Did you know you need to perform monthly maintenance?
If you are new to WordPress, it is likely that you don’t know that you do need to do frequent updates to keep your site in a healthy state. I imagine you may be wondering why this is important. WordPress is one of the most popular website building platforms in the world. As such, it’s a place hackers are always trying to find new ways to break into. There was even an instance of 1.5 million WordPress web pages being hacked through the use of a vulnerable outdated version of WordPress. Keeping your WordPress version, themes and plugins up-to-date can help keep those hackers out of your site and keep your site from going down completely.
I should mention that WordPress just released version 5.1 which helps increase website security. This new 5.1 version is called “Betty” and one of her features is that she helps create awareness about what version of PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor your WordPress site is running on. Named after famous jazz singer, Betty Carter, Betty alerts website administrators to update their PHP version since some versions are becoming obsolete. “Betty” is great news, but you still need to follow a maintenance routine!
Before we do anything, I want to make sure you are making backups of your website! Even though updates are our friend, on occasion, an update could cause a conflict. Conflicts can, in turn, cause something else to break and bring your site down. Conflicts can happen between two plugins, between your theme and a plugin, or even between a plugin and your site’s current WordPress version. I highly recommend the backup plugin Updraft Plus. UpDraft Plus allows you to save backups either on your server or somewhere else off-site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Making sure you have a backup of your site is critical to getting it back up and running quickly if a plugin conflict occurs or in the unfortunate event that your site gets hacked.