Most businesses benefit from having well-designed websites. But what happens to the small business owner who is working with limited time and resources for managing a website?
Fortunately, the team behind Jetpack recognizes the importance of maintaining the health of your website without having to spend extra money on third-party website maintenance services, or devoting time you don’t have to routine tasks like making backups or monitoring your logins.
Let’s review four of the most useful WordPress maintenance features that Jetpack offers, and how you can use each one to save time.
Four Jetpack features designed for smooth WordPress maintenance
Jetpack does a lot of the heavy-lifting for you, so you don’t have to pay for any additional WordPress website maintenance services. Jetpack is like a toolkit for WordPress: it contains nearly every instrument that you might need to keep your site running smoothly.
Site maintenance is only one piece of Jetpack’s many capabilities, but in terms of maintenance, you get automated real-time backups, full website restores, security scanning, and automatic plugin updates.
Let’s look at each of these features in a little more detail.
1. Automated backups with one-click restores
This feature gives you the ability to automatically create a snapshot of your entire website at a point in time when everything is working properly.
Think of backups as insurance policies against rebuilding your site from scratch. If an accident were to happen — say your host has a server issue, or you somehow get hacked — there would be a copy of your site safe and sound on Jetpack’s servers.
Additionally, you can restore your website with minimal effort — usually with a single click. Together, the backup and restore features can save you from redoing many hours of work while giving you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your site is backed up.
2. Automatic plugin updates
Jetpack’s Automatic Plugin Updates allows you to enable certain plugins to be updated without any manual effort on your part.
Whenever a plugin update is released, it’s best to update that plugin right away. Otherwise you need to check for plugin updates on a regular basis and install those updates manually. Whether you have one WordPress website or many, this process can take a while if you use a lot of plugins.
Read this post on automatic updates to learn a little more about when automatic updates are a wise decision, or when you might want to avoid them.
3. Security scanning
Jetpack constantly scans your website to automatically detect any viruses, malware, or other security threats that could harm it.
If a hacker or spammer were to gain unauthorized access to your site via a “backdoor” vulnerability, you probably wouldn’t notice anything odd at first. Some hackers know how to take advantage of any backdoor openings without getting caught.
You obviously don’t want an unchecked hacker to steal your customer data or inject malicious code into your site. So Jetpack safeguards your site by constantly patrolling for code changes or other infiltrations that might otherwise remain undetected.
If you’re a Premium or Professional plan subscriber, you will receive an email alert from Jetpack if any malicious activity or malware is detected. Furthermore, Jetpack will automatically resolve a majority of threats and grant you priority support from its Happiness Engineers to resolve anything else, so you can rest easy knowing that your site will remain safe.
4. Brute force login protection
Finally, Jetpack protects all of its users from traditional and distributed brute force attacks. A brute force attack is carried out using botnets, or a network of infected computers, that bombard your site with login attempts.
Jetpack’s botnet security features start working automatically once you install and connect it to your WordPress.com account. With botnet protection in place, Jetpack blocks unwanted or malicious login attempts on your site, building an impenetrable wall between you and any attackers.
Get the hands-on support you need
Some business owners might prefer guidance to ensure they’re setting up these features correctly. If that’s the case, then you’re in luck: Jetpack has your back.
Jetpack offers plenty of help for this process, including priority support for those with paid plans. This is another way that Jetpack helps make WordPress maintenance easier: if an issue with your site performance arises, you’ll have several resources you can use for assistance.
Maintaining your WordPress site shouldn’t stress you out
Managing a website is hard work. It takes time to produce great content and increase your site traffic, but you don’t want to overlook routine maintenance tasks like updating plugins or monitoring your site’s security.
This is why Jetpack takes care of those tasks for you. Between automated backups with one-click restores, brute force login protection, and security scans, you can keep your site secure and well-maintained while your focus remains on your work.
If you’re interested in automating your site maintenance, take a closer look at Jetpack’s security features.