10 Steps To SUMMERIZE – Clean Your WordPress Site

Written by Fusion Team

Summer Time – time to clean your WordPress site it is! Here are 10 things you can do now to spruce up your website…

  1. Update WordPress: In addition to taking advantage of new features included in each WordPress update, having the latest WordPress version running is one of the best ways to help keep your site secure. Updating WordPress is as easy as clicking the automatic update button in the WordPress dashboard, but remember to make a backup of your site (files AND database) before you do, just in case anything goes wrong during the update process.
  2. Purge your plugins: Delete any inactive plugins and review those that you’re currently using: Do you still need them? Has the plugin been kept up-to-date by its author? If not, is there a newer plugin that will do the job better? Once you’ve deleted all those plugins that you no longer need, it’s also a good idea to check if they’ve left any gubbins behind in your database, and to delete this too if they have to keep your database functioning optimally. Plugins really *should* clean up after themselves upon deletion but not all do, so any tables or settings they’ve neglected to clear away will unfortunately fall to you.
  3. Update plugins: Update any plugins that have survived the purge. Again, if you haven’t already, remember to make a backup of your site before doing any work like this.
  4. Update your theme: If there are any updates available for your theme, apply these. Again, take a backup of your theme files before doing this! The only possible exception to updating your theme is if you’ve made any customizations to your theme files directly, as these may be overwritten during the theme update process. If you want to go ahead and update your theme anyway, make sure you know exactly what customizations you’ve made so that you can reapply these after the update (and preferably transfer these to a child theme so that you can update easily in future!)
  5. Throw out old themes: Just as you did with inactive plugins, delete any old themes you have lying around. Again, you may need to clear out any stuff left in your database by themes once they’re deleted.  Check out our extensive Client Portfolio Here
  6. Consider a fresh lick of paint: Is it time to give your site a makeover? Sometimes just a few tweaks to your current theme will do wonders to brighten and freshen up your site, whereas sometimes a complete theme change is required.  For more information about our Services and Packages click HERE
  7. Clear sidebar clutter: The sidebar can be a handy dumping ground for all sorts of information, but too much going on in your sidebar can confuse site visitors by obscuring important information and making it difficult to navigate around your site. Take a good look at all the widgets in your sidebar and clear those that are just taking up space without really adding any value to your site.
  8. Check links for dead-ends: Both the internet and your site are constantly evolving, and this means that links (to other pages on your site and to external sites) that worked once may not work any more. Use a tool like the W3C’s Link Checker or install the WP Broken Link Checker plugin to find out which links no longer lead anywhere and either remove or update these.
  9. Review your site content: In addition to making sure your links still work, check the information in your site’s pages: Are things like contact details still current? Does your About page need updating with new skills and experience? Do you have new products or services to add?
  10. Clean out the spam comment queue: If you haven’t been doing this regularly, empty your spam comment queue. Who wants to give database space to spammers!

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