WordPress Maintenance Checklist

Use this WordPress maintenance checklist to help you perform a complete WordPress maintenance routine …

WordPress Maintenance ChecklistThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial, we provide a WordPress maintenance checklist to help you perform a complete WordPress maintenance routine.


WordPress Maintenance Checklist – Putting It All Together

WordPress Maintenance Process

(WordPress Maintenance Process)

If you have followed our WordPress Maintenance Tutorials where we break down each step of the WordPress maintenance process and show you how to perform each task in logical sequence, then it’s time to put it all together.

In this section, you will learn how to put the entire WordPress maintenance sequence together, and download a practical checklist that you can print and follow to help you perform a complete WordPress site maintenance routine.

WordPress Maintenance Checklist

Use the checklist below to complete your WordPress site maintenance:

 Maintenance StepCommentsTutorials

Log into your WordPress site and go to your dashboard


Check if WordPress version, plugins, or themes need updatingDon't do this until you backup your site!


Check & repair broken links


Delete comment SPAMDon't add SPAM to your backup files


Delete unwanted media filesDo this every few months


Log into your hosting accountIgnore this step if using automated backup tool.


Optimize and back up your WordPress databaseIgnore this step if using automated backup tool.


Backup your WordPress filesIf not using automated backup tools, zip the folder containing both the WordPress files and the SQL data file.


Upload backup files to secure offline storage accountIgnore this step if using automated backup tool.


Go back into your WordPress Admin

Upgrade WordPress to latest versionOnly if upgrade is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.


Update your WordPress plugins (deactivate/remove unused plugins)Only if upgrade is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.


Update your WordPress theme(s) (remove unused themes)Only if upgrade is required. If automated method doesn't work, use manual method instead.


Log out and test site to make sure everything works ok.

Your WordPress site maintenance is done.
Errors or Problems? Try this ...

Troubleshoot Errors(If required)


Restore WordPress Data(If required)


Reinstall WordPress Site(If required)


Download The WordPress Maintenance Checklist

WordPress Maintenance Process – Video Walkthrough

The video below walks you through a complete WordPress maintenance routine performed live on a WordPress site.


As this video was created using an older version of WordPress, the maintenance routine uses manual methods to backup WordPress data and upgrade the WordPress software and plugins. Use the automated backup and upgrade methods we recommend in our tutorials to perform the maintenance process significantly faster.

Congratulations, you have completed our WordPress maintenance tutorials! You should now be able to perform a regular WordPress maintenance routine on your website or blog in just a few minutes and keep your site, plugins, themes, data and files fully up-to-date and backed up.

WordPress Maintenance


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How To Tell What PHP Version Your Server Is Running

Learn how to quickly tell what version of PHP your server is using.

How To Tell What PHP Version Your Server Is RunningThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this short tutorial, you will learn how to quickly determine what version of PHP your server is running from your cPanel account.


How To Tell What PHP Version Your Server Is Running

When you are managing a website or trying to install a new application, there may be times when you (or your web developer) need to know what PHP version your server is running.


Note: If you are not running a server that uses cPanel, then simply ask your host provider, or use the alternate method provided at the end of this tutorial.

How To Determine The PHP Version Of Your Server Using cPanel

To determine the PHP version of your current WordPress installation, log into your cPanel account …

cPanel Login Screen

Once you have logged into the control panel area, click the ‘expand stats’ link at the bottom of the sidebar menu …

PHP Version

Scroll down the expanded stats sections until you find the ‘PHP version’ number. In the screenshot below, the PHP version is “5.3.28” …

PHP Version

Determine Your Server’s PHP Version – Alternate Method

Here is an alternate method you can use to determine the PHP version of your server.

Open a new, blank text file, and type in the code show below (or just download the file we provide for you at the end of this tutorial) …

PHP Version

You will need to save the file as ‘phpinfo.php’, as shown below …

PHP Version

When saving the file, make sure to choose ‘Save as type: All Files’ as shown in the example below …

PHP Version

After saving the file, upload it to the root directory of your server, either using FTP or via cPanel’s File Manager …

PHP Version

After the file has been uploaded to your server, open up a new browser window and type in the URL address pointing to the file you have just uploaded, e.g. …

PHP Version

A page with technical information will display on your screen, with the current PHP version of your server displayed at the top of the page, as shown in the screenshot below …

PHP Version Information

(PHP Version Information)

Congratulations! Now you know how to determine the PHP version of your server.


