Solving the WordPress internal path error

During your regular website maintenance you might come across the ‘WordPress Internal Path Error’. Don’t panic, it’s not a critical issue – but don’t ignore it either. In my series on doing your own regular maintenance and health checks I mention that it is a good idea to use a service like Sucuri.net to get … Continue reading “Solving the WordPress internal path error”






Check your domain name forwarding

Many people grab variations of their website name and use domain name forwarding to ‘point’ these variations all through to the same site. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you can do yourself. Why do I want multiple domain names? Having more than one domain name may let your … Continue reading “Check your domain name forwarding”






Plugin maintenance – Review and update Plugins

Plugin maintenance is part of maintaining you WordPress website. If you download your plugins from the free WordPress plugin directory then you will automatically be advised if there is an update available, but you need to manually check for plugins that are never updated. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance … Continue reading “Plugin maintenance – Review and update Plugins”






Review Website uptime monitoring statistics regularly

Are you sure you website is available all of the time? What about when you are not looking? The only way to be sure is to have automated monitoring in place, and luckily there are a number of paid and free services that will monitor your website and let you know if there is a … Continue reading “Review Website uptime monitoring statistics regularly”






Perform a security scan to determine vulnerabilities

New website vulnerabilities are being found all the time. Use one of the readily available scanning services to keep up to date. I use a great scanning service from Sucuri to check my website whenever I do maintenance. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you can do yourself. Sucuri … Continue reading “Perform a security scan to determine vulnerabilities”






Check your sitemap is correct

A site map is a special file that helps search engines like google find all the pages on your site better. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you can do yourself. The site map is often generated by a plug-in. It can be a real file on the server … Continue reading “Check your sitemap is correct”






Check email delivery

If customers are leaving you a message on your website then you want to know that the messages are getting safely to your in box. Particularly if you are using a plug-in to give you a nice contacts page. Checking email delivery is bit obvious but very important, you would be surprised how often it … Continue reading “Check email delivery”






Check Databases and Optimize or Repair as required

Your WordPress site uses a database to store all the text and formatting of your posts and pages. It also stores information temporarily as your visitors use the site to make their experience better. Maintenance of this database is sometimes overlooked. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you can … Continue reading “Check Databases and Optimize or Repair as required”






Check your automatic backups are working

OK, so you have set up your website and installed all those shiny plug-ins. You should now get reports on everything under the sun and an automatic backup of your database and files… Do you ever check that it is actually working? This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you … Continue reading “Check your automatic backups are working”






Take independent backups and verify them

Always have a tested backup -Murphy’s law says “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” and in the world of backups this means that when you need it you will find something wrong with it. This article is part of a series on regular website maintenance that you can do yourself. There are some fantastic … Continue reading “Take independent backups and verify them”