18 September 2015 Comments Off on Monthly To-Do List for Blogger

Monthly To-Do List for Blogger

As a blogger, your livelihood rest entirely on the back end portions of your website, which is your server. Servers need ongoing monthly maintenance to ensure that everything functions as efficiently as it should. Here are some things you should do to ensure that your blog is available for your audience at all times as far as monthly maintenance procedures goes.

1) Ensure That Your Content Management System Is Up To Date
Regardless if you use Joomla, Drupal, WordPress or another content management system, ensure that you have the most current version of it. This is due to the fact that oftentimes whenever a new update arises, it comes with a host of well needed security improvements.

2) Create Backups
One of the most important things you need to do every month is to ensure that you back your data up. Fortunately however, you can automate cPanel backups in as little as a minute or two. To enable this feature, go to your cPanel account and click “Backup-> Backup Configuration->Enable.” Once you have done this, the “Backup Status” setting will appear as to which you can insert your preferred settings. Additionally, it’s highly recommended that you save your backups to a local destination. By doing this, you will essentially be able to recover your blog, in the event that data corruption or a hardware failure occurs.

3) Update All Plugins And Themes
The last thing you would want is for your site to be slowed down as a result of unused third party plug-ins or for your blog to be hacked as a result of an outdated plugin. Therefore, update all plugins and themes.

4) Evaluate Raid Alarm
RAID users, a notification will be sent if any instances of a disk failure occurs, there fore check to ensure that you didn’t miss a notification.

5) Archive And Consolidate Old Content
Once you have completed the above steps, you should try to consolidate and archive old content that is no longer used such as web scripts and database.

6) Alternate Passwords
Many security experts recommend that you should change your password every 2-3 months.

7) Clean Your Email Inbox
The next thing you should do is to clean your email inbox. Additionally, remove old addresses that you don’t use anymore.

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