A blog maintenance checklist can help you keep your blog running and help you avoid serious problems. Like everything else in life – cars, homes, even relationships – running a blog requires regular maintenance. If you go too long without putting in some maintenance time, things quit working properly. Again, like most other things, blog maintenance is best and easiest if done as needed instead of waiting until a major issue comes up.
Today’s post shares the first part of a Techie Tip Tuesday series on basic blog maintenance tasks you can do to keep your blog running smoothly.
1. Keep your WordPress installation up to date
This is quite possibly the most important (and one of the easiest!) tasks on your blog maintenance checklist. The reason to keep WordPress updated is to minimize security risks. We all do things to protect our personal identities and secure our homes, and our blogs can be at risk for intrusion as well.
This step in the blog maintenance checklist literally takes only a few seconds, but recovering from a hack can take hours if not longer. Whenever you see the prompt at the top of your dashboard to update (see image below), then click on the “Please update now” link and simply follow the instructions.
2. Keep your plugins up-to-date
This is the second-most important item to take care of. Compromised plugins are one of the ways hackers can sneak into your site. In fact, some compromised plugins open a window that allows hackers not only to breech your site, but every WordPress site on your server.
As scary as that sounds, the good part is that it only takes a few seconds per plugin to update to the latest version. And for most plugins, this is done automatically. Watch for the “Update Available” prompt (see image below) and update all plugins that have an update ready to go.
Then click on the “Update Automatically” link and within a few seconds, you can cross this simple task off your blog maintenance checklist.
These two items didn’t take long to accomplish, but they are vital to keeping your blog secured. In fact, most of the items on the blog maintenance checklist only take a few minutes, but they can save you hours of grief later if you keep them up.