Easy Website Maintenance
You Have a Website, Now What?
It is my belief, that in this day and age, a website should be easy to maintain. Back in the olden days, we had to have IT people. We’d schedule our additions and changes to the site ahead of time because everything required coding and we were at the mercy of those who coded.
One of the best things that happened was platforms like WordPress that allows us to go in and make our own changes and take care of our own websites without the nightmares that come with coding and reliance on Internet Technology people. We’ve come a long way.
While website care is doable, it is important that we make maintenance a weekly priority. There are some things that seem like common sense to us that aren’t always apparent to those of you who have little or no knowledge of how a website runs.
While the Starter Sites and Starter Membership sites have all of the design created for you, there are still a few steps that you need to do to make it ready to promote!
When you first get your Starter Site, there are a few plugins that you need to finalize the settings on to be able to actively use them. The first is the Akismet Plugin. This plugin helps to prevent site spam on your forms and in your blog post comments. But it won’t work until it is connected to an Akismet account! From your site Dashboard, just cursor over the Settings option and select the Akismet Anit-Spam. From there, just follow the prompts to set up a free account! (You can also choose the paid version, which we recommend but is not required.)
Another plugin that you will want to add to your site, due to recent changes in many of the email providers, is the WP Mail SMTP plugin. WordPress has, in recent months, run into issues with email deliverability and this plugin fixes that. It runs your email through an SMTP protocol instead of relying on your server’s PHP which can be unreliable. You will want to go to Plugins and select the Add New option and search for WP Mail SMTP. It’s a free plugin but a really important one!
From there, depending on who your email is through (your hosting company, Gmail, etc.), you can follow their steps to set up the plugin. If you have any difficulties, you can always use our tech support option to have us set it up for you! This plugin will make sure that your emails are being sent from your site and will help to make sure that they avoid the spam folder!
If you plan on tracking your site activity with Google Analytics, you will also want to hook this plugin up to your Google Business Account. It is free to create a business account and that tracking information is really useful! Just follow the prompts for the plugin from the dashboard.
Along those lines, the Pixel My Site plugin also requires that you add in your Facebook Pixel to accurately track your ad results. You can find out more about the Facebook Pixel here.
If you are using the Woo Commerce on either your Starter Site, or if you have the Starter Membership Site, one of the very first things you want to do is to connect it to a payment processer. Woo Commerce works with Stripe, Paypal, and some other options but Stripe and Paypal are the most recommended. If you have both sites, you only need to do this step on the Starter Membership Site. From the Dashboard, cursor over Woo Commerce and click on the Settings option. From the next screen, click on Payments and then follow the prompts to set up whichever payment option you wish to use! Make sure to uncheck the TEST MODE when setting up these options so that you can take live payments. From that same WooCommerce->Settings page, you will also want to select the general tab and update the information with your business information.
After these initial items are setup, it’s customization time! We have lots of videos in the Inner Circle library and in our Starter- Site Facebook Group files that help you with customization and we also offer live weekly Webinars where you can get any questions answered and that includes website help! (this is for Inner Circle Members only). Our sites use the Divi Theme and they have excellent tutorials if you are wanting to dive into the design of your site. https://www.elegantthemes.com/documentation/divi/ You can also find these links in your Starter Site Member Area and Starter Membership Site Member Area. If you aren’t wanting to do it yourself, we also offer branding here: https://www.thehealthcoachgroup.com/store/store-get-help/graphic-design-2/branding-package/
Weekly Health Checkups
Lastly, you will want to maintain your plugins, hosting, and any other site subscription you choose to select while your site is live and active. Plugins should ideally be updated weekly and one at a time to make sure no major conflicts occur. Your hosting in most cases will charge either monthly or yearly, depending on the host. Make sure to keep up these payments because once the hosting is stopped, if you haven’t saved your site files, they are completely gone! Siteground, for example, will keep backups of your site daily but once hosting is stopped, they completely delete all backups after 30 days.
We offer website technical support for our Starter and Membership-Sites only. You can learn more about them here.
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