WordPress website maintenance

Website framework technology


The Ethical Agency are WordPress website development specialistsWordPress is used by 40% of all websites globally. WordPress is a great success story for the open source community but it also means that as the most popular website planet on earth, its also therefore a popular platform (i.e. your website) that hackers are trying to hack. But don’t worry, we take security very seriously and your website is safe with us.

WordPress is constantly updated as a platform and provides for thousands of plug-ins to enhance/upgrade/expand your website’s capabilities which makes it a suitable choice in relation to scalability.

WordPress is also very well suited for responsiveness – providing for seamless user experiences on mobile and tablets as well as Desktop computers and laptops.

With contiguous updates and changes to browsers and browser standards, and CMS platforms that are regularly updated, this helps to really extend the longevity of your site, making it much more forwards compatible and responsive than traditional hand-coded websites could ever be – for literally a portion of the effort (and cost).

WordPress provides for an intuitive CMS (Content Management System) which is well known globally by clients needing to edit aspects of their website. Not every aspect of the site will be editable by the client. We can provide training for WordPress editing.

Being WordPress specialists we are able to provide your website with ongoing best practise improvements through ongoing discovery, research and implementation from all other ongoing projects.

You can feel rest assured that WordPress development is widely practised should the need arise to change suppliers.

Does maintenance include content updates?

Website maintenance includes a specific set of technical tasks that are all related to website maintenance, and therefore does not include content updates. Content updates can be provided before or after maintenance but does not form part of a maintenance contract or SLA.

Monthly maintenance is a mandatory service that we provide and is included in the price of monthly website hosting.

Maintenance includes firstly research to ensure the proposed updates will not break the website, then backing-up of the site, updating of software, and then checking the website once completed.

We receive regular updates from three independent industry sources on all WordPress eco-system vulnerabilities (plug-ins, themes, WordPress itself)(of which there are dozens each month), from which we use to update our client’s websites on a monthly basis, or make emergency updates where required.

The theme and plugins are being updated by their own developers, on a regular basis, and often monthly for various reasons, not limited to plugging vulnerabilities and increasing security. Not all software developers will have the same standards and often vulnerabilities are found.

Monthly WordPress maintenance plans

Websites are like cars with thousands of moving parts that connect in the back-end to make your website work well. Just like cars – we undertake mandatory monthly maintenance on all websites. At The Ethical Agency we take security and maintenance very seriously and our maintenance process includes the running of security scans and the provision of a monthly report of the specific maintenance work undertaken.

The reasons for maintenance are two fold:

  1. A WordPress website is made up of the WordPress platform, PHP framework, theme, and plug-ins. These four elements are continually being updated and it is essential to update these all regularly and together to ensure compatibility.
  2. In addition as a result of WordPress being the most widely used platform on earth, it is also the most susceptible framework to hacking. It is therefore essential to keep WordPress, the theme, and plug-ins up to date to mitigate security threats. A hacked website can have a costly effect on your brand’s reputation as well as be a potentially expensive exercise to fix.

Our WordPress maintenance plans are a fixed monthly cost to ensure the software behind your website is secure, compatible and up to date.

Our monthly WordPress maintenance plan includes:

  • WordPress core software updates when applicable
  • WordPress plugin updates when applicable
  • PHP update when required
  • Theme updates when applicable
  • Security scan
  • Uptime monitoring
  • Daily backups (saved for three months)
  • Delete spam content
  • Testing user submitted forms
  • Website Optimisation
  • Maintenance report

Contact us now for a free consultation

Our digital marketing services

Digital marketing

Leading digital marketing agency – digital marketing strategies & campaigns: social media, web, SEO, PPC, content creation & reporting.

Branding and graphic design

High quality branding and graphic design for digital and print. Specialising in branding, publications and digital design.

Satisfied clients

Joette Emerton
Joette Emerton
I've worked with The Ethical Agency for a few years now, the team is always friendly and helpful and they produce great work! They're always mindful of costs with us being a non-profit, which we really appreciate. All round a great design agency that I highly recommend!
Kira Erwin
Kira Erwin
The Ethical Agency recently designed and developed the Africa Zero-Waste Hub. They were very professional and responsive. I was really impressed by both the creativity and development skills. I would use them again in a heartbeat!
Liam Murphy
Liam Murphy
Working with The Ethical Agency has been easy, effective and has delivered the desired results. They became a part of our team and delivered across a range of project needs, equipping us with a brand and site that allows us to more effectively achieve our mission. All this while reflecting the same values of sustainability and respect for people and the planet that are at the core of what motivates us at Vittoria Technology.
We have been a client of The Ethical Agency since they started 2018. They devloped our branding, logo and website. Their service has always been exceptional with great attention to detail and personal care. Being activists and film makers our content is very important to us and we feel comfortable knowing it is in good hands. We would highly recommend them to anyone especially if you looking for an agency to help you grow your business and have a professional experience.
Matthew Rosmarin
Matthew Rosmarin
I have worked with TEA on various projects and they are an incredible agency to work with! Super creative, fast turn around times and all round smart, dedicated and highly professional team.
Giulia Salvaterra
Giulia Salvaterra
It has been an absolute pleasure working with The Ethical Agency to develop a brand identity and website for the Urban Food Systems (UFS) Coalition. The team at the Agency was extremely responsive, professional and accommodating to our needs and shifting timelines, all while delivering a very good product that is both functional, effective and captures the essence of the Coalition. We also appreciate that The Ethical Agency goes beyond providing great service - CSR and ethical standards are part of their DNA, and they are well versed in translating this into tangible outcomes and deliverables. We’d be happy to work with them again!
Nadia Scheffer
Nadia Scheffer
Working with Brett and his team has been a big pleasure. They took on a challenge of creating an amazing logo and packaging for an unusual business concept. Can't wait to further expand my brand identity with their help!
Jennifer Stastny
Jennifer Stastny
I have worked with The Ethical Agency on several projects now and am blown away by their ability to reflect sustainability concerns in their designs and image selection. A great, deadline-driven team to work with.
Lerato Letebele
Lerato Letebele
True to their brand, their work ethic and professionalism is what will keep me coming back. As a Head of Communications at the Centre for Environmental Rights, the Ethical Agency has come through for me on various projects we've worked on together. Not only do they always bring the passion and support for the project, but they always bring their A-Game when it comes to creativity. Highly recommended!
Greg Viljoen (Bigger Than Me)
Greg Viljoen (Bigger Than Me)
We have worked with Ethical Agency for a number of years as strategic partners and its great to work with a team that aligns with our values of trying to create social change through purpose led strategies and business practices. Highly recommended
The Ethical Agency – digital marketing agency id=

IMPORTANT NOTICE: It has devastatingly come to our attention that nefarious individuals are using our company's good name to scam people out of their hard earned money – TEA will never approach individuals or companies offering any form of paid employment opportunities on WhatsApp, Telegram and TikTok – please never hand over any monies under any circumstances and report the telephone number/Account to WhatsApp / Telegram / TikTok.

  1. Reporting the number on Telegram: https://www.technobezz.com/how-to-report-someone-on-telegram/
  2. Reporting the number on WhatsApp: https://faq.whatsapp.com/1142481766359885/?cms_platform=android (scroll down to Report a number)
  3. Reporting an account on TikTok: https://support.tiktok.com/en/safety-hc/report-a-problem

Feel free to contact us on.

For more info: https://theethicalagency.co.za/protect-yourself-against-cyber-crime-south-africa/