Crucial Maintenance Tasks to Perform Regularly on WordPress Website
Maintaining WordPress is not an easy task, but it is extremely important. Most websites without due care can become slow, prone to errors and unreliable. From a security perspective, a poorly maintained website can end up turning into a place of failure. Lack of update and maintenance on WordPress website can create security holes allowing hackers to use your site to commit fraud, spread malware and launch new attacks. Unnecessary files and data affect performance. Leaving unwanted content and spam in the comments can cause a lot of headaches, consuming valuable resources and directly impacting your company’s SEO strategies.
WordPress maintenance is essential for a stable and good functioning website. For this article to serve you the best way it is good that you have administrator access to your WordPress site.
Never forget Backup
Keep your backups reliable and up to date, especially before making any changes to your WordPress. It’s even better to make changes to a test environment. Backups are essential, they literally save the day (or days of work), even though they are almost always neglected. Set up automatic backups, test them regularly and it is also recommended to perform a manual backup from time to time. Also, keep an eye on the login pages, they are the main gateways for hackers, viruses and malware are unprotected login pages where so-called brute-force attacks happen.
Do not forget that security is part of the whole process, measures such as using strong passwords, periodically backing up, not keeping public folder backups and updating WordPress and its components (themes/plugins) are actions that make all the difference. A good host company always backs up, but when you also do to a remote location, you double security if there is a problem and some recovery is needed.
The software WP updates are released regularly and need to be applied to your website ensuring that your website functions properly. In the context of WordPress, we are referring to the core WordPress, themes, and plugins. Once the updates are applied, it is always important to test the site to ensure that everything is working as expected and that there were no conflicts. WordPress is the super malleable and constantly evolving CMS. So, keeping everything up to date is a must.
Spam Comment on WordPress
You can use anti-spam techniques (using Akismet for example, or closing comments after a certain number of days). However, what would you do if a site has already amassed a lot of spam comments? Fortunately, there are some handy plugins that deserve a place in your toolbox for this kind of situation.
The negative performance can lead to a gigantic delay in your site loading time and its relevance within the search engines. Always keep your WordPress with a good hosting, solid theme, optimized images and with speed being checked regularly.
Database Maintenance and Optimization
All databases require maintenance, updates, changes relying upon the amount of data and how frequently things change in your server condition. Either way, there are some plugins that can help you fix bugs and make sure your database is optimized. Some offer more features than others, some can be programmed to perform tasks regularly. Some of them are:
- WP DBManager
- WP Optimize
- WP Clean Sweep
Database Interfaces within WordPress
You must be familiar with MySQL and tools like phpMyAdmin, but there are also several plugins that you can install to give similar access to your database. These plugins can be used to perform operations such as import, export, repair, and execution of queries. Namely the best two are:
- SQL Executioner
- Adminer MySQL interface
There are several other areas that WordPress maintenance deserves more advanced technical attention, plus this is a chat for another article, denser and much more technical. Moreover, improving SEO in WordPress is to seek improvement for the user. Positioning well in searches means that your site is well being well taken care of in various queries.
Author Bio: Sarah Feldman is an experienced digital marketing professional who is currently working with Digital Express, a Dubai Web Design Company. She loves to learn and share about latest digital marketing updates and trends.