There are some basic and important tasks for WordPress Maintenance to do it regularly. Your WordPress site is a powerful made up of several parts. It includes your WordPress hosting, WordPress software itself, plugins and themes. At the top of it, you add your content with text and images. Together, they all create a website that is liked by your visitors and customers.
Now, if you run an engaging website with lots of traffic, then every three months. For smaller websites with less traffic and content, you need to do these maintenance tasks every six months.
Now being told, let’s take a look at the necessary WordPress maintenance tasks, which you need to do and how to do it.
Change the WordPress Passwords
A password is your first defense against unauthorized access to your website. You should always use a strong unique password for all your online accounts, including your WordPress website, FTP accounts, and databases.
However, even if you are using strong passwords and they are compromising, then it is possible that you will not even notice it.
So, this is the reason of WordPress security experts recommend changing your WordPress password regularly. It also includes passwords for your WordPress admin area, FTP or SSH accounts, and your WordPress database password.
For more information on this topic, see our initial guidance on how to manage passwords for WordPress users.
Don’t forget to Create Backup of Your Website
Backup is one of the most important WordPress support tools in your arsenal. There are many excellent WordPress backup plugins that can help you fully automate the WordPress backup process.
However, sometimes your backup solution can suddenly stop working without you.
To create a full backup of your website, you need to run your backup plugin manually. After running the backup, you must verify that your backup files are stored properly on the remote location (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) of your choice.
WordPress Database Optimization
WordPress stores the most data in your WordPress database. This includes all your content, comments, users, and settings. However, due to overtime, your database may gather a lot of unnecessary data. This enhances your WordPress backup size which may affect the upload, download, and restore of backups.
Optimizing your WordPress database lets you clean up the clutter, defragment a table, and improve database performance.
Check and Update All WordPress Files
WordPress comes with a built-in system to manage WordPress core, plugins and theme updates. It’s necessary to use the latest version of WordPress and keep all your plugins and themes updated.
However, there are some situations when you can remember an update. For example, when the license of a premium plugin or theme is exhausted, and it failed to check for updates.
Visit the WordPress Updates page to manually check for updates. Review all your installed plugins and themes to make sure they are running the latest version.
Check and Delete Spam Comments
If you are using Akismet to deal with spam in a comment in WordPress, it automatically keeps spam away from your comment moderation queue.
However, sometimes Akismet can mark a valid comment in the form of spam. Once in a while, you need to take a quick look at spam remarks to ensure that no real comment is incorrectly marked as spam.
Once done, you can safely remove all spam comments from your website. If you have thousands of spam comments, you should use this method to remove all spam comments in WordPress.
This will not necessarily improve performance but will ensure that you will not miss the actual comments.
Test All Your WordPress Forms
WordPress Form Builder plugins like WP Forms make it super easy to create beautiful forms on your website.
However, due to incorrect contact on your WordPress hosting server or your email service provider, these forms can sometimes stop sending emails automatically.
You need to check all the forms on your website to ensure that they are working properly. If no form is working, then look at our guide on how to fix WordPress by not sending an email issue.
Perform an SEO Audit and Thorough Content
The next thing you need to include in your regular maintenance work is a thorough review of your content. This is where data from Google Search Console and Google Analytics comes in. This shows you clearly that from where your visitors are coming and what they are doing on your website. This data allows you to search the content on your website where users are coming but not changing into customers or customers.
Google Search Console shows you search analytics that helps you find search keywords where your site appears in the results. You can sort it to show those keywords, where your site can easily rank higher by updating those articles.