Website Maintenance 101
Website Maintenance is one of those necessary evils for every website owner out there. The websites I produce for my clients are very near and dear to me and therefore would like to offer my guidance on keeping your website maintained if you wish to do so yourself. This list is not an end-all, do-all, but rather a basic “To Do” list to keep your site up to date and hopefully free of becoming hacked.
On a monthly basis, perform these tasks after logging into the backend of your site:
- Perform any theme and/or WordPress core updates
- Perform all plugin updates, including premium plugins
- Check that all newly added images have alt-text filled in and are an acceptable size, no larger than 40-50k
- Check the ‘Forms’ entries to be sure you’ve received all your Contact Us messages
- Check the ‘Comments’ section for any you may have missed, clean up and delete unnecessary ones
- Check that backups are running regularly and are being stored properly in case they are needed. (Entire site and Database only)
- Check that your site is still being Cached, important for website page load speed
If you are not a DIY’er, consider joining one of my Monthly Website Care Plans. Here, I go through a comprehensive checklist (well-beyond this list above) every month. I also personally keep my eye on your website daily with uptime monitors and daily backups. If a problem pops up, I’ll be the first to know.
In addition to all the maintenance tasks performed, you will have 60 minutes every month for support time, training, or requesting changes/updates to the content on your site. A detailed report is sent monthly outlining the performance of your site along with a description of everything done during that month on your site.