The new year is just around the corner. What a great time to perform some very simple WordPress tasks that will make your website more secure and perform better.
These tips will take only a few minutes and are maintenance we should all perform to our websites regularly. The new year is one of those times that people often do a bit of housekeeping so why not perform some essential activities to our WordPress websites that will make our sites more reliable and secure.
Here then are three quick to perform tips that you should do on your WordPress website right now. Please remember to backup your website prior to applying any changes.
Delete inactive WordPress themes and plugins
There is very rarely any good reason to have inactive WordPress plugins or themes installed on your website. With WordPress (and any website or CMS software), less is more as excess and unnecessary code can cause conflicts and increases the chance of security vulnerabilities.
Action: Login to the WordPress dashboard. Go to Appearance -> Themes to delete any inactive Themes and go to Plugins -> Installed Plugins to delete Plugins.
Apply all WordPress, plugin and theme updates
WordPress updates don’t only update functionality but also include essential security updates to minimise the risk of being hacked or badware being applied to your website. There is little worse for your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) efforts than being blacklisted by the Search Engines because your website is distributing malware or is redirecting your website to spam content (e.g. adult content or viagra sites).
Action: Updating all your WordPress related software is simple; just login to your WordPress dashboard and look for the update notification. Click the update icon and follow any instructions.
Change your WordPress login password
There have been hundreds of millions of passwords and usernames distributed by hackers in 2013; in just one instances an Australian dating site was hacked and 42 million passwords exposed. It’s always good practice to change your password regularly and to ensure that the password is strong and truly random.
Action: Just click the link to DuckDuckGo and get a random new password.
Happy new year and wishing you a successful and healthy 2014.