Recommended WordPress Plugins

Recommended Wordpress Plugins

Recommended WordPress Plugins

People always want to know if I have any Recommended WordPress Plugins. There are tons of WordPress plugins available. Some are great. They are maintained and have been around for a long time. Others, well … lets just say they really aren’t up to par.

There are several I have found to be stable, maintained and worth having.

Akismet Anti-Spam $/Free

JetPack $/Free

Contact Form 7

Counterize

Health Check & Troubleshooting

Limit Login Attempts Reloaded

TinyMCE Advanced

Wordfence Security $/Free

Yoast SEO $/Free

All Meta Tags

SEO Pressor $/Free

WooCommerce $/Free

Most have free versions for Personal use and premium or paid versions for Commercial use.  Others have a paid version that includes extras added on to a Basic plan. I usually recommend paid versions unless the extras are included in another plugin or service you already use.

Check back often as there may be changes or additions at any time

Website Monitoring Services – Pricing

Website Monitoring Services – Pricing

Basic Level Services $100.00 monthly

  • Monthly Backups
  • Monthly Security Checks
  • Monthly Performance Check
  • Monthly Executive Report

Additional Backups $15, Security Check $15, Performance Check $15

Pro Level Services $150.00 monthly

  • Weekly Backups w/SAFE Updates
  • Weekly Security Checks
  • Weekly Performance Check
  • Weekly Executive Report
  • Clone and Migrate
  • SEO Monitoring
  • Uptime Monitoring and Notifications
  • Website Dashboard

 

Executive Level Services $170.00 monthly

  • Daily Backups w/SAFE Updates
  • Daily Security Checks
  • Daily Performance Check
  • Daily Executive Report
  • SEO Monitoring
  • Uptime Monitoring and Notifications
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Website Dashboard

Why Hire a Website Monitoring Service??

Why hire a Website Monitoring Service??

I know what you are thinking, ‘I don’t need a Website Monitoring Service. I already have a webmaster who is doing everything I need for my business website. ’

Does he really? While he/she may do a lot and seem to be doing a great job, there are many things that may be out of scope or even ability for the average webmaster to handle.

As a savvy business owner

you know that having professionals do certain things is essential. You have a Lawyer, a bookkeeper, a tax advisor/CPA, a trusted computer technician and so on. It is expected that each one of these experts knows their specific job and will advise you accordingly. A Lawyer gives you legal advice but you don’t want him fixing your computers or network the same as you don’t want your computer guy to tackle your taxes.

The same goes for your website. Your webmaster can take care of managing your website. They take care of adding content, SEO, managing your newsletter and customer database and autoresponders. That is a lot of work. Do you also expect him or her to know how to test for vulnerabilities? How about backups, cloning, security testing, server performance? That’s like expecting sound legal advice from your auto mechanic.

A website monitoring service

works together with your webmaster to make sure things are done right, up to date and operating smoothly. Your webmaster does a lot for you and they do a lot for their other clients too. Along with the standard services they likely get overwhelmed trying to keep up to date with all the newest threats and updates.

That’s where we come in.

We are not webmasters, we specialize in website monitoring services, testing and scanning. We keep abreast of the latest threats and the steps to take to guard against them. We have the ability to scan for vulnerabilities, malware, hackers, intrusion detection, DDoS, database compromise and other threats to your website and your online business reputation. We check for blacklisting, infected files and give you detailed reports listing the infected files, site errors and outdated software.

We are the Messenger, not The Cleaner (that’s your Webmaster)

Both you and your webmaster can receive the reports. It will then be up to your webmaster to focus on his job of being a webmaster and take care of cleaning files and taking steps to get your site removed from any blacklists reported.

Monitoring Services

Dave Brehaut
Website Management and Monitoring Services

Descriptions

Backup is the cornerstone of WordPress website management. If an update fails, or your website crashes, it’s imperative to have an up-to-date backup of your website. We take the load off your mind by running scheduled backups and making sure that up-to-date backup is always ready. And since our backups are incremental and run off-site, it will successfully back up even the most problematic websites.

