Six steps to simplify your website maintenance.
Having timely updates and consistent monitoring limits your chance of getting hacked and minimizes conflicts. Be sure to grab your checklist, which also contains helpful links to tools proven to speed the process along.
In the classroom, I guide you through each step in detail plus helpful bonus info on Gravatars and my favorite plugins.
Website maintenance can be intimidating.
Are you to avoiding the WordPress Dashboard out of fear? You are certainly not the only one. I see this a lot and it honestly saddens me. I want to help empower you to feel comfortable in your website, starting with routine maintenance. Even if you decide to outsource, do it with confidence!
Here are 6 steps you can do each month to help keep your site safe and secure.
Backup Your Site
A crucial step before doing ANY updates to your site. This gives you peace of mind that you are prepared if a conflict occurs during your update. It also helps you get back up and running faster (and more affordable) if someone hacks your site.
Plugins are convenient tools for creating the website features that you want and love. Keep them updated to avoid conflicts and easy access for hackers.
Updating your theme is also crucial to avoid conflicts and hackers.
WordPress updates come in all shapes and sizes. They are easy to do but should only be done after you have backed up your site, updated your plugins and then updated your themes.
With the exception of security critical updates, it is recommended to wait at least two weeks before updating. This allows your plugins and theme updates to catch up and helps avoid conflicts.
Check for Broken Links
Always a good idea, often the broken links are in blog posts linked to other sites. Things change and we aren’t always aware until we run a check. This is a good housekeeping task and improves the customer experience.
Many variables, including the amount of traffic you are receiving, helps to determine the level of security your site requires. There are several free plugins to start with, Wordfence is my favorite.