For regular bloggers, one of the possible problems that may arise is a poor-performance of site due to lack of site maintenance or clean up. To fine-tune your blog site such as WordPress, regular maintenance must be done to remove unwanted or dead load of your site and slows down you accessibility.
Here are several ways for you to maintain your blog:
Upgrade your site
Check for regular updates in WordPress and install features that will optimize your page. Newer versions of WordPress also enable users to manage accounts easily and more efficiently. Updating your site also includes publishing and adding new material or by simply proofreading (editing, spell-check, etc) previous posts to keep your site alive. A plug-in now available in WordPress, Censortive, can help you enhance your posts by changing words into an image file. Although updates are available every few months, site updates can be scheduled every five to six months.
Use WordPress Plugins
Plugins adds color to the activities in your site. It also facilitates easy and even remote access that will enable you to update your blog or site without having to log in at your home or in the office. Each plug-in features different uses depending on the need of the user. For example, WP Footnotes that allows technical bloggers to create footnotes in the blog. Plug-ins, too, need update so include in your housekeeping schedule to upgrade.
Remove unwanted or dead plug-in, themes or images
Removing unwanted or dead load will create a breather for your site. The Theme Options Plugin manages and helps user activate or deactivate themes as well as create or upload it which makes it easier to clean your site or you can do it manually.
Removing WordPress Plug-ins
- Check whether the plug in is deactivated.
- Go to Administration > Plugins Panel where you can see a list plug-ins, version, author, description and action. Under the row ‘action’ you can see the status of the plug-in.
- To finally delete the plug in, go to the site’s wp-content/ plugin folder then select the name of the plug-in you wish to remove then delete it.
- Similar to removing WordPress plug-ins, access the site’s wp-content/ themes/ folder and highlight the theme you wish to remove and then delete it.
- Before doing so, check whether or not you are using the theme by looking into Administration/ Presentation Panel.
Improve site optimization.
This can be done by testing the site and validating if the codes in your site are lean and are free from excess or dead space. Site optimization can be done by testing in through several sites available in the internet for public use. Then cross checking if the codes you use are clean and optimized. Several websites also offer tutorials and services to check optimization of your blog or site especially when you made several tweaks to the original theme or code. Plugins, too, help optimize your site by assisting in the site code such as the Developer Formatter that helps in creating a better display of the codes.
To improve site performance, beside optimizing the code, sometimes, you should consider to find a best WordPress hosting solution to host it.
Lastly, be aware of spam comments and remove it permanently in your site since it adds dead-weight
WordPress Plugins is also available to do these tasks without having to manually check it.
Like any other materials and equipment, blog page and websites also need cleaning and some organizing once in a while to maximize its usage for a long time. While creating a back-up can help us save files and documents in our site, doing a housekeeping saves us from the hustle or redoing our site again and avoids downtime whenever we need access to our page.