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									Maintaining Your WordPress Blog
1. Regularly backup your database
In case your WordPress-powered blog breaks or you need to reinstall WordPress. You’ll
have all of your latest pages, posts and comments in a handy file. Automate this by using
the WP-DBManager plugin. You can set it to regularly backup your database and save a
file on your hosting or by emailing an attachment.

2. Optimize your database
Again, you can use the WP-DBManager plugin to automate this.

3. Regularly backup your WordPress files
This means your images and plugins. Automate this by using the WordPress Backup
plugin. You can set it to regularly backup your WordPress files and email an attachment.

4. Reduce spam comments
Have Akismet plugin running and filtering out the spam comments. This will save you
time by helping speed up comment moderation/reading/replying.

5. Make sure you don’t have unnecessary 404′s
This is when people try to access your pages and posts and get a 404 error message page
instead. Use the 404 Notifier plugin to identify the 404 errors and fix them with
redirection by using the Redirection plugin.

6. Switch to pretty permalinks
That is if you haven’t already. Go to Settings > Permalinks panel and choose a pretty
permalink style (like “example.com/date/post-name/“). Like the URL style that
Speckyboy here has, rather than the “/?p=X” permalink style that WordPress for some
reason still insists on defaulting to. This not only helps with SEO (search engine
optimization, since the keywords people would use to find your post will be right there in
the URL) but with human readability. It becomes obvious what you’re going to read as
well as making it easier to share.

7. Automate basic SEO (search engine optimization)
Install the All in One SEO Pack plugin. Add your title, keywords, and description in the
plugin options screen. This will make it easier for people who are searching for what you
have to find you.

Speeding Up Your WordPress Blog
1. Use caching
Install the WP Super Cache plugin and enable the Gzip option. This will load only the
appropriate cached content to visitors rather than loading every single script and element
of your WordPress site. Your bandwidth is greatly reduced and you avoid your site going
down during traffic spikes (and if you’re making a kick-butt site with kick-butt content,
you should expect them more often than not).

2. Reduce the CSS files to as few as possible
Combine multiple custom CSS files into one big one. The less individual CSS files the
theme needs to read the faster it’ll load. Simply copy/paste the code from individual CSS
files into the main style.css or a custom.css file in your theme.

3. Reduce the Javascript files to as few as possible
Combine multiple .js files into one big one. The less individual .js files the theme needs
to read the faster it’ll load. You can copy/paste the code from individual Javascript files
(/js/jquery.js, /js/jquery.slider.js, /js/jquery.tooltip.js) into a new single Javascript file

3. Put as much Javascript code as possible in the footer
In the footer.php file of your theme, or in the footer section in your theme’s
customization panel if applicable. This is so that the Javscript calls load last. This way,
your visitors will be able to quickly read the content while the Javascript loads in the

4. Use as few plugins as possible
The less plugins need to load the more stable your WordPress site can be (and slightly
faster in certain cases if a plugin isn’t properly coded). Do that by seeing if you can
copy/paste code or hand-code the functionality into your theme, or using a theme that has
the functionality built-in, or having it designed or customized for you. This doesn’t mean
don’t use any plugins, especially since this article is suggesting plugins for WordPress
optimization – just stick to only the essential ones rather than random sidebar widgets and
5. Speed up image loading
Use the Amazon S3 storage service to upload and host your files. The images will load
faster and your visitors won’t have to wait as long for them to load – especially important
for web and visual designers with lots of images and portfolios to showcase. You can use
the Amazon S3 for WordPress plugin to streamline image uploading and inserting into
your pages and posts.

Monitoring Your WordPress Blog
1. See your basic hosting server info and WordPress
PHP memory usage
Install the WP System Health plugin. This can let you see if there are memory issues so
you can identify and fix the problem rather than blindly trying things when your
WordPress site is slow.

2. See more detailed hosting server info
Install the Hosting Monitor plugin. This will let you know if slowness or any other
performance issues are something to do with WordPress or your hosting, and you can fix
it or contact your hosting accordingly.

3. Have any WordPress errors logged and notifications
Install the Error Reporting plugin. Since you’ll be notified right when an error occurs,
you can fix it right away.

Maintain and Speed Up WordPress

By using these tweaks and installing these plugins, you’ll not only take your WordPress
site’s performance and stability from merely okay to great, but you’ll automate a lot of it
so that you don’t have to spend time maintaining your site. Not to mention you won’t
have to waste time fixing and trying to get your WordPress site back up when it crashes
from a traffic spike or whatnot.
All of which boils down to why you should even care about any of this in the first place:
you free up time to focus on creating content and great work.

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