The Basics of Running a WordPress Website

With websites being easier to access and create it’s now more common for people to have their own, whether it be for your own business, to showcase a hobby or personal portfolio. However, there are still many things you have to consider when taking on a website. Like all things, it needs to be looked after in order to do its job effectively. So how much effort do you have to put in when it comes to running a WordPress website? Well, let us show you the basics of running a WordPress website…

1. Back it up!

This is probably one of the most important things to remember when it comes to running any WordPress website. As soon as you can ensure that your website is backed up. Even if you consider yourself a WordPress ninja, you should know that things can still go wrong, so by backing your website up there is no possible way of you losing it forever. Yes unfortunately, this can happen through server outages and hacks.

It’s pretty simple to back up your website and there are a multitude of ways to do it depending on what you are comfortable with. We would recommend you use at least one of these methods and if you can back it up with other methods too. This way you have other options in case one of the backup methods fails. Once you’ve backed up your website it’s a good idea to do it on a regular basis because if you update your website and don’t back it up after the updates you could lose all of your new content.

2. Stay secure.

Security is another big concern when it comes to having your own WordPress website, this is mainly because there are so many out there that it has made them a bigger target to hacking attacks. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t prevent these attacks from happening and the only way to do this is to make sure your WordPress security is second to none.

Firstly we’d suggest making your admin login page URL custom instead of having the default /wp-admin. In addition to this beef up your username and password with capitals, numbers and special characters. This can stop brute force hacks dead in their tracks. Another key security tip for any WordPress website would be to make sure you have a reliable security plugin installed and activated. We use Jetpack.

3. Keep up to date.

WordPress updates are important to not only the performance of your website but also make sure that your website is up to date with the latest industry standards. A large group of global developers work on WordPress every day to keep it safe, secure and future-proofed. This means that they’ll be adding new features, improving old ones and fixing any reported bugs. So, if you don’t update your website you could be leaving your website vulnerable to hackers and old software which can slow your website down or even affect it in more permanent ways.

A simple way to avoid any of these catastrophes is to just simply keep your WordPress updated. All you have to do to update your website is just log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and right there on the homepage will be a link that says “…” if there is an update available. Just click that and you’re all up to date.

4. Monitor website health. 

Once you’ve put all of these steps into action the only thing you need to do afterwards is to consistently monitor your website health. Making sure that your website is speedy and clear of errors will eliminate any unfortunate situations later down the line. Keeping your website healthy is the best way to ensure it’s longevity.

One of the best ways to ensure your website’s speed is healthy is to regularly put it through Google’s PageSpeed tool. This will highlight any problems that may be slowing your website down and show you how to fix them. Additionally, to stay on top of page errors it’s probably a good idea to either invest in a website crawling tool like Moz which will crawl all of your pages and content and highlight any errors and show you how to fix them or you can find a free crawling tool which will just highlight the problems you may be having.

So those are our bare basics of running a WordPress website. If you enjoyed this article please let us know by tweet or sending us a message on LinkedIn. Additionally, if you ever need any help with any of your WordPress projects please don’t hesitate to get in touch.