If you thought you had to pay an ‘expert’ to maintain your WordPress site, think again…
WP Maintenance Guide
Good Housekeeping for Your Home on the Web
Self-hosted WordPress sites have many distinct advantages over WordPress.com sites. But one of the intimidating things about a self-hosted WordPress site is YOU are responsible for everything! Backups are your responsibility, upgrades to WordPress and plugins are your responsibility, broken links are your responsibility…the list goes on and on.
While you could pay someone hundreds of dollars to maintain your site for you, there is an awful lot of housekeeping you can do for your site all by yourself – for free – even if you’re not a programmer or particularly “technical” by nature.
So, why not do what you can do, first?
Fortunately for you, site maintenance is fairly easy to do for sites and blogs built in WordPress – particularly if you know what needs to be done and when. Armed with a little information and some step-by-step instructions, you can significantly and positively impact your site’s on-going health and stability. Yes, YOU!
This guide details 39 action items with clear, plain-English explanations designed to help you perform the weekly, monthly and yearly maintenance your site requires to provide the platform from which you can be who you are, do what you do and reach those you’re looking to serve.
39 Action Items!!
How Long Will This Take Me??!!
Ok…before you go into full-blown freak out mode…take a deep breath and let’s break it down.
First, I’ve broken the 39 action items into three groups:
- Weekly – 11 action items, some you’ll do even less often than weekly
- Monthly – 7 action items, most of which are super quick
- Yearly – 21 action items, some of which might be a non-issue after several weekly and monthly reviews
Second, you have two options as to how to approach this:
- Start with the yearly review (which includes a weekly and a monthly review.) You might need a weekend for this approach, but it’s the quickest way to a ship-shape site.
- Start with the weekly review and work your way up to the yearly review. This gets you some benefit right from the start, helps you build some good habits (which might reduce the amount of work involved in the yearly review by the time you get to it) and allows you to ease into site maintenance with less time invested right away.
I’m Too Busy, I’ll Get To It Tomorrow…
Really? How many other important things are you putting off for the tomorrow that will very likely be just as busy? (Yeah, I went there…) Consider starting with the Weekly review and working your way up. That way, at least the most pressing of maintenance issues are getting dealt with, which is a whole lot better than ignoring it altogether.
Let’s Do a Reality Check
How long can you live in your house without cleaning it up and making repairs before the funk runs you out or it falls down around your ears? Well, my friend, this is your home on the web we’re talking about. The same question applies here. All you need to decide is do you want to take a little time out now for maintenance, or risk a LOT of time out down the road when something breaks?
There is nothing I can do to make you take the time to take care of your site. All I can do is try to make it easier, faster and less expensive by providing you with the steps that need to be done and clear, non-technical instructions on how to do them.
And you don’t even want to know what might happen to a neglected site…
What If I Run Into Something I Don’t Know How to Fix?
That’s the really easy part of this. If you find something you don’t know what to do with or don’t know how to fix, you do one of two things:
- Bring it to the next WordPress Free Clinic session and get some free help.
- If you can’t wait for the Clinic, you can schedule a consult with me.
Either way, you’re not on your own. Ever.