DIY WordPress Maintenance

Why do I need to maintain a website?

Just like vehicles and houses, websites require ongoing maintenance to keep them operating smoothly and up-to-date security measures to keep them safe from intruders.

And also just like vehicles and houses, ignoring these important routine tasks may save a few bucks or minutes now, but will almost certainly turn into huge problems and bills later.

While large companies have IT departments, and small businesses have budgets for services like a Website Care Plan, the average sole proprietor or blogger does not.

When the average hourly rate for a (skilled, experienced) WordPress website professional in the U.S. is roughly $100 , you don’t want to have to call a professional every week or month.

You want to learn how to carry out the absolute most critical parts of maintenance that are required to keep your website running and safe. That’s where this training comes in.

What will I learn?


  • How to restore a backup in an emergency
  • How to test backups before you need them
  • Why your hosting company’s backups are not good enough
  • Why backups are so important

Software Updates

  • How often to check for updates
  • What sequence to run updates in
  • How to test whether an update will break your site (before it does)


  • The different levels of protection needed
  • How to set up a firewall
  • The most common hack types and how to prevent them
  • How to track changes other people make the site (if you have multiple users)

Emergency Plan

  • How to know when something is broken
  • What information to collect ahead of time to be ready
  • Where to get help for complex issues

What do I get?

Self-study modules covering the most important aspects of WordPress website care.

  • Video and text instruction, so you can learn and follow along in your preferred way.
  • BONUS module introduces advanced topics like traffic reports, testing changes in a copy of your website before making them to your live site, and more.

What do I need to know (or have) before this training?

  • A working WordPress website.
  • Working login credentials for the website.