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Website Maintenance

So you are writing posts on your WordPress blog and adding new content for visitors to read on daily bases. You are thinking that it is enough to keep it running and get viewers from search engines? Well if yes then you are completely wrong my friend.

A great blog is not the one who keeps on throwing out tons of post on its visitors, but a successful WordPress blog is the one which updates its old posts regularly and maintains the performance of the blog.

While maintenance may sound like a headache, it involves straightforward tasks, and you will see results shining on your website once you are done with it. Here in this post, we have listed a few of the essential steps, which you can follow to maintain your WordPress website or blog.

Not all of these steps will boost your performance, but they surely will make your WordPress site more stable and more secure.

Keeping up with the updates

Regularly updating your plugins and other resources on WordPress can ensure bug-free & smooth operation of your blog.

You should check on your updates at-least once a week. It ensures that you don’t miss on any critical updates and your site keeps running without any problems.

If you are facing some issues or bugs lately, it might be because of some outdated plugins and themes.

We check and update your WordPress version, themes and plugin. We ensure that everything is going smoothly after the updates.

Optimizing the blog

Writing a post and just waiting for it to rank for number one place. It may work but to get on top of Google, you will need to optimize your site. While the ranking depends on many factors, there are still a couple of things that matter the most.

Optimizing your WordPress blog or site can play a significant role in getting your article to the 1st page of Google. What I have noticed is that the smaller the page size is, the faster it will load and it will increase your posts position on google even if by a little.

As for the ways to do it, you can use the Jet pack plugin on your WordPress blog and enable caching of your images on their servers. It will surely reduce your page size and make your site a little snappier.

Filtering comments

If you have auto-comments enabled on your WordPress blog, then you might want to spend a little more time to manage and sort them. Spammy and hateful comments can ruin your blog’s reputation. It can also make visitors bounce back from your site.

Even if you use anti-spam solutions, some spam comments will make their way to your articles. So to avoid them, you will need to check them regularly to keep your site free from spam.

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Checking errors

When visitors get redirected to error pages, or your site straight up fails to load, Google will take your website out of their index. Various factors can cause it, but wrong URL indexing and site downtime are two of the major ones.

To keep a record of downtime you can use a WordPress plugin. Jet pack plugin does this neatly and even emails you about when your site got down and when it came back up.

As for the broken links you can search your articles on google and see which ones link is broken. However, it may become difficult if you have too many items on your WP site.

In that case, to check broken links, you can use Google Webmaster tools. Here you can see which of your links are redirected and what errors your visitors are facing when clicking your link on google.

Checking for errors and redirects is a crucial step for maintaining your rankings & avoiding broken links.

Doing SEO

Google search console is a great tool to get an idea of where you stand among your competition.

You can check your average page views, keywords that you rank for and even get a list of site which are giving links back to your site.

Overall it works very well, but you can not rely just on this single tool.

If you are willing to spend some cash on keywords/back link research and also want to be able to see your blog’s ranking, you can give Ahrefs Tool a try.

Changing passwords

No matter how secure a system is, there will be one way or another to get pass through it. Same is with the passwords, no matter how strong is the password that you have set, it will eventuality become venerable. Data leaks can sometimes happen, and your previous password may have been compromised.

It is not the only way of losing your password. In the past, you may even have accidentally shared it with someone.

So no matter how strong your password is, it will become venerable one day. By changing your password regularly, you can increase your site’s security and setting a strong password can help you avoid most of the brute-force attacks.

Installing security plugins

While it may sound ridiculous to some people, installing a security plugin can increase your chances of surviving an attack on your site.

Most of them provide basic security features like full site backups, captcha integration, spam filters, malware scanner, etc.

There are both paid and free versions of these plugins out there. You can choose from the one according to your sites status and your preference.

Making regular backups

Last but not the least are backups. Backups would act as a fail-safe if something were to go wrong with your site.

Regular backups can ensure that your site keeps running even in case of data corruption or complete data loss.

While you can enable automatic backups and I would also recommend it. But what if something happens to your hosting account/server.

In these cases, a recent offline backup can get your site up and running within minutes.

Most hosting providers do have this feature in-built and provide it for free-of-cost.

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Conclusion

With this, this article is complete; I hope you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. By taking the things mentioned above in mind, you can maintain your WP blog and improve its ranking and standing from the rest of the competition.

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