WordPress maintenance - Keeping it all running smoothly

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How to keep your WordPress website running smoothly with regular maintenance. How to fix a site broken by a plugin update.

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WordPress maintenance - Keeping it all running smoothly

  1. 1. Keeping  It  All  Running  Smoothly   Kelli  Wise  
  2. 2. Who  Am  I?   •  Kelli  Wise   •  Website  designer   •  Support  Moderator  @  Headway  Themes   •  Blogger  
  3. 3. Why  Bother  With  Maintenance   •  Security   •  Safety   •  Performance  
  4. 4. CriDcal  Maintenance  Tasks   •  Backups   •  Clean  Ups   •  Updates  
  5. 5. First  Things  First   Back  It  Up  
  6. 6. 2  Types  of  Backups   Database  Backup   •  Posts   •  Pages   •  SeIngs   •  Users   •  Categories   •  Tags   Full  Backup   •  Database  Backup   •  Themes   •  Plugins   •  Photos  &  Media   Plus   Store  your  backups  offsite  
  7. 7. Backup  Plugins   •  Backup  Buddy  $$   •  WP-­‐DB-­‐Backup   •  BackWPup   •  BackupWordPress   Schedule  for  Near  Idiot  Proof   Automated  Backups  
  8. 8. Second  Thing   Tidy  It  Up  
  9. 9. Delete  Things  You  Don’t  Need   •  Delete  all  unused  plugins   •  Delete  all  unused  themes  except:   – keep  the  default  WordPress  theme  
  10. 10. Third  Thing   Update  It  
  11. 11. Updates   ① Plugins   Ø 1  at  a  Dme   ② Themes   ③ WordPress     This  is  my  preferred  order  
  12. 12. Other  Maintenance   •  OpDmizing  the  database   •  Malware  scans  
  13. 13. How  OYen?   It  Depends  
  14. 14. Frequency  RecommendaDon   •  Minimum     – Monthly   – Best  for  StaDc  sites   •  Be[er   – Weekly   – Best  for  acDve  blogs  with  regular  updates  
  15. 15. Frequency  RecommendaDon   •  Best     – Daily   – Best  for  very  acDve  blogs  with  daily  updates   •  Over  the  Top   – Hourly   – Best  for  news  aggregators  and  sites  like   ICanHazCheeseburger  
  16. 16. TroubleshooDng   I  updated  a  plugin   and  broke  my  site  
  17. 17. Step  1   Don’t  Panic  
  18. 18. Step  2  –  Flow  Chart   Can$you$ access$ WordPress$ Dashboard ?$ Deac3vate$ALL$ plugins$ Does$the$ site$ work?$ Yes$ Ac3vate$1$ plugin$ Do$the$ site$&$ plugin$ work?$ Yes$ Ac3vate$ another$ plugin$ No$$ No$$ Ac3vate$ Default$ Theme$ Delete$ Plugin$ Ac3vate$ another$ plugin$ Does$ the$site$ work?$ Yes$No$$ FTP$into$site,$ rename$plugin$ folder$ Does$the$ site$ work?$ Yes$ No$$ Move$1$ plugin$into$ Plugin$folder$ Do$the$ site$&$ plugin$ work?$ Yes$ Ac3vate$ another$ plugin$ No$$ Delete$ Plugin$ Ac3vate$ another$ plugin$ Contact$ Theme$ Developer$ Reinstall$ WordPress$ No$$ Yes$
  19. 19. If  you  have  access  to  the  Dashboard   DeacDvate  ALL   plugins   Does  the   site   work?   AcDvate  1   plugin   Do  the   site  &   plugin   work?   Yes   AcDvate  another   plugin   No     AcDvate   Default   Theme   Delete  Plugin   AcDvate   another  plugin   Does   the  site   work?   Yes  No     Contact   Theme   Developer   Reinstall   WordPress   No     Yes  
  20. 20. If  you  DON’T  have  access  to  the   Dashboard   FTP  into  site,   rename  plugin   folder   Does   the  site   work?   Yes  No     Move  1  plugin  into   Plugin  folder   Do  the   site  &   plugin   work?   Yes  No     Delete  Plugin  Folder   Do  you   know   broken   plugin?   Yes  No     FTP  into  site,   delete  plugin   Folder  
  21. 21. If  you  DON’T  have  access  to  the   Dashboard   FTP  into  site,   rename  plugin   folder   Does   the  site   work?   Yes  No     Move  1  plugin  into   Plugin  folder   Do  the   site  &   plugin   work?   Yes   AcDvate  another   plugin   No     Delete  Plugin   AcDvate  another   plugin  
  22. 22. Where  to  find  Plugins  Directory  
  23. 23. Regular  Maintenance  Tasks   •  Backup   – Store  backups  offsite   •  Clean  Up   – Delete  unused  plugins  &  themes   •  Update   – Plugins   – Themes   – WordPress  
  24. 24. Where  to  get  this  info?   PintSizedSites.com   QuesDons?   Comments?  

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