We run thorough this WordPress post-install checklist on every website we set up. It’s just good groundwork, which is always important before building something great.
If you’re installing WordPress yourself, it can feel like you’re done in 5 minutes. But we urge you to do as many of these as you can straight away. They’ll save you time and headaches later. It looks like a long list, but don’t be put off – it should take you about 30 minutes to complete.
Security still isn’t high on the agenda of most businesses, even though WordPress attacks are becoming more and more common. Yet most have spent a lot of money designing, building and maintaining their websites.
No successful attacks isn’t proof you’re secure, and we’ve seen too many hacked WordPress sites to be complacent anymore. Don’t panic though, if you take some reasonable precautions you can reduce the risks.
Below is our checklist of suggestions for you to follow yourself. It’s common sense stuff and doesn’t need high technical skills. Allow an hour for someone to run through it once each quarter for peace of mind, or ask us to do it for you.
If you have a WordPress website then you should allow time for regular housekeeping. Why? Well, WordPress is free software and as such doesn’t come with any support. You have to keep it running smoothly yourself. This includes running WordPress updates, updating plugins, security checks and so on.
I recommend clients do housekeeping once a month for busy blogs, or once per quarter for low traffic business websites. Below is the checklist of items we suggest. It’s not complicated, and you only need to allow about an hour a time. If you’d prefer someone to do it for you, we offer a basic monthly health checks service.