Why every website needs a 50,000 mile checkup

Oil Change by Flickr User Tobin
Oil Change by Flickr User Tobin https://flic.kr/p/648wM1

Hey, if WordPress is so great why do so many web developers offer maintenance plans? Is WordPress really that insecure? Fragile? Hackable? No! A well-built WordPress site on a good hosting plan is surprisingly secure. So… why should you still get a good WordPress maintenance plan?

Here’s how I explain things to my clients: WordPress is like a car. Once you get your car from the dealer, you can drive wherever you want. You don’t need a mechanic in your car to help you change gears, right?But even the nicest cars still oil changes and 50,000 mile tune-ups. And if you take it off-road, or if it gets wrecked or stolen, you’re going to need a mechanic to help you get it back in the road.

It’s the same with WordPress, or any other site that’s not pure HTML with maybe a little CSS. Web protocols change. Just like a car you don’t need a developer to help you use WordPress day to day. But over time browsers get more capabilities and site visitors get less and less patient with slow performance. Over time server software changes. WordPress software changes too. And it’s almost all driven by impatient visitors who expect more and, of course, hackers. Hackers and their bots have a lot of incentive to exploit your website, and every year they get more and more (and more!) creative.*

So, yeah, you’ll always need basic maintenance and updates for your site, server, and software stacks just like you need routine maintenance for your car. And that’s why WordPress (and all other websites) need routine maintenance too.

* Speaking of hackers, they’ve already been using simple AI/ML-like techniques for at least a decade, so it won’t be long before they’ll begin using surprisingly sophisticated GPT queries to challenge even the most security-through-obscurity-coded website.


David Innes, RealBasics.com

I've been building and maintaining websites since 1997 and building and supporting similar hypertext-driven software since 1987. I've done maintenance, support, and maintenance for physical and digital systems since 1981. And no, I still haven't seen it all but by now I usually know where to look. More about David Innes...