Are “Website Support Services” worth it?
Well, that depends on how you value your time, and what you enjoy doing in your off time. WordPress Maintenance takes between 2 and 3 hours per month if you have a relatively stable website. What is the opportunity cost for this “working time” during the week? If you value your time at $50/Hour, it’s pretty easy math, right? Between $100 and $150 dollars per month. Even if your time is valued at $25/Hour, there are WP Maintenance Plans out there for less than $75/Month.
Finally, if you factor in the assumed value of all the elements usually included in these tiered “Plans”, you’ll find…
- Quick Fix Development Time, usually valued at $50/Hour and up
- “Virtual Insurance” against Website Hackers – Almost Priceless!
- Hosting, sometimes up to $20/Month for Managed WordPress Hosting
- Website Backups, Off-Site Cloud Storage, Site Restore Services
- 24/7 Service Call Options
All of these things take time, and a professional web developer has the added advantage of being set up to be efficient at all of these tasks whereas most small business owners might not be familiar with the internal workings of WordPress, or best practices when it comes to securing their website. In conclusion, weighing the opportunity cost of learning how to build and maintain your website if it isn’t something you already do, WordPress Maintenance makes a lot of sense.