October’s WordPress website developer work
It’s time for our monthly roundup of WordPress website developer work. Once again, our workload was extremely varied.
This month’s website development themes
Sometimes we notice the same requests coming up from a number of different people, and this month was no exception.
Our WordPress website developers are getting more and more requests for help with social media marketing. The work is across a variety of platforms including LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. A major update to WooCommerce caused a number of minor issues; often due to plugin conflicts which we were able to resolve. Finally, there is a definite increase in the number of people realising that their plugins are out of date or obsolete. People are asking us to complete a full review of their plugins with recommendations for resolving any issues. Luckily, Outerbridge Support Package customers are not affected by WooCommerce updates or out of date plugins, since we look after these for them as part of their regular monthly benefits.
Here are just a few examples of the WordPress developer tasks that we completed in October:
All our support customers have received a free deep-dive security scan (valued at £60). As a result of this, we updated website security headers and amended SSL certificates in line with current best practice.
Several customers asked us to make content changes to their website. This included multiple blog posts, adding project photographs to a website and amending a company’s team page.
Social Media Marketing
We created a Facebook shop for one of our regular customers, which imports products from WooCommerce but enables customers to checkout on the main website. This means that products only need to be updated once.
Our WordPress website developer service resolved a number of minor issues resulting from the latest version of WooCommerce being released. We also provided detailed SEO services for a suite of products within WooCommerce. One customer asked us to add a summary of the WooCommerce cart to a sidebar on his website, and to remove the cart if it was empty. We also did some work on transferring WooCommerce orders from an old website to a new one, which meant that our customer did not have to do this manually.
We reviewed a customer’s homepage for them and made a number of recommendations to improve the marketing impact of the website. We made a several changes as a result. These included better placement of a newsletter sign-up button, more intuitive colouring to indicate links and buttons and providing clickable email links and telephone numbers. Small things, but ones which make a big impact on conversion.
WordPress Plugin Review
We completed a full review of all plugins used on a very complex WooCommerce website. Many of these plugins were inter-related and no longer supported by the developer. Where plugins are obsolete, we research alternatives and recommend a plan of action. After taking a full backup, we removed, updated or replaced the affected plugins one by one. We throughly tested each one to ensure that the website still worked as intended. We were able to significantly reduce the number of plugins used on the site, whilst simultaneously improving security and providing additional features.
We built some membership functionality which allowed one of our customers to offer two different levels of membership to their members. This feature enables them to provide access to different areas of the website depending on membership level.
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Hopefully, this series of posts gives you a good idea of the range of work undertaken each month by a WordPress website developer. Are you looking for regular, professional and reliable help with your WordPress website? Contact us to find out how a monthly Website Support Package could help you by providing you with an expert WordPress web developer to work on your website every month.