It is not an uncommon story: you set up your WordPress blog months ago, filled it up with content and designed it to your taste. More importantly, you added plugins and later on, you added more. One day, you take a look at the number of your installed plugins and you grimace at the list. You realize that having too many plugins or having several ones that are outdated can severely affect your website’s performance. It also opens your website to security vulnerability. To prevent this from happening, we have collected some valuable tips to keep your website well-maintained.
Keep WordPress Updated
As obvious as it may sound, it is not surprising at all that a lot of issues raised to us for support have something to do with running outdated versions of WordPress. All it takes is due diligence to get this done. WordPress has a built-in button into its dashboard that allows you to update it to the latest version.
Review Your Plugins’ Necessity
Some plugins reach the end of their usefulness. As time goes by, some plugins become unnecessary because they become a standard part of the WordPress package, which also comes with the updates. A good example is Pinterest. This may well be the craze months ago but if your content has only been pinned twice, you may need to re-evaluate if it is still necessary.
Check if Plugins Are Still Supported
Developers come and developers go. Some creators make specific programs that they need as an individual and post them for the whole world to use. Later on, they abandon this completely and those who subscribed will no longer receive support, causing the plugin to break apart. If the plugin was installed two years ago and there never was an update since them, check if it is still supported.
Delete Unused Plugins
As you move along, there will be plugins that are no longer important or are no longer useful. You need to delete these, or at least deactivate them for your own safety. A reduction in active plugins also boosts your website’s performance.
Update Active Plugins
After deactivating and deleting unnecessary plugins, it is time to update existing ones. All you have to do is to log in, check for updates, and update. Keeping your plugins updated minimizes security problems in the future and also ensures site functionality is smooth and efficient.
Back up Your Website
We recommend BackupBuddy from iThemes as a back-up provider, or outsource your WordPress Maintenance. It is important to back up your site and your active plugins in preparation to some unforeseen crash. Your hosting company may claim that they have a back-up system in place, it is always best that you are in control of this process.