FYI from January to December 2017 I’m writing about any big news & happenings in the Internet and WordPress worlds, new favorite tools to get more done faster and more easily, and website maintenance tips & best practices to keep your WordPress website happy and your website working as your reliable 24/7 salesperson. Because you should be focusing on your business (where your passion + the clients are!) instead of frustrated over your website.
Keep Your WordPress Website Happy: Essential Tips – August 2017
What’s up in da Interwebz?
Designing your own website and struggling with colors and such?
Check out this super neat tool from Google to help you pick hues that you and your audience can love, and apply them to a UI (user interface) to test them before you implement them on your website:
What’s going on in the WordPress world?
WordPress 4.9 is coming in November so keep those updates going so this next big update doesn’t throw things outta whack for ya ;) This update will bring code editing and customization improvements. Woot!
The Jetpack plugin version 5.2 was released this month and it brought an update to its contact form feature – so if you’re using Jetpack and also separately a contact form plugin, consider switching to Jetpack so you can eliminate a plugin you don’t need! (After you update Jetpack to 5.2 ;).)
Here’s what the new UI for Jetpack’s contact form looks like:
After you select “Add Contact Form” (#1) then click anywhere on the form to bring up the “Edit” option (#2). Click on “Edit” to play ;)
FYI Jetpack 5.2 also improves on the 5.1 version release of the Comment Likes, letting you like people’s comments on the blog (akin to Facebook’s Like feature). Coolness!
The Internet of Things + WordPress
Torque wrote a neat article about how to combine the IoT with WordPress, including use cases like, “A bell that goes off whenever there’s a new comment, sale, or plugin update on your site.” Neat, huh?!
Check out the article on Torque to learn how to set up IoT for yourself with smart devices and software like IFTTT (If This Then That).
WordPress Website Maintenance Best Practices for August
In a time crunch? It’s all good, sistah, I’ve gotcha: use this WordPress checkup that takes just 5 minutes. Can spare more time? Sweet! You’ll find useful tidbits there too. The point is to do at least a little bit to keep your WordPress website running happy and fast, making your visitors (and Google) happy too and making you those dolla dolla bills, yo! (Sometimes I hear myself talk and wonder, “Who said that?!”)
Because sometimes a website can turn into this:
And when that happens, very soon the sh*t hits the fan and everything comes crumbling down – a.k.a. your website gets replaced by a white screen of death and it’s time for an ugly-cry.
Sooo here’s what you need to do in August to keep your WordPress website happy:
- Unless you’re on managed hosting that handles your security and maintenance, make sure you’re using a security plugin like Wordfence or Sucuri, and quickly run your site through a security filter like Sucuri’s: http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/ once a month to keep hackers out
- Check for broken links in yo’ sleep with the free Broken Link Checker plugin
- Check yo’ backups so you have a Plan B if disaster strikes (I like Backup Buddy and UpdraftPlus). Restore a backup every month to test that it has everything you need.
- Haven’t gotten a message through your contact form in the past few weeks? Test it!
- Haven’t gotten a new subscriber in a little while? Test your opt-in forms! And work on increasing your website traffic and optimizing your social media traffic while you’re at it if you want to convert visitors into more signups ;)