Our team doesn't just build South Dakota websites; we also offer website maintenance and support services because we know questions and concerns come up!
We're a web maintenance firm with a team of website experts that never outsources South Dakota web support to anyone.
This makes our website support firm the perfect choice to provide all your South Dakota website support needs, including website platform upgrades, site speed improvements, website security fixes, website issue resolutions, and anything else related to improving your website.
You'll enjoy working with our team for your South Dakota web maintenance services because of the emphasis we put on availability and communication. Our support team is happy to help if you need something simple done the same day or have a complicated question you'd like to explain over the phone.
We see website maintenance as a reactive support service where we provide your South Dakota business with the right web developer resources to fix just about any problem. There are many examples of website issues that might require service from South Dakota web support agencies, including:
The previously mentioned services are just a glimpse of what we view as possible South Dakota web maintenance services. In fact, South Dakota website maintenance is really anything a web developer or digital marketer does to your website to change it in some manner.
Most South Dakota website owners wouldn't want a web developer messing around with their site without their permission. That's why we consider web support a reactive service. You can count on our company to keep your South Dakota website running smoothly. However, we can offer some proactive South Dakota web maintenance services.
We're happy to help website owners in South Dakota who need proactive website upkeep! There are several web maintenance services, including platform upgrades, app / extension updates, website backups, performance monitoring, and broken link monitoring, that our website maintainers can handle in a proactive manner.
If you need off-hours support, including holidays and weekends, check out our South Dakota web support service level agreements. This service must be in place before a website emergency happens at night, on the weekend, or during a holiday.
There will come a time when every South Dakota website needs some sort of maintenance. The reason is simply that the internet is always changing. Not to worry though, our South Dakota web support cost isn't expensive so it should be affordable for you to maintain your website! There are a few reasons why a website in South Dakota might need maintenance:
As you can see, there are many reasons a website may require maintenance above and beyond the obvious reasons of just wanting to update something on the website. Plan your budget and schedules for website support and maintenance based on your South Dakota business's potential future needs.
It's our job to understand your web support needs, schedule your work in a timely fashion, and follow up with your South Dakota business after the work is done.
Most website support services start with an email from you, the owner of the South Dakota website. That email is routed into our ticket system and automatically assigned to the project manager on your account. We can then work on the ticket without delay, which leads to faster turnaround and easier internal communication.
The process for South Dakota web maintenance services that come from phone or chat is similar. A support request is entered into our ticket system by the person in the conversation with you, so the work order can be routed to the right web developer.
After the launch of a website, we're often asked for detailed examples of South Dakota website maintenance requests. Here are several examples of South Dakota web support services we've been asked to perform in the past and would be more than happy to provide to you!
Changes to your South Dakota website could be as simple as updating a paragraph, swapping images, or adding a new page. This is just normal, routine website support to keep content fresh for both search engines and visitors.
Let us check your South Dakota website for hosting, caching, image optimization, console errors, broken links, poor database queries, and other potential problems that might be impacting your page speed. It'll help improve page load times, which will make users and search engines happy.
If your South Dakota website is running on a content management system, like WordPress, it is important to keep the platform updated. Updates help improve security and functionality - and they're usually quick, so it might be a simple task.
It's important to update your South Dakota website's plugins and extensions to reflect the latest changes by the developers. This is similar to the idea of updating the CMS platform since it helps patch security and functionality issues.
Did Google Search Console tell you about a coverage problem? If so, we'll look at the coverage issues, fix them, and update you on the status. Make Google happy, and you'll rank higher throughout South Dakota and beyond!
Do you ever see product prices or reviews in Google organic search results? This is structured data, which is a standardized way to describe the content on a webpage, whether it's a local South Dakota business, or an ecommerce product.
By adding Open Graph Tags to your website, digital platforms can better understand the content of your page, which improves its appearance on social media.
Interested in using Google Tag Manager for managing custom scripts? Not a problem! We can add Google Tag Manager to your South Dakota website and even give you a crash course in using Google Tag Manager.
Tracking conversions is important if you want to understand the benefits of online advertising for your South Dakota website. It'll help you understand where your conversions come from, like direct traffic, referral links, organic search, or paid ads.
Do you have a South Dakota website that's slow because of large images? That won't be a problem! We can run all your images through our image compression tools and even setup recurring image compression for newly added images in the future!
Would you like to try live chat? If you'd like us to recommend the best live chat system for your South Dakota business, install the tracking code, and customize the design for your branding, we can do it!
Have you noticed large error_log files on your hosting account? To stop recurring error messages, we can diagnose the problem and update programming code.
To reduce unwanted submissions on your South Dakota website, we can setup an invisible or checkbox reCaptcha.
Interested in installing a caching plugin for your South Dakota website, but don't know how to set it up? We can help you figure out which caching plugins to install and configure on your website!
If you want to improve email deliverability, we can set up your contact form and website platform to send emails via SMTP instead of PHP mail.
Have you been getting fake orders, contact submissions, or live chats from a particular network? We can help setup IP restrictions to prevent malicious traffic from interacting with your website.
Would you like a backup of your South Dakota website? Let us help you create one-time or scheduled backups that you can store locally or offsite.
When you're doing a major upgrade or extension installation, you should set up a development or staging site first. Just let us know if you need help creating and managing that development / staging site!
Do you prefer to make design changes based on statistical data regarding how users interact with your South Dakota web page? We can help you run A/B testing to help you decide which design or content layouts are best.
Are you launching a new website or removing pages from your website? You should create 301 redirects for your South Dakota website. We've seen businesses in and around South Dakota lose huge amounts of organic traffic due to widespread broken pages. We can help you create 301 redirects within .htaccess files, nginx templates, and CMS platforms.
