Managed Wordpress hosting

More and more of the websites we build are based on content management (CMS) frameworks to give you, the owner of the website, total control. Of these frameworks, the one we specify most often is Wordpress. This is because its code is mature, its administration is elegant, intuitive and easy to understand, it is secure and its underlying technology and programming base means we can add the functionality you need, easily and quickly. These features combined make it a very cost effective platform.

However - could you hear that coming? - the result is we, professional developers and designers, let you, who are almost certainly not, have total control over your website and its management. This can be a cold and lonely place. Our new service offers to give you some support in that area. A sort of halfway house between a website where you have to ring up the developer for every small change and a website where, if you break it, no-one can hear you scream.

There are three main things you will need to go with your Wordpress site;

  • Training
  • Backup
  • Maintenance

Training

While we are building your asite we will be throwing lots of information your way, image sizes, uploads, typography, menu structures.

Once the dust has settled, you have written a few pages, you know your way around your website we suggest two sessions of two hours each to properly train you on the administration and format of your site. The first is in the basics, the difference between pages and posts, how to add material, how to format images, image sizes, how to add and change menus. The second is more focussed on your specific needs and a place to ask all those 'how-to' questions.

Backup

You should be doing this yourself. The important difference? We'll remember.

A CMS, unlike a static site, is in a constant state of change. As you add material, live, to the site, the only place that material resides in on your website itself. With a static site, the latest iteration is effectively a backup. With a Wordpress site this backup has to be performed manually. There are three key elements to your site; the content of posts and pages, any images or documents you upload and lastly, the theme. The theme is usually static, is backed up when the site is built or amended by the developer. The other two change as you make changes to the site.

Maintenance

Wordpress is one of the most popular CMS frameworks in the world. With that popularity comes a price. It is a popular target for hackers.

There are regular updates of the Wordpress core and any plugins you might have to address vulnerabilities as they become apparent. Take the guesswork out of this. Get us to keep your Wordpress installation up to date and safe. If you read the sample Service Agreement you will see that it can also include adding content, making sure it fits with your site look and feel, keeping the typography tight and rigorous, making images conform to size guidelines. It's intended to provide you, ongoing, with an hour's work. It can take all the worry out of keeping your site professional and working as your customers expect.

We realise that some of our clients' site change daily or weekly, others change rarely and occasionally. Therefore we agree with you a period for this backup. For some it will only need doing twice a year, for other monthly or even weekly. It's a balance between the cost of keeping it up to date and the cost of repair if it goes wrong.

Managed Hosting Charges

  • Wordpress hosting: £80 per year
  • Management: £35 per period*
  • a sample Service Agreement
  • Management includes: Dropbox backup for images and media, regular updates to the latest version of Wordpress and all plugins, install security plugins to prevent brute force hacking and take weekly database backups, advice and support for all matters relating to your use of Wordpress, minor changes to appearance and content.

*The period is up to you. It depends how often you make changes. We recommend monthly for most sites, at a minimum to keep up to date with Wordpress upgrades one every six months.