What will be the cost of website maintenance?

That was a step of progress for your business – the website you just built. Does it mean you can relax now and the website would take care of itself? Well if you think so then you’re mistaken. As the owner of the site, you need to understand the cost of maintaining it also the cost if you don’t.

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Website maintenance is of two major types.

One, maintaining the integrity of your website code – code that lets your website serve the purpose.

Two, the regular updates to the website content.

A website is topped with various elements such as plugins, extensions, and the framework it is built on, which when not updated on a regular basis can become the host for parasites like bugs and hackers.

Don’t feel the need for website framework upgrades?

Let’s consider WhatsApp. WhatsApp has become cooler with every update ever since its launch to the most recent one on smileys. A website is more or less similar to WhatsApp in this case. With each upgrade, the security fixes are enhanced, blocking the backdoor for hackers and lets you take advantage of the new features. If your website is built on a DIY website service like SquareSpace, Wix or Shopify, etc., then the upgrades are taken care of by the host as you are only a renter for them. On the other hand, if you have a regular website, the task of upgrading is on you. The upgrade depends on the type of framework your website is built on, ranging from every few months to few years.

So, yes! You do need the framework upgrade.

Now, what about plugins and extensions?

Plugins and extensions are the features that let you add a slideshow, video or gallery to your website. In short plugins and extensions help you make your website engaging. These applications, if not upgraded can expire which becomes a platform welcome for hackers. Keep an eye, for most of the website frameworks pass an alert when there is a new plugin version available for you.

‘I have an in-house IT. Should I be bothered?’

Well then, your in-house IT staff should be on track with upgrades and expirations and monitor the website on a regular basis.

If you don’t have an IT resource, you have a few options:

  1. Hire.

Hire a consultant or an agency who can monitor and update the website for you. With access to your hosting account, and add-ons, plugins and extension licenses, the consultant should be able to take care of your site needs.

  1. Strike a deal.

Engage with an automatic updating service and get the updates on your website automated. For a website without too many customizations, automatic updating service can prove to be effective. But, in case you do, then even a simple update can cause a wake that might bring your website down.

  1. Pay the price.

Sure, you can skip the above and pay the price of it. If you do not have a digital presence, then make no mistake, you are losing business.

What else falls under website maintenance?

Hosting is one of the fundamental and recurring cost. Based on the convolution of the website and the bandwidth used, you hosting could cost you from $10 to $100 and above a month for a small to a mid-sized business. The second of the list would be the domain name, also called the URL address and can cost you $15 dollar onwards per year. The SSL licenses are gaining popularity, as Google is now giving preferential ranking to business that has SSL licenses. This starts at $50 a year. Backup services begin at $5 a month and can rise with reference to the size, frequency, and type of the backup preferred. Backups are cheap insurance for your website, for if you get hacked or malware infected, you might have to completely rebuild your website otherwise.

Some examples of website maintenance services.

At Zweezle, we render the maintenance services where we monitor your current website and keep it updated. Simple updates should take around a couple of hours for a developer but complex websites may take hours of effort.

Here is a sample of an overview of the process we follow for upgrades:

  1. Website backup for you to revert.
  2. A working duplicate of the website on another server.
  3. Upgrade the duplicate site.
  4. Test to make sure nothing crashes.
  5. Move the upgraded site to the live website’s server and replace the older version, keeping the backup.
  6. Test again because we prefer to be double sure.

What about content and SEO maintenance?

Businesses have a constant need to renew the website content. Modern website frameworks have an inbuilt content management system where the user can update the content as per the requirement. As the business can get busy consuming all the time, it has fallen in our notice that the content on the website is stagnant and not moving forward at the pace of business. A web agency with an adequate understanding of your business can schedule the content and put forth a communication that facilitates quick responses to client requests. Costs for this service depend on the number of hours your business requires.

SEO keywords and meta tags are not as crucial as they were with emphasis on PPC ads like Google AdWords these days. Hence, the content should be suitably tagged with current best SEO practices. The rest rests on your web agency to keep a look out for analytics and to determine if any further SEO optimization work needs to be done.

Website maintenance is mandatory of your online budgeting. Have a talk with your web agency or internal team to make sure your website maintenance is being optimally managed. If you are on the look for an agency to maintain your site or if you have any queries, contact us.

 

 

Why is your website not giving you all the rights and highs ? – PART 4

Website design and development is a crucial aspect while determining the organizations overall growth and understand how and what an organization deals with. In continuation to our blog series on website rights and wrongs! Here’s our next; last set of list to associate with your websites.

