The maintenance of your WordPress website: practical tips

Supporting the work of WordPress site is extremely easy, but WordPress can’t keep track of everything. You need to be provident. There are several things that you should do on a regular basis for the smooth operation of your website. If you neglect this, your site will begin to run slower, it will be subjected to unauthorized access attempts and even can go down in search engine rankings.

How to avoid this? It’s necessary to develop a plan for the regular maintenance. We want to help you with this, so we described basic actions that you should perform regularly.

Keep multiple backups of your website

The basic rule of maintenance is to do backups of the last version of your site. From hacking to problems with the server – backup can save your website. And you will not worry about the safety of your data.

There are many plugins that make WordPress backups, for example:

  • Updraft – allows you to make backups on a schedule and automatically download them or keep in the cloud;
  • BackupBuddy – makes backups automatically and restore your site.

You should make backups of your site on a daily basis. And always make multiple copies, just in case.

Update WordPress core

If for some reason you turned off the automatic updates, you have to follow the release of new versions. 56% of hacked WordPress sites were using an outdated version of the WP software. So don’t forget to update your site.

Check for broken links or page 404

It is known that broken links have a negative impact on SEO and the UX and we have already mentioned this here and here. And as your site grows, their appearance is almost inevitable. But don’t worry, you can easily check your site for broken links while conducting technical support. Use Dead Link Checker or Screaming Frog.

Clean the WordPress database

In course of time, your WordPress database can become cluttered with some changed records and other unnecessary information. So you need to do cleaning in your database. Especially if you manage a large site.

WP‐Optimize – a plugin that will clean your database in one click. Another good option would be WP‐Sweep.

There is no need to clean the database every day, but try to do it at least once a month.

Update old content to improve traffic

No matter how precise is your content when you publish it, in course of time it can become not relevant. Updating old records not only makes the information more accurate and improves your SEO, it also attracts more visitors. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Use statistics to find the old records with a good traffic.
  • Add some relevant information, but don’t change the URLs of those records.
  • Once again publish these records under the new publication date (it will attract more visitors).
Check the speed of the page

Create a page of speed evaluation, where you can make sure that nothing affects the loading speed of your website. Save test results and watch for changes. If you notice any problem during the planned check, you can dig deeper and find the cause.

Use Pingdom or Google PageSpeed Insights tools for measuring the page speed, which provide you with data to compare.

Check forms

It’ll be terrible if someone will fail to contact you. This happens more often than you think, so you should check the important forms for problems each month. Make sure you haven’t missed anything.

Basic maintenance of WordPress doesn’t take much time, but it definitely improves the performance of your site, its security and attendance. A small amount of time spent today will prevent problems tomorrow. These tips don’t cover all the details, but give you an idea where to begin.

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