Think of your WordPress site as a machine, which just like every other machine, needs regular maintenance to ensure that it runs optimally. Without adequate maintenance your site may be vulnerable to security issues such as malware attacks; spam; slow page loading speeds; and the risk of long term unreliability. Regular maintenance also enables you to spot problems early before they develop into something more complex and unfixable; and to avoid common system mishaps and failures.
This article will highlight different ways to ensure that your site is well maintained so it keeps performing optimally.
Note: You must, at the very least, have admin access to your dashboard in order to install the necessary plugins and make the required changes to properly maintain your site.
Items that we will cover include:
- Backing up your site
- Putting your site in maintenance mode
- WordPress core, theme and plugin updates
- Database maintenance
- Monitoring site performance
- Eliminating comment spam
- Staying updated
Let’s get going.