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Prevent a broken site with CMS Monitoring

May 4, 2017 Ness Kelly
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What is CMS Monitoring?

A WordPress website relies on software to make it run, and just like software, it needs to be regularly backed up, monitored and updated for optimum performance, speed and security. Occasionally, WordPress updates, theme updates, plugins and general WordPress queries can be a little more complicated and require more knowledge of your site’s core structure, PHP, HTML and CSS. Especially if you haven’t updated for a while. Failure to understand how to fix code issues caused by milestone updates may result in an inactive, hacked and/or crippled site. No one wants to see that.

CMS monitoring is just that – a set of eyes keeping watch over your website. Each month we dedicate some of our developer’s time to run back-ups, updates and checks to keep your website healthy, maintain optimum performance, and avoid errors. Most importantly, it keeps your website secure.

What are the benefits?

Security

Just like an anti-virus program or any software, a CMS needs to be regularly maintained and updated to make sure it is safe from intrusion. The updates provided aim to combat hackers who are constantly coming up with new ways to get into website administration areas. This is particularly important with an e-commerce site, as it stores your customers’ personal information. It is crucial that your site’s software is current as this is one of the best ways to prevent unwanted guests getting into your admin areas, changing things and accessing private information.

Access to new features

WordPress routinely includes usability and interface upgrades with its core updates, ensuring that you are always equipped with the tools you need to effectively manage your site. With the internet updating and changing so quickly, keeping your CMS up to date ensures that you are gaining access to new features that are being released and keeping up with ever changing web technologies.

Self monitoring your site.

That’s cool. At least now you’re aware of the importance of looking after your site. Our advice is to keep an eye out for updates, and, update your CMS software and plugins (updates should be made in this order).  At a bare minimum you should download our user guide.

Included in this guide are details explaining how to upgrade your site, how to change your passwords and how to generate effective, memorable user credentials but please proceed with caution.

We advise this option only if you have strong knowledge of CMS (WordPress) installations and your web hosting environment. A working knowledge of PHP, HTML and CSS would be beneficial, too. As mentioned above, milestone updates to your software, especially where versions do not run incrementally (e.g. going from version 1.1 to 2.3) will most likely require more knowledge of PHP and core structure of your site. As mentioned in the intro, failure to understand how to fix code issues caused by updates may result in an inactive, hacked and/or crippled site.

If you’ve made it this far…

…you’re at least interested! As always, give us a call at the studio and we can chat through any questions you might have.

We hope you’re enjoying your CMS site as much as we loved building it!

Cheers,

Jalapeno Creative