There are many people that try their hand at beginning a blog. The majority of these bloggers will get frustrated and give up their blogging before long. This is mainly due to the feeling of frustration and being overwhelmed by a blog that is not maintained. Simple rules that your mother once told you about keeping your home tidy and organized can be applied to maintaining your blog as well to keep these feelings of frustration and being overwhelmed at bay. These tips include:
#1. Get Organized: Maintenance is Useless if Not Regularly Performed.
While blogging is meant to be fun, educational and rewarding, it can also be frustrating and overwhelming if not properly maintained. This can cause the blogger to give up their site without ever getting the rewards out of their experience. By making sure that you clean out old blogs and keep your content fresh and interesting you will increase your ratings. For people who are blogging for financial return, this can help you get the most compensation. Most blog hosts have simple to use tools designed to keep your blog maintenance simple, such as automatic backups and sitemap generation. If you neglect even the little problems they can grow to be substantial within a short period of time, possibly culminating in getting hacked or having your server compromised due to un-patched software.
#2. Stay Up To Date: Keep Your Software up To Date.
There are always advancements that are made in blogging platforms and plugins, so it is very important to make sure that you are updating your software as these new updates become available. This will help to insure that you are getting the most out of your blog using the tools to create the best blog possible, while maintaining security.
#3. Take out the Trash: Trash Plug-Ins That Are Not Used Frequently
If you have plugins or archive templates that you are no longer being used, you should delete them. These items can use up your server resources making your blog run slower and putting it at risk of losing important information. If you have default templates that you are not using, you can delete them. You can retrieve specific templates and plugins in the future should you decide that you want to use one that has previously been deleted.
#4. Tidy up Your Stuff: Tidy up Your Blog’s Database
It is necessary to update your blog’s database from time to time, which helps to insure that you are getting all of the latest tools and security that are available for your specific blog. Updating WordPress has gotten a lot easier with one-click installations for the core app and plugins, so there’s really no excuse!
#5. Clean Up Messes That Shouldn’t Be There: Clean out Any Spam Comments.
All too often spammers leave comments and trackbacks on old entries posted to their blog in an attempt to rank higher. An easy way to mitigate these problems is to install Akismet, which will block most of the spam comments and trackbacks. Thoroughly check whatever comments and trackbacks are let through in case you allow any cleverly disguised spam.
#6. Lighten the Load: Reduce the Size of Your Images and Resources.
When attaching images and additional resources to your posts, it is important to take into consideration the size of the attachments you are uploading. If you keep uploading large images you will decrease the amount of space that you have available and increase the amount of time it takes for your readers to bring up your blog.
#7. Adopt New Technologies: If Your Site is Slow, Get More Memory from Your Host or Move Host
If you have followed all of the previous maintenance tips but your blog is still slow, you may want to consider getting additional memory from your current host or change to a different host. The key things you’ll want to look out for is the amount of memory, disk space (especially if you’re posting a lot of images) and bandwidth.
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