essential website maintenanceThere’s a mentality among some website owners that you can Set it and Forget It (a la Ron Popeil). I ask clients on my website project questionnaire what level of updates and maintenance they expect to do on their site and the overwhelming majority answer something to the effect of – “very little” or “never”. That’s no good. Websites are a little like cars in that they need maintenance and upkeep.

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You’re excited. You’ve spent hours tweaking and editing your site and it’s ready to launch. You may have paid a designer or developer hundreds or even thousands to create the perfect website to represent your company. If you paid someone else, they probably spent very little, if any, time telling you what to do for good housekeeping after the sites goes live. It’s strange to me, but I see that many web companies fail to provide their customers with proper instruction on how to care for their site after the project is completed.

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You own your own business; you’re fearless. There’s a world of success and wealth in your future. You can accomplish anything; you should be able to make your own website, right?

How much of my business website can I do myself? Ah…the million dollar question. I get asked this question so often, it makes my head spin. Like the answer to so many things people ask me, the answer is it depends.

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 I recently switched my own websites to WordPress after avoiding the switch for a long time. I’m a web designer/developer, so I can code my websites just fine. I didn’t think I needed a “dummy” CMS for my sites. Boy, was I wrong! It has been a fantastic change – one that I really didn’t know I would like.

I had been skeptical of WordPress, especially after having several clients come to me with previous bad experiences.

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I live and breathe WordPress every day in my work. I often take for granted that everyone who owns a website MUST know what it is and sometimes forget that not everyone is aware of the different types of websites out there. If you own a business, and therefore a website, I’m here to tell you that WordPress may be something you are missing out on and why it just might be the best option for managing your website.

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