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Regular WordPress Maintenance: what it means and why you need it?

Brush your teeth and floss. We’re told to do this twice daily to maintain optimum gum health and prevent tooth decay. Without regular brushing and flossing, plaque builds on our teeth, making it harder for our teeth and gums to stay healthy. And often more and more expensive and time-consuming to fix.

Maintaining a website is just the same. You need to perform regular maintenance to keep it running properly and staying speedy and secure. If you neglect regular maintenance, your website’s health will slowly decline, causing a multitude of issues that can become costly and time-consuming to correct.

The main components of your WordPress site that need updating regularly are the WordPress core, themes, and plugins. It’s essential to stay on top of WordPress updates to avoid the following issues:

  • Slow loading times
  • Damaged functionality
  • Infecting your visitors’ computers with malware
  • Becoming delisted from search engines
  • A poor experience for your visitors

Some of the most common WordPress maintenance tasks that require attention are listed below.

WordPress Core Updates

WordPress regularly adds new features and improves them, and if your WordPress Core is not up to date, your website slowly becomes less secure and stable. This will lead to a poor visitor experience and can negatively impact your search engine ranking.

WordPress Theme Updates

Themes are the framework that makes up your site’s design and performance. Like the WordPress Core, Themes are regularly updated for security reasons and performance. If you’re using an out-of-date theme, it will limit its function and security, which is why you need to check frequently for updates.

WordPress Plugin Updates

Plugins can be added to your WordPress site to increase functionality – from creating forms to adding visual effects. Out-of-date plugins can cause security issues and malfunctions on your website, and they should be monitored to ensure you’re using the latest version.

Unused plugins should also be regularly removed as they can cause problems with your site’s speed and function, leading to a detrimental user experience and search engine rankings.

WordPress Security Monitoring & Protection

Besides negatively impacting your reputation and potentially harming your visitors, search engines block a malware-infected website, leaving it virtually invisible to search traffic. Taking the necessary precautions to protect your site from vulnerabilities is vital to staying visible and keeping your customers safe.

Broken link Repair

Checking your links regularly helps to ensure that visitors can easily navigate your site, leading to a better user experience. Broken links can also negatively impact your search engine rankings as they give the impression that your site could be better maintained and outdated.

Testing and repairing links is an integral part of your website maintenance checklist and should be carried out every few months.

These are just some of the many essential maintenance tasks on any site. Just like brushing and flossing, when you do something regularly, it becomes more manageable to stay on top of. It’s possible to perform all the maintenance updates yourself, but it can be time-consuming and risky when you don’t know how to do them properly, which is why it’s often better to have them performed by a professional developer.

WP Tech Support offers WordPress site maintenance plans, including automated core and plugin updates and daily backups to keep your site stable and secure. Our excellent value plans are simple to sign up for on single or multiple sites, and if you’re not 100% happy with our service, then we’ll refund your payment. Sign up today to keep your WordPress site in optimum health.

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