End of summer, end of the fiscal year. or any other time, you should do a clean up/refresh of your WordPress website, or for that matter, your non-WordPress website, at least once a year. Here are a few steps to help do this
1. Check your “about” page. Make sure it is up to date with the latest and correct information about you and your company.
2. Check your contact page and contact information on the website. Your contact information really should be on every page so that viewers can easily get to you, a short email link, or phone number. But make sure it is accurate.
3. If your website is built with WordPress, and you post regularly to it, you might want to think about adding a related posts plugin. It will help to keep your viewers on the site longer, perhaps prompting them to take the plunge and hire you or come into your store.
4: Remove unused/unactivated plugins from your WordPress site. Bloat makes things go slower.
5. Test a recent backup. Now you may not be a developer, but you can always make a sub-domain on your web server and install your backup to that subdomain and see if it works. You do not want to be left with a corrupt backup if your site is hacked or a plugin causes a problem. WHAT? YOU DON’T DO REGULAR BACKUPS? You need to get Backup Buddy . Or ask your developer/designer to get it and implement it on your WordPress site. Right now.
6. Check for broken links. There is a WP plugin that can do this quite nicely: Broken Link Checker . For non-WordPress websites you should use the one at the W3C website, so that you know it is malware-free W3C Link Checker
7. Get rid of “too many post revisions” syndrome. Clean them out of the database, and then add to your config file a limit. Put this in there:
define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, 3 );
That limits post revisions to just 3. You can change it to whatever you want, but 3 is more than enough. What is a post revision? Every time you open a post in your admin panel to edit, it saves a copy of the old post in case you want to revert back to that. Here is the link in the codex to post revisions: http://codex.wordpress.org/Revision_Management
8: Check your Users area and see if there is an account that you do not need, maybe one for an employee who is no longer with the company. Get rid of it. Make sure you are not getting rid of your own account!
9: Make sure you do not have a username of “admin”. If you are using that, you are inviting disaster, especially if your site gets popular, or is highly ranked in search engines. Go into the dashboard, (if you are that user “admin”) create a new user with some other username, give it your email, make it an administrator. Then log out of the admin user name, log back in under your new username, and delete the admin username account. It will ask who do you want to assign the posts to now that it is gone, just tell it to attribute them to your new user name. You have just made your blog/WordPress website a hundred times safer.
10. Review the categories for your posts. If a category has no entries, you might want to get rid of it. Bloat slows the server, and the less stress you put on your web server, the better. If you are using a cheap host, there are perhaps hundreds of websites on it, all sucking the same bandwidth. Your site will speed up a bit the leaner your site and database are.
Now you have some tips on how to clean up your website. Go forth and do it!