Got a WordPress website? Let us manage it.
Centre Neptune can watch over your WordPress website, taking care of updates, backups, plus those little tweaks and changes you never find time to complete. Give us the responsibility, and free up more of your day.
Technology keeps moving.
Your website may be great now, but devices and web technologies keep on developing. It is important to keep up-to-date.
WordPress is under constant development by many talented, dedicated people around the globe. This is one reason why we love it, because it always stays current. However it also means that users should download and install the latest version (which is always free) whenever an update is released, to ensure a secure, bug-free website.
Furthermore, all respectable themes and plugins get regular updates too – some far more than others. It is important to keep those updated too, so all aspects of your website stay secure and work smoothly together.
The update process is usually quick and simple, however there is always the risk that an update might fail, require manual intervention, or some re-coding to get your site working properly again. It happens. Centre Neptune can help.
Just like car maintenance, updates are a regular and necessary fact of life for website owners. Stay on top of them, and your website will keep running smoothly.
WordPress contains three parts, and each part requires updating when a new version of that component is released.
WP Core is a collection of files which deliver the main functionality of WordPress.
Major core updates are usually released twice each year, with minor security updates occurring as & when required. Because your themes and plugins all run on top of WP Core, any changes here can have an effect on everything.
Centre Neptune can manage your WP Core updates for you. This includes pre-update backups, the core update process itself, and any post-update edits that may be required.
Themes are file packages which control the look and design of your website.
Theme updates are released according to the developers own schedule, however most quality themes receive updates whenever WP Core is updated, to ensure the theme continues to work properly. Any changes you have made to theme files (except those performed via the Customizer or via a Child Theme) will be lost when updating.
Centre Neptune can manage your theme updates for you. This includes pre-update backups, the theme update process itself, and any post-update edits that might be needed.
Plugins are file packages which expand the functionality of WordPress.
Plugins are updated according to the developers own schedule, however just like themes, most good-quality plugins will receive updates whenever WP Core is updated, or when new features are introduced. Whilst your plugin settings are stored and re-applied after an update, any changes you may have made to plugin files will be lost.
Centre Neptune can manage your plugin updates for you. This includes pre-update backups, the plugin update process itself, and the restoration of post-update functionality, if needed.
We can watch over any WordPress site for you. Just ask.
Good content is why people found your website. Fresh content is why they keep coming back.
Exciting and informative new content is a key feature of many websites, and creating such content can be a very time-consuming process. Centre Neptune can manage content for you, leaving you free to get on with business.
Product catalogue updates.
If you run an online shop or multi-brand retail website, it is important to keep your product catalogue fresh and interesting to your customers.
Centre Neptune can manage the addition of new products, the removal of deleted products, and any changes to the catalogue that may be required, such as new images, price amendments, and edits to product details.
We have worked with many online shopping platforms (not just WordPress), including Magento, CS-Cart, RomanCart and Shopify.
News article updates.
If your website focuses upon a particular interest or market segment, your customers will want to know the latest news and information.
Centre Neptune can manage the creation of fresh news articles for such websites, including copy, image assets, video assets, and internal / external links too.
We also maintain relationships with many proven copywriters, photographers and videographers. Should you prefer to create entirely bespoke content for your website, we can help.
We can keep your content fresh. Tell us what you need.
Backups and storage.
Backups are like insurance; it is better to have them and not need them, than need them and not have them! 🙂
It is hard to overestimate the importance of properly backing-up your data. Many people assume that websites are automatically backed-up on a regular basis, and although most hosting companies have good data recovery procedures in place, they are often designed for entire systems, not one specific website. This is especially true for shared hosting.
In practice this means that unless you have your own backups, it can be costly, time-consuming, and a lot of hassle to roll-back on something that went wrong. Centre Neptune can help.
You can download backups from a host server to local storage using cPanel.
It is possible to create and download manual backups of your home directory, your database, and your email accounts at any time, using either the BACKUPS feature, or the BACKUP WIZARD feature of a cPanel administration account.
All Centre Neptune hosting plans use the industry-standard cPanel software, and we can run manual backups of any client website at any time. If you have not yet organised a backup schedule, get in touch, and we will take a snapshot of your account data right away.
Centre Neptune can schedule automatic backups of your account.
A backup schedule lets you save your data at regular intervals. We can schedule a backup job to suit your requirements – daily, weekly, monthly – as needed. This is good practice for websites that feature new content or new products on a regular basis.
Scheduled backups will usually sit on your host server in the
/backup directory, and usually form part of your overall storage allowance. We strongly advise that you also download and store sufficient local backups as needed. If you need assistance, please talk to us.
It is good practice not to keep all your eggs in one basket.
How many backups should you have, and where should you keep them? This is a common question, and in our experience, the backup rule of three pretty much covers it:
- Keep three backups of your data.
- Store those copies on two different media types.
- Ensure one copy is off-site.
If you have the primary copy of your data on your host server, a recent backup in your
/backup directory, a copy downloaded onto your local machine (which should be backed-up by an external drive), and upload another copy to a cloud service (such as Google Drive), then you are doing well.
The above would probably be fine for the vast majority of WordPress users. However for larger businesses we can offer far more comprehensive options.
Need us to watch over your website? Sure. Get in touch.