You had an idea, you made your website, and decided on the theme and plugins. The next step in your website’s lifecycle is regularly maintaining it.
Think about your home or your car. You regularly clean it and take care of it. That’s what you should be doing with your WordPress site as well. Plugins need to be updated, so does your theme, but when doing this, you might find yourself stressing.
This shouldn’t stress you out, and it shouldn’t be time-consuming. Not if you find the right tools and tactics for backing up and monitoring your WordPress website with ease.
What Does Taking Care of a Website Entail?
As I said, you have to make sure that your plugins and themes are up-to-date, that your site speed is optimized, that your images are loading correctly, and so on. This might seem complicated and overwhelming, but with the right tools and some preparation, it’s a walk in the park.
Now, let’s talk a bit about how you can maintain your website and the steps you can take to make sure your website is always up to speed.
First of all, you should be backing up your website. You never know what can go wrong, and this ensures you have a safety net, you can fall back on if something happens.
You can choose to have an automated backup created by your hosting service or do it manually. Hosting services provide free backups monthly, weekly, or daily. But of course, those have their pros and cons.
One pro is the fact that it’s automated, so you don’t have to do anything, but a con is that sometimes they don’t do it often enough, or they don’t save all of the necessary files.
If you back up your website manually, you can store the latest version of it on your cloud storage or USB.
You have to take care of major WordPress core updates because they can directly impact your website. But, be sure to double-check everything before clicking the “update now “button. Minor updates, on the other hand, happen automatically without you even knowing it.
Next, you can’t forget about themes and plugins as well. Themes and plugins are usually modified every few weeks or months, so you can expect regular updates. If you are using a theme/plugin that hasn’t been updated in a long time, you might want to look into getting a new one.
Also, make sure that you clean up your WordPress database, stale post revisions, and accumulated post trash. Your database includes all of your posts, images, videos, etc., so it’s easy for it to get overcrowded. That is why you should optimize it. Get rid of the plugins you don’t use or simply don’t need anymore. Plugins do help with your website’s functionality, but if you have too many of them, they could affect your website’s performance and security.
This article was written by Editorial Staff and originally published on WP Pluginsify.