WordPress Website Maintenance Checklist

WordPress Maintenance Checklist

Use the checklist below to maintain your WordPress website regularly updated, secure, and protected.

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Have access to all records and details (logins, passwords, registrant contact details, renewal dates, etc.):
  • Website
  • Domain(s), DNS records, Nameservers
  • Webhosting
  • Webmaster accounts
  • Plugins & Themes
  • Licenses, registrations, and subscriptions
  • 3rd-party services
  • Log into your WordPress site

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    Go to your dashboard

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    Check if WordPress version, plugins, or themes need updatingDon't do this until you backup your site!

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    Check & repair broken linksDon't do this until you backup your site!

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    Delete comment SPAMDon't add SPAM to your backup files

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    Delete unnecessary/unused media filesDo this regularly (e.g. every few months)

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    Log into your hosting accountIgnore this step if using automated backup tools.

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    Optimize and back up your WordPress databaseIgnore this step if using automated backup tools.

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    Backup your WordPress filesIf not using automated backup tools, zip the folder containing both the WordPress files and the SQL data file.

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    Upload backup files to secure offline storage accountIgnore this step if using automated backup tools.

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    Go back into your WordPress Admin

    Update WordPress to latest versionOnly if update is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.

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    Update your WordPress plugins (deactivate/remove unused plugins)Only if update is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.

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    Update your WordPress theme(s) (remove unused themes)Only if update is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.

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    Review site reports
  • Warning, expiration, or subscription renewal messages
  • Statistics (site, analytics, hosting)
  • Uptime reports
  • Logs
  • Perform any additional work required:
  • Content changes/updates
  • Changes to design/layout
  • Install new plugins or themes
  • Integrations with 3rd-party services
  • Security fixes
  • Optimization tweaks
  • User data deletion requests
  • Generate any required reports:
  • New installations
  • Site performance
  • SEO
  • Optimization reports
  • Security
  • Log out of your WordPress site.

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    Test and review site to make sure everything is working ok.

    Your WordPress site maintenance is done.
    Errors or Problems? Try this ...

    Troubleshoot Errors(If required)

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    Restore WordPress Data(If required)

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    Reinstall WordPress Site(If required)

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