WordPress maintenance services | costs from $1.05 per day

We have WordPress website maintenance packages for personal and business sites.

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The first step in implementing website management services for your site is a full audit of the WP Admin area and the hosting account. This will include security, plugins and themes and page speed. The entire site, including WordPress core files and images, will be scanned for malicious code. I will provide you with a report of what aspects need attention, and ask for your permission to proceed.

Before touching any settings, I will install Updraftplus Backup and ensure a full site backup is done and securely stored off-site. Then I will proceed with the changes I’ve recommended such as security, WP website speed optimization, and WordPress hosting environment performance tweaks.

Once the remedial works are completed, I monitor your WP installation daily for you and intervene in any issues that I find.

WordPress maintenance services cost

WP management package pricing options: monthly, quarterly, biannually or yearly, from:

  • NZ$32 monthly management cost + $125 set-up fee***
  • NZ$385 annual cost per year – no set-up fee
  • NZ$435 per year, which includes a cPanel Shared Hosting plan.

If you’d like an experienced WordPress management agency to take care of all the technical WP aspects, you are then free to work on your core business activities!

*** Setup Fee:

What is included in WordPress website maintenance?

  • Daily site checks for software issues.
  • Updating WordPress to the latest version as it is released.
  • Updating plugins to the latest versions.
  • Updating design themes to new versions.
  • Broken link checks.
  • Fixing any typos noticed.
  • Updating text, address and/or phone numbers.
  • Backups – DB daily, files weekly to secure Cloud storage.
  • Security – monitor alerts and attacks, and file scans for issues.
  • Adding new plugins for new features as/if required.
  • Replacing obsolete plugins with suitable alternatives.

I will also implement and configure premium plugins for Backup and Load Speed and spend a couple of hours on page speed optimization services. I also spend an hour or two on implementing full site security.

Believe it or not, I’ve had people pay for one month, get their site tuned up, and then cancel their plan! That’s not playing nice, so I had to implement a setup fee…

Not Included: Major enhancements: ***design theme replacement/updates or new feature developments. These will be costed and quoted, and done on an hourly basis.

Note: Design themes without a Child Theme are high-risk because in some cases updates erase all custom coding, destroying the previous design and layout.

Maintenance Checklist FAQ

A checklist of the management tasks such as security, backups and support tasks that keep your WP installation running smoothly!

How WP management works

When you sign up, I will require website access as follows:

Administrator access:

In order to install backup systems, security, and page load speed optimisation, implement repairs as/if required.

Hosting Account Control Panel access:

For most people, that will be cPanel. I will ensure the latest secure and fastest version of PHP is active, and that:

  • All useful performance modules are installed: opcache, memcached, fileinfo, imagick etc.
  • WP has sufficient memory allocated, file upload size and max_input_vars are adequate etc.

And of course, without control panel access, I can’t help you in a “My site is down” emergency!

First step: a full backup

Step #1 Is always to install Updraftplus backup plugin and take a full site backup, stored on secure Cloud storage!

If you require additional tech support input to help your business, I will also provide that.

For example, some clients with busy sites need management support which includes;

  • Managing user registration and comments
  • Supervision of content categorisation, tags etc
  • Coaching and additional support by WordPress experts for multiple staff members.

Please feel free to ask how I will assist in your particular circumstances!

I can also offer Managed Web Hosting – 1GB storage, no limits on bandwidth or email accounts, and extra MySQL databases as/if required.

When it comes to WordPress website maintenance:

An ounce of Prevention is worth more than a pound of Cure!

Why proactive management is important

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WordPress is the world’s leading content management system, powering over 70 million sites worldwide. Protective site management is needed for everything from personal blogs to corporate business sites. Some 55% of the top sites in the world run on WP and it is favoured by many Fortune 500 companies.

Due to its popularity, it represents a priority target to the hacking community. If someone develops an effective WP hack, they immediately have a huge array of targets. Conversely, the security community works equally hard to detect and foil newly discovered vulnerabilities and to protect WP sites. This makes proactive WordPress maintenance services a high priority.

However, a great many site owners and WordPress website designers don’t prioritise management. They are blissfully unaware of both:

  • The threats…
  • The solutions that are available via a professional website maintenance service…

They operate without updating WP core files and plugins, have no security policy, and they don’t run backups. The majority have no idea that both “Enable plugin updates” and “Enable theme updates” and core file updates may be set to automatic for either minor or major releases.

That knowledge deficit in WordPress website maintenance extends to a high percentage of web designers who simply don’t comprehend or acknowledge that they have any responsibility to create robust and secure sites for their clients!


Page last Updated on Thursday, October 19, 2023 by the author Ben Kemp