Top 4 Reasons To Upgrade
Keeping your site up-to-date is, by far, the single most critical action you can do for the security of your site. Using older software opens your site to security vulnerabilities.
Since speed is a huge factor in SEO, you should also keep your site updated to ensure maximum performance benefits.
New features are often introduced to stay up-to-date with compatibility and industry standards. Often third party plugin updates are coordinated with major software releases to ensure they’re taking advantage of new code.
Technical issues and bugs that are discovered with previous versions of a CMS are often resolved through minor updates. These fixes address common problems which can lead to unexpected broken functionality.
How Often Should I Upgrade?
For sites running on ProcessWire, we recommend upgrading your site biannually.
Because WordPress is more susceptible to hacking, we recommend upgrading every time there is a new security release.
What We’ll Do
We’ll take care of those, too.
Perform a Full Backup
We will create a backup of the database and all site files on your server and provide a direct link to download if you wish.
Update CMS Software
Using the backup, we will create a copy of your site and will upgrade the CMS software.
Install Newest Versions of Plugins
We’ll make sure your site is using the latest compatible versions of all installed plugins, such as SEO and caching plugins.
Review CMS Admin Accounts
As employees change, we’ll remove unnecessary accounts and create new ones, if necessary.
Review Third-Party Accounts
Analytics, web fonts, and other third party accounts can expire. We’ll review the ones used on your site to make sure they are working.
Test Site Search
We’ll check your site’s search functionality to make sure it is working properly and that new content is showing up in results.
Test Online Forms
We’ll test each online form to make sure they’re working properly.
Confirm Email Addresses
We’ll make sure form recipients and other email addresses on your site are current.
We’ll provide recommendations for future enhancements.
Migrate to HTTPS
Give your site an SEO ranking boost and protect your visitors’ connection to your website by installing a security certificate.
As older versions of PHP are no longer provided with security updates, your hosting provider may recommend an upgrade.
Setup Google Search Console
Previously known as Google Webmaster Tools, this free service can help to monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results.
Install Security Plugin
If your site is running on WordPress, we’ll install and configure a security plugin, scan your site for security risks, and make appropriate changes.
Install Caching Plugin
Increase website performance and reduce page load time by enabling your web server to deliver web pages as if they were static HTML files.
We’ll let you know if we come across any errors and what we can do to fix them.
Before We Start
Your domain name is registered with a domain registrar. In some instances, you may have registered with your hosting provider.
Hosting Provider Control Panel
Usually provided by the hosting company, this login allows us to manage your various hosted services and create database backups.
Managing your site’s database is usually performed through software such as phpMyAdmin. We’ll need the database name and server, username, and password.
FTP allows us to transfer website files between our computer and your remote server. SFTP enables secure file transfer capabilities between networked hosts.
We’ll need to be added as a user to set up analytics and make sure the site is tracking visitors properly.
Additional accounts may include your SSL certificate authority or your DNS provider.