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.

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WordPress Maintenance Checklist – Putting It All Together

WordPress Maintenance Process

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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

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

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Check & repair broken links

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Delete comment SPAMDon't add SPAM to your backup files

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Delete unwanted media filesDo this every few months

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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)

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Restore WordPress Data(If required)

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Reinstall WordPress Site(If required)

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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.

Useful Info

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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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and has authored hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials for beginners. WPCompendium.org provides detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress with no coding skills required and at minimal cost!

Originally published as WordPress Maintenance Checklist.