Cleaning up your Backend

When is the last time you did a little Spring cleaning on your website?  If you cant remember, or worse your answer is never, then its time to go to work on that backend of yours. Your website backend that is.  Backend maintenance is just as important as maintaining the content on your website, the only difference is that you do not have to do this as often.

We all have pages that have gotten old and that we are no longer using or plugins that are deactivated and outdated. There’s no reason to keep that stuff! Ive seen websites that have had over 100 plugins, alot of them still active but not being used.  And there were alot of plugins that were inactive but not being used at all.  Clean out your backend by deleting old and outdated plugins and pages from your site. Trust me, it will help you in the long run.

If you are using wordpress, be sure to stay close to a relatively new version of wordpress. With the improvement of technology on a daily basis and with the people at WordPress working diligently to create new features for us, updating your website content and adding new functionalities to your site are literally as easy as the click of your mouse.

Quick rule of thumb: if you install and activate a plugin and decide that you dont want to use it, deactivate and delete it right away. Dont let it sit. Otherwise, 20 plugins later you will be wondering, “Why is this plugin active and do I really need it?” Trust me, I have had to go through sites with way too many active plugins that were not being used and the clean up is not fun and worst of all, its time consuming!

 

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