How To Keep Your Fashion Website Running Smoothly
If you have a fashion-based retail website or style blog, you will undoubtedly encounter tech-based issues! So, in my latest article, I look at a number of essential elements you should consider to ensure everything runs optimally. Carry on reading to find out more!
There are almost endless tasks you need to look after when looking after a website (no matter the niche), yet different aspects require different sets of skills. When I started my style blog many moons again, I never considered everything I would need to educate myself on (that, on top of photography and editing, too!). The tech world is a never-ending stream of updates and inventions, so it will be a constant learning process for as long as you run your own site.
The alternative is to find guys who will do the ‘dirty’ work for you behind the curtain so everything works flawlessly. If you run a big million-dollar business, it could be vital to find experts who offer IT solutions that are crucial to keeping your online presence ticking over. If you outsource this side of your business, you can at least concentrate on other areas.
Protection Against Cyber Threats
Hackers are one of the biggest threats in the modern world, shutting down huge companies at the flick of a switch. According to online figures, they are estimated to do annual damage worth over $10 trillion! – with the largest retailers suffering well over $200 million alone after an attack.
This area shows how important it is to find somebody skilled in protecting your online site against hacking threats. Many high-level IT companies will have top-of-the-range anti-hacking programs and a team of experts who monitor the networks to report if anything begins to go wrong.
IT companies can also educate you and your employees about potential hacks against your fashion business, such as suspicious emails, phishing attempts, or even company infiltration.
Outstanding Data Protection And Disaster Recovery
Data loss can potentially ruin a company, especially if they generate hundreds, if not thousands, of documents or orders daily, along with product photography for the different clothing collections each season.
Ensuring you have a fantastic backup system in play, either via your hosting company (who will create regular backups of your online data) or an external company that can offer similar protection – cloud-based technology is constantly improving and can be a lifesaver if anything happens to your online site.
This type of backup is known in the trade as disaster recovery, and with a few simple clicks, you can restore everything to the most recent backup. Even for a personal site, it is advised to get regular backups – even during a website update or even adding a new plugin that can cause unknown issues (both are easily fixable by recovering your site to a known working save).
Helping All Wheels Move Flawlessly
Getting help from an IT agency or even a single professional behind the scenes can allow you to concentrate on making sales, creating content or even writing that latest lifestyle article. If you have someone looking after the backend of your site, you can relax a little more and not worry about tiny issues that can soon turn into big issues if not tackled quickly.
The Customer Experience
Whether you run a massive e-commerce behemoth or a more modest online store, it is crucial to keep on top of customer service – after all, your brand name brings in the money, thus keeping your site running. Make sure to reply to customers quickly, and if anything goes wrong with an order, ensure it is put right as soon as possible (after all, the customer is always right!).
Even if you are a one-man band website or even run a lifestyle blog, your brand name is important, and you need to avoid tarnishing it in any way, which can cost you traffic, readers and loyal followers.
Innovation, Development, Updates And Maintenance
Always keep up with the latest innovations in the tech world, particularly online. Upgrade to the newest model of computers (when budgets allow), update to the latest firmware of all your essential applications and hire experts to give your hardware vital maintenance.
If you want to keep your fashion-based website working at its best, my latest post will point you in the right direction! Email me or leave a comment if you found this article helpful and would like to see more content like this in the future.