Incremental, reliable, comes with off-site storage, and capable of running on an hourly cycle. Everything you need from a great backup.

Our backups come in two versions:

 The included backup is ideal for small websites, and websites with static content. This backup is available to all of our clients.
Free backup spec:

  • Monthly scheduled backup

  • Off-site storage

  • 1-click restore

  • US/EU storage choice

  • exclude files and folders

  • receive notifications via Email
    **emergency on-demand backups available additional $

The premium backup is suited to more demanding websites and active development. The premium add-on has everything the free version does, plus:

  • emergency on-demand backups

  • cloning/migration tool

  • different backup frequencies, from weekly to daily – Hourly backups also available inquire for pricing

  • download backup to your computer

  • upload to your own external destination (Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, OneDrive). This feature is charged separately at $1/GB.

  • exclude as well as include files and folders

  • (please note that the bundle does not include real time backup, it covers daily and weekly backups only)

Our backups also support multisite networks. You can backup, clone and restore your multisite network. – Inquire for pricing

Choose the backup that best suits the needs of your websites.

Your backups are stored for 90 days.

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • Low server load

95% of the backup is done on our server infrastructure, which is a blessing for your web server PHP memory

  • EU and US storage

Comply with the EU directive by keeping your websites on the optional EU storage

  • Incremental backup

Only the new and altered files and tables are backed up, hugely increasing the reliability and reducing the site server usage

  • Multisite backup

You have the option to backup your multisite network, and choose to restore either the network itself or individual subsites

Clone

Cloning a website allows you to in just seconds have a an identical copy of your website. Almost instantaneously clone your website to a staging area for testing, or to a new host, or even clone to an existing site. Restore and clone your backup. It’s a great tool that saves you time when creating new sites, or fixing old ones.

Clone feature comes bundled with the premium Backup add-on.

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • Clone to different destinations

Select different types of destinations to clone to.

  • Full URL rewrite

When cloning a site all of your URL’s will be rewritten on your destination site

  • Easy clone to sites

You can clone to a Clean WordPress site

  • Stage area always up-to-date

Set up and keep your staging area up-to-date

  • Switch hosts

Move WordPress websites to another host

  • Easy website deploy

Deploy template websites to your client

  • Website restore

Restore a website from a backup archive

  • Smart Clone

It compare the source and destination files. If they are the same, it skips them, and clones only the different files and the database

  • Reliable Clone

If the PHP process on the destination site is terminated before the files have been uploaded, the Clone tool falls back to FTP file transfer to complete the task.

  • Search engine (in)visibility

The option to discourage search engines from indexing the cloned website, in order to avoid the duplicate content penalty

UpTime Monitoring

We keep an eye on your websites for you and send you an instant notification when your website goes down, so you could get it back online before anyone else notices.

Uptime Monitor saves you time worrying about what websites are up, it instantaneously notifies you if a website goes down, giving you a chance to fix the problem before it becomes serious. When your WordPress website is down, you’re losing visitors and with that revenue, Uptime Monitor makes sure that this doesn’t happen to you.

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • Stay aware

Every minute the system will check your websites

  • We will confirm before we notify you

If the Uptime Monitor doesn’t get the expected response, it’ll keep trying a couple more times to confirm that the site is down. If it is still unresponsive, you will receive a notification

  • Always be up-to-date

The notification will tell you when your website is down

  • Good news

You will also receive notifications when your websites go back up

  • Receive notifications

Notification via Email.

  • Notify clients too

Each website has the option of adding additional emails, that way you and your client can be informed when the website goes down

  • Uptime overview

Uptime Monitor tracks your uptime percentage, response delay and individual checks

  • Included in Client Report

Client Report integration

  • Combined notifications

Multiple notifications in a short time span are merged into a single notification

  • Real time Uptime Monitor

Uptime check interval is 60 seconds

SEO Monitoring included

SEO Ranking is the bread and butter of many businesses. Keep track of how your keyword ranking changes, find out who your competitors are, and how you stack up against them.

You no longer have to separately find, monitor and record your keywords. The SEO ranking tool gives you all of the key metrics in one place for all of your websites. Not only that but it shows you your main competitors, saving you going out there and looking by yourself. It also gives you a timeline of how you rank, better or worse, and tracks your ranking position for you.

