Managing a blog requires work. Regardless of which platform you use, there are certain things you have to do to ensure your site is running like a well-oiled machine. And if you manage a self-hosted WordPress website you especially know where I’m coming from.
If you just started blogging and you’re on the self-hosted WordPress CMS you’ve probably realized by now all the responsibilities that goes into managing your blog. I know it was hard for me at first to keep up with the tasks there are to do.
It was no wonder the seasoned bloggers I was learning from – who by the way you should be following – talked about the importance of being organized and using to-do lists to keep up with action items.
There are some tasks can be put off until the end of the month but on the other hand, there are some action items you should do more frequently and I’ve narrowed it down to four important ones that if not done on a regular basis can affect your site’s performance.
Take a look at the four action items you should have on your weekly to-do list.
It’s every blogger’s worst nightmare…waking up one morning and logging in to your dashboard to find all your content and images gone and no back-up to retrieve them.
Even if you don’t have a lot of content it would be a good idea to run a weekly back-up of your WordPress website and there are several reasons why.
- In case of a server outage and your host is unable to retrieve your data.
- Mistakes can happen while you’re making a change to your theme, configuring a plugin, etc., even to the ones who have experience with WordPress.
There are a number of plugins you can use to back-up your data. A popular one is BackupBuddy. You can schedule your back-up to run automatically and have it stored on the cloud.
Check for Broken Links
If you want your blog to be known as a reliable resource within your niche, you’ve got to make sure all your links are working and pointing in the right direction so be sure you have check for broken links added to your weekly things to do.
You can use websites like Online Broken Link Checker but an easier way is to check them by using the plugin Broken Link Checker to monitor links in your posts, pages, and comments. And you can edit broken links directly from the plugin’s page instead of manually updating each post – that’s a real time saver.Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso #quoteClick To Tweet
Another item that should be on your weekly to do list is check plugins. Plugins gives your self-hosted WordPress website extra bells and whistles but having too many of them can lead to issues like plugins conflicting with each other.
I’m sure this goes without saying but make sure plugins are updated and working properly. You will also want to remove plugins you’re no longer using and replace the ones that haven’t been updated in a while – I’d say over a month.
While I was putting this post together, I came across this cool plugin called Plugin Performance Profiler (P3). This plugin can narrow down which plugin or plugins is causing your site to run slow by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.
You know having eye-catching images for your blog post is important but did you also know larger images have an impact on your site’s load time?
Make sure you have the WP Smush plugin installed and activated. This plugin smushes every image and cuts all unnecessary data without slowing down your site.
When you install the plugin you can enable automatic smushing; however, there still may be some images that need to be smushed. This is a screen shot of my WP SMUSH screen as you can see, automatic smushing is enabled but there are still 22 images that need smushing.
And Now For the Why
So why is it important to perform these tasks at least once a week? Well, for starters, it can improve your site’s overall load time. Secondly, you’re keeping your blog fresh and up-to-date giving your visitors a great user experience that will have them going back for more.
Remember, it’s not only about the content but also your blogs performance. And if your visitors are experiencing slow load time while on your blog, there is a good chance that visitor may not be returning.
Over to You
What tasks do you perform on a daily or weekly basis for your self-hosted WordPress site? Share it in the comments section below.
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