Business BootStrapping Tips – 14. Site Maintenance 101

Business BootStrapping Tips – 14. Site Maintenance 101

Business BootStrapping Tips – 14. Site Maintenance 101

This article originally appeared in issue 213 of .net magazine – the world’s
best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Low-cost solutions for site maintenance

Free and affordable content management systems combined with cost effective
issue-tracking reduce the cost of maintaining your sites

When designing websites on a shoestring, a CMS boosts flexibility and enables the
client to update a site’s content; free products include WordPress, Joomla,
Radiant or Drupal. Alternatively, consider Perch (£35 per site),
which justifies its cost by being usable and making it easy to retrofit an existing site.

When a site’s complete, you’ll need to know when it goes down. For one-off checks,
try isup.me; but if you’ve got multiple sites to maintain, investigate Are My Sites Up?,
which starts from $35 per year for tracking up to 25 sites.

For issue-tracking, the free Bugzilla can be used if you have the means to maintain it.
Elsewhere, recommended hosted issue-tracking services include DoneDone
($15 per month for three projects) and Sifter (from $14 per month for three open projects).