Why Do I Have To Pay a Website Maintenance & Hosting Fee?
Web hosting and maintenance is a necessity for all website owners. It can be difficult to understand why there is a fee associated with this, especially if you are not an expert in the field of website design. To answer your question, we need to look at what it takes to maintain and run a website.
What goes into hosting?
The first thing we need to look at is the hosting itself. When you own a website, it’s like owning and operating an office building or hotel: there needs to be someone on site who can receive visitors and take care of their needs. For some clients, a monthly website fee may seem like an unnecessary cost, but think about how much it costs to run your own office or store. Someone is always needed in the building during business hours to deal with any emergencies.
It’s exactly the same for websites. Someone needs to be available around the clock so that problems can be fixed with no downtime for website visitors. If a website is down, it means that the owner of the site has lost business, money and credibility, so it’s important to have someone on hand at all times.
Where are YUMYUM websites hosted?
At YUMYUM, we invest a little bit more money to host websites, like yours, on WP Engine. It’s important to us, as a web design agency, that we work with companies who are highly trusted and dependable. Not only are WP Engine a superior choice, thanks to their advanced security and reactive technical support, but they are also sustainable.
All websites hosted by WP Engine are stored on the Google Cloud Platform, which is run on 100% renewable energy. If you’re interested in finding out more about website sustainability, check out this post about how websites are threatening the planet.
What goes into website maintenance?
In addition to just being available during regular business hours in case there are problems with the site, there are also other maintenance tasks that need to be completed each month in order to keep the site running smoothly. This includes things like updating plugins, adding new features to a website or fixing coding errors that may have come up due to some sort of malware infection.
Without regular maintenance, a website can be at risk of being hacked, getting a virus, or functioning below optimum. Viruses on websites are incredibly common and they make your site appear less professional, as it is more difficult to use and navigate than one that’s running smoothly.
As well as the risk of reducing its functionality, website maintenance will also keep your website ranking on Google. When there is a problem, Google will not be able to index the website properly and you may find that your site drops down in search engine rankings. This means fewer visitors and less business for you!
How much does website maintenance and hosting cost?
YUMYUM offers quality web hosting and maintenance services so you can focus on your business while we take care of everything else! For only £60 per month, you can rest easy knowing that your website is safe and sound in our hands.
If you’d like more information on the ongoing costs associated with our website packages, please feel free to get in touch with us.