Maintaining your website is essential to ensure it runs smoothly and offers a great experience for visitors and users. But, if you’re not too technical, it can seem like an absolute minefield!
In this blog post I share 10 easy step by step tips to maintaining your WordPress website…
Tip 1 | Back up your site!
This is probably the most important tip of all. There are a number of seemingly complicated ways to backup your WordPress website, but plugins like this can make it super easy > https://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/7-best-wordpress-backup-plugins-compared-pros-and-cons/
Tip 2 | Keep your site updated
This means plugins, themes and your version of WordPress! To do this:
- Log in to the back end of your website
- Under Dashboard you will see Updates with a number in red
- Click on this to see what needs updating!
Make sure you update your files before performing updates. Click here for more support on how to do this.
Tip 3 | Optimise your database
Even when you remove unused plugins, all the related information is still stored on your database, along with content, images, videos, etc.
Optimising this database will improve your site’s performance. Use a plugin like WP-Optimize for this.
Tip 4 | Remove unused plugins and themes
If you’re not using a plugin, just delete it. The same goes for themes, however it is recommended you keep ONE WordPress theme alongside the active theme you’re using, such as Twenty Twenty-One.
Tip 5 | Test your forms
If you have contact forms on your website, it is because you want people to contact you. Regularly checking that these forms are working correctly is vital to ensure you’re not missing out on business.
Tip 6 | Check for broken links
Google does NOT like broken links so take some time to check through your site regularly to make sure your links are taking visitors to the right places.
If you don’t fancy manually checking, click here for some handy tools to help!
Tip 7 | Check your site speed
Slow loading sites are a HUGE turnoff for visitors which will have a negative impact on your SEO.
Use Google’s handy tool to find out your site’s speed and what to fix to improve it > https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
Tip 8 | Remove spam comments from your blog
To do this:
- Log on to the back end of your website
- Go to Comments on the left hand
- Click on Spam
- Select all comments
- Click on the Bulk Actions drop down menu
- Choose Delete Permanently
- Click Apply
Tip 9 | Check your website for usability on other devices
Do the images display correctly? Do the pages optimise well? User experience is the most important thing when it comes to your website.
Tip 10 | Change your password to something unique
Updating your password regularly will help to keep hackers out. Change it to something completely random so there is no chance of anyone guessing it!
If you still don’t feel comfortable maintaining your website, why not outsource it to me? Email me today to find out more.