WordPress management is very important to keep your website backed up, monitored, updated, and improved. I’ve had so many requests for a step-by-step “how to” guide and video to show how we update WordPress websites regularly. Yay! Here it is! We manage websites – and here are the steps and tools that we use.WordPress is awesome because anyone can update it - get this handy guide for #WordPress #website owners. Click To Tweet
Here, I demonstrate the process and what it looks like (as of May 17, 2018).
How to Keep Your WordPress Website Up and Running Like a Top
As you watch the video, you’ll discover exactly how to back up, monitor, manage, and improve your website every month. This video is about a half hour, and I am explaining quite a bit – when you get the hang of this, your basic updates can be done in 15-20 minutes plus 1 hour of improvements.
If you stay consistent, before long, you will be thrilled to watch your website’s rankings improve. If you use SEMRush like we do, you can even see your grades improve with very little effort.If you stay consistent, before long, you will be thrilled to watch your website's rankings improve. If you use SEMRush like we do, you can even see your grades improve with very little effort. Click To Tweet
There are plenty of ways to update your WordPress website – this is just how we do it …. at this exact moment in time (as technology changes, our processes have been known to change as well).
1. Create a recurring task list on your favorite project management software to do this monthly.
We use Teamwork to manage the tasks.
2. Log onto your website.
If you are a client of OMH Agency or if we built your website, we gave you a “Big List.” Go to that and find the username and password for the “yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/” dashboard for your website.
3. Set up an account with ManageWP.
You can make updates through your website dashboard, but we love the features that ManageWP provides – I’m sure you’re very busy, so you’ll probably appreciate them as well.
Be sure to enter all your contact info, because when you set up notifications for things like your Uptime Monitor, your Global Settings will be the default contact information.
4. Add your website to ManageWP.
Use the same username and password for your website dashboard as login to add your website to ManageWP.
5. Adjust your ManageWP settings.
Pay special attention to the Backup, Security, and Uptime Monitor settings. I highly recommend premium settings, but it’s up to you.
Wait for the initial backup to complete prior to updating WordPress, your theme, and plugins.
6. Add plugins.
If you want to manage like OMH Agency, add Yoast SEO (if it’s not already installed), and Insert Headers and Footers plugins and activate both of them.
If you just installed Yoast SEO, go through the basic settings and update them. Yoast has great tutorials – or contact us – if you need extra help.
7. Make Updates in ManageWP
Update WordPress, your theme, plugins. There is a simple “Update all” button.
Note: your theme and premium plugins such as Revolution Slider and the Visual Builder may have to be updated manually. This is a service we provide to our monthly website management clients.
Optimize in the “Optimize” section.
8. Update Sitemaps
If your site isn’t already connected to Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, and Bing Webmaster tools, connect them. The code can be entered into the Insert plug (Settings > Insert Headers and Footers”) and verified through Google Analytics and Bing Webmaster Tools.
Grab the link for your sitemap by going to SEO > Features > XML sitemaps (hit “?” next to XML sitemaps). Then click on “See the XML sitemap” and copy the URL in your browser.
Check to make sure the sitemap has been submitted/crawled on both Google and Bing Webmaster Tools in the past 7 days. If not, resubmit the sitemap.
9. Go through your website to make sure the updates didn’t break it.
If anything is broken, you may want to go into that page and try to fix it. If we built your website, we can do repairs on an hourly basis (just give us a call or send an email to talk more about it).
10. Improve your site.
You can go through Yoast SEO grades for each page to see how you can improve them.
We use SEMRush for our monthly clients, which scans the site and gives improvement recommendations.
You’ll Be Moving Up the Ranks!
As you keep your website safe, secure, functioning, and looking good, your website is going to make your visitors happy – and it’ll really make the search engines happy.As you keep your website safe, secure, functioning, and looking good, your website is going to make your visitors happy - and it'll really make the search engines happy. Click To Tweet