Maintaining Your WordPress Website
I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked to repair websites that have not been properly and effectively maintained.
The following five maintenance activities are manually performed every month on your website:
1. Plugins Updating – Plugin updating is easy, but it can be a double-edged sword. The plugin update may implement important security fixes but it might also conflict with another plugin. I check out the plugin home page before updating and plugin to see what’s new and different and see if anyone else has had any problems.
2. WordPress Updating – WordPress updates its software frequently. I update all of the plugins first, and then I update WordPress. I don’t update WordPress as soon as it alerts me because I want to give all plugin developers time to update their plugins so they are compatible with the new WordPress update.
3. WordPress Database Optimization – Your WordPress database does get cluttered with trivial data that should be cleaned out every month. This will also help in speeding up your websites delivery of web pages.
4. Internal Links Management – Sometimes plugins can interact in strange ways with each other. I check critical functionality any time I change the configuration of your site by updating existing or installing new plugins.
5. Monthly Backups – Your website is backed up once a month and stored offsite for safe keeping. Backups are easily restored when problems arise.