Here's a quick checklist to help you maintain your WordPress blog. Blog maintenance is a critical process in building a great blog. Feel free to print this or bookmark it for the future.
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 involved in keeping your blog in tip-top shape.
If your blog runs on WordPress, managing it is fairly straightforward and doesn't require a huge amount of technical know-how.
WordPress is already a pretty solid platform to work with, and it comes with regular updates too.
That said, relying on those updates alone will not do. Below I've put together a checklist of things you need to do to manage and maintain your WordPress blog properly and regularly.
I've broken this checklist into three sections, daily, weekly and monthly tasks.
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Right then, let's start with the little things you can do each day to maintain your blog.
Some of the things listed below you obviously will not need to do. For instance, if your blog doesn't receive many comments, you won't need to commit as much time responding to them.
Probably the most critical item on the list above is backing up your WordPress blog. If your hosting provider doesn't provide a decent back-up solution, then you should consider outsourcing the service. I use and recommend BlogVault (Affiliate Link).
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OK, next, let's take a look at some of the things you can do every week to manage your WordPress blog maintenance.
OK, so here is a list of things you can do every month to make sure your blog runs smoothly.
That's it. That's all there is to it. As you can see, maintaining your blog doesn't have to be time-consuming. It also doesn't have to be a complicated issue.
One last tip I want to share with you: Set a reminder on your smartphone or online calendar for each day, week, and month for doing your blog maintenance.
I tend to do my daily maintenance tasks in the morning. Weekly tasks I do on a Friday afternoon, and monthly tasks at the beginning of each month.
Right then, that's all the tips I have for you - Keep this list handy or bookmark it for future reference.