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Do These 7 Tips for Maintenance of WordPress Routinely

Networking websites are not merely about publishing new content and designing super interesting web pages. There are many things about maintenance of WordPress that you should know if you want everything to run smoothly and without problems. If the website is not maintained regularly, its performance may decrease.

Fortunately, the maintenance process and speeding up WordPress is very easy to do. In this article, we will discuss ways to:

  1. Update password.
  2. Optimize the WordPress database.
  3. Cleans the WordPress cache.
  4. Check for broken links.
  5. Backup website.
  6. Monitor loading time Page.
  7. Plugin and Theme updates

Although there are seven ways that we want to explain, the process itself will not take long. We will help you in every process with easy-to-understand steps.

1. Update Password

The last way to increase WordPress speed, which is updating passwords. Maybe you already know that changing passwords as often as possible and not using the same password constantly is very important. However, in its rhythm, most of us often forget this.

There are many things you can do to secure the website, and changing the admin password every few months is one of them. The process is easy. This way, you minimize the risk of the site being infiltrated by unwanted people or users.

If you are not the only admin who has access to the dashboard, it is highly recommended to invite other users to change the password.

If the password has not been changed at this time because you forgot the password, we recommend that you use a password manager. This tool helps you create passwords that are safer than you are currently thinking. Even the password manager also 'stores' your password information so it's easier to remember.

2.Optimization of the WordPress Database

WordPress saves all site information on the database. Any changes made on the site are stored in one of the database tables. The problem is, the more your site grows, the more information is stored in the database. Deleted posts and page drafts - as we discussed earlier - are examples of WordPress stored data even though you don't really need it.

Therefore, you are required to periodically delete all information that is not needed from the database. In other words, you need to 'optimize' the database. This process can be done manually by opening the database from the hosting control panel. However, the database is very vulnerable, and it takes you a long time to find a table that needs to be deleted.

For this reason, we recommend database optimization plugins, such as WP-Optimize :
WP Optimize


This plugin serves to analyze the database table for all information on WordPress that is no longer needed. This is one of the advantages of the WP-Optimize plugin because you no longer need to configure anything.

After the plugin is installed and active, open the WP-Optimize tab on the dashboard. There you will see a list that contains all the data that the plugin must delete, including post revisions, spam, comment garbage, and much more:
WP-Optimize



Click the Run all selected optimizations option and wait a few moments. To speed up loading WordPress, optimization should be done every few months. The process is simple so you will not find it difficult if you want to do maintenance like this repeatedly.

3. Clean WordPress Cache

'Caching' a website is one of the easiest ways to speed up WordPress so that visitors feel at home. The way it works is that browser users will save part of your site's data to their local computer so they don't have to reload the page every time they log in to your website.

It's just that you need to clean the cache periodically, especially if you do a large-scale update. This action ensures that all visitors see any changes that occur. If you have already installed the caching plugin, the process can be easier because most of these plugins have built-in functionality that will help you clear the cache.

For example, the WP Super Cache plugin is the most used cache plugin. If you have installed this plugin, open the Settings tab  > WP Super Cache from the dashboard. You will then be directed to the plugin settings page. There, you will see the Delete Cache option  located under the Easy tab  :
Delete Cached Pages



Click on the option. We recommend that you clean the cache every time you make changes to the website. Thus, the visitor will see the latest version of the site rather than the cached copy.

This process is somewhat different because it depends on the plugin you are using. In the previous article, we discussed how to clean the cache using some of the most popular plugins. If there are no guidelines related to the plugin used in the article, you can search for complete information on the official site.

4. Check the broken link

Most web pages include several links or links. This link refers to other pages on your website or may lead to another domain. As time goes by, some of these links may no longer function - or even fail - because the destination URL no longer exists.

Broken links are problems that cannot be underestimated because they will confuse visitors and make your website image unprofessional. If the page on your site contains a lot of broken links, the user will assume that the link is no longer updated or not edited.