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • SEO in seconds

It only takes a minute to get you key metrics.

  • Track different keywords

Keywords: the number of keywords assigned to that website. 100 is the maximum number of keywords per website.

  • Keyword rankings

Better: check which keywords are ranked higher than the previous week and optimize your keyword search even further

No change: keywords that have not moved in rank

Worse: keywords that are ranked worse than last week

  • Top Rank

Top rank: The number of your keywords for which your website is the first Google search result

  • First Page

First page: The number of your keywords for which your website is on the first page of Google search results

  • Combine all your keywords

Visibility: Our ranking algorithm helps you track how well your website is doing by looking at the combined ranking of all its keywords

  • Track your visibility

Visibility change: tracks the change in your website visibility

  • Ranking timeline

Over time the SEO tool will build up a ranking history, so you can compare your current ranking with the results from last week, last month and 3 months ago.

  • Find your competitors

Based on the given set of keywords, our algorithm finds your top competitors and gives you an overview of how your website stacks up against them.

  • Included into Client Reports

SEO ranking is integrated with our Client Reports

Security Check Basic included

The worst thing about malware is that it could be on your website for months without you even noticing. You need to be vigilant, proactive, and check regularly for malware and known vulnerabilities. That’s where our Security Check comes in.

The Security Check makes it easy for you to make sure that all of your sites are clean, and if any files become infected you will be able to spot them on time. In 1-click you can scan websites and receive valuable security information, as well as have an overview of all of the past security scans. Stop being in the dark when it comes to your security.

The Security Check comes in two versions:

The Basic version , included in all plans, allows you to perform security scans on all of your websites, twice a month. It detects malware, if your website is blacklisted, and is included in your Client Reports. It’s perfect for all of your websites, especially for those that contain less sensitive information.

The Premium version, is suited for more advanced websites with key information that needs 24/7 observation. The premium version includes everything as the free version plus Automated Security Checks. This means that you can schedule your checks, and not worry about your websites, because as soon as an issue is detected you will be informed via Email.

The Security Check is a must have feature and is why it is included in all service packages, it’s up to you to decide if the Basic or Premium version is best suited for your needs.

Technical takeaways for nerds

    • Powerful security scan

It is web-based integrity monitoring and malware scanning of your website

    • Easily find infected files

The Security Check scans the pages on your website and compares the code against the known malware knowledge base

    • Check if your website is blacklisted

It performs a blacklist check with a number of services, like Google Safe Browsing, Norton Safe Web, ESET, etc.

    • Know your website weakness

Flags site errors and outdated software

    • Detailed reports

If it comes back clean you will still get a detailed report. If it comes back with malware, you will get detailed descriptions as well as a list of infected files

    • Track your Security Checks

Each scan is being stored in an archive. It allows you to look back into the past, investigate each security threat and discern a pattern if needed

    • Included in Client Reports

Included in Client Reports

    • The Messenger, not The Cleaner

****Our Security Check does not clean the site for you****

    • Automated Security Checks (premium feature)

Schedule security checks to be either daily or weekly, also have them included in your event notifications.

    • Notifications

Receive emails or slack notifications when a website becomes inflected.

Analytics

Using Google Analytics? Now you can see Google Analytics data directly on your scheduled report.

With a glance you can keep track of all results, finding out what worked for you and what didn’t. It is essential to monitor your website on Google Analytics and with the help of ManageWP you can with one widget.

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • Personalize your stats

You can choose your time interval and the number of results to display

  • Included in Client Reports

Google Analytics is integrated into Client Reports

  • Detailed overview

You get an overview of the number of sessions, returning visitors, social media, organic search, pageviews, page sessions, time on site and bounce rate.

Performance Check

A slow website will hurt your business a lot. That’s why you need to benchmark your website performance regularly and react if something goes wrong.

