The Importance of Maintaining Your WordPress Site
WordPress is like anything that you use on a regular basis. Especially anything that you store stuff in. Can you imagine if you never cleaned your house and just stored things in it? Even if stored as neatly as possible after a while you’re going to look like an episode of hoarders. The same with a car. Can you imagine driving it and never ever getting an oil change? Eventually, the motor would blow up. This is a bit of an extreme example but WordPress works in a similar manner. It requires maintenance and to keep it clean and running smoothly.
What Kind Of Maintenance Does WordPress Need and Why?
1. Back-Ups. You want to have a local back up and an offsite backup. This way if something happens to one of your back-up’s you have a Plan B. Accidents happen, things mistakenly get deleted. Updates go awry. If you have an up to date back up this can save you A LOT of headaches!
2. WordPress Core Updates. WordPress occasionally releases core software updates. These are very important to keep up with. Yes, I know that occasionally (but rarely) things go wrong and the update doesn’t agree with your site causing a problem (hey, that’s what site backups are for) however, the WordPress core updates are sometimes performance-based and sometimes security based.
3. Hackers. When the updates are done, all of the exploitable vulnerabilities that were corrected in the update are now known to hackers. Hackers then update their malware bots to find sites not update and exploit the vulnerability.
4. Plugin & Theme Updates. Plugin & Theme updates are often done for the same reason as WordPress updates. It may be to improve performance, fix any bugs caused by a WP core update, or a security vulnerability.
5. Check for broken links. Sometimes a link once used can now either no longer be a valid page or may be turned into something completely different. It’s important to go through and check old links to make sure they still work correctly.
6. Monitor your Uptime. Many host promise 99%+ uptime but they don’t always deliver on it. It’s important to know your uptime both for the sake of your site and to know if you want to stick with your current host.
7. Optimize Database, Remove Drafts & Revision Post. Your WordPress database can get bogged down due to revisions and changes that aren’t cleaned up. This can slow down your site.
8. Optimize Comments. Get rid of old spam comments, there’s no need to have them taking up space and contributing to a slower site.
9.Media Files. Media files can take up a lot of space. Sometimes media is uploaded that you may decide not to use. It’s important to at least quarterly go through and clean up these files.
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Technology can be fickle.
Not being able to quickly get your site up and running can cost you a lot of money and frustration so it’s important to be prepared.
The Bigger Picture of Site Authority
Performance, load times, downtime/uptime, along with keeping tour content both current and informative will help you develop a stable trust relationship with your audience. This, in turn, builds your page’s authority. It all ties in together.
DIY or Hire Someone?
Is managing your own site’s maintenance possible? Yes. You can totally keep up with it yourself. In theory, it’s simple but it’s reality where it gets tricky. It’s similar to asking Can you detail your own car? Yes, I can…however it comes down to do I want to and do I have the time or would my time be better used on something else?
When you are trying to run a business, create content, take care of a family and all of the other task we pick up along the way- it can make more sense to let some things be handled by people who do that as their job. It’s like going back to the idea of an oil change. Could you do it yourself? Yes. Do you want to risk forgetting something and creating a bigger issue? Probably not. It’s about determining how much your time is worth.
WordPress Care Plans
I offer monthly WordPress Care Plans help you manage your WordPress Updates so that you don’t have to worry about them. We can even build a custom package for you based on your site’s needs. Find out more about WordPress Care Plans.