WordPress Website Maintanance
What is Website Maintenance?
Website maintenance encompasses the tasks and activities required to ensure a website operates smoothly, remains secure, and provides an optimal user experience.
This involves tasks such as updating content, ensuring security through software and plugin updates, creating regular backups, fixing bugs, monitoring performance, and optimizing the database. In essence, it’s a continual process to keep a website current, functional, and secure.
1. WordPress Core Updates
Keeping the WordPress software up to date is probably the most important website maintenance task, or at least the one that should be at the top of your list.
2. Plugin Updates
Like updates to WordPress core, plugin updates can be small or big, ranging from minor bug fixes to implementing new significant features. As they can fix security issues, they must be installed once they become available.
3. Theme Updates
Updating your theme can fix issues, such as bugs, and add new features. However, these updates can affect the design or appearance of your site, especially if you’ve made changes to the theme’s code.
4. WordPress Website Backups
As mentioned, WordPress website backups enable you to revert to a previous state of your site should something go wrong with an update. Backups are also invaluable should your site get hacked. If something breaks or gets accidentally deleted, you’ll be glad you had a recent backup.
5. Check Uptime and Performance
If you’ve ever tried to access a site that’s down, you’ll know how frustrating it can be for visitors.
6. Website Security and Malware Scans
Keeping your site and its plugins and themes up to date will reduce the chances of getting hacked or facing another security breach.