The Performance Check gives you insight into what is happening with your website and how it’s performing. It’s the first step to solving your problems, the Performance Check tells you what they are. It gives you a breakdown of the factors that are affecting your website. You can see each individual factor and its grade, as well as giving you recommendations on how to improve your website performance. You can also follow your website performance over time, marked on a timeline.

The Performance Check comes in two versions:

The Basic version is great for everyone to check the performance of their websites. You will get two Performance Checks included in you reports every month. You will be able to see a detailed list of all the results, and suggestions on what needs improving.

The premium version allows you to have Performance Checks weekly or even daily. This means you can set up when you want your checks to take place, and immediately get notified if your website is underperforming. You will be notified in our notifications either via email. This is a great feature especially if your online business depends on website performance.

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • Run powerful scans

It runs analysis with Google PageSpeed and Yahoo! YSlow ruleset

  • Website performance grade

Overall grade of website performance and of individual factors

  • Track your website performance

Scan results are stored and compared

  • Included in Client Reports

Performance Checks are included in your Website Reports

  • Detailed report

Full report and recommendation on what needs improving

  • Automated Performance Check (premium feature)

Schedule your performance check to be either daily and weekly. Also select your preferred scan region.

  • Event Notifications (premium feature)

When the performance of your website drops you will be informed with a notification in your email.

Client Report

An executive summary that shows everything you’ve done on your client’s websites. Just by looking at it, your clients know you mean business, and that you’re worth every cent.

Keep your clients in the loop at all times with fully editable, professional Client Reports. The Client Report is a perfect way to impress your clients by going above and beyond their expectations.

Client Report comes in two versions: free and premium.

Client Report includes:

  • Reports from all activated services

  • WooCommerce reports *

  • PDF download

Premium (Pro and Executive) Client Report includes:

  • Everything in the free version, plus

  • Any included upgrades or additional services

  • Vulnerability Updates

We use WPScan Vulnerability Database to bring you real time information about what plugins are vulnerable so you can act accordingly.

This is a total game changer for your maintenance workflow – knowing that a website has a known vulnerability is hard to ignore. As an Executive Client you will be able to see which plugin is vulnerable, what the issue is, and on what websites this plugin is active, i.e. what websites can be affected by this vulnerability.

As an upgraded PRO or Executive services member you will also receive an additional intensive scan using OWASP ZAP with detailed report of findings of vulnerabilities and solutions

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • Vulnerability detection

Detects security vulnerabilities

  • Addresses multiple issues

Addresses issues like CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery), XSS (Cross-site scripting), RFI (Remote File Inclusion).

  • Our servers do the work

Detection happens on our own servers

  • Security Check flags

Shows up in our Security checks

  • Included in Client Report

You can choose to have vulnerabilities included in your Client Reports

***Additional website and network vulnerability scanning services are also available. Contact us for pricing and descriptions.

Safety Update included

There are two ways to update websites: the wrong way,  and the Safety Update way

Nobody likes to update WordPress websites, but you gotta do it to keep your website secure. Still, it’s time and effort that could be spent elsewhere, like creating content and running your business. That’s where we step in: our state of the art tool automatically creates a restore point for you, compares the website before and after the update, and helps us roll back the update if something goes wrong. Yeah, it’s that easy.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Create a restore point: if something goes wrong, you can roll back the update

  2. Send an HTTP request to the website: if it’s not 200 OK, we stop the process

  3. Grab a “before” page screenshot: pick a page on your website. We will later compare it with the after screenshot to spot inconsistencies

  4. Update plugin/theme/core

  5. Send another HTTP request to the website: if the response is not 200 OK, we let you know

  6. Automatically roll back on error: You can instruct your ManageWP dashboard to automatically roll back if you get a 4xx-5xx HTTP response

  7. Grab an “after” page screenshot

  8. Show the screenshot comparison: You’ll see the before/after screenshots of the chosen page, and you’ll have the option to roll back if you see something out of place

Safety Update is a free upgrade for everyone with the premium (Pro and Executive)Backup add-on.  And if your website is hosted on GoDaddy servers, it’s free since all GoDaddy hosted sites get premium Backup and Uptime Monitor for free!

