WordPress Tune-Up: How to Know When Your Website Needs One

March 29, 2022    Reading Time: 5 Minutes

Just like your car needs a tune-up every once in a while, so does your website. WordPress is a great platform, but like all software, it’s not perfect. Sometimes things go wrong, or the website just doesn’t run as smoothly as it should. This is when you need to call in the experts to give your website a tune-up. In this blog post, we will show you how to know when your WordPress website needs a tune-up, and how to go about getting one.

The first thing you need to do is determine if your website needs a tune-up. There are a few telltale signs that your website needs some attention. One of the most common is when your website starts crashing or slows down significantly. This can be caused by a number of things, such as outdated software, too many plugins, or a bloated database. If your website is constantly crashing or loading slowly, it’s definitely time for a tune-up.

Another common sign that your website needs a tune-up is when you start seeing errors on the screen. This could be caused by coding problems, plugin conflicts, or missing files. If you see any errors on your website, it’s time to call in the experts.

Also, if you’re not sure whether your website needs a tune-up or not, there are a few things you can do to test it. One of the best ways to test your website is to use Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. This tool will analyze your website and give you a score based on how well it’s performing. If your score is low, your website definitely needs a tune-up.

Another great way to test your website is to use the WordPress Health Check plugin. This plugin will scan your website and give you a report on any problems that need to be fixed.

Lastly, if you haven’t updated WordPress or your plugins in a while, it’s a good idea to do so. This can help speed up your website and fix any potential problems. It will also help better secure your website.

Now, let’s discuss how to go about getting a WordPress tune-up.

The best way to get a WordPress tune-up is to hire a professional. There are a number of great WordPress maintenance companies out there (like us!) that can help you with this. They will scan your website for problems and fix them, making your website run like new again.

If you’re not sure how to find a good WordPress maintenance company, do a quick Google search for “WordPress Maintenance Company [your city/state]”. This will give you a list of companies in your area that can help you with your website.

Another way to get a WordPress tune-up is to do it yourself. This can be a bit tricky, but there are a few resources out there that can help you. Below, we’re going to dive into each aspect of a WordPress tune up.

Now, let’s dive into each aspect of a WordPress tune up.

Updating WordPress and Plugins: one of the best ways to speed up your website and fix any potential problems is to update WordPress and your plugins. Make sure to keep everything up-to-date for the best performance.

Cleaning Up the Database: over time, your database can become bloated and slow. This can be caused by a number of things, such as old post revisions, spam comments, and orphaned data. A good way to clean up your database is by using the WP-Optimize plugin.

Checking for Errors: another great way to test your website for errors is by using the WordPress Health Check plugin. This plugin will scan your website and give you a report on any problems that need to be fixed.

Fixing Coding Problems: if you’re seeing coding errors on your website, it’s likely because of a plugin conflict or a missing file. The best way to fix this is by using the WP File Monitor plugin.

Removing Unused Plugins and Themes: if you’re not using a plugin or a theme, it’s best to remove it from your website. This will help speed up your website and reduce the chances of any conflicts.

Audit Plugins and Themes: if you’re not sure which plugins or themes are causing problems on your website, it’s a good idea to do an audit. This will help you figure out which plugins and themes are safe to keep and which ones need to be removed.

Replace Plugins that are Slow: if you have a plugin that’s causing problems or is slow, it’s best to replace it with a new one. This can help speed up your website and fix any potential problems.

Limit Post Revisions: if you’re not using post revisions, it’s a good idea to limit them. This will help free up disk space and reduce the load on your server.

Use Lazy Loading: lazy loading is a great way to speed up your website. It will load images and other content as the user scrolls down the page, instead of loading it all at once.

Minify HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: by minifying your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files, you can reduce their size and improve your website’s performance.

Update PHP and MySQL: if you’re using an old version of PHP or MySQL, it’s a good idea to update it. This can help speed up your website and fix any potential problems.

Compress Images: by compressing your images, you can reduce their size and improve your website’s performance.

Gzip Compression: gzip compression is a great way to reduce the size of your website’s files. This can help speed up your website and improve its performance.

Clean Old Files: over time, your website’s files can become cluttered and slow. A good way to clean them up is by using the WP-Sweeper plugin or hire a professional.

Disable Hotlinking: by disabling hotlinking, you can protect your images and other files from being stolen. This will also improve your website’s performance.

Now that we’ve gone over each aspect of a WordPress tune up, it’s time to get to work! Whether you decide to hire a professional or do it yourself, make sure to follow the tips above for the best results.

WordPress Performance Tips:

Caching: Caching is a great way to speed up your website. There are a number of different caching plugins out there, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.

Upgrade Hosting: If you’re not happy with the speed of your website, it might be time to upgrade your hosting. This will give you more resources and better performance. We offer Cloud Hosting , which is a superior option for WordPress websites.

Content Delivery Network (CDN): A CDN is a great way to speed up your website by caching static files, such as images and CSS files. It essentially delivers these files from a server near you, which reduces the load time for your visitors.

Minifying Resources: Minifying resources is another great way to speed up your website.

WordPress Security Tips:

Updating WordPress and Plugins: as we mentioned earlier, updating WordPress and plugins is one of the best ways to secure your website. Make sure to keep everything up-to-date for the best security.

Using a Secure Hosting Provider: using a secure hosting provider is one of the best ways to protect your website. We offer Secure Hosting, which is a great option for WordPress websites.

Installing a Security Plugin: another great way to secure your website is by installing a security plugin. There are a number of great security plugins out there, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs.

Creating a Strong Password: one of the simplest ways to secure your website is by creating a strong password. Make sure to use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols for the best security.

Backup Your Website: another important step in securing your website is by backing it up. This will ensure that you have a copy of your website in case of a disaster.

Add a Web Application Firewall (WAF): a web application firewall is a great way to protect your website from attacks. It’s a good idea to add one if you’re not already doing so.

WordPress Tune Up

We hope this article was helpful and that you now have a better understanding of what a WordPress tune-up entails. If you’re looking for help with your website, please contact us. We offer Website Maintenance Plans, which include regular WordPress tune-ups. Call us today (360) 450-3711

Happy tuning!

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