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WordPress Troubleshooting Help Resources

Need additional help fixing errors on your WordPress site? Here is a list of helpful WordPress troubleshooting help resources!

WordPress Troubleshooting ToolsThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial, we provide a list of helpful WordPress troubleshooting help resources!

To view all of our WordPress troubleshooting tutorials, go here:


WordPress Troubleshooting Help Resources

As the focus of WPCompendium.org is to empower WordPres beginners and non-coders to take control of their digital presence, it is simply beyond the scope of our tutorials to provide exhaustive tutorials on how to fix everything that can go wrong when running a website, especially when some of these fixes require advanced knowledge of WordPress or coding skills.

For this reason, the section below outlines the steps you can take and useful resources you can access for help and helpful information on how to troubleshoot WordPress errors and fix other problems with your site that we have not covered in our tutorials.


  • Most of the resources listed in this section can be accessed for free.
  • Some of the sites may require you to register as a member in order to access help and information.

If the solutions and suggestions presented in our WordPress Troubleshooting Guide or other tutorials haven’t helped you address the issues or problems that you are experiencing with WordPress, here are some additional places you can go for help or to search for solutions:

Search Google

If you get an error message, copy the generic component of the error message (i.e. do not include your domain or specific file names that are unique to your installation) and paste the string into the Google search field. Enclose the search string with quotation marks to bring back results containing your specific search terms …

WordPress Troubleshooting Tutorials

Go through the results and see if you can find a solution. If you can’t find a solution, continue with the next step, as shown below.

Practical Tip

Tip: If you’re looking for a solution that resembles more of a tutorial than a specific fix (i.e. a “how to”), visit YouTube.com and try searching for a video on the subject.

Free WordPress Support

WordPress provides extensive documentation and a support forum. See the sites below if you need help:

  • WordPress Documentation – This is the official WordPress documentation site (called the WordPress Codex). Note: The WordPress documentation can be fairly technical and the content often includes instructions that require knowledge of coding (e.g. PHP).
  • WordPress Support Forum – This is a free support forum for WordPress users. You can get your questions answered for free here by members of the WordPress community, web developers, web designers, etc.

WordPress Support Forum

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You can also search through these additional WordPress documentation resources:


Note: Before posting your questions on the WordPress forum you will need to register as a user. There is no cost to register.

WordPress Developer Help & Support

If you have purchased a premium WordPress or Theme and you suspect these may be causing you issues, visit the developer’s help desk or support site.

Many Free WordPress plugins also provide forums for discussing support issues and troubleshooting errors …

Troubleshooting WordPress Errors

Additional WordPress Help Resources

You can also try searching through sites like Yahoo Answers and Google Helpouts

Google Helpouts

You can also join groups in social media networks that focus on helping WordPress users. For example, LinkedIn offers a number of helpful WordPress groups that you can join for free …

LinkedIn Groups

You can join a WordPress discussion group on LinkedIn, Facebook, Reddit, etc.

Join A WordPress Discussion Group

(Join A WordPress Discussion Group)

Contact Your Webhosting Company

If you cannot find a solution using the previous steps, contact your webhosting company for advice and/or assistance. Often, they will be able to assist you if the problem is related to settings or configurations on your server.

WordPress Services Directory

Visit our WordPress Services Directory and search through our directory of professional WordPress service providers. We have set up this directory to help WordPress users find services related to WordPress like web development, web designers, WordPress support, WordPress site management, blog installation and setup services, etc.

WPServicesDirectory.com - WordPress Services Directory(WPServicesDirectory.com – WordPress Services Directory)

Note: As the directory is still very new, you may not see many listings when you visit. If you provide professional WordPress services and would like to list your business in our directory, please go here for more information.

Hopefully, the above information will help you troubleshoot and fix errors with WordPress and better manage your website or blog.

WordPress Troubleshooting Tools

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