Technical takeaways for nerds

  • Restore with ease

Automatically creates a restore point before the update

  • Update scheduling

Set up a time and day in the week, and choose which updates will be performed. Perfect for updates during low traffic hours.

  • Update verification

HTTP check & page screenshot grab for comparison before and after the update. You can choose which URL you want to compare.

  • Automatic rollback

The option of automatically rolling back the update if your website server responds with an HTTP response in the 400-599 range

Wrap up…

Website Monitoring and Management features

Create your own mix of free and premium add-ons for your websites or bundle for extra savings

Backups

Incremental, reliable, comes with off-site storage, and capable of running on an hourly* cycle.

Clone / Migrate

Clone your website to a staging area, migrate to a new host, or clone to an existing site.

Uptime Monitor

Get notification when your website goes down, so you could get it back online before anyone else notices.

*Safe Updates

Requires premium Backups

Safe Updates automatically create a restore point for you, making updating safer than ever.

Security Check

Make sure your sites are clean, and if any files become infected you will be able to spot them on time.

Performance Check

Have an insight into what is happening with your website and how it’s performing.

Client Reports

Keep informed at all times with fully professional Client Reports.

Google Analytics

All Google accounts that you need connected to Google Analytics on one dashboard. Keep track of all results.

Maintenance Mode

Maintenance Mode gives you the option of letting your visitors know that you are working on your website, updating or fixing problems.

SEO Ranking

Keep track of how your keyword ranking changes, find out who your competitors are, and how you stack up against them.

2-factor Authentication

2-factor authentication prevents any would-be hackers from gaining access to your site through means of brute force attacks.

Manage Comments

All of your comments in one place, available for you on one screen. This way you can approve or send to spam any comment in seconds. – Lets you be sure that your webmaster is doing their job

Manage Plugins & Themes

Managing plugins and themes on a WordPress site is a task that webmasters dread. Whether its update, ignore, bulk install, deactivate, or install an older version over the current one. We will take care of this for your webmaster. With Safe Updates you can rest assured that if an update goes wrong then it will be reversed without causing damage to your website.

Vulnerability Updates

Vulnerability check bring you real time information about what plugins are vulnerable so you can act accordingly.

Additional Vulnerability Scans/Testing available. inquire for options and pricing.

What is Vulnerability Scanning and Testing

Vulnerability Scanning and Testing

Vulnerability scanning and testing is an important part of keeping your computers at your business and at your home secure. Not only keeping the personal and sensitive information ( a.k.a. Personal Identifying Information or PII) , such as bank account numbers, tax and income info and even medical information about you, your family and business but also sensitive information that if compromised could cause disastrous consequences like identity theft.

While a breach or compromise of a business system is probably not intended it may be cause for a lawsuit of negligence because appropriate steps to safeguard information were not taken.

The other side is the personal systems you probably have and your whole family use every day in your home. This includes mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets and pda’s as well as laptop and stationary desktop computers.

Think about it, you hear it on the news all the time that the government or Facebook or a bank was compromised and they wind up paying an extremely high price. Not only in fines but also in damages. Damages to their systems and to the employees and customers whose information was possibly compromised.

While that may not hit home for you because you have not been affected by such a breach yet I invite you to consider the personal side. A breach of your personal systems could compromise your families PII and even their physical safety. It could allow a malicious individual to track when your home is unoccupied and even where your family members are going. I am sure you have seen such a scenario on the television police drama shows and even in movies.

Many people have security cameras and devices installed in their home or business to protect them. These same devices can also be compromised and used with malicious intent. Both wired and wireless systems are equally affected.

Vulnerability scanning is an important part of your personal and business defense and protection plan. With out it you risk –

  • Security of family members PII
  • Physical safety of family members
  • Physical security of your home and possessions.
  • Security of your business sensitive information
  • Security of your employees PII
  • Security of clients and customers PII
  • Physical safety of business premises
  • Physical safety of employees and their families
  • Physical safety of clients and customers and their families

You can perform a vulnerability scan yourself but unless you are very tech savvy I suggest leaving it up to a professional. You may think it is expensive to hire a professional to perform a test but the cost of NOT doing it may well result in a much higher price.

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