You can also check all posting links and pages manually. However, we do not recommend this method if your website has a lot of content. For larger websites, use tools such as WP Broken Link Status Checker :
WP Broken Link Status Checker


Even though it hasn't been updated, this plugin is still one of our favorite tools to detect broken links on your site. To be able to use it, first install and activate the plugin first. The WP Status Link tab will appear on the dashboard. Click the Add new scan  option  under the tab:
Add New Scan Wp Link Status


On the next screen, you can configure the plugin to look for both broken links and images. You can even set the appearance of the plugin and the type of broken link that must be tested (internal or external):
Configure Scan Wp link Status



After that, click  Save and run crawler and wait until the process is complete. The course of the process, usually, depends on the size of the website. When the process is complete, the notification below will appear:
Complete Scan WP link Status


If crawling results are clicked, a list of all broken URLs found in the plugin will appear, especially the anchor text and the page where the plugin is installed. Now it's up to you whether you want to edit the page and change the URL or delete it. Fortunately, broken links are not something that happens almost every day. However, it is highly recommended that you check the links every few months.

5. Backup Website

As long as you still have to do maintenance on WordPress, it is important to back up the website first to improve security and ensure that all processes can run smoothly without problems. By backing up WordPress, you don't have to worry about anything.

For example, if the website is damaged or error, you only need to restore the latest backup. The same is true if you accidentally delete sensitive information or are facing a plugin compatibility problem.
The problem is, most people are aware of having to make a backup of the website, but only a few do it. Though WordPress has provided a number of options for backing up the site.

To our knowledge, you don't need to make many backups. At least backup the site once a week. It's just that, if you publish new content many times a week, then you can set it for daily backup for maximum.

6. Monitor Loading Time Page

The time needed for a website to load plays a very important role, especially if it has something to do with the experience and satisfaction of clients or visitors. If the loading Page time is long, visitors will feel frustrated and leave your website. This situation is defined as a  high bounce rate. In the end, the conversion will decrease.

Generally, a website only takes less than two seconds to load content. If this performance is interrupted, the user will wait a long time and as a result, they will be disappointed and most likely will not open your website again. For this reason, you are required to test loading times regularly. Do this by using a service called Pingdom Tools :
Pingdom Website Speed Test

To use Pingdom Tools, enter the main URL of your site and select the test server. The results vary depending on the server you are using. For example, if a website is created on a US server, then you should run a test from New York or San Jose:
Pingdom Website Speed Test Server

However, the test results should only be two seconds in all test servers. Perform this test repeatedly to calculate the average loading time and get accurate results:
Pingdom Website Speed Test Result

At least once in a month do a test to find out the loading time of the site so that you know what problems are often and are being faced before everything worsens and affects the performance of the website. If the page loading time is long, then there is a problem that occurs on the website. Fortunately, how to speed up a WordPress website is very easy. In addition, make sure your website is created on quality web hosting.

7.Plugin and Theme updates

Plugins and themes are one of the features of WordPress. You have access to thousands of plugins and themes which of course can add important features to the website. However, the more plugins installed, the more risks that must be borne.

If you forget to update the plugin and theme, then most likely both of these tools will affect site performance. Software that is outdated and rarely or even not updated will bring problems to the latest versions of WordPress after being updated or with other plugins. In addition, outdated plugins and themes will make your site's security more vulnerable so that internet criminals can 'enter' and invade your website with malware.

So that security-related problems do not occur, the first step that must be done is to check the Plugins tab regularly. This is done to see whether there is an update notification or not:
Plugin Update


The same thing was done with the theme. If there is information related to the update, you will get a notification in the Themes tab. After that, click  Update Now.

You can also check updates from the main themes or plugins that have an important role to play on the website before installing it. Although this action is troublesome, there are still advantages, namely saving time and you can also find out whether there are bugs in the update or not.

Conclusion

Behind the success of a website, there is a maintenance process that must be done so that everything can run smoothly and without problems. WordPress maintenance may seem not so urgent, but this action can ensure your website has the best performance so that visitors feel at home. In addition, backing up websites and updating WordPress is also a way to speed up WordPress.
Do you have questions about maintenance and how to speed up the WordPress website that we have discussed? Please write in the comments column below!

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