The first thing that comes to mind when talking about having a WordPress site is how it’s a very user-friendly platform that can serve different purposes, such as for serviced based brands, portfolio sites and of course blogging. It’s all about being creative, exploring the many features it has to offer and feeling inspired to create new content.
But there is also a not-so-fun part of owning a website which is maintaining it and making sure it works properly at all times. This goes beyond web design or development, but those tasks that have to be completed each month. This process is key to speed up your site, keep it SEO friendly and secure.
Let’s talk about 5 tips to optimize your WordPress site.
1. Install the latest version of WordPress
WordPress is constantly working on improving their platform and staying up to date with the latest trends, something I love about their support system. This means that every now and then they release updates.
These are usually installed automatically, but it’s important to double check that your site is running the latest version of WordPress. This will ensure that your site is secure at all times and working as it should.
2. Update Plugins and Remove old ones
Plugins are also constantly updated to work with the latest versions of WordPress and in some cases offer new features for your site. It’s important to update them when you see a notification on your dashboard.
When it comes to installing new plugins, make sure they have been tested with the current version of WordPress, to avoid that your site crashes. If you are no longer using a plugin, then it’s good practice to deactivate and delete it. This will help speed up your site.
3. Delete old media content
Images and videos, especially if we are talking about high-quality files, can take a lot of space on your site. If you are no longer using them, delete them from your media library and only keep the ones you have attached to pages or blog posts.
This is an easy process. You only need to click on Bulk Select on your media library and choose the images you no longer want to keep.
4. Run a security scan
The idea of your site getting hacked is just scary, which is why it’s important to check for signs of hacking and malware. You can do this by installing a plugin, but I always recommend to go back to the basics and start with a hosting company that takes care of this for you.
Most hosting plans already include this but it’s always a good idea to explore the premium offers they have if this will save you a headache in the future.
5. Backup your site
I can’t stress enough the importance of backing up your site. When you have countless blog posts and have invested hours in creating quality content, you just need to have a have backup.
Each time you make major changes to your site or once a month, download a full backup of your site to your computer. This should include uploads, themes, plugins and other content. My favorite plugin to do this is UpdraftPlus.
Remember, these easy steps only take a few minutes to complete each month and it will make a huge difference to optimize your WordPress site.