Running a website can be a fulltime work. It’s one of the main reasons why so many webmasters end up dropping their website.
A webmaster can be responsible for content creation, SEO, strategic public relations, social media, general website updates, security and administration. All of these tasks are time consuming and can leave you little time.
If you want to take a significant number of WordPress tasks off your plate, consider signing up for one of the many WordPress maintenance and support services available online.
Maintenance: This can include core WordPress updates, plugin updates, theme updates, website backups, speed, security, optimization, uptime monitoring and more
Support: This can help you with website downtime, plugin / theme bugs and design changes, and also provide WordPress advice and troubleshooting help
WordPress maintenance and support services can dramatically reduce the time it takes to maintain your website and troubleshoot problems like spam, hacks, and bugs. They take care of all the common tasks that need to be done – such as plugin and theme updates, security checks and website backups – and which are essential for the success of any online business.
Those new to WordPress will benefit immensely from these support services as they take control of problematic situations that you cannot solve yourself to ensure that your website is back online quickly.
If you’re a skilled WordPress user, you may feel that maintenance and support services don’t offer anything groundbreaking, as they don’t offer help with anything you can’t do yourself. However, that is missing at the point. Support services significantly reduce your workload and allow you to focus your time on more important tasks.
If you’ve spent a lot of time building your website, it can be daunting to think that the work isn’t over. In fact, it’s only just started. But it doesn’t have to be a burden. Here are some WordPress maintenance best practices that we can help you with.
Putting Your WordPress Site into Maintenance Mode
A lot of the work you do to maintain your WordPress website won’t involve putting it in maintenance mode, but sometimes you have to do it – so it’s worth knowing what it means.
When your WordPress website in maintenance mode, it means that you are telling website customers/visitors and the search engines that it is currently unavailable, but that the unavailability is planned and temporary.
When you make updates on your WordPress website, or you update or change a theme or plugin, WordPress will automatically go into maintenance mode. You may have noticed the screen that appears when you do this and it can be confusing to your visitors.
WordPress uses a file called .maintenance to display a message that says, “Not available for scheduled maintenance shortly. Please try again soon.”
This message is a little sparse on a blank page if reassuring. But it would be nice if it said more to visitors and if it was branded to go with your website.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to put your website in maintenance mode when you’re working on it and providing more information to visitors.
Keeping Your WordPress Site Backed Up
One of the most important aspects of maintaining your WordPress website will keep it secured.
If you are using WPSuperhero, your website will automatically be backed up regularly for you, and you can easily reinstall an older version of your website if there is a problem.
If you don’t have access to it, you’ll need to install and configure a backup plugin so that you have regular automated backups.
Then, if your WordPress website gets hacked or goes, you know that you can easily get a version that you know works. The calm that this gives you is significant.
Keeping Your WordPress Site Updated
Another essential aspect of maintaining your WordPress website is keeping it up to date. This includes regular updates of topics and plugins as well as WordPress itself.
Why updates are important?
There are three reasons for this:
Most updates contain security patches. Your website will be more secure once you have installed it.
Updating your theme or plugin ensures that you have access to the latest features. Some updates of themes and plugins are to ensure compatibility with the latest version, so the update ensures that your website has no problems. We do regular updates manually to make sure that your site is up to date and to save time and hassle in your end.
It’s a good idea to run all the updates on your staging website before your live site to make sure they don’t cause any problems. WPSuperhero includes staging sites in all our plans, which means we test plugin and design updates as well as core updates in a secure environment before pushing them to your live site.
Removing Unused Themes and Plugins
Keeping your website updated will be easier if you remove any topics or plugins that are inactive. Any theme or plugin that you have installed on your website is an additional source of potential incompatibility or uncertainty, so it makes sense to have only the themes and plugins that you actually use.
So if you install a theme or plugin to test it and then disable it in favor of another, make sure to delete it as soon as possible.
Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure
To avoid hacks and other security breaches, it’s important to keep your WordPress website safe.
With WPSuperhero, you can be sure that security is taken seriously. So much, that WPSuperhero offers a security guarantee with every plan and, in case something bad happens, security specialists are available 24/7 to fix your website immediately..
