Maintenance is key.
It’s essential for everyday life (websites included).
You’ve gotten your website up and running, but have you been giving it the attention it deserves?
You wouldn’t buy a colorful plant to liven up your work space and then never water it, or trim off the dead leaves. Right?
You wouldn’t ignore your really awesome website for weeks, maybe months, at a time? Nah, I didn’t think so.
Keeping it simple
My bare bones punch list to keep websites in good shape
1- Check all links site wide (there’s nothing worse than broken links). I use Broken Link Checker.
2- Test contact forms (you want people to get in touch with you).
3- Test email subscription forms (so people can sign up and read about your goodness and goodies).
4- Test all buttons, product and social media links (make sure they work and link to where they’re supposed to go).
5- Update WordPress core (to increase security, fix bugs and for added features and functionality) as needed.
6- Update appropriate plugins (and remove/replace the ones that no longer work properly) as needed.
7- Create a backup (just in case the unthinkable happens. See my blog post Saving the Goods).
8- Reread content (check for grammar hiccups) and update with new/revised content.
9- Move, change, add and delete images to keep the site looking fresh.
10- Add new blog posts (and monitor potential comment spam).
I typically budget 15-30 minutes a week (sometimes every other week) to review my websites, to make quick changes to keep it looking good and running great.
When was the last time you took care of your website?
The world doesn’t stand still. Nor do websites. Technology advances quickly, essential scripts change, plugins go defunct, links stop working. Websites become outdated, outmoded and stagnant pretty easily. Give your website the love and attention it deserves!
NOTE: Maybe you’re still in the planning or developing stages of your new and fantastic website. If that’s the case, then this’ll be a good resource for you refer to after you launch it!
If you don’t feel inclined or don’t have the time or patience to maintain your site, contact me. Or maybe you need help with the planning, developing or even tweaking your website (re)design? I might be able to help you out.