Depending on whether you have comments activated on your blog and the volume of comments you receive, you’ll want to moderate them on a weekly basis or more often if necessary. Delete spam comments to free up space in your database and reply to relevant comments. This is not just a great way to cleaning up your WordPress site; it also helps you keep an active relationship with your readers. If you get a lot of comments, you should do this daily.
You should always use the latest version of WordPress and keep all your plug-ins and themes updated. Review all your installed plug-ins and themes to make sure that they are running the latest version. It is recommended to install the updates on a staging website first to check in case they break or interfere with any existing website functionality. Keeping your WordPress software up-to-date is a crucial part as it helps to prevent your site from malicious hacks. You will need to check and install updates for: WordPress core, Theme and Plug-in.
Scan for Malware
Schedule your WordPress site to scan for any infected files or malware on a regular basis. This is necessary to check for any vulnerability to your WordPress site. Your hosting service provider can be providing this service so check our hosting plan for more details.
Check your website visually
It is important to check your WordPress website visually at least once a month for problems with layout or formatting. Perform this check in different popular browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Also check for responsive design issues in different mobile devices as mobile accounts for approximately half of web traffic worldwide.
Monitor website traffic
Knowing about your website traffic volume and from where you get the traffic can help you take necessary actions to improve your website performance. A high traffic volume website would need different server configuration to ensure smooth website operations. If you’re still using the shared hosting plan you started with when your site was small, it’s time to upgrade to something more reliable as shared plans lack the bandwidth to handle high traffic. You may also need to leverage a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to optimize content delivery for high local visitors’ traffic coming from a specific region.
Tools like Google Analytics provide insight into these data.
Change WordPress Passwords
Passwords are your first defence against unauthorized access to your website. Even if you are using strong passwords and they are compromised, then it is possible that you wouldn’t even notice it. That’s why WordPress security experts recommend changing your WordPress passwords regularly. Changing your password monthly is recommended. This would include your WordPress website, FTP accounts, and database.
Test All Your WordPress Forms
The forms on your WordPress website are a key part of your business. The Contact forms let customers and visitor interact and communicate with you. However due to a misconfiguration on your WordPress hosting server or your email service provider, sometimes these forms may suddenly stop sending emails. You need to check all forms on your website regularly to make sure that they are working properly. If a form is not working take necessary actions to get them fixed as soon as possible.