At WPSUperhero we make sure that passwords are secure, plugins and themes are up to date, downloaded free themes or plugins are from official plugin or theme directories, and we make sure other user accounts on your website are well managed. Our priority is to harden your WordPress website and make it less vulnerable to attack.
Improving Your WordPress Site’s Performance
When your website is secure, up to date, and backed-up, you’re rest assured that the basics are maintained. But it’s also worth working on to improve the performance and page speed of your website.
This has two advantages:
- A fast website will enjoy higher search engine rankings that will boost your SEO.
- A fast website means fewer visitors leave before the first page loads.
To improve the performance of your website, we make sure you use hosting with a commitment to performance and uptime. We only install plugins and themes of your site from reputable sources. And test the performance of your website regularly with a performance plugin and / or external tool.
If performance isn’t what it should be, we can take steps to speed up your website, such as switching to more powerful plugins, editing code in your design, enabling mining, and optimizing images and other assets may include.
Troubleshooting Issues With Your WordPress Site
Sometimes your WordPress website will develop problems. These can be serious, if your website is hacked or an update breaks the website. Or they can be minor common WordPress errors, such as broken links or images not loading properly.
Here are some errors that we can fix readily.
- Fix 404 errors with pages that were not found.
- Fix broken links without having to manually drag through your website.
- Fix http error uploading images to your media library.
- Fix images that do not load
Moderating Comments and Managing Users
Unfortunately, users can introduce uncertainties and performance issues into your website.
- Users/admins can install plugins or themes that are insecure or poorly coded,
- Users/admins with permission to create and edit content on your website can upload pictures or other media that slow down your website.
- Users/admins who leave comments on your website could introduce spam links or content on your website that could affect your SEO or even blacklist you.
All administrator users must understand the importance of security and performance and what they should do to make your website work. We make sure you only use strong passwords and add software from reputable sources. Contributors and editors also need strong passwords so no one can use their account to hack your website and upload content that you don’t want. Enforcing strong passwords will save you upbringing.
We always see to it when users upload large images in your site there will be no performance issue. Comments can spam your website and in some cases slow things down.
The need to moderate and respond to the comments on your website. Moderating each comment before it can be published can be time-consuming. You may prefer to set things up so that if someone has approved a comment in the past, they can comment again without moderation. This gives you a balance between stopping spam and encouraging discussion, as well as saving you time. But we take care of all this for you so you can focus more on your business.
Auditing Your Site’s SEO
Simply creating a WordPress website and posting it on the internet is not enough to get you a following or to help you sell products or services. You need to attract visitors to your website.
This is where SEO comes in. Will help you improve your SEO, and using SEO best practices will give you an extra boost. It helps a lot if you audit your SEO and monitor it regularly.
We can help you diagnose SEO problems and also give you data you can use to identify your top performing content, see what keywords you are ranking for, and review all of your internal and external links.
SEO is often overlooked by website owners, but it’s completely very crucial in marketing. WPSuperhero will provide you with data that will help you improve your SEO and be more strategic with your content strategy.
Will help you monitor your search engine rankings to identify and fix any problems. We can also help you identify which keywords you rank for and which ones you need to put more work into, what works for your SEO and what needs improvement.
Monitoring Activity and Error Logs
Finally, one of the least glamorous aspects of monitoring your website: monitoring website activity and checking error logs.
Monitoring activity on your website means that you know when something happens that shouldn’t happen, e.g. For example, when a new user is added unexpectedly or files are uploaded that should not be uploaded. It will also help you manage your content and be sure that the posts will be published when they should be.
WPSuperhero will monitor all activity on your website. With us, you can avoid any problems. We are working 24/7 to keep things ticking along.
Pay for WordPress Maintenance & Management
All of the things mentioned above sound like a lot of work. It is true that much of the work done to maintain your website can be automated. You can schedule automatic backups, configure updates to run automatically, and perform automatic security checks in your shop to alert you of problems.
But you still have to set up everything. You have to take the time to check all the problems. And you may need to fix them too.
That’s why having maintenance professionals like WPSuperhero can be helpful.
Paying for WordPress support and maintenance will take a load off your hands. It will give you the peace of mind to know that experts are monitoring their website and fixing any problems that arise.
It doesn’t require you to learn more about website security, error logs, or 404 pages. It means that you can spend your time doing what you do best: creating content for your website and running your business.