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How to Keep Your WordPress Site Running Smoothly

While WordPress is a powerful and flexible platform, it’s important to keep your website running smoothly to ensure your visitors have a positive experience. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

Keep Your WordPress Version Up to Date

Making sure your WordPress version is up to date is one of the most critical measures you can take to keep your website running smoothly. WordPress releases regular updates, which include security patches and bug fixes. By keeping your WordPress version current, you ensure that your site is immune to security vulnerabilities and that it’s running the latest software version.

To update your WordPress version, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Updates tab. You’ll see a notification if a new WordPress version is available. You’ll be taken to the latest version when you click on Update Now.

You need to update it regularly or choose web hosting for WordPress that will take care of this for you. Managed hosting is a good option for people who are unfamiliar with WordPress and website management in general. The provider takes care of all the technical details. They leave you enough time and energy to focus on areas like design and content, where you might have more experience. 

Use a Lightweight Theme

A lightweight theme is another way to keep your WordPress site running smoothly. Lightweight themes use minimal code and other resources, which can help to reduce the load time of your website. A fast-loading website not only makes for a good user experience but can also help improve your website’s search engine rankings.

There are many lightweight themes available for WordPress. Some popular themes include Astra, GeneratePress, and Schema. When choosing a theme, check the reviews and ratings to ensure that it’s compatible with the latest version of WordPress and that it’s well-supported by the developer.

Keep Your Plugins and Themes Current

Plugins and themes are subject to regular updates, including bug fixes, security patches, and other new features. By keeping your plugins and themes up to date, you can rest assured that your website will run smoothly. This also protects against security vulnerabilities.

To update your plugins and themes, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on the Updates tab. Again, you’ll find plugins or themes that need to be updated when you click on Update Now.

Use Caching

Caching is a technique that can help to speed up your website by storing a copy of your pages in a cache. When a visitor requests a page on your website, the server can give access the cached version instead of generating the page from scratch. This can help reduce the load time of your pages and the pressure on your server.

Some popular WordPress caching plugins include WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, and WP Fastest Cache. Before you decide on a caching plugin, check the reviews and ratings. Not all the plugins available for downloading will be suitable for your platform. 

Optimize Your Images

Images can take up a lot of space on a website, which can slow down the load time of its pages. Optimizing your images can help reduce their size without compromising on quality. This can help improve not only the load time but also your website’s bandwidth usage. The more bandwidth you use, the more you pay.

Some popular image optimization tools include TinyPNG, Optimizilla, and ImageOptim. You can also use plugins like Smush to optimize your images automatically as you upload them to your website.

Secure Your Website

WordPress is a safe system overall, but it will fall victim to attacks if you don’t invest in protection. Measures include securing your login procedures, updating to the latest PHP, installing security plugins and a firewall, and removing special characters from user input. You might also consider logging user activity, limiting user permissions, and changing your default login URL.

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