WordPress Maintenance Monthly Checklist
When you have an eCommerce website you know that there are a lot of aspects of your site that will either make people stop by and come back or just stop by. The loading time of your site is crucial because if it takes too long to load, potential customers will simply move on to the next business on the search list. Yet another factor is how easy it is to navigate your site and find what they want. This particularly true for mobile users, who are increasing by the year.
The good news is that there are maintenance tasks that can help your site be the “go-to” place for consumers. Simple tasks that you can perform on a monthly basis can help your website be the one that consumers visit. If you perform these tasks on a monthly basis, you can help yourself and your customers. Let’s take a look at a few easy to perform maintenance tasks.
Every website has some junk data that simply isn’t needed. Unfortunately, leaving that data laying around can slow down your site. You want to identify it and remove it. So what kind of junk data do you want to get rid of?
If you allow users to leave comments about your products or customer service, for example, you know that you will also get spam comments. These can be comments that have nothing to do with your site or business or people advertising themselves. The problem is they take up space and wanted or not, they increase the loading time. Get rid of them. They not only affect your site, but are annoying to your customers. You may also have settings for plugins that you no longer use and uninstalled but if you didn’t delete them, the settings are still there. This is a bit more technical, but WordPress has a free tool called WP Sweep that can help you clean up junk data. Just be sure you back up your site before you run it.
You should also delete unused themes and plug-ins from your server. In addition, remove the settings from your database. When you are finished clean your WordPress cache. You may be surprised how much faster your site loads.
If you have users that no longer work for you or don’t work in an area that needs website access anymore, they should go. They are a security risk, not because they are malicious people, but because their passwords may be old and no longer secure or they may have shared them with someone. Pay particular attention to those who have admin access. If they don’t need to be there, delete them.
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Check your site for broken links and either fix them or remove them. Nothing frustrates a user more than finding where they want to go and not getting there. When you are finished with these tasks, check your loading time. If you find bottlenecks, identify the reason and fix it.
If you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, contact North Texas Web Design. We will be happy to help.
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