You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.
There are plenty of WordPress maintenance companies out there. Why should I work with you?
- We offer 24/7 support. Because I built the business around a 100% remote work environment, we have staff working from here in the US and across the globe.
- We give our customers access to premium plugins. Anybody who works with us gets access to iThemes Security Pro (a $297 value), WP Smush Pro (a $600 value) and much more. This is pretty terrific value considering the overall prices of our care plans.
- When you work with WP Buffs, a significant part of your payment goes towards helping us donate time to causes we all care about. For example, a significant part of our revenue goes towards the 100% free development time and care plan we donate to herresiliencycenter.org. HER Resiliency Center is a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable young women ages 18 to 25 with the support, skills, and resources they need to make positive decisions and thrive. Through mentoring, workshops, and the support of dedicated and highly trained staff, HER gives young women a path to independence and a different life.
- We let our customers speak for themselves. Our team’s highest priority has always been to make customers happy. You can search for us on Google or check out our reviews on Facebook. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
- We have a white-label partnership program. WP Buffs partners with design agencies, marketing firms and freelancers by offering a simple and effective white-label solution. If you have clients or customers who need ongoing website edits, performance enhancements, additional security or any kind of regular maintenance, we’ll step in as your background technical partner.
What’s included in your unlimited edits? What’s not included?
Our unlimited edits include any changes related to HTML, CSS, PHP, content, images and plugins. Things that are not included are pure design work, building out a new website or subdomain, etc.
Do you really offer unlimited edits?
We get a lot of questions about our unlimited edits. But it’s true! Unlimited really means unlimited when it comes to the edits we provide. We don’t like to nickel and dime people, so we just ask them to pay for their monthly subscription and we provide the technical support. Easy.
How does onboarding work?
Once you sign up for the care plan that makes the most sense for you, you’ll receive a welcome email with information on your plan and details about how to securely send us your login credentials. Once you send login information for your WordPress dashboard and hosting provider, we’ll have your plan fully implemented in 24-48 hours.
The speed enhancements can take up to a week since we have to optimize everything for your unique core files, theme and plugins and we want to be careful not to cause any downtime for your website. So we take our time and make sure this is done right instead of risking potentially compromising your website.
What kind of security coverage do you provide?
We partner with iThemes to bring premium WordPress security to your website! Get started with our Perform Plan or Perform Plan Pro and we’ll implement the plugin and optimize it for your unique site to give you the best possible coverage.
We’ll also implement additional security across your WordPress dashboard and server as needed. These security measures are unique for every website we work with, which means a customized solution for everybody.
You can see all the details here: How The Buffs Do WordPress Security
Do you manage WooCommerce websites?
Of course! We provide care plans specifically for the ongoing support of any eCommerce site built on WordPress. Websites with advanced functionality like this require our Perform Plan Pro. Sites like this take more resources for us to manage, so making sure you’re on the right plan means we’ll be able to dedicate what’s needed to keep your website secure, fast and running smoothly.
What if I have multiple (2+) sites that need to be managed?
Our care plans each cover one single domain (website.com, subdomain.website.com, etc). If you have 3 websites that you’d like us to manage, you’ll need 3 plans, one for each. You are more than welcome to choose different plans for each website.
Does it matter what hosting provider I’m using?
We’ll work with anybody regardless of their hosting provider. We understand that different websites have different needs and that people have realistic budgets that they have to meet.
We do offer our customers a free migration to our fully managed WordPress hosting for anybody who wants a no-worry, hands off hosting solution. We can’t always improve website speed for our customers who need it when they’re running on a very slow shared server, so in that case we might recommend an upgrade.
Starting at $40 a month ($20 for your first month), our plans are for serious website owners and a bit more expensive than shared servers that limit your resources and sacrifice both speed and security. But when it comes to hosting, you get what you pay for, so most of the time it’s simply worth opting for premium hosting.
What are dedicated development hours?
These are for websites with advanced functionality (WooCommerce, payments, membership, etc) that are required to be on our Perform Plan Pro. The time we spend on each site varies depending on what’s needed, but these additional hours give us the resources to dedicate additional time for ongoing maintenance to make sure these more complex websites are kept up and running smoothly.
What hours do you keep?
Our team is distributed, meaning we work from around the globe! Our core team is local to the US while some of our employees are international and work remotely. This gives us the ability to provide 24/7 service. If your website crashes at 3am on a Sunday morning, someone on our team will be notified within 1 minute, the issue will be addressed and your site will be back up immediately.
Where is your team located?
Our entire team works remotely. All our Happiness Buffs are US-based and are working from the East Coast. However, we’re able to offer 24/7 support by recruiting the very best developers from around the world. We don’t try to hide this from anybody; in fact, we’re extremely proud of the diverse and talented team we’ve put together!
What are your usual response time and resolution time?
This varies on the time of day and day of the week, but most tickets are responded to within a few hours to let you know that we’ve received it and are getting to work. The majority of tickets are solved within 24 hours. Occasionally it may take a bit longer for a long list of edits or more complex changes. For priority support (most tickets solved within 3-6 hours), feel free to upgrade to our Perform Plan Pro.
My website has been hacked. Can you fix it?
Do you have to move my website hosting to implement a care plan?
We will keep your website with it’s current hosting provider if you don’t want to make the move. We do offer fully managed WordPress hosting if you’re not happy with your current host and are looking for a hosting partner who will take the lead here. Let us know if you’d like to take advantage of our free migration and 50% off the first month.
Can WP Buffs do one-time edits while I’m on a Maintain Plan?
If you need us to provide edits to your website, you’ll need to upgrade to our Perform Plan or Perform Plan Pro. We’re not big fans of one-time edits since we want to work with people who understand their website is a work in progress and want a technical partner who can help them continue to move forward. Plus, when it comes to security and website speed, one-time changes are simply not effective. We want to provide ongoing support to get your WordPress site fast and secure, then keep it that way.
Why do you perform plugin and theme updates weekly, not daily?
There are a few reasons for this:
- Sometimes plugin updates are released with bugs. Updating less frequently allows the plugin developer to get rid of these bugs before we add them to your WordPress site.
- Batching more updates together means an easier manual review. That in turn means a lower probability that something bad will happen or break your website.
- We’ll be doing all these updates on the weekend when most websites receive less traffic. That means a safer environment and minimal issues for your visitors.
We always make an exception for more major plugin updates, such as WooCommerce. When major updates come out for this, we’ll make the updates far more slowly to ensure that your website remains running smoothly without any hiccups.
Do you offer phone support?
We’ve set up our pricing structure to stay pretty lean and with our global team, it just makes more sense to handle all our support through email and livechat. While we don’t offer phone support, we’ve made customer service a huge priority here at WP Buffs and you’ll find both our email and livechat support fast, effective and friendly!