WordPress sites are great because they can be easily customized to suit your needs. There are so many plugins that can be added to increase the functionality of your WordPress website. It is pretty tough to build the site without plugins. I have yet to see a WordPress site with no plugins.
One of the down sides of these plugins is that they have to be maintained. What does this mean? It means you need to check for software updates for these plugins and update them regularly. If you fail to do this, you could be putting your site at risk for vulnerabilities and hacks.
Wordfence Security Plugin
On almost all of the sites that Dogwood builds, we install Wordfence. Wordfence is a security plugin that checks your site for vulnerabilities, such as plugins that need updating. The Wordfence does more than this, but for purposes of this blog, I am focusing on the plugin alerts. Wordfence can email you to alert you to problems on your site. These alerts can feel like spam after a while, but they shouldn’t be disregarded. If you feel like you are getting too many alerts, we can readjust the settings on this plugin so that you do not receive an alert every time a plugin needs to be updated.
Tired of Plugin Maintenance?
For our clients, if at anytime you feel overwhelmed with plugin maintenance, contact us and we will be happy to take this off your hands for a monthly fee. We have a few different plugin maintenance packages to help you out and can tailor this to your needs and budget.
I cannot stress the importance of plugin maintenance for your site. This goes double or triple for E-Commerce sites, which are the most vulnerable to hacks. Don’t let the hackers in!