3 Reasons you need to update your WordPress Site Regularly


WordPress Updates and your maintenance plan

So you’ve launched a new and beautiful WordPress site – congratulations! Before you mentally file your project as “complete,” make sure you have a clear plan for the next phase for your site: maintenance.

In addition to content management, often done in-house, your maintenance plan should include updating to the latest version of WordPress on a regular basis. Sure, that “Update” button is temptingly easy to click. But most organizations find that it’s best to outsource this task to professionals, and here’s why.

A team with technical expertise can back up your site and database prior to updating, a restoration measure recommended by WordPress. They can also quickly repair any functionality or formatting that might break – a scenario that’s more likely to happen the longer you wait to update. That translates into maximum odds of keeping your site live and serving your clients.

So, if your website still looks great on the front end and seems to be working just fine, is it worth investing in regular professional updates? The answer is an emphatic YES – and here are three reasons why.

1. Security

Updating your site is the best way to ensure security against hacking and malicious viruses. As an open source platform, the code used to build your WordPress site is available for others to learn and grow from. And that’s awesome! But on the other side of the coin, if hackers find a line of code susceptible to attack, this could be exploited. The best way to guard against attacks: updates. Updating WordPress means staying one step ahead of the hackers, identifying risks and responding efficiently while making things better.

2. Speed

Speed can make or break the user experience of your website (not to mention your SEO). It’s 2017 and any speed less than optimal is frustrating for visitors. What is an easy way to prevent slow loading content? If you guessed updates, you’re right!

3.  Staying bug-free

Updates are like little evolutions of your WordPress site; the bugs creeping around the older versions are configured out. This makes the experience better for the users visiting your site – and for your site developers. If you don’t regularly update your site, simple changes to your site could be a challenge and force your developer to do a major upgrade which carries risks of breaking the site. Think of them like regular visits to your doctor: to ensure the continued health of your site, keep up to date with the latest versions of WordPress and any plugins that you may utilize.

Keep your site healthy, relevant and up to date with Dot Think. We offer tiered levels of hosting and security.

 

 


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Dot Think Design is a woman-owned & operated agency based in Fairfield County, CT that serves nonprofit and for-profit organizations across the US with branding and marketing strategy, print and web design, social media and email campaigns, technology solutions and development.

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LAUNCHED: Watermark Capital Management’s New Website

Wealth Management Meets Better Branding

Dot Think collaborated with Watermark Capital Management in building a secure website with an inviting online presence. Investing careful attention to the design, image strategy, tone and voice, we were happy to provide a serious brand upgrade.

Crafting personalized financial strategies that support their clientele, Watermark creates a forward thinking atmosphere of service and trust. Dot Think was motivated to create a user experience to match while placing wealth management at the hands of the customer. With an attractive and responsive website, financial inquires are now easy to answer. Simple navigation offers quick accessibility to the Watermark approach and services, while a custom login page grants exclusive interaction with the team.

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We are dedicated to making the world easier to navigate.

Dot Think loves to assist clients in clearly stating their mission so that their product can improve the lives of their customers.

Dot Think supports Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the Give Back Yoga Foundation, Y12SR, the Foundation for MetroWest and Elephant Journal, among others.

 

Dot Think Design Branding an online Yoga Service Course

(Stratford, CT) As part of a $25 million-dollar commitment to increase access to the healing benefits of yoga, lululemon athletica inc. has engaged Stratford-based agency Dot Think Design to name, brand and design a web-based yoga service training that will be offered through the Give Back Yoga Foundation.

In September 2016, lululemon launched its “Here to Be” community-based social impact program in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative. The program fund initiatives that make the tools of yoga and meditation more accessible to at-risk and underserved communities.

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The Give Back Yoga Foundation, which Dot Think Design has represented for the past five years, is one of five grantee partners of Here to Be. As a national nonprofit, Give Back Yoga’s mission is to share yoga and meditation with underserved populations including veterans, cancer survivors, prisoners, and those overcoming eating disorders or addiction. The organization’s forthcoming training, which will be offered at no cost, will help yoga teachers and trainees to deepen their practice by engaging in yoga service – the intentional sharing of yoga practices within the context of a conscious relationship to Self and others.