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Why is your website not giving you all the rights and highs? – PART 4

Rule no 13

A great call-to-action but is it really getting your customers there?

So all seems to be working fine and you have set up a great call-to-action to get your customers clicking through it but does it really have the same offer with what the call-to-action actually offers?

There’s nothing more frustrating then coming to something else then what was promised to the customer.

What to do?

Do not play with your potential customers, once they get offended they would not want to come back to get cheated again. It would hurt your reputation as well as your conversion rates.

Rule no 14

Internal linking and it’s not user-friendly?

Internal links are helpful for readers and websites alike leading to important and relevant information and improve the organic ranking for important pages within the website.

Make sure the internal linking is done correctly, where the content is yet reader-friendly without over-doing it, not marked to irrelevant pages and linking strange phases within the copy.

What to do?

Include internal links only to relevant pages on your website that will add to enhance the reader’s experience, and include that link on the anchor text that makes the most sense. 

Very important to note that the links open to a new tab in the browser and not on the same window.

You surely don’t want your visitors drifting away without reading all of your website details.

Rule no 15

Image sliders which take a long time to load!

Image sliders work when you want to showcase a lot of picture details in an efficient manner yet saving space. Image carousels should be efficient and load quickly without a new page to load every time a user clicks on the next image.

What to do?

Make sure when clicking on images, it is efficient and the page doesn’t load an entirely new web page as this can increase page load time by several seconds every time the webpage loads and the rule of the thumb is the longer the website takes to load, the more the people will abandon it. Keep it quick and easy while adding written text with each slider.

This blog, is our conclusion on the series –  Why is your website not giving you all the rights and highs? Tell us how effectively you have implied these and managed to get the right results from your website and you may also get in touch with Zweezle for all your website queries, with a strong team of website designers and developers we will help you in designing or enhancing your website to give you your desired results. Get in touch at www.zweezle.in | contact@zweezle.in

Why is your website not giving you all the rights and highs ? – PART 3

User-experience and user-design are important elements in designing your website and add great value in increasing leads, sales and creating the right backlinks. This Part-3 in our next series further emphasises these points.

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Why is your website not giving you all the rights and highs? – PART 3

Rule no 9

It contains copied and keyword — stuffed copy

What makes a great to read website is the way the content has been written for different sections of the website and how appealing, interesting and captivating it is for the reader.

What is certainly most required for the website is the way the reader feels about it. Does it provide relevant information the audience is looking for without same repetitive content in different terms and words and does it qualify with Google algorithms?

Just to qualify your website with best of Google page rankings doesn’t mean you should be stuffing your content with keywords for the sake of SEO.

What to do?

While keywords are crucial to drive SEO success, stuffing your content with keywords makes for a bad reader experience and will only be penalized by Google and probably pushed few ranks down.It’s important to effectively research on the kind of website you wish to develop for your company and stick to relevant keywords while writing content for the website.

Rule no 10

Missing social sharing buttons on website content?

You have fun, interesting and informative content on your website and you want your website to reach a great number of people to sell more of your brand; but what causes the hurdle? Say someone wants to share something from your website and doesn’t find any button to do so!

What to do?

Social sharing buttons make it easy for your readers to share your content on social networks because they don’t have to manually copy and paste your URL and compose a tweet. And easy social sharing options means your content gets more visibility, which means more site traffic, better search engine rankings, and more lead generation opportunities.

Rule no 11

No blog?

An important question to answer when creating your website is, “What value does it bring to my audience ?”; once you get this sorted you will realise that for a website to constantly work well, it should provide valuable information the audience is looking for, and to keep them re-visiting back to your website.

What to do?

If you do not have a blog you are missing out on important opportunities to intrigue your visitors and on ranking placements.Create a blog and share valuable information so your audience knows you well before they get a deal with you. Also, sharing important information gives your audience a sense of security and makes you as an organization more trustable.

Rule no 12

Your headlines/titles say a different story from your paragraph 

A well-crafted title could even turn a boring, disinterested person leaving the website to stay back and check the website. A good title is what makes a person to stop-by and read through what you have written and once you have caught them, make sure the content is worthy enough to the reader who was engrossed with the title.

What to do?

While you have caught the reader’s attention, makes sure the content you deliver is also worthy to the title you have created.

Imbibe and share with us on how you have worked on these for your website and catch up on the next series, next week, with the last part on “Why is your website not giving you all the rights and highs? – PART 4”

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