Does your (WordPress) site require maintenance?

The value of a content management system (CMS) website lies in its capacity to be edited with relative ease. But, WordPress sites, like Joomla, Drupal, and a host of other content management systems, need to be maintained on a regular basis; that is so because of the Open Source nature of the software. Things change. Content becomes outdated if it isn’t being updated by someone. This is nowhere more apparent and true than on the web. The advantage of having a CMS website is that there’s a community of support for everyone’s turf — for example: WordPressJoomlaDrupal — just to mention three.

If you’ve paid a web designer to build you a CMS website and you can’t remember how to log into it yourself, the chances are that the site is not being maintained. In the old days of the web before content management systems, people had to typically go through Web Masters/Gurus/what-have-you to get anything done. And they had to pay people to do it.

So, it’s great that people can edit their own content and upload their own images to their website without having to know about File Transfer Protocols (FTP) or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) or Extensible HyperText Markup Language (XHTML) or Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) or the latest iteration of CSS — CSS3 — or the latest iteration of HTML — HTML 5. But, websites still need to be maintained by someone (or a group of people) to ensure that the content is fresh, the web fonts are still working, the website has security software, and the plug-in or theme modules aren’t out of date.

Which brings me to my final point — as a worker is worthy of their wages, a website is worthy of being maintained. But, it’s not free — it takes attention, time, and knowledge of the aforementioned acronyms.

If you hired someone to design you a CMS website, please consider hiring that someone to maintain your CMS site. Your content-consuming web readers will thank you.

Does your WordPress site require maintenance?