So you have a website, maybe it's a WordPress website or perhaps Joomla and you're wondering about website maintenance.
It's not all that difficult and time consuming, and as the old saying goes "a stitch in time saves nine". It's all about preventative maintenance, we prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
Website Maintenance Should Include:
1) Regular backups of your website files AND your website database.
If you have a CMS (content management system) based website like WordPress or Joomla or Drupal or Concrete5 etc. you must backup both. Your website requires both to work, without either you're dead in the water.
To find out how to backup your website and database read this Help Center article.
To find out how to backup only your database read this Help Center article.
2) Update your CMS files consistently.
This is very important and is an important step in keeping your website secure. Let's take WordPress as an example. There are continuous upgrades to the WordPress core that include bug fixes and security updates. Not to mention the added functionality and improvements that come from the latest version of WordPress or whatever CMS you are using.
3) Update your Plugins / Extensions and Theme Files
This goes hand in hand with the previous topic. It's not just for added functionality but also security considerations. You are far less likely to suffer a website breach from an attacker if all your website files are up to date.
4) Change Passwords
This is another security precaution, and well worth practicing. The following passwords should be changed periodically to help avoid your accounts being hacked in one way or another.
- Email passwords
- Hosting control panel passwords
- Client area passwords
- Website (CMS) admin passwords
If you struggle with thinking up good passwords, read this article to help you get on top of passwords once and for all! 🙂
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