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6 Ways To Make Maintaining Your Website Easy

Web Design, WordPress

 
When was the last time you reviewed and made updates to your website? Has it been a while? Is it because you’re confused on where to even begin, and all things tech scare you?
 
I hear ya!
 
But guess what happens to a car that doesn’t get an oil change?
Or to a flower that doesn’t get watered?
Or a puppy that doesn’t get – Alright, you get the idea.
 
As a creative entrepreneur, your website is the hub of your business. In the beginning, it’s all about the content and making it as beautiful and user-friendly as possible.
 
But the second you launch that baby, you sign yourself up for all of the responsibility that comes with it. Yes, it’s work, but it’s not something to be afraid of. And it’s DEFINITELY NOT something to avoid.
 
Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for.
 
In this post, I’m sharing a few ways to make maintaining your website easy and stress-free.
 

Make Time For It

Whip out that cute little planner you bought from Target, and find a slot where you can dedicate about an hour a week to updating your website. This is going to help you establish a maintenance routine. Before you know it, it’s going to become easier and faster to do, and your website will reap the benefits.
 

Follow A Checklist

Lists just make everything better – am I right? Following a checklist is going to help keep you on track and ensure you don’t miss anything, especially when there tasks that need to get done on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis. Download the checklist below to know WHAT + WHEN you should be updating on your website.

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Know what updates you need to make and when to make them for your WordPress website.

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Automate. Automate. Automate.

The Tech Gods have given us a beautiful thing called automation. Meaning you find a tool that does the work for you. Below are some of my favorite tools that I use to help take off the workload of maintaining your website.
 
For Backups:
BackUp Buddy
UpdraftPlus
WP Database Backup
 
For Security:
iThemes Security
WordFence
 
For SEO:
All in One SEO Pack
Yoast SEO
 
For Optimization:
WP Optimize WP Smush

 
For Content:
Broken Link Checker
Simple 301 Redirects
 
Plugins that do it all:
JetPack
ManageWP
 

Stay Up To Date

Developers are making updates to themes and plugins all of the time. (The good ones at least) By setting aside some time to update your website weekly, you are keeping things fresh and ensuring your website is running on the latest versions.
 
If you see those little red notifications in your WP Dashboard, take them seriously. Treat them like emails and respond to them. Typically these updates are just a click away. However, before you go updating everything, make sure you have your latest backup on hand just in case things don’t go as planned.
 

Keep A Record Of Everything

There are so many different accounts to keep track of. Having a record of all of your logins, passwords and other important information is going to save you a lot of headache in the long run.
 
Here are some things you’ll want to keep record of:

  • Hosting Information
  • Domain Registration
  • WordPress Login
  • Email Optin Provider
  • Plugin Logins, API Keys and other required information
  • Theme Logins, API Keys and other required information
  • Contact Information for Support or Your Web Designer

 

Hire Someone To Help

If you’d rather not deal with the technical side of maintaining your website, then hire a professional to do it for you. Find someone you can trust with your website, and who offers a WordPress Support plan at an affordable monthly rate.
 
Oh hey, guess what? I’m someone who would be happy to do the work for you. Click below to view the details of my WordPress Support plans and apply.

 

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Hey! I'm Brittney.

I'm a branding + web designer for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers. I'm also an obsessed dog mom, chai tea lover, and #DiviEnthusiast Stick around to learn more about branding, web design, blogging and business tips.

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