Thanks to how amazingly simple it is to build a website using WordPress, it is not at all surprising to see it is among the leading choices for a substantial number of people all over the world. But that's not the end of the journey that is running a website, is it? After building a website, there is much that has to be done in order to ensure that your hard work pays off. This includes creating innovative and fresh content, promoting your website, etc. Unfortunately, what most website owners do not factor in is that it is equally important to maintain your website. And by that, we mean proper website maintenance, like how one manages their vehicle.

Okay, but precisely why do experts insist that one must also pay close attention to website maintenance? Well, for a plethora of reasons; for starters, a WordPress is typically made of plenty of different parts, features, functionalities, plugins, etc. When you have so many elements involved, it is kind of evident that maintenance is crucial to ensure they continue to operate as they are meant to. It also helps make sure that the website continues to perform to the best of its ability. Besides that, regular maintenance is also crucial for ensuring that the security and safety of your website is never at risk. Now that we have clarified that it is essential to maintain one's website, the next question will be: "But how do I maintain my WordPress website?" For that, we have collated a list of some handy tips for you.

  1. NEVER forget the backup: Easily one of the most important things to do is to take backup. And not just of the website, but of the database as well. Make a daily backup routine as well and make sure that all the content, files, media, and more are backed up securely. Why? Because in case of a cyber-attack, hacking, etc. or perhaps server failure — the business is protected and won't be compelled to be offline for a prolonged duration.
  2. Review security: WordPress websites are one of the favorite targets for hacking attempts and other forms of cyberattacks owing to their sheer prevalence. Hence, it is imperative that you not only leverage all the provisions WordPress has to offer to ensure top-notch security for the website but also to review these provisions on a very regular basis and also scan the website for any potential threats.
  3. Content audit: Since your website's ranking on Google and general health on the interwebs is directly related to the content on it; one must be sure to do an extensive review periodically. Add or update keywords, fix broken links, add new content, etc. — all of this goes a long way to optimize the website.

It is amply clear that maintenance is a critical part of any website worth its salt. And while the tips, as mentioned above, should help, you can also find a trusted vendor for WordPress website maintenance services to do a more thorough job for your website.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. The post provides the checklist for proper WordPress website maintenance.