Dalabmedia Cares About Your Website Security & Maintenance
Dalabmedia Cares About Your Website Security & Maintenance
The majority of business owners in Somalia understand the importance of having a website for their businesses, but often they simply create a site, launch it, and never look at it again, ignoring website maintenance entirely. If your site isn’t properly maintained and updated, chances are you’re losing valuable clients or customers – and that is going to impact your business’ bottom line.
Websites need routine and regular maintenance to ensure that all of the components (links, inquiry or contact forms, images, payment mechanisms, shopping carts…) are working in a safe and efficient manner. Creating a visually appealing, user-friendly, platform-responsive website is a great first step for letting the world know your business exists, but regular upkeep is essential if you want your business’ visibility to grow and flourish.
Here are our GOLDEN reasons why website maintenance is important for your business.
WEBSITE MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR: SECURITY!
We’ve written it in all caps for a reason! DAMIIN FAR WAAWEYN BAA WAX LOOGU QORAA? Security is the number one reason why website maintenance is important – and the primary problem that often makes news headlines. It doesn’t matter if your business’ website is on WordPress or some other platform, if it utilises many plug-ins or not, or if you have an online store – hackers around the globe are always searching for a vulnerability and preventing security breaches before they happen is essential.
When your business uses WordPress or any other similar content management system (CMS), it’s important to make sure that you are always running the most up-to-date version of that software. This ensures that WordPress’ latest bug fixes and security patches are installed on your site. Sure, some hackers want to go for a “big hit” and steal tens of thousands of credit card numbers or passwords, but most don’t. In fact, lots of hacks occur where malware or a Trojan Horse is uploaded to your website. This causes problems not just for you, but potentially for every person who visits your business’ website, too. How do hackers get in? They exploit the weaknesses in the website’s outdated software and security patches. Just like a thief will look for an unlocked door or an ineffective security system, hackers actively seek out old websites because they are easier targets.
WEBSITE MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR: GETTING THE BEST POSSIBLE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION.
If your website’s template files are old and outdated, they may not display properly on new versions of web browsers and mobile devices. But, when you perform regularly scheduled maintenance, you can be sure that the most current version has been installed and is working properly.
In addition to making sure your website displays correctly, you also want to keeping your website maintained to make sure the user experience is fresh, exciting and relevant. The last thing a potential client, customer or business partner wants to see when they visit your website are photos, updates, and specials that are months (or even years!) old.
You’ll also want to make sure that all the links and contact forms are working correctly. Same goes for staff contact information, department phone numbers, social media icons, pricing lists or menus… When customers encounter outdated information this reflects poorly on your business and often results in a negative experience. Think about it this way, a customer discovers that you have a certain product, at a certain price, on your website and then visits your store to buy it in person. When they arrive, they discover that you don’t have that item, or that the price is very different – and all because you didn’t keep your website up-to-date. Maybe they’ll be nice and understand, but chances are they’ll be none too pleased!
WEBSITE MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR: DRIVING SEARCH ENGINE TRAFFIC AND BOOSTING SEO RANKINGS.
You will drive traffic to your website and improve your search rankings when you add new content. Part of routine website maintenance is making sure that content is correct and up-to-date. The more you update your website, the more search engines will raise your rankings. Conversely, search engines will reduce your rankings if your site is infrequently updated and they may even remove your website from its search results if they suspect it has been infected with malware. Additionally, some search engines like Google are starting to selectively show search results based on the type of device a person is searching from.
What does this mean? If you have deferred maintenance on your business’ website for several years, chances are your website is not optimized for smartphone and tablets. Yes, your website will certainly appear if a person enters your URL, but the site will not be compatible with the device. If your business’ website is not mobile ready, then your website may not be presented in search results when Google detects a person is searching from a mobile device.
WEBSITE MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR: KEEPING YOUR CURRENT CUSTOMERS INTERESTED.
Keep your current customers happy and excited about your products and services by routinely updating your website to offer them relevant, interesting, shareable content and give them a good reason to take action. Actionable items you would like your customers to do include things such as coming to the store for a special product or sale, signing up for an event, making a donation or conducting an online purchase. An easy way to update your website and drive traffic to it is to regularly add content to your blog, publish an online version of an e-newsletter you send out, or become active on social media platforms. Let your customers know you care about them and value their engagement with your business or brand.
WEBSITE MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR: BACKING UP YOUR ESSENTIAL FILES AND MATERIALS.
One of the primary tasks of website maintenance is backing up all of your website’s files. This can either be done manually or through automated services offered by your web hosting provider. Backing up your files is important because the last thing you want to have happen is to lose all of your website’s information. If this were to happen (due to a natural disaster or malware attack, for example) you would need to re-build your entire website from square one – and that would cost significant time and money. If your business’ website is a simple, informational one, backing up monthly is probably sufficient. However, if your website has more dynamic components such as an online store, or content and images that are constantly changing, then backing up more frequently may be critical.
WEBSITE MAINTENANCE: JUST DO IT!
Have we made a sufficient argument as to why we believe website maintenance is important for every business? Whether you are contracting with Dalabmedia Web Designing Group or another website development agency, encouraging routine maintenance is not just some sales tactic. Investing in a website is like investing in a car – you’ll get more for your money in terms of reliability and lasting value when you follow a set maintenance plan. Maintenance will keep your website running at peak performance, minimize or remove any security vulnerabilities, and ensure that your visitors find all the information they need. When you invest funds for maintenance you greatly reduce the risk of having to pay out even larger sums to fix serious problems that could have been prevented. At least try visiting some of our well-designed domains like: Kalkaal Hospital, Tartiib Minerals, Samatar Investment Ltd, Ilisomalia – Integrated Institute, Kalkaal Hospital Foundation, Signjet and Kulmie Business Directory.
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