Maintaining Your WordPress Site or Blog
Maintaining your WordPress site or blog is more important than you may realize. It’s not just about adding new posts or content. It’s about staying current with the CMS platform itself.
You likely know that WP consistently updates its CMS platform. Staying up-to date with these latest releases can ensure your site is working properly. Doing so can also provide additional protection.
Very often new WordPress releases include things such as security updates. These can protect your site! And if you do not have any type of ongoing database back-ups in place for your WP site or blog, you are playing with fire!
Trust me I know. You CAN lose your entire site/blog without any way to retrieve it! You’ll only make that mistake once!
Be Sure Your Database is Regularly Backed-up
If you are a DIYER who tends to their own WP site, are you backing-up your database on a regular basis? Do you even know how to do this or which plug-in to use?
Setting up and scheduling database back-ups to perform consistently is a must-do. It’s a layer or protection you want in place. Database back-ups can help to prevent content loss. It’s especially important to back-up your database prior to applying a new release of WordPress! This cannot be stressed enough!
Themes and Plug-ins Need to be Updated too!
Most WP sites/blogs are built off of an existing Theme foundation (free or paid) which are then further customized. However, some are built custom from the ground up. Regardless, there can be conflicts and compatibility issues with new WP releases and your Theme – especially if the Theme author does not stay on top of matters.
Plug-ins (which just about every WP site/blog utilizes for additional functionality) can be problematic as well. Plug-in authors also have a responsibility to keep them updated.
It is often advised to disable all of your plug-ins PRIOR to updating to a new release of WP. Then you can slowly enable them one at a time to be sure there are no issues. It’s a good practice which can avoid a lot of headaches.
Keeping Your Site or Blog Secure and Healthy
Regardless of the platform, a site that is maintained will serve you much better than one that is not. This is true for a host of reasons beyond just security measures.
Consistently maintaining your WordPress site or blog can ensure it’s working properly. You’re keeping your database backed-up and staying current with the latest WP releases. Furthermore, your Theme is updated (checking for any compatibility issues) AND your plug-ins (which allow for additional functionality) are kept updated as well.
When was the last time you backed-up your WordPress database?
For those of you who are well-versed on keeping tabs on your WP site – great! However, if you’re unsure, don’t be bashful. Becoming a client can be beneficial and bring peace of mind to areas you may be unfamiliar with. 🙂
Written by Barbara Rogers of Future Primitive Graphics. Helping businesses grow through better design and search visibility solutions. From creating your business identity, designing and maintaining your print/digital assets to the importance of SEO for your website.
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