There are plenty of things to do when maintaining a WordPress website. From optimization, data backup, and software updates, doing everything manually may consume a lot of time and energy.
Fortunately, some tools can automate these processes and save you a lot of effort. Let’s go through some of them and some tips to ease maintaining WordPress in the article below.
Automating WordPress installation will save you plenty of time, as the manual installation process requires more technical knowledge. Every reliable hosting provider, Hostinger WordPress hosting should have this available.
From the hosting dashboard, select Hosting at the top menu and click Manage on the domain you want to install WordPress. Click the Auto Installer menu and choose WordPress, then you will be redirected to fill in the required details. Finally, click the Install button and wait until the process is complete.
An SSL is installed to protect sensitive information and other website data from third parties during transfer. Usually, you can get a free SSL and one-click installation by purchasing a hosting package.
In other cases, you can install Really Simple SSL on the website. Purchase and download an SSL certificate (or get one free of charge), install the plugin, and it will take care of the SSL installation in one click.
WordPress automates update installation when it comes to minor changes, as they regularly do software maintenance. However, bigger updates need manual approval.
WP Auto Updater automates software updates whenever a new version is available, eliminating the need to click the update button manually. When you have the plugin installed, I recommend regularly backing up files and website data, which I will explain below.
Website data and file backup are essential to prevent losing them to unwanted events such as malicious attacks, data corruption, or hardware and software failure. It is best to update them regularly, but it is yet another time-consuming process when done manually.
Plugins like UpdraftPlus will create copies of your website automatically and make them available on-demand. You can set scheduled backup times and choose cloud storage such as Google Drive and Dropbox to save website data and files. It also allows downloading web data to your computer as an offline backup.
Sometimes, there are malicious third parties that would spam a website with ads in the comments section. This happens especially to sites growing in traffic, making it hard for owners to see feedback from readers.
Akismet Anti-Spam is one of the plugins that block out spammers in the comments section. The Akismet filter algorithm will scan old and new comments and automatically delete them as soon as it detects any spam.
When writing posts, we tend to link to other sites as sources or direct our readers to related content for more information. These links are called contextual links, a part of internal link building that may help with SEO.
However, these links sometimes go outdated and inaccessible. It requires too much time and energy to update them, especially if you have lots of posts.
The Broken Link Checker plugin will help you go through each post and notify when it finds broken links from the Tools menu in the WordPress dashboard. You can edit the URL to replace or unlink it from the page.
Activating Google Analytics is important to track visitors’ activities on your website. From there, you can learn information about the audience that may help with content creation, such as demographics or time spent on each page of your website.
However, the activation process can be tricky as you will need to code the program into your website to enable data tracking fully. Analytify can automatically set up the tracking code for you and display audience information in the menu that you can access from the WordPress dashboard.
For writers and content creators, an undisturbed workflow is important to keep productivity at its best. Without post scheduling, you may have to spend time publishing in the middle of work, which may disrupt concentration. This may be counterproductive, as you want to focus on creating excellent content.
There is an inbuilt feature that WordPress included for post scheduling. On your editor page, look under the Publish meta box and Publish options. There will be a menu that lets you enter a specific time and date to publish a post automatically.
It’s necessary to share your posts on social media, as it increases the chance of reaching a bigger audience who might be interested in your content. However, doing it manually may be a tedious task, especially if you post several articles daily.
Blog2Social plugin will automate this process for you. It can share your new posts to several social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Medium. The plugin can also generate hashtags for the post to optimize its reach.
When attaching images to posts, we tend to want to use high-quality images to improve the piece’s quality. However, attaching files that are too heavy in size may risk slowing down the website.
ShortPixel is one of the plugins that can help solve this issue. It automatically compresses image size while retaining its quality, applicable to new files and uploaded ones in the media library.
Installing plugins to automate WordPress tasks makes things easier, but don’t forget to check in from time to time. Ensure that the plugins are always updated, compatible with your WordPress version, and work as intended.
I hope this article helps. If there are any questions, make sure to leave them in the comments section below.