It’s very important to perform blog maintenance on a regular basis. It not only helps to keep your blog running and loading properly, but it also helps with SEO and search engine rankings. Google and other search engines are not fond of websites with a lot of errors and issues; so you want to have as little as possible. It’s a good idea to use some, if not all, of these tools to help keep your blog running smoothly and maintain your page rank.
This plugin continuously monitors your blog and lets you know whenever it finds any broken links. Having too many broken links can affect your search engine rankings because it shows that your blog is not being regularly updated or maintained. So it’s important to keep up with these and keep them to a minimum. This plugin monitors your posts, pages, comments, blogroll and custom fields. It can also detect missing images and redirects. You can get notifications on your blog dashboard and/or via email.
- Database tables optimization
- Check/remove meta data and tags
- Check/remove unused categories
- Find and replace content in posts and comments
- Check/remove posts and pages without authors
Just like an antivirus program for your PC, this plugin will protect your blog against exploits and spam injections. You can perform manual scans or enable automatic daily scans. If you’re 100% sure that something is not a virus yet it keeps marking it as suspicious, you can add it to a whitelist.
There are quite a few decent backup plugins for WordPress. The one you choose is up to you, just make sure that you are doing a backup at least 1-2 times a month in case anything drastic happens to your blog.
XCloner – Can fully backup and restore your files and databases automatically or manually.
Backup to Dropbox – This plugin “automatically uploads your blog’s files and a SQL dump of its database to Dropbox.”
Online Backup – Lets you backup your entire database and send it to your email, desktop or free MiB space on their secure servers. Features include: locked backups, compression, encryption, scheduling, on-demand backup.
Lastly you’ll want to frequently check the markup validation of your blog to make sure you don’t have any serious coding errors. Most bloggers and website owners are already familiar with this tool. Just enter the URL of your blog and within a few seconds you’ll get a report with error messages (if applicable). It will also tell you what line the errors are on. Try to fix as many as you can; the less errors you have, the better.