WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms on the web and I love it, but it does require regular housekeeping to be performed on a monthly basis at the minimum to help maintain security and keep your site updated.
The content you have taken the time to write is important and getting into the habit of housekeeping is just as important to help protect your site from data loss and hacking attempts.
Important Areas To Address First
Normally when you first log back into WordPress you will see any updates that are detected by looking in the top left hand corner under the dashboard section and then updates.
The main updates that are covered in the dashboard area are themes and plugins but there are other areas to consider as well. I’ve highlighted some of the most important in terms of WordPress housekeeping below.
There are so many themes to choose from when it comes to your WordPress site, but you only need one at a time to run your site effectively.
Extra themes you have added that are not being used should be deleted from your site and saved on your computer, that way there is less housekeeping to perform.
It is recommended by WordPress.org not to remove the themes that come with your installation. You can read more about that on their website under WordPress Housekeeping.
Be sure to check your plugins folder at least once a week. Authors usually make regular updates to their plugins to ensure they work properly on the current version of WordPress and to fix any bugs that may cause security issues.
You can read more about housekeeping with WordPress plugins at the WordPress.org site under the plugins section.
It is important during housekeeping to check all of your site’s links for any that may be dead or broken. You don’t want to detour the search engines or your visitors to an error page.
Be sure to visit WordPress Site Maintenance for more information on how to check and remove dead and broken links on your site.
Here are some other helpful resources to consider when checking your links:
- Broken Link Checker
- Google Webmaster tools will check your site for broken links. (You must have your site listed with them first, which is free.)
- W3C Link Checker
I can’t stress enough how important it is to back up your WordPress site at least once a day if you are adding content regularly. I like to back mine up using DropBox and keep a copy of the backup on my computer’s hard drive.
You should always perform a backup prior to doing any type of housekeeping, to protect your content.
The Overall Benefits Of WordPress Housekeeping
- Provides less security issues when everything is up to date.
- Adds credibility when the search engines or your readers do not have to be taken to a broken or dead links.
- If something does go wrong, you’re backed up!
Remember that the most trusted information concerning any type of housekeeping for WordPress can be found at the WordPress.org site.
If you like, make a schedule of your planned maintenance and get in the habit of following it.