Care Plan FAQs
KMS Website Care Plans are available to anyone, current client or not, but the site must be built on a self-hosted WordPress framework.
How to Sign up for a Care Plan
Simply call me with: which Care Plan, your credit card number, the email to send the monthly receipt to, and whether you'd like to be set up for monthly, quarterly or annual reporting.
Why does WordPress need updating?
Technology evolves every week and software needs to keep up. This is just like any software that you have on your phone or computer. WordPress needs to be updated regularly. Updates may seem cumbersome, but it’s crucial to stay on top of this because if you don’t, vulnerabilities will occur that hackers or malware will take advantage of.
Can’t KMS just do an update when I periodically ask you to do something to my site?
I don’t recommend that. WordPress updates occur frequently and should be updated frequently. A few times a year is not safe. Plugin updates occur weekly, and out-of-date plugins are dangerous.
Don’t you already back up my site for me?
Unless there is a Care Plan in place, even if I designed your website, I am not contracted to provide backing up your website. However, if you've asked me to work on or update your site, I do create a backup for my purposes - as an insurance policy while I’m working on your files. However, I don’t keep them after I have performed the service.
Will you keep backups for me with your Care Plan service?
Yes. Your backups will be stored offsite and I will be monitoring the process to make sure they are occurring without error. I generally store about 90 days' worth. My role is to make sure backups are happening and ready should we need to return to them for site restoration.
Wait, doesn’t my website hosting company provide backups?
Yes and no. Some do, and some companies do a better job at it than others (how long they keep them, how often they back up, how complete they are, how easy it is to get them to restore a backup, and how long they take to get it done). Hosting company backups usually need to be set up by someone; it's not automatic, and frequently, they are no longer free.
Can I use outside companies to do things for my site?
If you hire an outside company to make changes to your site*, you must advise me of the company, contact/phone number/email address. I will use this information to create a unique username/pw for their use. This provides for a major safeguard against untoward changes. If you don't advise me, as soon as they log in, I will be notified; and will then boot them from your site, and change that username's password. This is for your website's (and your) protection. From a security standpoint, as your Care Plan administrator, it's my responsibility to know who has permission to access your site. *examples for third-party logins: Advanced SEO, Google Adwords, Special Projects. I highly recommend you download this 1-page agreement and share it with the company doing the work; this prevents any surprises, and protects your website from future potential cleanup and other additional costs.
Will a Care Plan guarantee my site won't get hacked or go down?
No. I can only offer you services that can keep your site updated, backed up, and alerted of any brewing problems with malware scans. This alone will go a long, long way to help keep hackers and malware out. Hosting can go down for many reasons and no hosting company will guarantee 100% uptime.
What if my website gets hacked and I am subscribed to your care plan?
I will do everything I can to get your site back up, and quickly! In some cases, an ‘under maintenance’ screen will be placed on your site while or until I can restore your files. Typically, restoring a backup is all that is needed but occasionally more work than that needs to be done. If this is the case, the backup restoration done by me is covered by your plan, but if something else is required, my hourly rates will apply. Occasionally, I'll need to submit your site to be professionally cleaned, and in that case, additional costs will apply. The good news is that YOU won’t have to handle it!
What if my website gets hacked and I'm not subscribed to your care plan?
I will do whatever I can to help you get your site back up! My hourly rates will apply. The best case is you have good backups to restore from. Worst case, we need to rebuild your entire site.
How much time and what does it cost to fix a hacked site?
Anywhere from 2 hours to 2 or more weeks, depending on the size of the site, what the problem is, if you have backups, etc. My hourly rate applies. This can cost anywhere from about $100-$2500 to fix. If I have to completely rebuild a site from scratch, it's like paying for it all over again.
Doesn’t your Care Plan just auto-update my WordPress site?
No. I’m going to review what needs to be updated FIRST, keeping in mind any factors I know about your particular website. Sometimes if I’m working on something, I might delay the update until I know it makes sense. Also, occasionally a plugin will come up as 'abandoned' or just stop working, and I do the work to find a compatible one to put in its place.
How will you manage all these updates?
I have invested in a product for website designers that allows me to keep an eye on client websites with more control than I’ve ever had before. I will install the KMS Care Plan plugin on your site which will allow me to see your site in a management tool that alerts me when you need updates, set and monitor backups, restore your site to an earlier date, run malware scans, and more.
What are my options to pay and can I cancel?
Every Care Plan requires me to set up an automatic monthly payment on a credit card (subscription thru my credit card processor, Stripe). You can cancel anytime; I just need a 30-day notice via email. I found some people would rather pay for the year in advance. For the annual payment method, you can pay annually with a check or credit card.
If I need pages or posts updated with content, is that included?
Yes, all plans include Site Update minutes. Refer to the table on the main Care Plan web page.
What does “Site Update minutes” mean?
Site Update minutes are allocated monthly minutes included in both Care Plans that you can use to give me tasks to update or change content on your site. This can be: adding or changing a page or images within a page, new or changing page text, adding a gallery, changing out images in a slideshow, etc. Minutes can roll over only up to a rolling 3 months, and then they expire. If I don't hear from you, sometimes I might come up with something to add or change on your website. I'll always ask first unless it's simply a security issue and doesn't affect the visual of your website. Some more examples of how to use Site Update minutes: How to write a blog post training, additional social media links added to your site, and how to make your site more SEO effective. If any project goes over the allotted minutes, I will invoice you for the overage at the end of each quarter (or monthly if more than $100). Please be aware that requests for new features to your website, redesigns, or large content updates will likely result in a formal quote as those commonly go over Site Update minutes.
Do I need to sign a contract?
No contract is required at this time.
Does KMS provide website hosting?
No. I never wanted to get into the reseller game. I always felt it was safer to let my website account clients have direct access to their hosting provider. My current favorite host is MDD Hosting. I talk about them on my Websites page. Ask me about options for domain registration. There are hosting companies I do not recommend; email me if you need to know.
How to Sign up for a Care Plan
Simply call me with: which Care Plan, your credit card number, the email to send the monthly receipt to, and whether you'd like to be set up for monthly or quarterly reporting.