For your own peace of mind, your website should automate as many standard tasks as possible. What sort of tasks should be automated? Well, at a minimum:

  1. Navigation menus in your site should update to reflect new content
  2. New content should be indexed automatically and appear in search results soon after it is posted
  3. Your site should be backing itself up at least once per day
  4. Images that are needed in multiple sizes should be created automatically
  5. Lists (e.g. latest product reviews) should be updated automatically whenever new content is posted
Your site should do the boring and important stuff for you