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How to Keep Your WordPress Site Working Well

By | First Published: | Last Updated: 30 May, 2022

A website is no different to a car. You need to maintain to keep it:

  1. Working well
  2. Secure

And, like with cars you can:

  • Pay someone to do it for you
  • Learn how to do it yourself

There is no ‘best option’. Rather it comes down to your interest and time vs your budget. Yet, there is one wrong option, doing nothing.

This guide will show you how to keep your website working well yourself.

Backup Before Beginning

Before doing any maintenance on your website, you should create a new backup. This way,  if anything you do creates an unexpected problem (e.g. the white screen of death). There are two ways to backup your website:

  • Through your hosting company’
  • Using a plugin like Updraft

You don’t need to do both. But do one of them before doing any maintenance on your website. Personally, I find it easier to do using the UpdraftPlus plugin, so I will explain that way first. But, I will also explain how to do it through your hosting company.

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Shaun Killian (me) is a small business owner, who is passionate about helping other small businesses succeed. He has been working with website design since 2008. He is also an expert in digital marketing, including SEO, content marketing and email marketing. In a former life, Shaun was a school teacher and principal before a heart transplant and bilateral leg amputation led him in other directions.