What exactly is WordPress Maintenance? That’s all fine too. You could have your very first site up in a matter of hours (even minutes if you’ve got some past experience with WordPress). However, the main issue is ongoing maintenance which takes both time & effort.
For example, suppose you’ve just uploaded a new image and made changes to the title and description in the “What are my options?” section. Then it looks great! You’ve taken the time to add a new, useful feature and you’re confident that your image has loads of great information – so you save your post and go to work. The next thing you know, however, you get a notification from your photo optimizer plugin asking you to ‘Keep Regular Maintenance’ on because the version you’ve uploaded is not using the latest settings.
It’s not a big deal at first. You’ll know you’ve done a good job and take care of your new features. However, as time goes on you start to notice a slow response time when it comes to backups and plugin updates. You haven’t used your plugin much at all so it’s not something you take care of manually.
What you don’t realize is that WordPress features & plugins are like any other program – you have to take care of them. If you leave a plugin on without updating it, you risk the plugin going dead or causing a server crash. This is a very minor inconvenience – imagine how frustrating it would be to use a new feature and then wait for the plugin to be updated!
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a security ninja to keep your WordPress sites running smoothly. WordPress has a built in security system, but it’s not perfect. The system isn’t perfect, but it’s better than a security guard’s lock. So how do you know when to do WordPress Maintenance? How do you get WordPress back up and running in no time?
The best way to keep regular maintenance is to never let go of any plugin. When people leave WordPress, they typically leave behind their plugins. People new to WordPress may think this is a bad thing, but really, it’s just a simple matter of not keeping your hands on the most important piece of the WordPress pie: the plugin. You’ll never be able to keep regular updates to plugins, but you can take care of the most important part of your website: the free version.
One of the best ways to take care of your free version is to go through your permalinks. The Permalink URL (your destination link) is what people click on when they visit your website and one of the first things that will appear after a user clicks on a “permalinks” link is a short description of the page that was clicked on. If you have broken links or missing text in your permalinks, you are going to have a lot of people contacting you asking what your problem is and why it’s taking so long for your site to come back up. A few simple permalinks fixes, as well as getting rid of broken links, should take care of your problem in no time at all.
Another thing that you need to keep in mind whenever you’re doing WordPress Maintenance is that while you want to make sure everything is working properly, you also want to make sure that you don’t introduce new features to the WordPress core. For example, when it comes to new features in WordPress, there are certain code auditing tools that exist for free. These tools will check your code for potential security issues and possible compatibility issues with different plugins. Don’t go hacking the WordPress source code just to introduce new features to your site; go ahead and leave the job to someone who knows what they’re doing. You can introduce new features by posting a plugin with instructions on how to add it to your site or by uploading a special file called a “Podovri,” which is essentially a video explaining the process of using a particular plugin. With these kinds of codes, you’ll not only be able to properly use new plugins on your site, but you’ll also be able to optimize your code without introducing major holes in the security of WordPress.