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Basically, anyone who can’t or doesn’t want to do all of the techie back end stuff for their WordPress website

Which package is right for you depends on how critical your website is to your business.  At the basic level, in the unlikely event that your website was down, the impact on your business could be minimal.  At the other end of the scale, if your website IS your business – so a large e-commerce website, then any downtime is critical and could cost thousands – so it’s about horses for courses without over-egging the pudding.

At the other end of the scale, if your website IS your business – so a large e-commerce website, then any downtime is critical and could cost thousands – so it’s about horses for courses without over-egging the pudding.

There is also the issue of complexity – think of a basic WordPress website as being like a pushbike – there are fewer moving parts, and hardly anything particularly tricky or bespoke to go wrong.  Maintenance is at a minimum – a small boy with a puncture repair kit and some knowledge about security are probably enough.

However, and eCommerce WordPress Website is more like a car with an engine management system, and lots of moving parts that all need to be kept up to date with each other.  This is much more time intensive and needs a greater level of expertise and gadgets to keep it all going.

Managed hosting starts at £49 a month for a basic WordPress website with around 10 plugins, less than 200 pages and basic website and blogging functions.

A more complex WordPress website with eCommerce, Directory, Events, and other interesting integrations is from £150 per month, plus the hosting cost is extra – starting at $29 per month.

If you want us to confirm a price for you then give us a call for a chat on 01634 566321. We can have a look at your website, have a chat and tell you how much.

 

Guaranteed SSL Certificates from £40 – a basic SSL Certificate is included with hosting

We also offer beneficial hourly rates to WordPress Hosting and Maintenance Clients:

Additional Support
Support @ £75 per hour (example: integrating new payment gateway)
Support @ £50 per hour (example: changing headers and other design features)
Support @ £25 per hour (example: publishing posts, pages and reconfiguring categories, menus and widgets)

A guide starting price is £325 extra per month (in addition to the management fee).

WordPress Hosting FAQ’s

No.  Our clients are with us because they like what they do, not because they’re stuck with us.

The key bits of a WordPress website you must keep maintained and updated are the WordPress core software; the software that runs your theme and the plugins software.

Let’s think of it like a tent – the WordPress Core Software is the poles that provide the structure to hold it all up; the WordPress Theme is the canvass that goes over the top to make it look nice; the plugins build in extras to help protect it from spam along with extra functions, like social media integrations, directories and image galleries – there are hundreds of thousands of plugins developed and all by different people!

These 3 elements, the WordPress Core, the Theme and the Plugins software all have to play nicely together.  The WordPress core updates regularly and on an ad-hoc basis, often to plug security breaches.  The Theme and the Plugins then have to be updated as well so it all works together.

Simply put the more visitors you have to your website, the more bandwidth you need and the more content and workings your website has, the more disc space it will need in GB to store it all.  So more plugins, images, videos, speciality tools like event management, e-commerce, logins and all that bumf needs more storage.

The best thing to do is to call us for a chat on 01634 566321 because we can have a look at your website and tell you what you already have used in terms of storage and give you a better idea of likely costs moving forwards.

There is a more in-depth article which explains some of the terms here

 

For specialist WordPress hosting we use WPEngine who have UK based servers and also the excellent service and support we expect for us and our clients.

 

WordPress Maintenance

WordPress is a fantastic way to build your website because it lets you easily update posts, pages and even design elements like headers and images. The trade off for that superb functionality is that there are more bits of software that need to be managed.   If you don’t do it right then potentially your site will slow down and ultimately may stop working altogether.

All websites need to be hosted so they are visible on the internet.  Choosing the right host is critical to how any website will perform, how easy it is for your visitor to access and how you look to the outside world. But hosting is just the start.

Just to make it even more interesting, every now and then someone will try and hack your website, often so they can cover it with information about Viagra!

As part of our WordPress Website Maintenance and Management service we not only host your website so it can be seen but keep all of the software updated and working together.

Plus we ensure that all of the legalities of hosting and displaying your site in the UK are kept up to date.

 

WordPress Hosting

The first thing for you to do is decide the level of hosting you want.

The key differences are:

The number of WordPress Websites you want to host

How big the site(s) is

The number of visitors per month

The type of EMERGENCY support you would like.  All support is 24/7 and provided by the WordPress hosting expert team.  The first level is Live Chat support (where you type into a chat box with a real person in UK or US English).  The second level is telephone support.  Both are excellent.

During 9-5 hours GMT your first port of call is the Stormchasers Team for non-emergency response of up to 24 hours.

Business

$29monthly
  • WordPress Specialist Hosting
  • Local Servers
  • Daily Data Backups
  • Security & Malware Protection
  • Data Storage 10GB
  • 25k Visitors Month
  • WordPress Core Updates
  • Content Distribution Network
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • Automated SSL Certificate
  • ~
  • ~

Enhanced Business

$99monthly
  • WordPress Specialist Hosting
  • Local Servers
  • Daily Data Backups
  • Security & Malware Protection
  • Data Storage 20GB
  • 100k Visitors Month
  • WordPress Core Updates
  • Content Distribution Network
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • Automated SSL Certificate
  • Imported SSL Certificate
  • 24/7 Phone Support

Critical Business

$249monthly
  • WordPress Specialist Hosting
  • Local Servers
  • Daily Data Backups
  • Security & Malware Protection
  • Data Storage 30GB
  • 400k Visitors Month
  • WordPress Core Updates
  • Content Distribution Network
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • Automated SSL Certificate
  • Imported SSL Certificate
  • 24/7 Phone Support

The key elements needed to maintaining your WordPress Website are included in our maintenance package described in the table below.

Of course there may be times when third-party integrations (such as payment gateways, email marketing software) do things which are beyond all of our control and extra intervention is needed to keep it all working.  Often this can be accommodated by jiggling around with the 1 hour tech time we have included but occasionally we may need to charge you for additional work. We will always tell you first; give you our best advice about how long it will take; and, charge you by the minute.

WordPress Monthly Maintenance

WordPress Website Maintenance

£149monthly
  • Theme Software Updates
  • Plugin Software Updates
  • Daily Data Backups
  • Weekly Site Clone
  • Image Optimisation
  • Uptime Monitoring
  • Blacklist Monitoring and Reporting
  • Page Speed Monitoring
  • Broken Links Reporting
  • 1 Hour Technical Support
  • Help Desk/Phone Support

If this is the first time we have worked on your WordPress website, there is likely to be hygiene, cleansing and optimising needed to make it secure, fast and optmised for your visitors best experience.  We charge a one-off onboarding cost for this.

WordPress Website Onboarding

£170One Off Cost
  • Security Audit and Set Up
  • Existing Image Library Optimisation
  • Base Line Reports for Speed, SEO etc
  • Plugin Incompatibility Assessment and Replacement
  • Theme Software Update and Repair
  • General Functions Test and Updates
  • SSL set up
  • Staging Site Set Up

Why is the hosting price in $ whilst everything else is displayed as £’s?

The hosting service we recommend do have UK offices and support, but charge in $ and we just pass that cost directly onto you.

We usually include the hosting and management cost in one monthly package for you and this is much easier for your accounting and what our clients usually choose to do.  We convert the $ to £ at the prevailing rate.

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