know how to fix it, it can be scary. You may not even know where to start looking for answers. This is why we recommend hiring professionals: they have years of experience troubleshooting problems like yours. They are trained in how your particular software works so they can provide the most accurate solutions.
If something does break on your site, then hiring someone who knows what they are doing will help ensure that everything gets fixed as soon as possible—which means less downtime for both visitors and customers. Most of the time, a fresh backup and restore can resolve issues quickly if the initial issue needs more time to troubleshoot.
Hiring professionals to update your WordPress site is a wiser decision to save you time and money.
As a business owner, you must consider your team, marketing, branding, and sales. Your WordPress website is a tool that helps you achieve those goals but needs to be in good working order to be truly effective.
If you hire professionals for the work on your site, then they’ll take care of all of the technical details for you. You don’t have to worry about breaking something or causing security issues on your site because they know what they’re doing. You can focus on running your business while knowing everything is being taken care of behind the scenes.
They can also help if an issue arises with the site since they’ve worked with WordPress and know how it works (and why). This will save both time and money because instead of spending hours trying to figure out what went wrong or calling someone else out from another project just so they can fix one tiny issue – now there’s someone ready at hand who understands everything about your business on this particular platform so that any problem can be solved quickly without wasting valuable resources unnecessarily.
Just like any other service, it’s essential to do your research and find the right professionals – like us! If you need help choosing a website maintenance care plan, we’d love to speak with you.