As we enter 2021, there is some website housekeeping that we need to address and discuss:
Security threats to WordPress increased in 2020, and show no signs of letting up in 2021.
Throughout the year, we have constantly kept one step ahead in terms of security, but we must stay vigilant.
One major component of this vigilance is to perform software updates as soon as they are available; this is what we refer to as site maintenance.
WordPress (WP), its installed templates, and all of its plugins must be updated on a continuing basis in order to provide safety,
not only to your site, but also to all sites on our servers.
As soon as a security threat is discovered in a version of WP, i.e. WordPress 5.5.1
WP will immediately release a version that patches up that security risk, i.e. WordPress 5.6.0.
In addition, some updates include improved functionality and new features, keeping your site cutting edge.
WP will sometimes update its core versions several times a month.
These updates must be applied manually, as soon as they are released and tested, to make sure they do not conflict with existing themes and plugins.
Usually when there is a core WP update, themes and plugins will require a manual update as well.
These updates take maybe two or three minutes to apply, and pose little to no risk to the infrastructure of the site.
All of these updates are covered by our flat maintenance fee.
*It does happen that platform updates will occasionally break a site, theme, plugin or module that utilizes old code.
When this occurs, we have to diagnose and fix the incompatibility.
The time required to debug and fix problems resulting from maintenance updates is NOT covered by your maintenance agreement and will be billed at your hourly rate. Maintenance is mandatory, not optional, for all live sites, regardless of where it is hosted.*
Maintenance is mandatory, not optional, for all live sites, regardless of where it is hosted.
Please note that the hard cost of hosting your site, and content editing is not included in this fee.
Hosting is billed separately.
Content editing and updating on your site is at your discretion and billed hourly, as needed.
The Maintenance Plan
For 2021, Vortex Business Solutions once again is offering a simple, flat fee, year-long WordPress maintenance package.
This package will cover all maintenance done in the year 2021.
The price of this package is based on the amount of time your website required for maintenance in 2020.
For most of our clients the monthly flat fee rate remains the same; for some of our clients the fee may increase and for others it will decrease.
If you have a website that was launched in 2020, we use an aggregated monthly fee based on the average maintenance required by our clients, predicated on site complexity and plugins used.
If you do not pay for our maintenance package in a timely manner, we will continue to make updates to the WP core, plugins and themes.
You will be billed for all time spent on your site at a rate of $108./hour on a quarterly basis, with no discount.
**Please note: Invoices can now be paid by ACH, almost any Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club, Union Pay, Google Pay, Apple Pay, or Paypal.
The safety, protection, functionality and up-time of your website is of utmost importance to Team Vortex.
We promise to do our very best to continue your site security, protection, and service through 2021.
Please note: It does happen that platform updates will sometimes break a site, a theme, plugin or a module, which utilizes old code. In which case, we have to diagnose and fix the incompatibility. Fixing broken code which was caused by updates is not covered by the maintenance agreement and will be billed at your hourly rate.