Do you need help learning how to make changes to your South Dakota website? If your South Dakota site was developed in a platform we work within, such as WordPress, Shopify or BigCommerce, we'll be happy to help!
With years of experience developing websites for South Dakota businesses (and those in other areas of the country), our web designers and web developers have been immersed in multiple platforms. That said, it is better to become a master of a handful of platforms rather than try to specialize in them all. For that reason, our web maintenance firm for South Dakota websites tends to service only the following platforms:
As a web support agency, we used to maintain and support Joomla and Magento websites for South Dakota-area businesses. However, we chose to move away from those platforms to allow our web maintenance experts to focus more heavily on training and support within the other systems.
Ask the South Dakota website support company some questions about their services before you sign up for a package. This will help you get a better idea of the relationship you will have with the South Dakota web maintenance team before you give them money, provide them website access, and give them complete access to your website for one of their web maintenance packages. Let's go over some simple questions to ask:
If you ask these questions to a South Dakota website services agency, you'll gain a better understanding of the future relationship, the security of your website, and the turnaround time for important maintenance requests.
Companies in and around South Dakota often ask us for a website maintenance plan to establish routines and procedures. We are happy to help your South Dakota business develop a web support plan to ensure all aspects of your website, hosting, and domain name are routinely checked to ensure optimum performance and uptime.
Here is a list of annual South Dakota website support tasks to review:
Check out this list of semi-annual South Dakota web maintenance tasks to review:
Check out this list of monthly South Dakota web maintenance tasks to consider:
The starting price for our South Dakota website maintenance services is $119.50/hour, but we offer discounts for pre-purchased blocks of time that bring the rate as low as $99.95/hour. We also offer website management for South Dakota websites, starting at $50/month, if you'd like the peace of mind knowing a company is proactively upgrading your site. For South Dakota businesses with mission-critical applications, we offer emergency South Dakota website support subscriptions, starting at $495/month, to extend our availability into nights & weekends.
To get started, if you are new to our web maintenance company, we'll need you to pre-purchase a block of time which includes a discount on our hourly rate. If you are an existing client in South Dakota, you are welcome to choose monthly billing at our higher hourly rate or continue to pre-purchase time and receive discounted hourly rates for your website updates.
If you pre-purchase a block of time for your South Dakota web maintenance services, you will be happy to know there are no contracts, there are no hidden fees, the time never expires, and there are no minimum deductions for small website update requests. Please keep in mind we rarely see tasks take less than 10 minutes, since the process of reviewing an email or taking a phone call, checking on whatever was asked, providing some form of feedback, and then logging the task usually takes at least 10 minutes of time. To keep you informed of the time usage on your pre-purchased block of web maintenance time, you will receive a monthly email update letting you know how much time remains on your account.
When talking with prospective South Dakota website maintenance clients, we are often asked what is considered billable time. You will find the answers to vary greatly within the website support industry. In some situations, you may find a website maintenance company in South Dakota to charge a much higher hourly rate, but not bill out for communication and organization. Likewise, there are website support companies in South Dakota who charge a more affordable hourly rate, but also bill out for most communication and organization. This is the approach we take. To help provide clarification, let's go over some examples of what we consider billable time when it comes to maintaining and supporting your South Dakota website.
Here are examples of what is considered billable time:
Here are examples of what is not considered billable time:
WebCitz offers discounted South Dakota website maintenance services for clients interested in retaining our services through a pre-purchased block of time.
Example #1: You are an existing client in South Dakota with a 10-hour block of time ($1,095) on your account. You have a 30-minute phone call with your project manager to discuss tasks, but 15 minutes is spent talking about golf, weather, etc. The task took 40 minutes of work to complete, and didn't involve Laravel or custom programming. In this example, you would have 55 minutes deducted from your 10-hour block of time. The time spent talking about non business-related topics isn't billed.
Example #2: You are an existing client in South Dakota with a 10-hour block of time ($1,095) on your account. You put in a request that requires custom programming to build or modify a unique piece of functionality on your website. The task took 60 minutes of work. In this example, you would have 75 minutes of time deducted from your 10-hour block of time, since custom programming has a 1.25x multiplier of time.
For South Dakota site owners interested in proactive website upgrades, app / extension updates, website backups, performance monitoring, malware cleanup, and broken link monitoring.
* Laravel applications have a $2,500 set-up fee for management services, if the Laravel application wasn't developed by WebCitz.
Example #1: You are an existing South Dakota client with a 10-hour block of time ($1,095) on your account and a monthly website management subscription ($125/mo). During the month of website management, our team logged into your website, performed the necessary upgrades, tested your website's functionality, and reported back to you the website was upgraded without any issues. In this situation, no time would be deducted from your 10-hour block of time.
Example #2: The same situation and process as the first example, but while testing the functionality we discover something has broken. In this example, we would spend 15-20 minutes to attempt resolving the issue, at no charge to you. If we are unable to resolve the issue in that time, we would roll back your website to a previous state. From there, we would discuss resolutions with you that would be subject to time deductions from your 10-hour block of time.
For existing South Dakota website maintenance clients requiring off-hours support, please consider our emergency website service subscriptions.
Example #1: You are an existing South Dakota client with a 10-hour block of time ($1,095) on your account and a Level 1 SLA subscription ($495/mo). You require assistance on a Saturday afternoon, which isn't a holiday, and the work takes 45 minutes. That 45 minutes of work would be rounded to 60 minutes for the minimum deduction, then a 2x multiplier would be applied. The result would be 2 hours of time deducted from your 10-hour block.
Example #2: You are an existing South Dakota client with a 10-hour block of time ($1,095) on your account and a Level 1 SLA subscription ($495/mo). You require assistance on a Monday at 2PM CST, which isn't a holiday, and the work takes 45 minutes. You would have 45 minutes deducted from your 10-hour block.