October 9, 2017
Managing a WordPress website can take time out of your day to keep maintained and healthy. Are you doing any of these 9 things in your WordPress website ?
1. Updating your WordPress Core Files and Plugins
WordPress can be a beast at times and requires some regular TLC to keep it ticking.
Did you know there are over 46,000 plugins available for WordPress ?
With all of these plugins leaves you vulnerable for nasty little hackers to find exploits in these and take advantage of trying to slow down or break your site.
A very strong recommendation is to check each week for new plugin releases and check their compatibility with other plugins as well as the latest stable release of WordPress.
Keeping on top of this will reduce the chances of letting in the bad guys and fix any improvement to the plugins.
2. Optimising the loading time of your website
Did you know…
For every 1 second delay in page load time, conversion rates are decreased by 7% ?
So that’s less sales or leads to your business!
We live in busy times and don’t have time to be waiting for a simple page to load.
We need to do everything we can to reduce page loading time and much of this can start with optimising how your website loads.
See for yourself by entering your website into the following page speed tests:
- What to look out for when running tests:
- Website Caching & CDN
- Many website hosts should provide this facility to serve static content quicker.
- Minifying Scripts
- Where possible try to reduce the load of scripts by minification. (Please note that this is not always possible with 3rd party scripts loading that you don’t have control of.)
- Optimising images
One thing to keep in mind is not to become too concerned if your score is not 100.
In some cases depending on what 3rd party scripts are loading it may not be possible.
3. Optimising Images
4. Run regular tests
- Sign up to your own newsletter
- Buy one of your own products
- Sign up to become a new paying member
- Make sure you get that email with the download
- Test the job application form
- Check the language is still translating
- Carry out that stockist search
- Apply for your own job
5. Run regular security scans
- WMPUDEV – The Defender plugin
6. SSL Protection
7. Renew your paid plugins
8. Take Regular Backups
- Updating the WordPress version
- It decides to not play ball with the plugins
- Updating a particular plugin
- It again decides not to play ball with the other plugins or WordPress
- You update some code in the site
- Taking a backup before updating anything (e.g WordPress, Plugins, New Code)
- Daily backups to be taken automatically of your website including database
9. Who’s got your back when sh*t hits the fan?!
Did you know….
- Running regular website tests
- Updating and maintaining the WordPress core code
- Updating and maintaining plugins
- Paying the renewal fees on many plugins
- Take regular backups
- Manage 24 / 7 Website monitoring
- Be on hand when sh*t hits the fan!
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