Having a website on WordPress is splendid as it is leading CMS framework around the world. The 30 million websites on the Internet that are powered by WordPress. But you would be knowing about WordPress getting slow day by day. That happens because of all the junks and bulk getting a pile up on your website.
Today I am going to give you some of the tips on how to clean up your WordPress website to manage it better and run smoothly. Removing junk and unwanted things can even help you in improving the security.
Before starting any cleaning process, we recommend you to set up your WordPress site with Google Webmaster tools and Google Analytics. You will find why I am asking you while processing the article itself.
Find unnecessary pages
If you are managing your website for years, chances are that you may have some unwanted pages because of old or outdated information that is non-relevant to your business. Finding your old posts and why is it needful to remove old pages. The keypad-based mobile phone is extinct now. The market has shifted to the touchscreen and so is the service offerings. Just as same the case with the posts. If you are not sure whether to delete or not your particular page then it is always a great idea to check the traffic or engagement for that page on Google Analytics. Also, you can check the impression or CTR (click through rate) ratio on Google Webmaster tools of that page. It there is no better activity on that page, you should delete the page.
Search for unnecessary posts
Same as the page, you have written a blog post about the latest technology months back. That technology would have been in demand when it was latest for the time, but the chances are the technology might be outdated now. Find the post similar to this circumstances. The post that has been written 2 years back about some technology, which is common or in no use is eligible to get deleted. Don’t forget to use 301 redirect plugin while deleting it, You must not serve the visitors with similar interesting content rather showing them ‘Not Found’ page.
Spammers approaching your websites all around the Internet is what giving the load to your website. It is recommended to sign up for a free Akismet plugin that identifies the spam comments placed on your website and based to your liking, either it will directly delete it, or it will send them to the spam folder, where you can go across each and every of the comment.
This will surely help you optimize your website as you are deleting things you no longer required. You will have a tidy, optimized and small database.
Uninstall unwanted plugins
You might have installed plugins to get the functionality of a particular page. And, there are sharp chances that you are not using that plugin anymore. First of all, check all the inactive plugins. High chances are that you won’t use it, any one of them, again, then how about deleting them entirely and make your website uncluttered and lightweight? After removing them, track the plugins that you are not using on a regular basis but are in active state. Remove them too. If you are not getting sure which plugin should be removed and which should, deactivate one and reload your website, if it’s working smoothly without any interaction, it is safe to delete it.
Delete unwanted themes
This one will be easier than other points. Delete a theme that is no longer needed. If you have changed a theme to get a new look, surprisingly you still have your old theme stored on your website that can be accessed in the Theme panel section. Additionally, all WordPress website owners have the habit of downloading theme for testing and not deleting it when they no longer need it. If you are also one of them, rush to your theme panel and go through your themes that are installed and delete the unwanted or not so interesting themes from your website. So, the end line is to remove all unwanted themes.
WordPress is absolutely a great platform to build and manage websites. But to optimize it is more significant than for managing it. Keeping it tidy is the best way to manage your website. The points in this article on How to clean up your WordPress website is surely helping you out a lot in many ways. Mention if there are any queries in the comment section and I will get back to you in no time.