Website Check Up Overview

A WordPress-powered website is a powerful and highly flexible tool for your business.  WordPress has tens of thousands of different themes and plugins, some created by large companies, others by sole web developers. What this means is that WordPress maintenance needs to be tended to carefully. Even just one out-of-date plugin or theme can potentially break an entire website.

The WordPress checkup service looks at the health of your WordPress installation and potential problems.

The WordPress Checkup service is useful if:

  • You think the WordPress setup is fine, but you just want to ensure that you are not a WordPress expert
  • Your WordPress website has errors and is a bit broken, so first, we diagnose and then treat. We need a good understanding of the setup so we don’t inadvertently make the issue worse.
  • You would like Web Matters to take over the website's management and/or web hosting (a WordPress checkup is a prerequisite to us taking over the website management)
  • You would like Web Matters to do some content updates on your WordPress website, and Web Matters didn’t build your website.

What the checkup covers:

The WordPress checkup looks at the overall health of your WordPress installation and setup, focusing on what we call the ‘backend’ of the website. You’ll get a report on what I find and my recommendations. 

Please note that this is not a comprehensive look at all aspects of the WordPress setup; instead, the goal is to find any pressing issues, looking at the areas of WordPress that can significantly impact the reliability and security of your website. The checkup service does not cover the public end of the website, such as the design, usability, performance, content, and mobile responsiveness, etc.

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Price $ 285 + GST (NZD)

Why get a WordPress Check Up?

Because it's easier to stop bad things from happening than fix a WordPress website that is broken, hacked, or has gone offline completely.  Your website is most at risk if you've not had an ongoing relationship with a WordPress professional. Getting help after the fact can be challenging - as not everyone wants to take on problems.

It's far better to be well-informed about any issues so that you can make good decisions about the future of your website. And the place to start is by getting a business like Web Matters to check your WordPress installation and setup.  

Common WordPress Issues

These are some of the most common issues I find - and they could individually or collectively have a negative impact on a website's future security or stability.

  • Outdated plugins & themes
  • Plugins that can't be updated
  • Plugins and themes that are no longer supported or have been abandoned by their developer(s)
  • Plugins and themes that are installed but not in use
  • Unlicensed plugins and themes - often supplied by the web designer, but they've let the license lapse
  • No offsite backups set up (relying solely on the web host backups)
  • The PHP version is out of date (running insecure PHP versions)
  • No security plugin in use, or it’s not optimally set up
  • No SSL certificate installed
  • Web enquiry forms are not making it to the end recipient.
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