If you missed it, go ahead and read Blog Maintenance Checklist Part 1 from last week’s Techie Tuesday post. Today, we’ll go through a few more items on the blog maintenance checklist to help you keep your blog running smoothly.
- Make regular site backups. There are a number of ways to back up your WordPress site. You can go to the “add new plugins” area of your dashboard and search for backup plugins and then follow the plugin directions.
One thing to note about backing up your site is that there are three components to your website: The Database, the Files, and the Settings. Some plugins only back up the database, some just the files.I only know of one that works well (I’ve tried others that didn’t) that backs up all three – files, database, and settings, and it’s the one I use – BackupBuddy by iThemes.With BackupBuddy, you literally clone the site and can move it from one domain to another if you want. Yes, it’s pricey, and you’ll have to decide if it’s the one for you. But since I build websites for clients, I have to use the best tools possible, so that’s the one I use and recommend.
- Moderate your comments quickly.Nothing is more annoying than reading someone’s blog and making a comment, only to check back hours later and realize your comment still hasn’t shown up as approved. I put the discussion settings on my blog to let comments from those whom I’ve previously approved a comment display instantly.I want my readers to have a good experience, not a frustrating one, so I reward loyalty by letting previous commenters post without waiting to be approved. But, yes, I do receive emails whenever a comment is posted so if something inappropriate does go up, I can quickly handle it.Don’t delete comments that disagree with you – only those that either slipped through the spam filter or that are entirely inappropriate.
- Check for broken links. Fewer things are more frustrating than gaining enough interest in a link to click on it only to be taken to a 404 page. Again, there are a number of plugins that can help you in this matter, from simple redirect scripts that automatically redirect broken links to the home page to a plugin that helps you check for broken links – Broken Link Checker.Remember, if readers aren’t the only ones who get frustrated when they run across a broken link – search bots don’t like them either. Broken links affect your page’s search results ranking. I wrote a post on how to install and use Broken Link Checker a few years ago. Here’s the link to how to mend broken links on your blog.Another solution to checking for broken links is the free online resource, Broken Link Checker.If you have a large site, it will take a while to process.Below is a screenshot of this free and easy-to-use tool:
We still have a few more items on our blog maintenance checklist, so check back next Tuesday for another segment in this series.
Until next time,