50 permanent WordPress maintenance tasks

Creating a WordPress website is one thing, but maintaining it properly and regularly is something else. The work is not done with the golive of the website. It needs care like a plant in order not to dry out. Maintenance tasks on your WordPress website should be taken seriously. Here are 50 permanent WordPress maintenance tasks which should be done on a regular basis:

  1. Check the page speed of your website. You can use Pingdom for example. Read also my extended article about it.
  2. Check your website for broken links.
  3. Redirect broken links by using HTTP 301 to similar pages so the user does not end up on a 404 page.
  4. Check your sidebar for updates.
  5. Update WordPress so you are using the most recent version all the time.
  6. Delete spam comments.
  7. Remove unused themes.
  8. Delete unused plugins.
  9. Update your active plugins.
  10. Keep the theme up-to-date.
  11. Update your widgets regularly.
  12. Remove not needed things from your website.
  13. Check your website for security and possible leaks.
  14. Keep your media library clean in order to avoid storage issues.
  15. Optimise your database and its tables.
  16. Test the compatibility of your website with several browsers and on different devices.
  17. Check your download links.
  18. Check your social media links.
  19. Optimise the images on your website before you upload them.
  20. Update the header and page images to keep the website look fresh.
  21. Check the navigation on several devices.
  22. Check the email opt-in and the functionality of the contact form.
  23. Make sure that Google Analytics can work properly with your website.
  24. Check if there are any error messages in Google Search Console.
  25. Remove drafts and older versions from blog posts.
  26. Check the resources which are needed by the plugins.
  27. Validate your website with the W3C standard.
  28. Disable automatic WordPress updates.
  29. Backup your WordPress database.
  30. Backup your complete website (files and database) on a daily basis.
  31. Update your content.
  32. Update your meta data and description.
  33. Use a maintenance screen if you plan to make major changes on your website. You can also test these changes in advance before making them available to the public.
  34. Check your On-Page-SEO from your posts and pages.
  35. Keep your about us page up-to-date.
  36. Check your website feed.
  37. Disable trackbacks and pingbacks.
  38. Reply to comments.
  39. Update the copyright date in your footer.
  40. Remove inactive website administrators.
  41. Change your password from time to time.
  42. Define the time period and interval for drafts being saved.
  43. Scan your website for malware.
  44. Disable your debug mode.
  45. Check the statistics from your host.
  46. Make sure to renew hosting and domain before it is too late.
  47. Increase the memory limit.
  48. Check your affiliate marketing links.
  49. Check AdSense ads.
  50. Make a check with WP checkup.