How to Professionally Maintain Your WordPress Website
For performance, security, and peace of mind
A car that isn’t regularly maintained stalls on the side of the road. A website that isn’t properly maintained crashes.
I’ve compiled all of the essential information you need to know about keeping your site well maintained. And I’m giving it to you for free here.
Implementing a proper maintenance schedule ensures your site will continue to work for you as one of your most valuable marketing tools. I’ve developed a checklist of tasks to keep your site working great for website visitors and to keep you ahead of the competition.
Before you begin (optional):
- Install Google Analytics
- Sign up for Google Webmaster Tools and confirm your site
- Set up a backup service and set daily database backups and at least weekly full site backups. Store these on a separate web server. For backup services we recommend BackupBuddy and for remote server’s we recommend Amazon S3 (or Dropbox or Google Drive).
- Use a third-party SMTP service to send emails from your web server. We recommend Mandrill or Sendgrid.
- Monitor website security with automatic scanning. I highly recommend Sucuri.
- Monitor website uptime. We recommend Uptime Robot and Pingdom Tools.
Weekly Website Checks
- All pages on the front end of the website are loading without errors
- Backups are performed daily and stored off-site (included automatically via managed wordpress hosting)
- Update Content Management System software and plugins
- Check all forms to ensure they are working properly
- Review and resolve any issues with emails sent from the web server
- Check and remove spam comments, form submissions and user accounts
- Check for any broken links
- Check for 404 errors and resolve these by fixing links or redirecting
- Marketing: write one blog post and share it with your networks
Monthly Website Checks
- Check website loading speed. If more than 10 seconds then consult with your web developer to improve speed
- Review security scans and resolve any issues
- Review website statistics. What is your most popular content? What is your least popular? Where are visitors coming from? What is your best conversion source? Tweak your content to suit
- Review your local search visibility
- Marketing: send an update to your email list
Quarterly Website Checks
- Review website – what could be improved?
- Web graphics and photos – are these up to date? Could they be improved to be more current?
- Check your website content – what is dated and what could be improved?
- Review and tweak meta title and meta description tags
- Test and tweak forms and automated messages to improve conversion rates. Ensure this automatically integrates with your CRM and email marketing system
- Improve automation: What tasks do you have to perform regularly? Could these be automated?
- Test the website to ensure that it looks and displays properly on the most popular browsers and mobile devices
- Validate your site. (CSS/HTML, Accessibility, Mobile-friendly)
- Review and adjust website advertising campaigns
- Check backup health by restoring the most recent backup to a separate web server
- Check the uptime logs. If uptime is less than 99.9% then consult with web host. Consider alternative web host if they can’t provide a solution
Yearly Website Checks
- Update the copyright date in your website footer and in any other references
- Review each page of the site for content accuracy
- Renew your website domains name(s) + hosting
- Review your website strategy to align with your business goals
- Consider updating the website design
Need some help?
I can save you time and keep your website running smoothly for with my monthly website maintenance. Get in touch with me to learn more.