One of the most time-consuming tasks as a blogger is maintaining your blog. I’m not referring to creating content or promoting it, I’m referring to all the other tasks that are involved in keeping your blog running smoothly and in top shape.
If you’re using WordPress, you have a massive advantage over anything else that there is out there. WordPress is awesome, it’s a robust platform with endless possibilities, and as long as you keep your version of WordPress updated as and when new releases are made available, you shouldn’t really go wrong. Please don’t quote me on that, as from time to time, things do go wrong as can be expected.
Anyway, I put together this short checklist for all you WordPress newbies, however I’m 100% positive that some of you more experienced bloggers will also find this WordPress blog maintenance checklist useful.
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 should be doing each day to maintain your blog. Of course, if your blog isn’t that popular yet, you may do this every two to three days.
- Check for any new comments and trackbacks.
- Respond to new comments.
- Permanently delete all spam comments.
- Backup your blog. (aff).
WordPress Blog Maintenance Checklist: Weekly Tasks
Now let’s take a look at some of the things you should be doing on a weekly basis.
- Check for any available plugin or theme updates.
- Check for any broken links, 404 error pages.
- Delete all post revisions, you might find this plugin useful to help you do the job.
- Ensure your email opt-in and contact form is working correctly.
- Check web host statistics (bandwidth usage, CPU throttling, server uptime etc). Again if your blog isn’t that popular perhaps do this once per month to start with.
WordPress Blog Maintenance Checklist: Monthly Tasks
OK so the list below are most of the things you should be checking up on at least once a month.
- Review installed plugins to see when any of them was last updated.
- Review WordPress plugins performance to see which ones are slowing down your site. Check out this plugin to help you monitor plugin performance.
- Review WordPress blog loading speed, check out this free useful tool to get detailed information on pages speed insights.
- Review and ensure your about page is up to date.
- Review guest author profiles, if you have any.
- Optimize your database. There are several plugins that you can install to help you optimize WordPress database. Check out WP Optimize, it’s simple to install and use, and comes with a host of great features. There’s also Joost’s plugin Optimize DB which is a very simple plugin with few features.
Well that’s it, maintaining your blog doesn’t have to be too time consuming after all, keep this list handy or bookmark it for future reference. If you want to share any other useful tools or plugins or tips for maintaining WordPress blog, please do share them in the comment section below.
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