We are often asked why sites are not COMPLETELY up to date, below is an explanation.
WordPress upgrades consist of several things:
- Upgrading the base WordPress code
- Upgrading the WordPress plugins
- Testing and dealing with any dedicated code that relies on the WordPress apis
- Ensuring you have backups both on server and off server (for catastrophic failures)
Upgrading the core WordPress code can be fairly significant..
- The more complex your site the more the risk of issues
- The more plugins in the site the more the risk of issues
- The closer you are to the upgrade date when you upgrade the more the risk of issues
- If you have free plugins you have a 70% chance of them being ok (subject to the age of the plugin and the level of support it provides). Generally plugins take about 3-6 months to upgrade their code to reflect issues they may have in the new WordPress code
Our upgrade and support costs consist of several elements:
- Commercial plugin licences – about £50 per site per annum
- Backup Offsite Storage fees
- Upgrade time – about 1.5 hrs per site
- Restore time – about 1 hr per site (if things go wrong)
- Risk of issues – incompatible plugins or misc code upgrades (we allow 1 hr per event)
- Viruses – we “insure” your site to get it up and running ASAP if you get virused – we allow 4 hrs per event.
- Due to the above implications, we do not do WordPress upgrades instantly – we wait between 3 – 6 months – we need stability in the core and in the majority of plugins.
- If there are ANY plugin security issues, we do them instantly
- WordPress Security – these are done instantly by the WordPress interface automatically
- Plugins – secure plugins especially the commercial ones are upgraded on an adhoc basis as and when we enter the site – the free esoteric ones we do in conjunction with the main core upgrades or unless we find a bug
If at any stage you are concerned about the lag between software upgrades and our implementation then please contact us and we will work up a dedicated quote.