WordPress has become one of the most popular platforms for hosting websites.
Although many themes are ready to use right “out of the box” there are some things you should consider to ensure your WordPress website is safe and provides your visitors with a great experience. Thinks like speed, mobile readiness and safety come to mind.
Here is a Checklist of 5 things your WordPress site should have:
- Backup tool. Although many hosting compaines provide backup services with your subscription, having quick access to an up-to-date backup of your site is a good idea. My top pick is Backup Buddy by iThemes.
- Spam fighter tool. Bots and trolls always find a way to target sites with spam via your comments and subscriber sections so having a spam fighter or strict comment approval settings are a must. All WordPress installations come with the Askimet plugin loaded and you can get a license to activate it at a minimal cost. Although it’s a pretty good too, one of my favs is WP Spam Shield Anti Spam.
- Caching tool. Keep your cache clear helps to increase the speed of your site load time for users. My top pick is W3 Total Cache.
- Site Map. According to Google “A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.” My top pick is Google XML Sitemap.
- SEO tool. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is “the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “organic” or “paid” results. This should be done on a site wide and page or post-by-post basis to be effective. My top picks are Yoast SEO and All in One SEO
As developers continue to improve existing and create new plugins regularly, you should take time at least every few months to check that your plugins stay up-to-date and explore new ones that might meet you need more efficiently.
To your online success!