10 tips to keep up with your WordPress website

WordPress is easy to maintain yourself, but then you have to know what to look out for. Here I have written down the tips that you can easily follow yourself to ensure that your website is always up-to-date:

maintain wordpress website
maintain WordPress website

1. Stay up to date!

Always update your WordPress site to the very latest version and also keep your Plugins up to date. This way you prevent your site from being hacked. WordPress always ensures the latest security adjustments to their content management system, but you have to download them.

If you don’t stay up-to-date, there’s a greater risk that your site will crash or get hacked.

TIP: Log in to your website at least once a month via www.mijnwebsite.nl/wp-admin and perform all available updates.

2. Check your site regularly

Even if you have a static website, without an active blog or news page, it’s still a good idea to regularly review the content. Perhaps your contact information has changed, or people have been added to your research team who deserve a spot on the site.

It is frustrating for a visitor to find wrong information, so prevent your website from displaying outdated information. It is also possible that something has gone wrong with your site, so stay alert and check your site regularly.

3. Use a secure password

Make sure you create a new secure password for the website (a random password 12-16 characters long). If several people are working on your website, make sure they also use a good password. Remove users from your WordPress site (under ‘users’ or ‘users’ in the main menu) who no longer work for your group.

This prevents their account from being used by hackers to abuse your site.

TIP: You can create a strong password on the secure password generator site, and use a password manager such as LastPass. Read all about secure passwords in my blog.

4. Back up your site

Something can always go wrong with your site. So make sure you have a backup of the latest version. You can do this by using backup software, or by manually copying the site to your computer. ManageWP is a good tool to update your website, monitor,, and make backups.

Are you making major changes to your site or are you going to update your site? Then make a backup right away, so that you don’t lose all your hard work later.

5. Remove old plugins and themes

Remove all plugins that you don’t need, they can not only slow down your website but also make it unsafe if they are old. This also applies to Themes that are still wandering somewhere unused. Make sure you always have 1 theme as backup (preferably a standard WordPress theme like TwentyThirteen) and delete the rest.

Maintenance for advanced users

Some things are better done by an expert, if you don’t have a lot of experience with WordPress, ask your web designer if he or she checks the following tips for you:

maintain wordpress website
maintain WordPress website

6. Secure your website with a plugin

Not all hosting companies are equally secure. First, choose a good host to host your WordPress website, see this blog. If you cannot move the website, it is a good idea to use a security plugin. There are two plugins that are good, you can also use them both:

  • iThemes security (also has a paid pro version)
  • Sucuri security (also has a paid firewall )

Make sure you set them properly, if you set them too strict you may lock yourself out, or keep some visitors away.

7. Make sure your website loads quickly

If your website loads for 10 seconds, you’re sure to miss visitors, and it’s bad for your SEO. Read more about how to make your website faster in my article. In any case, do the following: optimize your images, use a caching plugin, use a CDN and compress your files.

8. Optimize your database

The older your website is, the more old files it contains. Think of revisions, files of old plugins or themes, old spam comments, etc. You can easily clean these with a plugin like WP-Optimize. Make a backup first!

9. Track who your visitors are

A website is never finished. How often do you check your Google Analytics results? It’s interesting to see where your visitors come from and which pages are the most popular.

Maybe it will give you ideas for new articles! So make sure you have a Google Analytics tracking code on your website.

10. Keep your site search engine friendly

Can your visitors find you? Make sure you know which target group you want to address and which focus words are important for your website.

 

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