The Cheeky Monkey Media Blog

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In the dynamic landscape of digital business, ensuring the resilience of your website against potential disruptions is key. From cyberattacks to server failures, various threats loom over the online presence of businesses. While many companies invest in backup solutions and security measures, there are often overlooked aspects that can leave websites vulnerable. Below are five common pitfalls that businesses encounter in their website maintenance strategies along with insights on how to address them effectively.

1. Lack of Restoration Preparedness
Even with backups in place, businesses must ensure they know how to effectively restore their website in case of emergencies. Regularly testing your backup restoration processes will help to minimize downtime during critical situations.

2. Failure to Update Software
Outdated code and software pose significant security risks, as hackers often exploit vulnerabilities in older versions. Regularly updating content management systems, themes, plugins, and extensions is crucial for mitigating security threats. We recommend a minimum of quarterly updates to the CMS, themes, and plugins or modules.

3. Overlooking Performance Monitoring
Poor website performance can increase your bounce rates and negatively impact your conversion rates. Monitoring performance metrics regularly and addressing any issues as soon as possible to optimize performance will improve the user experience and effectiveness of your site’s content. This includes optimizing page load times, minimizing server response times, and optimizing images and multimedia content.

4. Absence of a Disaster Recovery Plan
Despite meticulous maintenance efforts, unforeseen circumstances can lead to website outages. Having a detailed disaster recovery plan in place, outlining steps for backup restoration and stakeholder communication, is essential for minimizing downtime and mitigating potential losses.

5. Neglecting Disaster Recovery Plan Testing
A disaster recovery plan is only effective if it works as intended during emergencies. Regularly testing the plan ensures that everyone involved understands what needs to be done in the chance that a disaster were to happen to your site.
Maintaining a robust and secure website requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond backups and security patches. By addressing the areas of restoration preparedness, software updates, performance monitoring, disaster recovery planning, and testing, businesses can significantly enhance the resilience of their online presence. Embracing proactive measures and staying vigilant against potential threats will not only safeguard against downtime and data loss but also foster trust among users and stakeholders. Remember, in the digital realm, preparedness is key to weathering any storm that may come your way.

Looking to get a regular maintenance plan in place for your website? Contact the monkeys at [email protected] or call 1.888.824.3359