One of the most time-consuming activities as a blogger is maintaining your blog.
I’m not referring to creating content or doing marketing and promotional work for your blog, I’m referring to all the other essential blog management activities that are involved in keeping your blog running smoothly.
If your blog runs on WordPress then managing it is fairly straightforward.
WordPress is already a pretty solid platform to work with, and, it comes with frequent updates too.
Anyway, below I’ve put together a checklist of things you need to do to manage and maintain your WordPress blog successfully.
I’ve broken this checklist into three sections, daily, weekly and monthly tasks.
WordPress Blog Maintenance Checklist: Daily Tasks
Let’s start with the little things you can do each day to maintain your blog. Some of these things you obviously won’t need to do. For instance, if you don’t get very many comments then you won’t need to respond to them on a daily basis.
- Moderate any new comments.
- Respond to legitimate comments.
- Permanently delete all other spam comments.
- Backup your blog.
WordPress Blog Maintenance Checklist: Weekly Tasks
Now let’s take a look at some of the things you can do on a weekly basis.
- Check to make sure your plugins and theme are still up to date.
- Ensure your email opt-in forms and contact form are still working correctly.
- Check web host statistics (bandwidth usage, CPU throttling, server uptime etc). Again if your blog isn’t that popular yet perhaps do this once per month to start with.
WordPress Blog Maintenance Checklist: Monthly Tasks
Here is a list of things you can do every month to make sure your blog runs smoothly.
- Delete all post revisions, you might find this plugin useful to help you do the job.
- Review plugins performance. Check out this plugin to help you monitor plugin performance.
- Check page load times, check out this free useful tool to get detailed information on pages speed insights.
- Check to make sure your About Page is still up to date.
- Check for any broken links or 404-error pages.
- Revise any blog post or page that needs refreshing or updated.
- Optimize your database. There are several plugins that you can use to optimize WordPress database. Check out WP Optimize.
- Check inbound links and SEO score.
Well, that’s it. That’s all there is to it.
As you can see maintaining your blog doesn’t have to be too time-consuming at all. Keep this list handy or bookmark it for future reference.