Using WordPress for your law firm website is a great idea. It is one of the best content platforms out there. Plugins allow you to extend the functionality of your site without knowing how to program, and they can be easily updated. Available functionality includes social media sharing, SEO, and photo slideshows. Publishing to your website is simple, allowing you to continually engage customers. In addition, Google responds well to WordPress sites.
However, it has its drawbacks. If your theme is not properly coded, the site can be slow. If WordPress is not regularly updated, it can also present security issues that can lead to an eventual hack. WordPress frequently updates its software, which is necessary to keep the platform up to date with the current browsers and mobile devices and ahead of malware and virus attacks. But sometimes the plugins do not quickly adapt to the updates and do not operate the way they should, or at all, when you update your website.
If you are unsure about your WordPress install, run a speed checkup now to see how much the speed of your site is costing you. If you have scores in the 50s, 60s or 70s, you may want to give us a call. If you have scores below a 50, give us a ring immediately so we can assist in getting your platform into shape and improve its performance.
Research has shown that WordPress hacks are on the rise, directing unknowing users to malicious sites. If you are concerned about the security of your site or have experienced issues with hacks in the past, definitely contact us for support. We can help improve the security of your firm’s WordPress site and stop issues before they start.
We will make sure your site is secure—that your WP core is upgraded and your plugins are secure. We will check to make sure directory permissions are set properly, that you are using salts properly in the config file, and certain plugins/techniques are implemented to increase security. We will also check out users and database passwords to make sure they are safe and up to date.
Backing up your WordPress site is vital. If you were to experience a hack or internal issue, you could be at risk of losing everything. Too many people assume that this will not happen to them and find themselves in the middle of a costly, stressful, time-consuming situation of trying to restore lost data from their site. At PaperStreet, we can ensure that you have an automatic backup process in place for your files and database. And we recommend backing up offsite every day for added security, in case you ever do have issues.
Having a fast site is essential. Speed ensures that your visitors will have a great user experience and your your site ranks well in Google, which considers loading speed. We will make sure that your code is optimized. We will minify JS and CSS, crunch images and ensure the load order is right to improve page load time so that your Google site speed is as high as it can possibly be (ideally over a 90).