 


Yoga Service Initiative gby lululemon“We are an agency committed to supporting nonprofit and for-profit organizations deliver their missions,” said Corti Cooper, Principal and Creative Director. “Dot Think Design is honored to sculpt the branding and presentation of a training tool that holds the potential exponentially to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of tens of thousands of people.”

 


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ABOUT DOT THINK DESIGN

As a woman-owned & operated agency based in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Dot Think Design serves businesses and nonprofit organizations across the US with branding and marketing strategy, print and web design, social media and email campaigns. Clients include the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Cedar Roof Company, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Pelli Consulting, Give Back Yoga Foundation, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, Foundation for MetroWest and more.

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LAUNCHED: Elephant Journal’s Holiday Gift Guide

Giving mindfully this season: Elephant Journal’s Ethical Holiday Gift Guide

Dot Think partnered with Elephant Journal to design and develop a Holiday Gift Guide that would present and organize ethical products from around the world. From Himalayan Serenity Salt Bowls to Mantra Leggings in Vector Print, the products make a statement and this is exactly where we want the focus – the products.

Tech Specs:

Created as a custom post type in the WordPress Content Management System (CMS), it is easy for the Elephant Journal team to add products, add text and upload images. Additionally, the gift guide for Elephant Journal was built with scalability in mind allowing the team to continue to use the technology past the holiday season. Finally, with 70% of Elephant Journal’s users on mobile, the site was designed mobile first and QA tested across devices to maximize reach for an international viewing audience with a wide range of devices.

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Elephant Journal is an online platform dedicated to connecting a mindful community while sharing the good word about the Mindful Life. With nearly 10 million readers a month, they are truly spreading the word and making an impact.

Founded March 26, 2009 with a simple philosophy: “It’s about the mindful life” they are dedicated to bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society.  We are proud to work with Elephant Journal to further their cause and spread their message, a message we feel facilitates forward movement.

Dot Think is proud to have supported the technology behind Elephant Journal since 2015.

We are dedicated to making the world a better place.

Dot Think Design and all its counterparts are committed to supporting organizations that are actively engaged in building stronger communities. We are interested in engaging in work that is not just creative, but that can make a a positive impact on our neighbors. With these organizations, the passion for the mission is palpable – and all the more powerful when aided by the right visuals and messaging. As with any business, community-focused organizations can benefit from brand storytelling as a way to engage and connect with their demographic.

Dot Think supports Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the Give Back Yoga Foundation, the Foundation for MetroWest and Elephant Journal, among others.

4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Copy Writer for Your Website

Well thought-out content for your website is key to increasing conversion. Many people take a shot at writing their own content. The difficulty or success of writing your own website depends largely on your existing content, your time commitment and the desired goals for the new piece. We recommend hiring a professional copy writer for many reasons. Here are a few of them:

It’s the quickest way to move your project forward.

Your site has very specific design requirements. By organizing your content needs and generating a first draft that meets the specific requirements, a copywriter eliminates what can potentially be a lengthy back-and-forth between the client and the designer, so that you can launch sooner. The first draft offers a clear, specific starting point for future edits — whether you would like these to be done through a copywriter, or to work on them yourself.

Branded content is professional and impactful.

Most visitors to your website will decide within a few seconds whether they want to stay and read more, or to leave the site. An experienced web copywriter understands how to draft copy that is short, impactful, and clearly invites visitors to take a specific action. Additionally, proofreading services ensure that your site looks polished.

A solid plan can help control costs.

If you submit copy directly to the web designer that requires lengthy discussion and reformatting to meet your messaging/marketing goals and the site design requirements, it may expand the project scope of work and budget. We can help you make a plan for exactly what you want to communicate and steps you want users to take. A well thought out content outline is the foundation for a website that is on time and on budget.

You are not your biggest fan.

While you are the expert in all things about your business, you may not be the best person to tout the superiority of your talents and products. Many clients are, in fact, too humble in the way that they write about themselves. A branding company like Dot Think, will be not only be complementary but will also write in a tone and voice that will elevate your product and connect with the users. With your content highlighting the best of your business and engaging the users’ emotional intelligence, your website will convert users into customers.

Reach out today to discuss how we can elevate your online presence. Let’s get started.