15 tips for Perfect Spring Cleaning on your website
Take a look at your website. Isn’t it a perfect time to remove cobwebs, get rid of stains and make your website shine again? Here are some tips how to dust off your website efficiently.
#1 Get rid of all unused extensions
If you have any downloaded but unused extensions get rid of them. It will decrease your backup size and you will have less plugins to update. Moreover, it has good influence on your website’s performance.
#2 Get rid of all unused themes
Cleaning themes/templates directory on your website is as important as getting rid of unused extensions.
#3 Adjust users permissions to their current needs
#4 Update extensions
According the latest WordFence analysis in almost 60% of hackers’ entries to the websites plugins are the source. It means, that keeping extensions up-to-date is essential for security reasons. To make extensions updating process faster use Perfect Dashboard.
#5 Update the core
Always keep your websites up-to-date and make it a habit. You can help yourself with automated tools.
#6 Switch to PHP 7
We’ve switched to PHP 7 and our pages loading time decreased by 30-50%. It’s a real performance boost.
#7 Set up scheduled backups
Scheduled backups prevent a loss of your data and provides you with a safe point of return. With Perfect Dashboard you can easily schedule automatic backups on multiple websites.
#8 Increase page speed
Analyze your website performance with Google Page Speed. It gives you suggestions what you should improve or change to make your site faster. Keep in mind, it’s impossible to get 100/100 score for WordPress or Joomla website. Score around 80/100 is acceptable.
#9 Check your website for dead links
From SEO point broken links with 404 error have a negative impact on your website. That’s why you should check your website for dead links. You can use Google Admin Tools, it provides information that can help you drive more traffic to your website and helps to find out broken links too. For WordPress users there is a plugin called Broken Link Checker, which is really effective. Then you should set up 301 redirect. In Joomla backend use “Redirect” component for this reason, in WordPress you can install Simple 301 Redirects plugin.
#10 Optimize your images
Use TinyPNG to shrink images for your apps and sites. It will use less bandwidth and load faster.
#11 Make sure your website displays correctly on every browser
Test your website across various browsers and mobile devices. BrowserStack would be perfect for this, it tests websites across real browsers, on different operating systems and mobile devices.
#12 Increase security with two-factor authentications
Protect your users and secure your website with two-factor authentication. It’s one of the best solutions nowadays to prevent website hacking. Use Clef to set up two-factor authentication and secure your Wordpress. In Joomla there is 2FA plugin by default, so you just need to enable it in admin panel.
#13 Get rid of hardcoded modifications in the core
If you’ve made hardcoded modifications in the code, it’s worth to rewrite them along with good practices. Thanks to this, your customizations won’t be lost during the next CMS update. Here are some tips how to add custom modification in a right way to WordPress, and to Joomla. Use NetBeans or phpStorm to compare your website code to the clear Joomla or WordPress code. Thanks to this you will find your customizations.
#14 Change your passwords
Are you using the same password for years? If yes, now is the moment to change it and make it strong, and unique. There are several online password generators you can use. Moreover, it’s worth to store your passwords in safe place. I recommend LastPass, it has a password generator feature too.
#15 Increase mobile page speed
Google Page Speed tells you what is slowing down your mobile website. It gives you a score up to 100 but keep in mind, that for WordPress and Joomla websites 80 points is just enough. Moreover, it shows you exactly what and where you should change.