Maintaining your WordPress blog daily helps to keep the performance of the site fast and smooth. There’s nothing more annoying to visitors than a site that loads slowly and is cluttered with a whole lot of junk. Below are 8 easy tips that you can apply to your WP site to maintain the fluidity of its performance and so visitors can have the best experience possible.
1 Back Up Your Database Often.
Backing up the data on your site is an essential step to efficient maintenance; every few hours would be recommendable. While backup features aren’t WP’s forte there are plenty of good plugins that can get the job done. Use any of the following effective plugins for backing up your important directories, files and database.
- Backup Scheduler
- Complete Central Backup
- Online Backup for WordPress
2 Back Up Your Files Every Day.
In addition to backing up your database, you should also be taking backups of all the existing files on your server which includes post content and the options you’ve set for your site. FTP app is a great for manual backups and plugins like WordPress Backup to Dropbox can make scheduled backups for you.
3 Check your Queries.
Plugins that have been poorly architected can have a negative impact on your site’s performance. Occasionally checking up on these plugins to see if they’ve gone mad can really optimize your site’s performance. You can do this by using a debugger plugin such as Debug Queries. It’s a plugin for WordPress that allows administrators to supervise all the currently running queries to better diagnose those that are potential stumble blocks.
4 Kill Spam Comments with Akismet.
While we all love getting quirky, ego boosting comments on our WordPress blogs, not all those comments are welcomed especially those that are obviously spam. Instantly terminate spam comments with the Akismet plugin for a spam-free comment section.
5 Remove Nonsense Widgets.
Displaying your Technorati rank or your many blog awards adds no value whatsoever to your blog. Clear useful space and optimize performance by getting rid of nonsense widgets.
6 Remove Unnecessary Meta Info.
Not only can this improve performance, but it’ll also enhances your site’s security. Here’s a simple code that can do that for you.
// Remove Really simple discovery link
// Remove Windows Live Writer link
// Remove the version number
Or if you’d like a more thorough alternative…
// Remove unnecessary meta information
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wlwmanifest_link' ); // Display the link to the Windows Live Writer manifest file.
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'index_rel_link' ); // index link
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'parent_post_rel_link', 10, 0 ); // prev link
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'start_post_rel_link', 10, 0 ); // start link
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'adjacent_posts_rel_link', 10, 0 ); // Display relational links for the posts adjacent to the current post.
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wp_generator' ); // Display the XHTML generator
7 Optimize Your Database.
Once you’ve cleared all the unnecessary values from your database, it’s now time to optimize it and reclaim unused space. The following plugins is one of the most recommended for doing this task. It has the option of automatic optimization every month. WP-DBManager plugin is an efficient tool for doing so.
8 Track your uptime.
When your site is down you should be the first to know about it. There are free tools available online that’ll alert you when your website, network or server is down and if there are any occurring errors. Pingdom is a great website monitoring tool that reports uptime, downtime and performance of your site.