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I don’t want to scare you because most of these risks in building a website nowadays are all pretty simple to manage , but I do feel that I should list them so you’re aware of what you’re getting yourself into.
Security is a big issue when it comes to websites. If someone nasty breaks into your site they can take it down completely. This happened to me years ago, so I’m far more cautious now. I have a few tips for security later, but the best solution I know is to use a hosting company for your site that has really good security and a one-click backup. By having a super easy backup system it means that if you do get hacked, all you need to do is press one button and have a previous saved version of your site loaded.
When you build your own website you’re going to be responsible for its maintenance. I’m not talking about the content like text and projects, which you’ll always be responsible for, but referring to updating Wordpress and plugins. You need to do this regularly to keep up to date with security patches. It’s not hard to do, you just log into your site and it will tell you what needs to be updated by clicking on Dashboard > Updates. What’s important is that you regularly check your site for those updates.
What happens if you get stuck and can’t make something work? The simple answer is that you hire someone to help you with that one specific task, and there are lots of people online now who will do this for you very cheaply. But hiring someone is a moot point because most of the time WordPress and a good theme will take care of almost all of the hard stuff. So if you’re following the KISS approach (keep it simple stupid) you should be fine. And just to make sure I don’t encourage people to embark on a project they can’t accomplish, here’s a link to my contact page where you can email me. I’m not going into the tech support business anytime soon, but I should be able to point you in the right direction for solving your problem.