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WordPress Maintenance: Keep Your Site Secure & Running Smoothly

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How to keep your site secure and running smoothly with WordPress Maintenance. Questions addressed:
Why is WordPress maintenance important?
What can happen if you don't maintain?
What are the benefits of proper maintenance?
How is maintenance done?
What are useful plugins, tools, processes, and services?
How often should maintenance tasks be done?
When should each task be done?
What if I hate maintaining WordPress?
Blog post: https://optimwise.com/wordpress-maintenance-secure-smoothly/

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WordPress Maintenance: Keep Your Site Secure & Running Smoothly

  1. 1. WordPress Maintenance: Keep Your Site Secure & Running Smoothly
  2. 2. Chad Warner Chad Warner Founder and WordPress Maintenance Specialist OptimWise > optimwise.com
  3. 3. Why Is Maintenance Important? ● Why is car maintenance important? ○ You want to keep driving your car ○ Invest in keeping it running smoothly and reliably ○ Be a responsible car owner ● Same concept applies to your website ○ Your business depends on your website ○ Keep site secure and running smoothly ○ Be a responsible website owner
  4. 4. What If You Don't Maintain? ● Site gets hacked ○ Sucuri: 61% of hacked WordPress sites are running outdated software ○ Wordfence: “plugin vulnerabilities represented 55.9% of the known entry points reported by respondents.” ● Site runs slowly ● Site breaks due to incompatibility ● Visitors stop using your site ● Google ranks your site lower (reducing traffic, leads, sales)
  5. 5. Benefits Of Maintenance ● Site more secure ● Site faster ● Site runs smoothly ● Have backup in case of issues
  6. 6. How Is Maintenance Done? ● Manually ● Plugins ● Host may do some, at least partially (backups, Core updates, some security) ● OptimWise
  7. 7. ● Management tools ○ ManageWP ○ MainWP ○ InfiniteWP ○ Jetpack Manage ● Updates ○ Advanced Automatic Updates ● Backups ○ BackupBuddy ○ VaultPress Plugins, Tools, Processes, Services
  8. 8. ● Uptime ○ Jetpack Monitor ○ Uptime Robot ● Security ○ Sucuri Security ○ Wordfence ○ Service like Sucuri Plugins, Tools, Processes, Services
  9. 9. Plugins, Tools, Processes, Services ● Speed ○ GTmetrix ○ Pingdom Website Speed Test ○ Ask host what they recommend ○ If host doesn't have caching system, try plugin like WP Super Cache ● Find Outdated WordPress Plugins ○ No Longer in Directory plugin ● Optimize Images ○ Imsanity ● OptimWise
  10. 10. ● Daily ○ Back Up ○ Monitor Uptime ○ Monitor Security ● Weekly ○ Install Updates ○ Moderate Comments ● Monthly ○ Review Front End ○ Review Back End ○ Check Backups Maintenance Schedule ● Quarterly ○ Review User Accounts ○ Test Speed ○ Find Outdated WordPress Plugins ○ Declutter Plugins ○ Declutter Themes ○ Declutter Media ○ Test Forms ● As Needed ○ Optimize Images
  11. 11. Ultimate Maintenance Schedule
  12. 12. Hate Maintaining WordPress? ● You don't need to do it yourself! ● Have a teammate do it ● Have OptimWise do it
  13. 13. Slides & Notes optimwise.com/maintain-gvl/ The Ultimate WordPress Maintenance Schedule optimwise.com/wordpress-maintenance-schedule/
  14. 14. Chad Warner Chad Warner Founder and WordPress Maintenance Specialist OptimWise > optimwise.com
  15. 15. Q&A
  16. 16. 1. Audit your site. Are any maintenance tasks undone? 2. Catch up on incomplete maintenance. 3. Review your maintenance processes. Are there any gaps? 4. Improve your maintenance processes, using your internal team or outside help (such as OptimWise). Challenge
  17. 17. Slides & Notes optimwise.com/maintain-gvl/ The Ultimate WordPress Maintenance Schedule optimwise.com/wordpress-maintenance-schedule/

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