WordPress is an amazing and popular tool for web site creation. So popular in fact, that WordPress sites currently make up over 29% of ALL sites on the web. It’s a powerful tool in the hands of capable developers and has allowed us to create sites that have a rich and impactful online presence for our clients. Moreover, our clients get to manage, maintain, and update their own content after hand-off. There’s not a lot of downside to using WordPress honestly, but there are a couple of things to consider if you do decide to manage your WordPress site after we create it for you. These things are often over-looked, but they can prevent a lot of heartache if you integrate them into your site management routine.
Back up your WordPress site regularly. Specifically your database.
What will you do if your site crashes or is hacked? If you have a current backup, the answer is simple – restore it. But if you don’t have a current backup…
There are many free or low-cost plugins and tools to help you do this. You can set your database to be backed up automatically, or you can manually perform this task yourself. This is a very important part of managing your website. We all know what it is like to have the content flow rhythmically from your fingertips onto 50-page proposal document, only to lose most of it when your computer crashes before saving. Backing up your site and database is the equivalent to “save often”. Depending on how often you update your site, we recommend backing it up once a week, or at the very least once a month.
Keep your site current. Update your plugins and WordPress version.
Quite often WordPress will be updated to a newer version. Plugins tend to be updated fairly frequently as well. When you log in to your site you will see what needs to be updated and it’s easy to get your site up to date. Just remember to back your site up first. These updates are important as they eliminate bugs for ever-evolving browsers, fix compatibility issues with other templates and plugins, and make it harder for injection hacks and malware to find their way into your files. Hackers love an outdated WordPress site. Over 70% of the top WordPress sites have shown vulnerability that was due to running outdated versions of WordPress.
Remember to not overlook these simple, yet important items. Your site will continue serve you well and represent your brand in a powerful way on the web.